Monday, October 5, 2009

Para-Equestrian Canada Announces Competition Grant Opportunities for Therapeutic Riding Centres


 Equine Canada, in partnership with Sport Canada, is pleased to announce that two series of grants will be available to Therapeutic Riding Centres in Canada, totaling $5,000.

Five grants of up to $500 will be awarded in each series to Therapeutic Riding Centres that offer new competitive opportunities, or enhance their current competitive program for riders with a disability.  The objective of the program is to provide a link between therapeutic riding programs and competitive sport.

Examples of ways that centres have used the funding from past grants include  initiating in-house/fun-day competitions, adding lower-level classes within existing shows so that more riders can participate and purchasing a video camera so that riders may compete in Para-Equestrian Canada video competitions.

Application deadlines for the grants are November 1, 2009 for the first series and March 15, 2010 for the second. To be eligible for a grant, therapeutic riding centres must employ or contract a current NCCP Equine Canada Coach to assist in the delivery of sport programs.

Grant applications can be found on the Para-Equestrian Canada website at http://www.equinecanada.ca/para-equestrian/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=121&Itemid=494&lang=en-GB)

For more information, please contact Para-Equestrian Canada by e-mail at para-equestrian@equinecanada.ca, or at 1-866-282-8395 ext. 143.

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