First Ever Spring Online 50/50 Raffle

Student riding horse announcing 50/50 raffle

In lieu of our annual Bud and Spud Fundraiser Urban Stable is launching its First Ever online Spring 50/50 Raffle today!

We are very sorry we won’t be able to connect with all of you in person at our super awesome Bud and Spud fundraiser this year, as gatherings like that aren’t currently in style. BUT we can have fun with a 50/50 raffle and it can all be done online, which is completely in vogue! 

Feel good by supporting Urban Stable and take a chance to WIN BIG. Buy your Tickets Today for a chance to win 50% of total ticket sales. Let’s see how large we can grow the pot together. On your mark, get set, GO!  

Ticket Pricing: 
1 ticket for        $5
3 tickets for      $10
10 tickets for    $20
50 tickets for    $50
200 tickets for  $100

Draw Date: Thursday April 22nd, 2021
Draw Time: 7:00pm- 7:30pm
Draw Location: Live FaceBook Stream from our program location.

On Thursday April 22nd we will be live streaming from our program location on FaceBook from 7:00pm-7:30pm. You can meet some of our program horses, we’ll present our volunteer appreciation awards, and draw the winning 50/50 raffle ticket live just before 7:30pm. We hope you can join us on April 22nd, if you’re unable to the video will be available to watch later on our FaceBook page, and we’ll announce the winning ticket number and name on our website and social media platforms.

Spread the word about our first ever online 50/50 raffle; share on social media, tell your family, friends, and colleagues and let’s see how large we can grow the pot together! 

All proceeds from our Spring online 50/50 raffle will support the care of our horses and provide opportunities for more youth to attend our life changing programs. Win BIG and help youth in your community to unbridle their potential.

Buy Your Tickets NOW!

2019 – 2020 Impact Report

Check out the full 2019 – 2020 Impact Report here!

Dedicated Fund: Walter and Joan Werner Memorial Fund

Kid with horse

Lloyd Jensen and Sue Werner established the Walter and Joan Werner Memorial Fund in memory of Sue’s parents. Lloyd and Sue have a passion for supporting youth and programs that help youth reach their full potential. They wanted to honour Walter and Joan with a fund that would provide support for youth for generations to come.

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! 

Your gift to this fund will be pooled and invested, to support our mission. As the original gift remains invested, your contribution will continue to benefit youth in your communities in perpetuity.

Contribute to the Walter and Joan Werner Memorial Fund here or create your own endowment fund.

For more information on endowment funds, we suggest contacting The Winnipeg Foundation. Their website is packed with helpful information and you can schedule a consultation with one of The Foundation’s knowledgeable Donor Service Specialist Advisers.

Leave a Legacy – What will be yours?

In Memoriam:  Garnet Gompf Life-long Horse Lover 

2 horses with man in chair

In memory and honour of Garnet Gompf, a life-long horse lover, the Gompf family decided to make a donation to Urban Stable, supporting the work we do connecting youth to their education, peers, communities, and themselves through hands-on experiences with horses. Along with the donation in Garnet’s memory we received a letter from the Gompf family that beautifully highlights the love Garnet had for horses and why the family chose to donate to Urban Stable:

Garnet, from Oak Lake, Man., loved horses his whole life. When he was very young, he would line up chairs from the dining room table and attach binder twine to them, using the twine as reins to drive his “team” around the house. There is a picture of him as a very young boy with his little wooden set of horses hooked up to the family’s closed-in wooden van on sleighs that was used to get around the neighbourhood in winter.

In his life Garnet was never very far from a horse. It was no surprise that he got into the PMU business making a living working with the horses he loved. Garnet had at least 300 horses in his care and he loved every one of them, always ensuring his horses were very well taken care of.

Garnet loved hitching up a team and always had a team of horses whether they were miniatures or Belgians. For 31 years, when requested, he drove a team of horses at Sioux Valley First Nation, pulling a horse-drawn hearse with a loved one who had passed away, from the hall in the valley to the cemetery at the top of the hill.

The last team Garnet had was a pair of girls, Sadie and Sally. In the picture Garnet is getting a farewell kiss from Sally. He passed away ten days after this picture was taken.

Rest in peace our dear brother. Knowing that we supported a cause like Urban Stable (even in a small way) would have warmed his heart. Thanks for the great job that you and the horses do with young people.
The Gompf Family

Donations, Equipment, & More:  Jake and Lynn Davidson 

Horse with saddle and kid

Jake and Lynn Davidson have loved horses for as long as they can remember and have made a life with horses at the heart of it. Their love for horses drew them to support Urban Stable in a number of creative ways. They have supported Urban Stable by donating tack and equipment, through monetary donations, and by sharing their knowledge and expertise. 

Jake and Lynn got connected with Urban Stable as they were cleaning out their own barn and sorting through the equipment they had collected over the years. They contacted us to see if any of their equipment would be useful to our horses and program. They generously donated a number of good quality tack and horse care items that we really appreciate.  

They have also helped us out with their knowledge, expertise, and connections. Jake has worked in the livestock nutrition industry for years and has assisted us in making sure our horses are getting what they need. He also connected us with businesses that have donated the feed required. So not only are they giving us their expertise, they are spreading the word about Urban Stable and what we do. 

Another way Jake and Lynn have supported the youth in our programs is by purchasing tickets for some of the youth to attend our annual Bud and Spud fundraiser. 

There are so many creative and impactful ways to give, as Jake and Lynn have demonstrated so well through all their generosity. Get inspired by Jake and Lynn and support creatively with equipment donations, expertise, or sharing about Urban Stable. Or come up with your own creative way to give!

Never Be Bored on Our Board!

Board meeting at the barn

We are currently seeking 3-4 people to join our dynamic and active Board of Directors with expertise and experience in ONE or more of the following areas:

  • Education/ Social Work/ Psychology
  • Fundraising/ Marketing
  • Business
  • Equine Assisted Learning/ Therapy/ Therapeutic Riding 

As a member of our board you will have opportunities to:

  • Be part of a dedicated and passionate team of board members, volunteers and staff working together to make a difference for youth in our community
  • Broaden your professional and personal networks
  • Utilize and/or gain skills in decision making, governance, strategic planning, marketing, financial management, etc.
  • Learn more about equine assisted learning and its benefits

Type of Position:  Volunteer
Requirement:  4-6 hours/month (start date September 2021 or sooner as available)
Duration:  Board members are elected for a two-year team (with opportunity to renew for an additional term)
Experience: Previous board experience desired but not necessary. No horse experience needed.
Location of Opportunity: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Note: Board members are subject to a criminal record check and child abuse registry check

If this opportunity interests you, please include the following in your application:

  • Brief resume
  • Brief letter of interest highlighting how you can contribute to the board

Deadline for application:  Friday, March 26th, 2021

Inquiries and applications can be sent to:

Urban Stable On The Move

New Home

Urban Stable needs to find a new home where we can open our doors to more youth and help them develop critical life skills through our equine experiential learning program. Although we dream of owning our own horse barn and riding arena in a few years, we are currently looking for a new home to lease or lease-to-own where we can get our boots dirty.

What we are looking for:

  • Southwest Corner of Winnipeg – A place not further than 15mins. from the perimeter
  • Room for 6-10 Horses – Outdoor living/board for the horses to stretch their legs
  • Lease to Start June 2021 – We need to move from our current location by June 2021 (ideal timing, with some flexibility if needed)
  • Barn and Indoor Arena – Private use of barn and indoor arena. We run programs 5 full days a week (daytime hours)
  • Access to Summer Pasture – Summer pasture would be ideal for our horses to graze and run free

We are interested in hearing about both leasing and lease-to-own opportunities. If you or anyone you know has a property that might suit our needs, please contact us and we can explore together if a leasing arrangement could benefit both parties. Contact or 204-410-4995 ext. 1 and we will get back to you within 1-2 business days.

Double Your Impact This Giving Tuesday

Kids and horse - Giving Tuesday 2020

Don’t miss your chance to double your impact this GivingTuesday! Your donation to Urban Stable today, Dec. 1st, will go twice as far thanks to an anonymous donor who will match all donations given to Urban Stable on GivingTuesday up to $5000! 

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that happens every year after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a day for Canadians, charities, and businesses to come together to “do good stuff” and celebrate the joy of giving.  GivingTuesday marks the kick off of our Light Up A Life holiday campaign. More beautiful than the holiday lights is a life that has been lit up.

Help kick off our Light Up A Life campaign by spreading the word about Urban Stable, celebrating all the ways that people “do good stuff”, and engaging with your community. No GivingTuesday act is too small and each one is important. 

Here are some ideas of ways you can get involved:

  • Donate to Urban Stablegive financially and help more youth unbridle their potential. Not only will you double your impact today, CanadaHelps is also donating $2 for every $20  donated on GivingTuesday! Or if you want to support us by matching donations throughout December contact

  • Spread the word – tell your friends, family, and co-workers about the lives being changed at Urban Stable 

  • Like and Share our Stories on Social MediaFacebook, Instagram, and Twitter

  • Share our Newsletter – send our newsletters with our inspiring stories of hope to others. Not subscribed to our newsletter yet? Click the subscribe button at the top of the page

  • Pledge your time – give your time to help spread the word about Urban Stable, create a fundraiser for Urban Stable, or volunteer your talents

We hope you share in the excitement of #GivingTuesdayCA and take part! 


Personal Protective Equipment

Personal gear to protect our students, volunteers and staff is of course a priority this year. We’ve loaded up on cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer, some of which we’ve had generously donated by you, our supporters!

A special thank you goes to The Cap Shield who is giving back by donating 10 face shields for every 100 they sell online. Urban Stable was the recipient of some of these face shields that will help keep our students, volunteers and staff safe. Thank you Cap Shield for this gift!

Another special thank you goes to the Manitoba Horse Council, Greenhawk, Anne Miner, Janet Miner, Anna Savard, John Savard and Geri Sweet who worked together to purchase supplies and hand make enough non-medical face masks for our students to wear while at Urban Stable, ensuring we can help keep everyone at our site safe and follow best practices at all times. 

And of course a big thank you to Face Masks for Manitoba who are helping Manitobans access non-medical face masks by organizing talented sewers in our region to make masks for others. We received a donation of face masks from this group as well and we are so glad there are so many caring and helpful people in our community.  

All this added safety equipment comes with a cost which can become overwhelming especially in an already challenging time, but thanks to you, our generous community, some of the added costs of this equipment have been taken care of for us! Thank you!

Red River Co-op Grant

This fall we have been offering a combination of in-person and virtual learning as it fits for our schools and students as well as the current public health guidelines. This requires additional equipment and staff time to create our virtual materials. While this does not replace the benefits of hands-on learning, it is the next best thing for our students, keeping them connected and engaged with their horses and their personal learning and growth through Urban Stable. 

Red River Co-op has awarded us a grant to cover some of the extra costs required to create, develop and purchase equipment for our virtual programming and learning opportunities. We are so grateful that Red River Co-op has seen the shifting needs in the community and has stepped up to help make a difference, giving support and stability to Urban Stable and the youth we serve in these challenging times. 

Thank you Red River Co-op! This grant is helping us keep connected to our students and give them the opportunity to unbridle their potential even in the midst of a pandemic.