The BC Therapeutic Riding Association was formed in 1986, as the provincial organization for groups providing horseback riding as therapy for people with disabilities. We are a registered charitable organization, committed to improving the quality of life for young people and adults who have disabilities.

BCTRA serves nearly 30 riding groups in the province. We provide representation at the provincial level to government agencies and other disability sports organizations. Through information and resource sharing, we bring together organizations, individuals and government to provide opportunities for the many riders, volunteers, health care professionals and riding instructors dedicated to therapeutic riding. Our volunteer Board of Directors is comprised of representatives from these member riding groups.


  • To promote and foster the use of the horse for therapy, sport and recreation for people with disabilities in British Columbia.
  • To encourage regional co-operative development and communications.
  • To provide a framework for those interested in the promotion, research and development of the therapeutic horse related activities.
  • To promote and plan workshops and other educational programs on a continuing basis.

BCTRA is a member of The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, The Horse Council of British Columbia and Vancouver Community Network.


Kelly Lee Parry, President
Stella French, Vice President
Karen Leigh Tanchak, Treasurer
Anne Muir, Secretary
Karen Swantje, Director & HCBC Representative
Sharolyn Wandzura, Director & HCBC Alternative Representative