OnTRA's Mission

The Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association (OnTRA) promotes horseback riding as a form of therapy and sport for children and adults living with physical, cognitive, emotional, and/or behavioural challenges. OnTRA provides volunteers and therapeutic riding professionals with on-going information and training to ensure riders with disabilities receive the best possible therapy.

OnTRA's Objectives

  • To promote horseback riding as a form of therapy for children and adults with physical, cognitive,  emotional, and/or behavioural challenges.
  • To utilize the professional collaboration of medical and physiotherapy professionals, within the standards and techniques defined by the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA), to ensure that participants  achieve the maximum benefit.
  • To utilize therapeutic riding to benefit participants physically and psychologically and to give them a sporting activity through which they can integrate into the able-bodied community, and provide a foundation for some to advance to Para Equestrian competition and/or teams.
  • To serve therapeutic riders in all parts of the Province by providing for volunteers and adults at various therapeutic riding centres:  advisory information, training courses, clinics and competitions.
  • To coordinate information sharing among individuals with disabilities and the volunteers, professionals and centres serving them.
  • To encourage research into all aspects of therapeutic riding.
  • To provide on-going information and education for Ontario riders, therapeutic riding professional staff and volunteers through a periodic newsletter and other venues.
  • To advocate, solicit and direct public and private assistance to support riders with disabilities at therapeutic riding centres throughout Ontario.