Winnipeg Foundation Stabilization Grant Awarded

We are thrilled to share that Urban Stable is a recipient of the Winnipeg Foundation Stabilization Grant! 

The Winnipeg Foundation recognizes the vital role charities play in our communities and the devastating effects COVID-19 has had on not-for-profits like Urban Stable. In response, The Winnipeg Foundation created the Stabilization Grant to support and fund charities, so charities can continue to help where they are needed most in their communities through the ever evolving circumstances we face today. 

With this grant Urban Stable is able to move forward and continue offering desperately needed support to the students who participate in our programs. Urban Stable programs give students confidence, a safe place to try new things, a chance to find personal success and receive the unconditional support, patience and love of our horses. Just being around the horses melts away stress and anxiety and helps our students find solid ground. 

Thank you Winnipeg Foundation for your ongoing support of Urban Stable and our students! We are beyond grateful! 

Lessons From The Horse

Lesson #1 – Be Kind


The Dalai Lama said, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” Kindness is paramount when we are with horses and we have to recognize that it is always possible to be kind to them, no matter what. 

What is kindness? With horses it is spending time with them, doing things they enjoy like mindfully grooming them, it is bringing carrots to give them joy, it is making them feel safe in their environment and with you, it is listening to how they feel and making changes to your plan, your actions, and your ideas accordingly, it is apologizing when you reacted poorly or made a mistake, it is thanking them for forgiving you and being patient while you fumble your way through learning about them, it is appreciating them for who they are and where they are at right now. It is recognizing that kindness is always possible and that the horse will never soften to you through pressure you apply, but only in your release.

Wait a minute, was I talking about horses or people?

Back-To-School

It’s that time of year and we are hearing about back-to-school everywhere. This year the back-to-school themes are different than usual and the excitement in the air also hints of anxiety above and beyond the usual anxiety of changing schools, starting a new grade and meeting new people. 

Back-to-school holds a lot of different emotions for students at the best of times and I think we can all agree we are not currently in the ‘best of times’. Urban Stable was created to support students who are not experiencing the best of times, students who are struggling with school or staying connected to their education, students having feelings of anxiety or depression, those who are struggling to make friends and connect with their communities, or those who have a hard time finding value, confidence and a sense of peace in themselves, as well as many other struggles our students face daily. This is why Urban Stable began and we are ready to continue our mission helping students find personal success through hands-on learning experiences with horses in these challenging times. 

So as you hear about back-to-school and the new challenges that brings this year, keep our students in your thoughts and hearts and help Urban Stable support our students in these uncertain times. Help give our students confidence and hope in themselves and in their communities, ease their anxieties and help them find strength and personal success. You can do this by telling your friends, family and co-workers about Urban Stable or sharing our newsletter with them, keeping an eye open for upcoming fundraisers, liking and sharing us on Facebook and social media and of course by donating

Volunteering – The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Volunteers strive to make a difference in someone else’s life rather than worrying so much about being different themselves, yet in volunteering people grow and change and become different in the most beautiful way.

When a volunteer steps forward and puts themselves out there to help others, it is the gift that keeps on giving. At Urban Stable that gift positively affects the lives of the youth in our programs, and the positive growth in that youth affects all the relationships in that youth’s life, and so radiates forward in a great ripple effect. It’s like a children’s song about love I remember, “Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more. It’s just like a magic penny, lend it, spend it and you’ll have so many, they’ll roll all over the floor.” The more you give, the more ripples you create and magically, the more you also receive as you are positively affected by the act of giving in ways you couldn’t imagine. 

And in the end that’s what volunteering is all about, it is giving, sharing and showing love. Love for others, love for your community, love for yourself. The greatest power we have is love and we are so thankful to all our volunteers who so diligently and selflessly give their love to the students at Urban Stable in so many different ways. I think it is also important to recognize that love is not always easy to give and can involve hard work physically, mentally and emotionally. We are SO grateful for the hard work and dedication our volunteers put into loving their communities through their work at Urban Stable, it is the greatest gift you can give.

Thank you to all our volunteers! Your selfless dedication and courage to give of yourselves to make a difference in other’s lives is the stuff that superheroes are made of! 

“Back in the Saddle” – Added Incentive for June!

Last month Urban Stable launched our “Back in the Saddle” campaign. Thank you to everyone that has donated to date, but there is an additional incentive to donate to our campaign throughout the month of June.

Every $1 donated to our “Back in the Saddle” campaign through our online link on CanadaHelps gives Urban Stable a ballot to enter to win $20,000! Your donation, no matter how big or small, makes a difference and if we won $20,000 that would help more students to get back in the saddle next year. Donate today and help us win! 

  • Canada Helps – Donate here 
  • Share on social media: #UrbanStableCA #BackInTheSaddleCA #GivingChallengeCA.  The Great Canadian Giving Challenge

 

“Back in the Saddle” Campaign

For nineteen years, Urban Stable has changed the lives of over 700 at-risk youth through its experiential equine learning program. With the COVID-19 shut-down the program has been suspended indefinitely, creating an uncertain future for the horses and youth who benefit from this experience. In an effort to survive and recover from the impacts of COVID-19, Urban Stable is launching its Back in the Saddle Campaign, focused on contributing to the cost and care of Urban Stable’s program horses and investing in the sustainability of our school programs. 

Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic brought Urban Stable’s programming to a halt when the Manitoba school closures were announced on March 13th.  “Some of the youth in our program were on the verge of showcasing their newly acquired skills and life learning to their teachers, parents and supporters,” said Wendy MacDonald, Executive Director.  “We were disappointed they never had the chance to finish their year. Seeing the students beam with pride over their accomplishments is the reason we do what we do.”

Many of the youth in the program struggle with anxiety, depression and ADHD. “I wonder everyday how our students are doing now that their daily routines have changed,” said MacDonald.  “We know that our school partners, families and front-line community resources are working hard to look after the students, but the unique relationship and experiences the kids have with their horses and teammates is hard to replicate.” Getting the students back in the saddle will be more important than ever once school resumes.

Although up to 50% of the program cost is covered by school partners, Urban Stable does not receive any government funding and relies heavily each year on donations, fundraising and grants to cover the remaining costs. Currently, government and other fundraising efforts are focused on addressing front-line needs related to COVID-19. Although understandable, this has left small charities like Urban Stable vulnerable. With funding shortages, all Urban Stable staff and instructors were laid off, with MacDonald only working a few hours per week to continue basic operations. Typically, funds received at this time of year would go toward the lease and care of the horses, current programming and planning for next year. Now Urban Stable is asking the public for their help.

We need your help for our horses:

For the past four years Urban Stable has operated out of Camp Assiniboia where horse costs, care and training have been a shared partnership. The essential needs of the horses are being met, but Urban Stable has been unable to make its usual contribution to the ongoing cost of care. “Our horses open doors for kids who are struggling socially, academically or behaviourally to connect with their peers, families, education and communities. We want to continue to do our part for these horses who are at the heart of our program,” said MacDonald.

We need your help for our students:

Although MacDonald plans to reach out to the students with horse themed materials, she remains focused on the goal of getting the program up and running again. “Our hope is that fall programming will proceed once the schools are back in session. These horses have become a huge part of the kids’ lives. I hope we can make it through to the other side, so we can get the kids reunited with the horses.” To do this, Urban Stable needs to secure funding and have the resources to plan and prepare for next year’s program. 

How you can help:

We realize these are very tough times for everyone but IF you are able to consider a donation this support will ensure Urban Stable’s ability to rebound from COVID-19 as the program enters into its 20th year serving 70+ youth annually in partnership with four school divisions (21 schools) and two community partners. You can also assist by distributing this campaign information to others who may be able to help spread the word or donate.

Please help our students get Back in the Saddle again. Charitable Donations can be made through:

  • Canada Helps – Donate here 
  • By cheque: 308-421 Mulvey Ave East, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0R6

Contact: Wendy MacDonald, Executive Director, 204-410-5042, wendy@urbanstable.ca

Share on social media #BackInTheSaddleCA #UrbanStableCA

Urban Stable launches “Back in the Saddle Campaign”

Help our students get Back in the Saddle again following the COVID-19 shut-down. Funds raised through our Back in the Saddle Campaign will go toward the cost and care of Urban Stable’s program horses and the sustainability of our school programs.

 

For nineteen years, Urban Stable has changed the lives of over 700 at-risk youth through its experiential equine learning program. With the COVID-19 shut-down the program has been suspended indefinitely, creating an uncertain future for the horses and youth who benefit from this experience. In an effort to survive and recover from the impacts of COVID-19, Urban Stable is launching its Back in the Saddle Campaign, focused on contributing to the cost and care of Urban Stable’s program horses and investing in the sustainability of our school programs. 

Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic brought Urban Stable’s programming to a halt when the Manitoba school closures were announced on March 13th.  “Some of the youth in our program were on the verge of showcasing their newly acquired skills and life learning to their teachers, parents and supporters,” said Wendy MacDonald, Executive Director.  “We were disappointed they never had the chance to finish their year. Seeing the students beam with pride over their accomplishments is the reason we do what we do.”

Many of the youth in the program struggle with anxiety, depression and ADHD. “I wonder everyday how our students are doing now that their daily routines have changed,” said MacDonald.  “We know that our school partners, families and front-line community resources are working hard to look after the students, but the unique relationship and experiences the kids have with their horses and teammates is hard to replicate.” Getting the students back in the saddle will be more important than ever once school resumes.

Although up to 50% of the program cost is covered by school partners, Urban Stable does not receive any government funding and relies heavily each year on donations, fundraising and grants to cover the remaining costs. Currently, government and other fundraising efforts are focused on addressing front-line needs related to COVID-19. Although understandable, this has left small charities like Urban Stable vulnerable. With funding shortages, all Urban Stable staff and instructors were laid off, with MacDonald only working a few hours per week to continue basic operations. Typically, funds received at this time of year would go toward the lease and care of the horses, current programming and planning for next year. Now Urban Stable is asking the public for their help.

We need your help for our horses:

For the past four years Urban Stable has operated out of Camp Assiniboia where horse costs, care and training have been a shared partnership. The essential needs of the horses are being met, but Urban Stable has been unable to make its usual contribution to the ongoing cost of care. “Our horses open doors for kids who are struggling socially, academically or behaviourally to connect with their peers, families, education and communities. We want to continue to do our part for these horses who are at the heart of our program,” said MacDonald.

We need your help for our students:

Although MacDonald plans to reach out to the students with horse themed materials, she remains focused on the goal of getting the program up and running again. “Our hope is that fall programming will proceed once the schools are back in session. These horses have become a huge part of the kids’ lives. I hope we can make it through to the other side, so we can get the kids reunited with the horses.” To do this, Urban Stable needs to secure funding and have the resources to plan and prepare for next year’s program. 

How you can help:

We realize these are very tough times for everyone but IF you are able to consider a donation this support will ensure Urban Stable’s ability to rebound from COVID-19 as the program enters into its 20th year serving 70+ youth annually in partnership with four school divisions (21 schools) and two community partners. You can also assist by distributing this campaign information to others who may be able to help spread the word or donate.

Please help our students get Back in the Saddle again. Charitable Donations can be made through:

  • Canada Helps – Donate here 
  • By cheque: 308-421 Mulvey Ave East, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0R6

Contact: Wendy MacDonald, Executive Director, 204-410-5042, wendy@urbanstable.ca

Share on social media #BackInTheSaddleCA #UrbanStableCA

 

What an Impact!

Look at the amazing things Urban Stable accomplished in 2018-2019 in our Annual Impact Report. 

Urban Stable 2018- 2019 Impact Report

Meet A Staff: Taysa

Instructor and horse

We would like to introduce you to Taysa one of our invaluable staff members here at Urban Stable who pours her heart into supporting and building up the students in our program. 

Taysa joined us this fall in the role of Assistant Instructor and also in the essential role of Driver ensuring our students get to and from the barn safely. Taysa has a real passion for creating opportunities and environments for youth to grow and develop and a real passion for the horses who activate this growth.

Her love of supporting and building up youth led Taysa to pour herself into working with youth at summer camps and her love of horses and animals drew Taysa towards studying to become a veterinarian. After finishing her undergrad and a practicum with a veterinary practice however, Taysa realized that what she really wanted wasn’t just to work with animals, but to also be able to help others grow and learn. 

Urban Stable offered the perfect way for Taysa to put her love for helping others and her love of caring for horses and animals to work. We are so glad to have Taysa on our team helping youth unbridle their potential!

Meet A Horse: Brownie

This is a whole lot of horse with a whole lot of love to give. This incredible gentle giant of a lady joined our program June 2019. Brownie is a 2010 model Thoroughbred, Quarterhorse, Percheron cross. Each of these breeds brings a valuable piece of the puzzle together in this awesome mare. She has proved to be an amazing addition to our team of hooved teachers here at Urban Stable.

Brownie has a great sense of humour and an affinity for dressing up. She’s first in line to try on costumes and a great sport about fittings and adjustments while her students work their creative magic. She bows her great big head down low so it can be decorated with goofy hats and ribbons just to see the smiles on students’ faces as they turn her into a reindeer or a cowgirl. 

Brownie teaches us that things are not always as they seem from the outside. We might assume that with her great big body and presence Brownie would have the confidence to go with it, but she does best when her student steps into the leadership role with confidence and assertive energy to get her big feet a movin’! Sometimes we all need a little help to get where we are going.

The power of love is always working its magic between Brownie and her students here at Urban Stable. 💜

Shout Out To: Lloyd Jensen and Sue Werner

Announcing Urban Stable’s very own…(drum roll please)…Endowment Fund!

After the passing of their daughter Jenn, Sue Werner and Lloyd Jensen sought out meaningful ways to support youth. After attending a Winnipeg Foundation Community Learning Session they learned about the work we do at Urban Stable, unbridling youth potential. This led them to establish the Walter and Joan Werner Memorial Fund with The Winnipeg Foundation in memory of Sue’s parents. Lloyd and Sue wanted to honour Walter and Joan with a fund that would provide long lasting, meaningful assistance. 

Urban Stable has been designated to receive an annual grant from the Fund. As the Fund continues to grow more income will be generated and granted to Urban Stable each year. In addition, Lloyd and Sue intend to match the annual grant to help us even more. It is also their intention to add to the fund each year on October 14th to celebrate the day of Walter and Joan’s wedding anniversary and Joan’s birthday. What an amazing way to honour loved ones as well as support youth through Urban Stable! 

We are so grateful for the support Lloyd and Sue are providing the youth we serve at Urban Stable. Thank you a thousand times over! 

If you would like to join Lloyd and Sue in their support, maybe honour the memory of someone you love, you can add to the Walter and Joan Werner Memorial Fund through the Winnipeg Foundation here. All donations to the Fund are held in perpetuity by The Winnipeg Foundation to generate operating funds for Urban Stable.