About the Program
MRDA is a therapeutic horseback riding program for children with disabilities and is accredited by the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association. Riding sessions are conducted by certified therapeutic riding instructors in conjunction with volunteer physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
There are two sessions (spring and fall) each year consisting of 10 weeks each session. There are four classes each week accommodating six riders in each class. We have over 100 full-time volunteers who attend a minimum of one class per week and include a leader for each horse, two sidewalkers for each rider and the instructors and therapists. There are also a number of our valuable spares who fill in on very short notice and keep the program running.
The Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association (MRDA) is a Charitable Organization.
The annual cost to run our program is approximately $110,000. Less than 10% of the cost is covered by the riding fees. MRDA does not receive government funding. We rely solely on fundraising and donations to meet the remainder of the expenses so that we may continue to exist and provide this unique therapy for children with disabilities.
Formed in 1977 to provide a therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities, Manitoba Riding for the Disabled Association is the only organization in Manitoba to provide therapeutic riding for children 5 to 15 years of age. MRDA is run by a volunteer Board of Directors and one office staff.
Therapeutic riding can help children with disabilities such as:
- cerebral palsy
- visual impairment
- other developmental challenges
How Riding Helps
Riding helps by providing stimulus by creating a unique therapeutic and social environment. As the horse is walking, the motion imparted to the rider is similar to normal human walking, gently mobilizing the joints.
- Physical Benefit: Riding can improve balance and coordination, strengthen muscles, increase circulation and decrease spasticity.
- Psychological Benefit: Riding presents participants with a challenge and gives them a sense of achievement with every completed session. This helps to increase self confidence as well as a general sense of well-being.
- Social Benefit:Riding can also help participants develop a strong bond of respect, trust and friendship with both the horse and volunteers.
Our office is located in the Sport for Life (Sport MB) building at 145 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba. You can contact the Executive Director Peter A. Manastyrsky at Tel: 204.925.5905 or Email: email@example.com
|MRDA Board of Directors 2016-2017|
Horses for the program are specially schooled for use by individuals with disabilities.
Since 2010, MRDA now has a new riding home at West Wind Stables, Box 402, 53086 Road 4E Oak Bluff, Manitoba. Barn Tel: 204.736.3410.
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