BBQ and Barn Dance Fundraiser

Stone Hurst Stable and Urban Stable invite you to join us for a BBQ and Barn Dance Fundraiser, with live music from  the Dust Rhinos, on Saturday October 1st, 2022, 6pm – 10pm. At our new program location, Stone Hurst Stable, 78-102 MB 7,  Stonewall, MB R0C 2Z0.

Enjoy a family friendly evening consisting of BBQ Dinner, Dancing, Cash Bar, Impact Auction, Raffles & More! Bring your own lawn chairs. Cash, cheque or e-transfer will be accepted for the Fund The Need Impact Auction.

Tickets: $40 Adults, $20 Children 12 and under, and $20 Support Tickets.
Event ticket includes BBQ dinner, beverage, concert ticket, and ballot for door prize draw.

Tickets available from:
info@urbanstable.ca and
stonehurststable@gmail.com

Funds raised at this event for Urban Stable will go towards horse care costs and horse sponsorship of Urban Stable’s program horses. We look forward to celebrating with you at our first in-person event in over 2 years! 

If you are unable to attend purchase your support tickets online and add a donation towards our Fund The Need Impact Auction here

Volunteers Needed

Horse Handler Volunteers

Be part of a fun, positive environment working with youth and horses helping youth unbridle their potential. We are looking for adult volunteer horse handlers, who have horse experience, to join our team leading the students on their horses as they learn to ride. 

Urban Stable empowers youth to engage in their education and community and achieve personal success through hands-on learning with horses.

Horse Handler Requirements:

  • Horse experience required
  • Available during the day on a weekday (Tues., Wed. or Thurs.) starting October 2022
  • Able to transport self to program (located 15 minutes North of the perimeter)
  • Able to attend Orientation on Sept. 20, 1:00pm – 2:00pm and Training Sept. 27 and 28, 2022 10:00am-12:30pm
  • Volunteer hours: 2.5 hour class per week, for 5-10 weeks Oct.-Dec. & 14 weeks Feb.-June

We are a Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) accredited centre and provide full training and support to all volunteers from advanced beginners to experienced. To learn more about this opportunity or to apply contact hayley@urbanstable.ca

Youth Assistant Volunteers

Support our students when unmounted in the barn & classroom as they learn to groom, tack, and develop leadership skills with their horses, and assist with classroom activities. 

Youth Assistant Requirements:

  • Experience working with youth/children required
  • Available during the day on a weekday (Tues., Wed. or Thurs.) starting October 2022
  • Able to transport self to program (located 15 minutes North of the perimeter)
  • Able to attend Orientation on Sept. 20, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Volunteer hours: 2-2.5 hour class per week, for 10 weeks Oct.-Dec. & possibly 14 weeks Feb.-June

We are a Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) accredited centre and provide full training and support to all volunteers from advanced beginners to experienced. To learn more about this opportunity or to apply contact hayley@urbanstable.ca

Program Volunteer Photographer

We are looking for 2-3 Volunteer Photographers to join our team to use their creative skills to capture the “magic” and celebrate our student success stories during program and at fundraising events. 

Volunteer Photographer Requirements:

  • Experience taking, editing, sharing and uploading photos preferred
  • Available during the day on a weekday (Tues., Wed. or Thurs.) starting October 2022 and occasional weekend/evening for fundraising events
  • Able to transport self to program (located 15 minutes North of the perimeter)
  • Able to attend Orientation on Sept. 20, 1:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Volunteer hours: 2-2.5 hours per class a week during program times (10 weeks Oct.-Dec. & 14 weeks Feb.-June, with possibility to “job-share” volunteer hours). Plus 2-4 hours during fundraising events as needed

We will provide full training and support to all volunteers from beginners to experienced. To learn more about this opportunity or to apply contact hayley@urbanstable.ca

We’re Recruiting for Program Drivers!

Program Driver Position

Urban Stable is currently looking for 1 – 2 part-time youth work program drivers, with experience working with and transporting youth, to join our dedicated team of program drivers. We are looking for passionate, energetic, reliable, and experienced mature drivers to provide student transportation to and from the program location using the program vehicle – a 7-passenger mini-van. 

Check out our job opportunities page for more information and how to apply. 

 

Our New Home – Stone Hurst Stable

staff and volunteers stand outside barn

After searching high and low we are thrilled to announce we have found and settled into our new home, Stone Hurst Stable. 
 
Stone Hurst Stable is a beautiful facility near Stonewall, MB that will offer our students a calm, peaceful, warm, and inviting place to connect, learn, and grow. 
 
Our horses are enjoying the quiet, grassy pastures, excellent care, and beautiful shade trees in their new home. On hot summer days, they love nothing more than to gather under the big oak tree in their pasture and snooze away the heat of the day in its generous shade. 

Our moving day crew (pictured above) worked tirelessly and were still smiling at the end of the day. Thanks for all your hard work team!

 We look forward to welcoming our students to our new home this fall!

Join Our Team

People in arena, student riding horse

Program Director Position  

Urban Stable is currently looking for a Program Director to join our dedicated and dynamic team. We are looking for a passionate, energetic, and reliable individual to oversee the delivery of our program from connecting with program partners, organizing staff and volunteers, coaching the youth in our programs, to assisting in researching and pursuing funding streams. 

Check out our Job Opportunities page for more information. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Leading my horse was hard. But also calming.”

Youth hugging horse

 
Every student that comes to Urban Stable, comes with a different set of experiences, challenges, and concerns. Arthur* came to Urban Stable dealing with trauma from his past. He needed a space where he could be calm and learn how to build a safe, stable relationship. 
 
For someone who deals with trauma or high anxiety, having a space to feel calm and comfortable can be a great opportunity to de-stress and heal from past experiences. Arthur’s horse, Rufus, and Urban Stable were this opportunity for Arthur. 
 
Arthur was able to build a strong connection with Rufus. Rufus helped Arthur feel calm and taught him the qualities of a good relationship like kindness, communication, boundaries, and empathy. 
 
Working with Rufus was also a great opportunity for Arthur to find his strength by learning to be a leader to his horse. As a leader to Rufus, Arthur learned how to make a plan and communicate his plan effectively to Rufus, showing Arthur that he could indeed be a leader. 
 
Dealing with horses can be challenging, but the skills you learn stick with you and can have a BIG impact on your life. 
 
“Leading my horse was hard. But also calming.” Arthur said about his experience at Urban Stable. 
 
Arthur would beam with pride when he took on a new challenge and succeeded, putting his all into working with his horse and finding such a sense of accomplishment after each class. 
 
This June, help create a safe, calming space for students by donating to Urban Stable.

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From Fear to a Leader

Youth mounting horse

Horses are large animals that for some, can certainly be scary at first glance. This was the case for Baja*, a student who when first coming to Urban Stable was very nervous around the horses. 
 
Starting out with groundwork, learning to groom, tack, and communicate with her horse, Caspian, Baja got comfortable around her horse and even started to understand how Caspian communicated with her. 
 
Through the program Baja overcame her fear, became a strong leader for Caspian and was able to lead him around the arena with ease. She worked hard on her ability to focus and recognize the body language and energy she needed to be an effective leader to her horse. 
 
After a lot of hard work developing trust, understanding and leadership skills, Baja was courageous enough to saddle and ride Caspian! Something she thought was far too scary to do when starting the program.

Now Baja is able to remain calm and be a good teammate and leader to her horse, overcoming her anxiety and fear.
 
This June, help more students like Baja overcome their fear and anxiety by donating to Urban Stable.

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“My horse taught me to be confident!” – Eric

Youth and Horse

Making yourself vulnerable by joining a new program can be difficult, but it can also lead to important growth.

This was the situation for Eric*, a student who at first was unsure about being part of the Urban Stable program but gave it a shot.

When Eric started at Urban Stable, he had a hard time connecting with others. This struggle to connect with others also caused him to struggle to absorb information and participate in conversations.

Through the program, Eric worked hard on building a relationship with his horse, Brownie, and learned how to open up to Brownie. Soon Eric was able to transfer the relationship building skills he had developed with Brownie, to also connect with his teammates and the staff and volunteers at Urban Stable.

What once was a rare, tentative smile from Eric, became frequent and noticeable even at school.

His teacher says because Eric participated in Urban Stable, “He is much happier as a person. He is more confident and enjoys a conversation. He is open to new things”.

And Eric told us, “My horse taught me to be confident,” and “I feel more connected to people.” 
 
This June, support the growth of more students like Eric and donate to Urban Stable today.

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“I learned that I could be a good leader.” – Aster

Youth riding horse

When working with a large animal, like a horse at Urban Stable, students can quickly learn what it means to be assertive and how to effectively communicate.

One of our students, Aster*, struggled with taking initiative. When she began at Urban Stable she was very passive and found it easy to let the volunteers do the work.

During one of Aster’s riding sessions the group discussed how Aster and the other students are leaders to their horses when they are riding. They learned that to be a good leader they need to make a plan and then communicate that plan clearly to their teammates, including in this case, their horse.

This was an ah-ha moment for Aster and after this she began to take initiative while in the saddle. Slowly but surely, she started creating clear plans and communicating her plans to her horse.

Aster was developing her skills as a leader, skills that will stay with her long after her time in the Urban Stable program.

“I learned that I could be a good leader.” Aster said when reflecting on her time with Urban Stable. 
 
This June, support Urban Stable so more students like Aster can become assertive leaders in our community.

 

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Join Our Board

Board meeting at the barn

Do you want to make a difference for youth in your community? 

Are you interested in being part of a unique organization delivering equine facilitated learning programs to youth, benefiting their social and emotional growth? 

If so, consider a position with Urban Stable’s Board of Directors. 

Urban Stable currently provides Equine Facilitated Learning Programs to youth in grades 5-12 through four unique programs (School Program, Alumni Program, Summer Program, Leaders in Training Program). We currently partner with 20 schools across four School Divisions and several community organizations. Over the past 20+ years Urban Stable has served the needs of 700+ youth and is well positioned for growth. 

We are currently seeking two people to join our Board of Directors with expertise and experience in ONE or more of the following areas: 

  • Fundraising – individual donations, major gifts, grant writing 
  • Event planning and sponsorship 
  • Website design, management, and Marketing
  • IT governance
  • Human Resources and Policies
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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 2022 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, August 19th, 2022 
Inquiries and applications can be sent toboard@urbanstable.ca 
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