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Help The Herd-A staff challenge

A staff challenge in response to COVID 19
Chuck’s Staff Challenge…. Help the Horses!!!
Due to the suspension of activities the CARD horses are enjoying an extra long break, but they would much rather be working!
CARD depends on the much needed revenue streaming in from classes, fundraising and events. Unlike many businesses we cannot just shut the doors and take a pause.
We have 14 mouths to feed and keep in shape so that when our classes are up and running again, our horses can be in the best shape possible. During this crisis their needs are great.
Please join our staff members in their quest to provide the CARD horses with some of those basic needs. Over the last couple of weeks campaign appeals have gone out to Help the Herd with hay, veterinarian costs, farrier fees, supplements and treats, grain, and shavings.
You can make a difference. The CARD horses need your support more than ever!
There are two ways you can help. Go to should you wish to make a pledge over the phone or by e-transfer. Or Go to Canada Helps by clicking the link below:

Thank you to Susan Hay and Global TV for Helping The Herd!  See CARD on Global TV News:

See the story!

Thank you to those who contributed and continue to contribute to our horses:

“All the best to you and your volunteers! Who can say no to the horses who do so much”

“Sending thanks to everyone at CARD for all that you do and a special virtual treat for all of the magnificent horses who we miss very much!”

“Thank you for all that you do !! I know that my sister, Kath(run) took riding lessons and participated in the Mini Royals back in the 80s… Thank you for continuing this incredible program !! ”


Thank you 50th Gala supporters!



On July 17th, CARD celebrated 50 years of therapeutic riding services with a sold out Anniversary gala at Woodbine Racetrack.   Guests were greeted with a champagne reception and then escorted up to the Northern Dancer room for a delicious buffet dinner.  The room was complete with a balcony where avid race fans were thrilled to watch the races and enjoy the late afternoon summer breeze. Visual moments from CARD’s past, were highlighted in a photo presentation.                                                                                                                                                                                                    

After previewing the latest CARD video, various members of the board  including our new board chair Joseph Ferrari and Don Buckley, Gala sponsor shared some special moments in CARD’s history.  Long time friends of CARD and sponsors, the IODE were on hand to speak to the 150 guests and presented a cheque to Executive Director, Chuck Wright.  Also in attendance were long time supporters Jim Elder and Sandy Hawley.  Karen Stintz from Variety Village and Michael Levitt M.P. York Central were also in attendance.  Michael brought special wishes from Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

The evening was capped off with a silent auction, featuring equine art from the talented artist, Ann Clifford, as well as goodies and information from our friends at Omega Alpha.

All in all it was a memorable time for all who attended.

Thank you to the following supporters:

  • Adena Springs North
  • Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel
  • The Buckley Family
  • Centennial College Alumni Association
  • Diana Dunlap
  • Draglam Waste
  • Frank H. Hori Charitable Foundation
  • IODE
  • Kathy Worth, RBC
  • Len Goldberg
  • Sam-Son Farm
  • Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association
  • Woodbine Entertainment

Goodie Bag Donors:

  • Egg Farmers of Ontario
  • ITG
  • Kernels
  • Omega Alpha

Flowers sponsored by:

Ital Florists Limited

Art Pieces by:

Ann Clifford


Click on the thumbnails to view some Gala highlights!

Thank you Mini Royal Sponsors 2019

A Royal Success!

Proudly Sponsored by:

Judith Love



Our annual Mini Royal Fundraising event was held on June 9th…and a Royal
success it was! The weather cooperated, the volunteers came out in full force –
walking alongside and assisting our riders in their games of skill and demonstrations.
Dedicated volunteers attended to our plant sale, bake sale, book sale, registration,
and various barn activities.
To our amazing riders…we hope you had as much fun as we all did!
Along with the regular classes, we were honoured to have with us three of our
alumni riders:

Dax Adams; Cynthia Berringer; Angel Blainey

Thank you for coming back to CARD and showing us you’re horsemanship
skills. We loved to see you back in the saddle!
We would also like to recognize our Pledge Supporters:
Hats off to all the pledge supporters who helped us meet and exceed our Mini Royal
fundraising goal. As a result of your generosity, we raised $ 46,452.
Over $75,000 was raised for CARD!
We look forward to 2020 and surpassing this goal!

Mini Royal 2019  extends a thank you to our amazing event sponsors:

Platinum Sponsor: The Buckley Family

Gold Sponsors: Cityview Road Cleaners; Judith Love

Thank you to our many sponsors:

Team Sponsors:

Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society; Centennial College Alumni Association; Frank H. Hori Charitable Foundation in Honour of Georgia King; IODE, Bridlewood Chapter; Janet Fraser; Flaherty/McCarthy LLP; SSG Gloves; Officers of the Toronto East Detention Centre in Memory of Anita Plover; Officers of the Toronto East Detention Centre in Memory of “Their Fallen”; Melanie & Sabrina in Memory of Rudy Ivanis; Woodbine Entertainment Group; Gabe Romagnuolo in Memory of Lisa Colangelo (Romagnuolo)

Sponsor A Rider:

Happy Days House Boats; Judith Love; Silver Cross Automotive

Bake Sale Sponsor:

Erosion Control Ltd.

Lunch Sponsor:

HBPA; Trivest Development Corporation

Ribbon Sponsor:

Sherrard Kuzz LLP

Plant Sale Sponsor:

Catherine Zingg

Food Sponsor:

Tim Hortons’ (Dufferin & Centre Street); Costco Downsview; McDonalds ((1600 Hwy7); Yummy Market

Mini Royal 2019-A Fun Fundraiser!

Join Us For The Mini Royal – A FUNdraiser for CARD-  Sunday June 9th, 2019

10:00 – 3:00 pm

Proudly Sponsored by:

Judith Love


  What is Mini Royal?

  • An in-house horse show hosted by The Community Association for Riders with Disabilities (CARD)
  • It is open to all CARD riders
  • It consists of a variety of mounted games and /or riding skills so riders can demonstrate to family/friends/donors what they have been working on in class
  • Participants are invited to a lunch BBQ! There is also a plant sale/bake sale.
  • 30 Riders spaces available-are you going to be one?  Bring your family and friends and show them what you have accomplished!

Does it cost to participate and if so, how much?

We have a suggested fundraising goal of $100.

  • Last year’s pledge totals were reviewed and the average amount each person collected was $100 or more!  Every dollar counts -we need your help!
  • Pledges (donations) over $25 will receive a tax receipt
  • CARD has turned 50-lets get us to $50,000 and keep our programs thriving.

Why we ask for your Financial Assistance

Something to keep in mind……..

  • It costs approximately $9,500.00 a year for the care of just ONE HORSE
  • How important is your support?
  • Last year $50,000 was raised at this event and pledges totaled 50% of this goal


Click Here for Rider Registration Form

Click Here for Pledge Form

Click Here for Volunteer Registration Form

Click Here for Sponsorship Opportunities

Click Here for Sponsorship Information

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Submit your memories

  Tell us your stories…                                                                                                                                                  

It’s 2019 and CARD celebrates its 50th anniversary! Over the years, many riders and volunteers passing through these doors have formed unique and fond memories.

It continues to be a privilege and our honour to be part of each and every one of them- and you!

We are currently collecting your precious stories, information, experiences, and pictures… moments that we would love you to share with us for our upcoming celebrations.

Whether its a few paragraphs or a few sentences, please feel free to email them to us. Every moment counts. All of your stories, make up our story!

We have several events in the works to commemorate the occasion and would love you to be part of the excitement! Please stay tuned, more information will follow soon.

 Please forward your submissions by March 29, 2019 to  Make sure to send copies only as we cannot return originals.

 If you would like to contribute to our events with a sponsorship, donation or your time, please write to