History of PRANCE
How the hooves met the pavement and things started to roll!
In 1992, Kathy & Brad Pryde built Miramichi Farms specifically with a therapeutic program in mind.
Bringing therapeutic riding to Saugeen Shores was the dream of Kathy after she saw therapeutic programs during a trip to Europe. In England, therapeutic riding programs were developed to aid in the recovery of war veterans. Kathy studied and trained intensively to become a therapeutic riding instructor.
The Prydes galvanized support from the community, gathered volunteers and with a dedicated Board of Directors became an incorporated non-profit organization in 1993. Since that time PRANCE (Pegasus Riding Association Nurturing Challenged Equestrians) has offered therapeutic riding sessions during the Spring, Summer and Fall. Our cart and cutter driving program is very successful for those that do not feel able to ride in the saddle. Integrated camps are offered during March Break and the Summer which are always busy.
With Kathy's professional background in social work, new programming of Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) has been developed and nurtured in the same vein as the PRANCE riding and driving programs. Participants in EFW are teamed with an equine specialist, a counselor and the all important horse to work through activities designed specifically for the participant.
Community support and a strong volunteer base has been critical to PRANCE's success. Throughout the years, instructors have worked extensively with specialized training through CanTRA (The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association).
PRANCE, and its members are proud members of CanTRA, PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, OEF (Ontario Equestrian Federation), Equine Canada and EFW Canada.
Kathy and Brad Pryde
Founders of PRANCE