About Us

The Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association is a provincially incorporated non-profit organization and a federally registered charity. We are governed by a volunteer board of directors, and our riding programs are managed by a Program Team. We hold two membership-accessible meetings each year: the AGM in May and the Christmas Party, to both of which visitors are always welcome. The principal tasks of the board are advocacy and facilitation for the program, and fund-raising to help meet the program's operating and equipment needs. CANTRA logo The Joyriders is an accredited centre of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) and its instructors are all CanTRA-certified. CanTRA is the national standard-setting body for therapeutic riding in Canada.

The Joyriders program operates at River Trails Ranch, owned and operated by John and Kathryn Barrett, located on Rte. 2 in Hunter River.

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Daphne Davey, President
Janice Cole, Past President
Mel Gallant, Treasurer
Pat Lush, Secretary
Butch McGee, Director
Jim McQuaid, Director
Elizabeth Rankin, Director
Karen Thompson, Director
Andy Robb, Director Emeritus

Ex officio

Kathy Barrett, Chief Instructor
Trish Helm-Neima, Physiotherapist
Kerry O’Connor, Physiotherapist
Deena Robb, Volunteer Coordinator

Program Team

Kathy Barrett, CanTRA Coach
Daphne Davey, CTRBI*
Debbie Gormley, CTRBI
Marg Gray, CTRBI
Trish Helm-Neima, CTRBI, PT
Lauren MacIsaac, CTRBI
Kerry O’Connor, PT
Gilles Richard, CTRBI
Deena Robb, Volunteer Coordinator
Julie Scales, Rider Coordinator
* CTRBI: Canadian Therapeutic Riding Basic Instructor
All photos by Daphne Davey unless otherwise attributed.