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Horses Touching Hearts 

Therapeutic Riding Association 


Annual Report

Horses Touching Hearts Therapeutic Riding Association

3765 Aitken Road, Smithers BC, V0J 2N7

Phone: 250-900-0156 or 250-877-9167

E-mail: horsestouchinghearts.bc@gmail.com

Web: www.horsestouchinghearts.org

As President of the board, I want to take this opportunity to update you all on the activities at HTH during 2019-2020 and to recognize the numerous volunteers who have supported HTH and myself over the past year in various ways. Whether encouraging the riders while side-walking, leading the horses or supporting our therapeutic riding instructors during lessons, we appreciate the time and effort they put in. Thank you David Ford, Tegan Dove, Christina Johnstone,  Anne Vander Heyden and  Markus Egenolf.

I would like to thank all of the Directors sitting on the board for all the support that they have provided me during the past year.

I want to thank our therapeutic riding Instructor Carley Vander Heyden. Through her dedication and hard work, our riders have received the most amazing and inspirational lessons. Always striving to achieve the best possible outcomes and making each volunteer feel valued.

The board continues to act as a governance oversight for HTH and to provide support to the staff and volunteers through the work done at the committee level.  Thank you Barbara Erni and Jill Weeres.

 During September, October and November we have been able to provide a safe environment for 14 students. The spring start of the program was plant for End of March, but then we had to shut down because of Covid. On September the 15th we were able to start lessons again, with a new covid plan and 8 students. It was a difficult year for HTH, but we are happy to be back on track and that we are able to provide lessons again.

HTH continues to grow from starting in August 2018 to strength. The organization has spent a year concentrating on filling the charity application, we are happy to announce that we have our Charity Status approved November 22, 2019. After receiving a $5,500 grant from the Celebrity Golf Tournament we were able to buy a portable ramp for our Organization. A big thank you to Chap Shields who provided us with a donation of face shields.  Thank you also to all the private Donors, this would not be possible without your help. 

Angelika Egenolf   President of the board


The Horses Touching Hearts Therapeutic Riding Association is a non-profit organization located in Smithers , British Columbia.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for children and adults with cognitive, physical, emotional or behavior disabilities 

by providing them with affordable therapeutic riding of the highest possible quality in a safe and supportive environment.    

HTH was founded August 2018 and started providing therapeutic riding lessons. We now have 14 current participants, 

2 therapeutic riding Instructors, 10 active volunteers and a herd of 4 therapy horses.

 Our People

Our Board of Directors

The HTH relies on the help and guidance of amazing Individuals who dedicate countless hours to the work that goes on 

behind the scene. Thank you to the 2019-2020 Board Angelika Egenolf President; Barbara Erni Treasurer and Jill Weeres.

Our Volunteers

Since the creation of HTH by a small group of dedicated people, volunteers are the heart of our organization. From sitting on the

 board of Directors to assisting program participants, the list of accomplishments we owe this people would be too long to list.

Our Staff

HTH is proud to have Carley Vander Heyden CHA Certified therapeutic riding instructor as 

part time staff and Markus Egenolf CHA Certified therapeutic riding instructor as volunteer.

Our Herd

We now have four horses in our program. Two Icelandic horses (Aska and Jonas)

One Quarter horse (Timmy) and one Norwegian Fjord (Holger)

 Our Program

 Adaptive Riding Classes ( Therapeutic Riding )

Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special need. It provides benefits in the areas of health, education, sport, recreation and leisure. With horseback riding, participants are given the opportunity for independences and mobility.

Group classes consist of up to two riders and their own team of helpers: 1 horse handler and up to 2 side walkers. The instructors create lesson plans adapted to the individual goals of the riders in the group.

In 2019-2020, we welcomed 14 individuals.  Our program is running 3 days a week already and steadily growing.     

Horses Touching Hearts Therapeutic Riding Association

Our Donors 2019-2020

 Smithers Celebrity Golf Tournament $5.500