Bridging the Gap— from Therapy to  Para-Sport
Instructor Training Workshop 2016 with Mary Longden

May 14—15, 2016
Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association
1843 Tzouhalem Road
Duncan, BC  V9L  5L6

May 22—23, 2016
Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities
1088—208th Street
Langley, BC V2Z 1T4

We are thrilled to welcome Mary Longden back to BC for another exciting workshop. This time we are fortunate to offer two locations, Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, thanks to the support of the Margaret Carpenter Trust.  BCTRA hopes to provide many more educational opportunities  in the future with this  legacy and we are happy to launch the Margaret Carpenter Trust with such a popular clinician.

The workshops will focus on training instructors and encompass all aspects of  riding therapy from the young beginner, building movement and motor skills in sequences to develop agility, balance, coordination and spacial awareness to the young adult who is looking for more challenging goals to achieve with his riding.  She will address teaching riders with physical, intellectual and emotional challenges, discuss problem solving techniques and differences between riders at the various stages of their development.  The clinics will be a mix of practical applications with demo riders in the arena and discussion following lessons, as well as theory sessions on autism and other disabilities as well as activities for teaching certain skills.  As this is an instructor training clinic, not a rider development clinic many of the riders will be young and will not be interested in staying for the entire day.

Workshop Schedule
Both days will begin with mounted sessions in the arena with riders of various levels and abilities.  Theory sessions will be held between rides and afternoon will finish with a lecture and question and answer session.

Start time: 8:30 am Finish time: 4:30 pm


Mary is an International Level 3 coach, an Australian ‘A’ Level dressage judge, FEI ‘I’ Level Eventing judge (until 2009), FEI ‘O’ Level Para-Equestrian judge and an International Para-Equestrian coach and consultant.  She has been a technical advisor to the Canadian Para-Equestrian Team since 2010 and filled the position of Team Coach from 2002— 2004.  Mary has published “Coach with Courage” and numerous DVD’s, most recently her “Ride Towards Excellence” series.  Through the effective use of training DVD’s, distance coaching and targeted coaching sessions, particularly for up and coming coaches, Mary hopes to assist a far greater number of riders across a more broadly distributed base than ever before.

Mary Longden clinic 2016 rev final