CARD Early Years 1960’s
On the strength of Dr. Renaud and Mr. Bauer’s success with patients, Dr. R.H.M. Fielden, an orthopedic surgeon was enlisted along with Mr. H.F Nitchke a manufacturer of artificial limbs, all of whom helped form a founding committee that would be soon become CARD.
(Dr. Fielden left)
The CARD program began in a small stable on John Street in Thornhill, Ont. using a few horses and a small group of devoted individuals. 1969 brought formal recognition as a therapeutic riding program and the Community Association for Riding for the Disabled was established.
With support of the Variety Club and a Wintario Grant, a new facility was built.
The opening was officiated by HRH Princess Anne on November 16th 1979!