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New Riders

Thank you for your interest in the Community Association for Riders with Disabilities.

How do I become a CARD Client?

To participate in CARD’s therapeutic riding program, a rider must be at least 4 years of age and under 160 lbs (73 kg).

The process for acceptance into the CARD program is a two-step process involving the completion of the new rider application package and a program intake assessment, conducted on-site.

How much does it cost to ride?

Class fees range from $57.50-$117.50 per class. The type of class that best suits your needs/abilities is determined at the Intake Assessment. There is a $100.00 non-refundable fee for the assessment.  Sessions run 8-11 weeks depending on time of year, and riders come once a week.

The process is as follows:

  • Go to the Register for Assessment button at the bottom of this page. Once the form has been submitted you will be sent supplementary forms
  • Complete and return the liability releases, consent, and supplemental survey forms.
  • Have your family physician complete and sign the Medical Referral Form.
  • Have your therapist complete the Therapist Input Form.
  • Please note that there is a $100, non-refundable fee for the Intake Assessment, payable in advance. Please also be aware that completion of the Intake Assessment does not guarantee acceptance into the CARD program.

I submitted my application forms, what comes next?

Please be aware that there are several contraindications and precautions to participating in a therapeutic riding program and that the programs offered at CARD may not be suitable and/or beneficial to your specific situation.

Once your application is reviewed and you are deemed an appropriate candidate for one of CARD’s programs, you will be contacted by someone from CARD to book an Intake Assessment.  If you are not a suitable candidate, CARD will inform you as to the reason why.

After the Intake Assessment

Following the assessment, if it is deemed that the riding program at CARD is a suitable and safe form of therapy for you, you will be admitted to the CARD program. Class recommendations are provided based on your assessment outcomes.

If you are having difficulty downloading the forms, Click Here to request the package be emailed to you.

Alternately, you may call us at 416-667-8600 ext. 0 to request the package to be sent to you by regular mail.