Hinchinbrook Farm receives $20,000 grant from Sport Nova Scotia
Sport Nova Scotia’s Sport Fund focuses on community sport support. Traditionally, Sport Fund has focused on strengthening quality, sustainable programs. While we know this support creates positive impact in sport communities across the province, we also know that it is not easy for every Nova Scotian to have opportunities to experience the positive benefits of sport. Sport Fund has created a separate, but parallel funding stream for sport programs that support inclusive and diverse populations.
Sport Fund – Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (Sport Fund-EDI) is designed to support para-activities and traditionally underrepresented communities in their efforts to increase participation in community-based sport programming.
Hinchinbrook Farm Society announces Megan Daniels as the Assistant Program Manager
Megan will manage the delivery of programs at Hinchinbrook Farm; coordinate the fundraising events; recruit and train volunteers, seasonal employees; and the therapy critters.
Megan has maintained risk management standards in therapy as a volunteer at Hinchinbrook since 2014. In 2015 Megan traveled to Elgin, Texas to certify in Horse Boy Methods. She certified in the Movement Methods in 2018. Megan acquired her Therapeutic Riding Instructor technical in 2017 through the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association CanTRA. In 2020 Megan joined The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International PATH International to acquire the Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor status. Megan has the required Equine Canada Rider levels in both English and Western Riding. Her past experience includes working in long term care for residents with special needs and in manufacturing.
Megan is being mentored over the next two years by retiring Program Director, Patricia McGill, to take over operational management of the Society’s activities. Society President, Steve Dyer, stated: “Megan’s presence guarantees the continued quality of service in equine and recreational therapy for special needs children and adults with challenges at Hinchinbrook Farm”.
What does PATH stand for in equine therapy?
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International is a non-profit association that provides equine-assisted activities including the use of horseback riding as a form of treatment for persons with emotional, physical and learning disabilities.
SOCIETY COVID PRECAUTIONS
Updated March, 2022
VOLUNTEERS, RIDERS/FAMILIES & VISITORS
Can elect to show proof of vaccination or not.
Persons with Immune Deficiency are expected to self identify.
All participants have the option to work with only vaccinated.
Volunteers and riders/families are to hand wash or hand sanitize upon arrival in the tack room before participating in any programs.
Vaccinated Adults/Youths are able to work with any of the riders and families.
Un-vaccinated Adults/Youths are only to work with riders and families who are comfortable with un-vaccinated status.
RIDERS & FAMILIES
Vaccinated families are able to participate in any of the programs.
Un-vaccinated families are only able to participate with volunteers and other families who are comfortable with un-vaccinated status.
Adults & Youth helpers are to wear masks when indoors, masks are not required outdoors.
Children are not required to wear masks at any time while participating in the programs.
All volunteers, riders/families are to immediately advise Hinchinbrook Farm Society they have been exposed and refrain from participating at the farm until they are not infectious.
DAYS END PROTOCOLS
Spray all surfaces with lysol (railings, latches, handles, drawers, cabinets, faucets, fridge, sink and counter) clean tack, put used towels, cloths etc in the laundry bag.
Animal Care Is A Crucial Part of Business At Hinchinbrook Farm
Read the blog post and testimonial here>>
Watch our Ther-a-Play…
“Time outdoors as a child aids mental health as an adult”
The June 5, 2019 edition of South Shore Breaker (Saltwire Network) includes an article that, in part reads: “…more time in nature (is connected with) better cognition development and improved physical health, coordination, balance and agility.”. The article also reports new research that shows adults who spent time in nature as children have better mental health. Read the full article here>>
How Do We Spend Our Money?
Help increase our capacity — become a volunteer!
The number of children and young adults who can receive the benefits of our therapeutic riding and Ther-A-Play programs is dependent on the number of available volunteers. We always try to have a one-to-one volunteer to rider ratio to meet our risk management guidelines. Life changes result in a certain number of volunteers either being less available or leaving (for example, to go to college). So, we are always looking for new people to join our tribe of about 40 dedicated volunteers and become part of the Hinchinbrook experience.
- Volunteers are trained by certified therapeutic riding experts
- You must commit to a minimum of 10 hours a month (about 1 session per week, although many volunteers do more than that). The best thing is to choose one day and time that stays the same every week, but additional time is always welcomed.
- Once you have put in 100 volunteer hours (including training) you qualify for other free training such as Emergency First Aid, Mental Health Emergency First Aid, T-TOUCH and more — saving you hundreds of dollars
- Volunteering at Hinchinbrook qualifies for school and college community service and supervised co-op work
- Looks great on a resumé
- Really helpful on college applications for related programs (social work, animal care, psychology, etc.)
“FREE REINS” Documentary
GET YOUR POPCORN — AND A BOX OF TISSUES — AND THEN CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CBC DOCUMENTARY, “FREE REINS”, ABOUT HINCHINBROOK FARM AND THE MEMBERS OF OUR TRIBE (45 MINUTES)
This video can only be viewed in Canada.
- CBC: Everything You Need To Know About Horse Therapy
- Therapeutic Riding Study from Practical Horseman
- CHECK OUT WISH LIST>>
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Our web site is a great place to get to know about therapeutic riding and the people and critters that make up this charity. Check out all the information found on the many web pages under the tabs in our menu. Click on that big DONATE button at the top right!
Our Wonderful Corporate Donors
➢The Windsor Foundation, Halifax
➢The Shapiro Family Foundation
➢J & W Murphy Foundation
We also would like to thank St. John Ambulance and Emera for choosing Hinchinbrook Farm and offering us free First Aid and Mental Health First Aid Training in 2019.
Partners in the 2020 Sport Fund Grant for a new therapeutic saddle include: Support4Sport, the Province of Nova Scotia, Sport Canada, Canada Games Legacy Fund and Manulife. Hinchinbrook Farm Society is pleased to work with the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote programs for the disabled members of our community.
2021 Special Sponsor: Rick Lagina and The Mystery of Oak Island (Oak Island Treasures)