Joyriders was founded in 1979 by Daphne Davey and Anita Morrison. Daphne continues to serve Joyriders as an assistant instructor and rider coordinator and Anita as an honourary life member and constant friend of the program. We are an incorporated non-profit organization and a registered charity. Since it began, hundreds of volunteers and dozens of riders have been part of the program. The Rotary Club of Charlottetown has supported Joyriders from the outset. Joyriders was a founding member of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) in 1980. Our head instructor, Kathryn Barrett, and all of the assistant instructors are certified by CanTRA. Trish Helm-Neima acts as the physiotherapist for the program and is also an assistant instructor.

Between 1995 and 2015 Joyriders was based in Winsloe at the Winsloe Equestrian Centre, which then became Island Wide Equestrian Centre. In January 2016 Joyriders moved to a new dedicated home at the River Trails Ranch in Hunter River, owned and operated by Kathy and John Barrett. All of our programs now operate at this location.

Joyriders in action

All photos by Daphne Davey unless otherwise attributed.