Volunteer as a Horse Handler!


Be part of a fun, positive environment working with youth and horses helping youth unbridle their potential.
We are looking for 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
  • 18 years or older
  • Available during the day on a weekday (Tues., Wed. or Thurs.) starting February 2022
  • Able to transport self to program (located 15 minutes West of the perimeter)
  • Able to attend orientation on Feb. 3 10:30am-11:30am and training Feb. 8 and 9, 2022 9:30am-12:30pm

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

Join Our Team – Program Driver

Urban Stable is currently looking for a youth work driver, with experience working with and transporting youth, to join our dedicated and dynamic team. We are looking for a passionate, energetic, reliable, and experienced driver of youth (or children) to provide student transportation to and from the program location using the program 7-8 seater vehicle.

Urban Stable, founded in 2001, is a registered charity, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and is an accredited Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) centre. Urban Stable empowers youth to engage in their education and community and achieve personal success through hands-on learning experiences with horses. We partner with local school divisions and community partners to provide equine experiential learning and riding programs to youth in grades 5-8, who are struggling at school, assisting them to develop vital life skills such as confidence, self-esteem, and self-awareness. Our programs are proven to increase student attendance and engagement at school and in their community.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Transport students at scheduled times to their Urban Stable class and back to school in Urban Stable 7-8 seater vehicle
  • Record day-to-day vehicle milage, perform regular vehicle maintenance tasks such as refuelling, washing, and cleaning up of garbage at the end of a day/shift as needed
  • Provide day-to-day feedback to Program Director regarding student pickups e.g., if student is absent from school or sick
  • Liaise with Program Director regarding student pick-ups e.g., if student is absent from school or sick
  • Report to Program Director

Key Requirements: 

  • Must have experience working with youth and youth struggling with challenges
  • Recommend have experience driving youth
  • Comfortable driving for durations up to 1hr – 1.5hrs with pick up and drop off on route
  • Must have clean driver’s licence with positive points on driver safety rating scale and no driving infringements e.g., speeding tickets, traffic offenses etc.
  • Must be experienced driver e.g., experience driving on gravel, highway driving and in rain and snow
  • Must follow all federal, provincial and city driving codes and laws
  • 25 years of age + preferred
  • Must have held full driver’s licence for at least 5 years
  • Need to have weekday daytime availability
  • Need to be available up to 3 days a week for approximately 24 hours a week during program time
  • Need to show dedication and commitment to the position
  • Must sign all Urban Stable waivers and agree to abide by all Urban Stable policies

You will have the opportunity to work with a great team that is passionate about providing life-changing programs for youth-at-risk. Your approachable and encouraging character, along with your experienced driving and youth leadership skills will help more youth achieve personal success and build vital life skills like confidence and independence that transfer back to their classroom, family, and community. 

Three-month probationary period in effect working.
Driver will have routine performance evaluations with Program Director.  
Training and mentoring will be provided to all approved candidates. 
Only successful candidates will be contacted.  

Interested individuals are invited to submit their cover letter and resume along with two professional references to hayley@urbanstable.ca no later than January 31st, 2022.  Position will start Mid-February 2022.

Thank You for Lighting Up Lives

Student with horse

Our students sure are lucky to have you behind them!

You made the holidays bright by Lighting Up Lives! Your generosity and open heart create bright paths ahead for the youth we serve.

Thank You!

What a great way to start off the year knowing the powerful, life-changing impact you have on the lives of youth who are struggling in your community. 

We are so grateful for your support and are looking forward to a very happy and bright new year, made possible by you.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

And Happy New Year from all of us at Urban Stable!

Happy Holidays!


“The joy of brightening other lives becomes for us the magic of the holidays.” — W.C. Jones

Happy Holidays! We hope your holiday is merry and bright!

Spread that brightness and the magic of the holidays by brightening other lives and Light Up A Life with Urban Stable. 

Help youth attend our equine experiential learning programs where they can Light Up their Lives!

After all, more beautiful than the holiday lights is a life that is lit up!

Wishing you a very happy holiday from all of us at Urban Stable!

Eliah’s Life Lit Up

Girl lifting horse's foot

Meet Eliah*, an Urban Stable student who loves her horse, Ms. Piffles, but really struggles with self-confidence. Though Eliah is petite and her horse is 1000 lbs., Eliah was determined to learn to pick out her horse’s hooves.

Eliah watched the demonstration of how to ask Ms. Piffles to lift her foot, how she should hold and support the foot, and how to pick hard mud and dirt out. This task requires not only physical strength, but courage, assertiveness, and a strong belief in yourself that you can do it.

Even though she was scared and you could see Eliah’s legs shaking from nervousness and anxiety, when it was her turn to try, without hesitation, she dove straight into picking Ms. Piffles’ feet with determination. This took a lot of bravery, as well as mental and physical strength. 

And Eliah was successful! She accomplished this difficult task in front of her and you could see the immense pride she felt in her achievement. (You might even say, her confidence grew three sizes that day.)

Eliah walked out of the barn that day with a palpable confidence. She realized that if she can succeed at this difficult task, what difficult task can’t she do? 

Imagine the amazing things Eliah can accomplish with her new found confidence. Because of generous supporters like you, her life is being lit up and her path ahead is bright. 

Light Up A Life like Eliah’s this holiday season and help create a bright path ahead for more youth. After all, more beautiful than the holiday lights is a life that is lit up. 

*Name and picture changed for privacy

Mateo’s Life Lit Up!

Boy standing with horse

Meet Mateo*, a bubbly, energetic student at Urban Stable, who can struggle to feel safe in his connections and relationships with others. Mateo deals with many difficult and complex emotions that come from broken attachments. 

Mateo has an amazing, positive attitude despite his experience with trauma at a young age. He is motivated and loves being with his horse, China. Mateo has built a strong bond with China. Being able to grow his relationship with his horse helps him feel safe and helps him build connections with others. 

The supportive, consistent environment at Urban Stable, and the friendship and lessons from his horse, really help Mateo feel more grounded in an uncertain world. Mateo’s foster mom said that Urban Stable has been a lifeline for Mateo and that she will do what it takes for Mateo to continue in Urban Stable so he can grow and heal.

Every dollar you donate to Urban Stable will help Light Up A Life like Mateo’s. This holiday season give youth, like Mateo, the opportunity to attend Urban Stable’s engaging equine assisted learning programs. Because more beautiful than the holiday lights is a life that is lit up! 

*Name and picture changed for privacy

You make a difference – Thank You!

Youth with horse

Today we are thankful for all the amazing people around us who support growth and change in our communities by giving youth the chance to Light Up their Life at Urban Stable! 

GivingTuesday is a movement for generosity that is powerful and is changing the world. You are part of that movement. 

THANK YOU for seeing the need to create bright paths ahead for youth who are struggling, and for acting on that insight. You are making a difference we can all be thankful for. 

Let’s keep the giving movement going this holiday season and continue our goal to Light Up A Life! Because more beautiful than the holiday lights is a life that is lit up!

How many lives can we light up together this year?

On GivingTuesday we get out the GIVE.
On #ThankYouThursday we say thanks.

Amanda’s Life Lit Up!

Kid brushing horse

Boundaries are a way we teach others how to love us.

Meet Amanda*, an Urban Stable student who struggles with anxiety, whose horse Brownie taught her an invaluable lesson in setting boundaries, personal strength and healthy relationship building. 

In Amanda’s second week attending Urban Stable she learned how to build her relationship with her horse through grooming. While Amanda was trying to groom however, Brownie was fidgety and kept moving around. Amanda needed to find the courage to set boundaries with Brownie so she could let Brownie know where to stand. 

Hesitatingly at first, and then with growing assertiveness, Amanda learned to ask Brownie to move over to where Amanda wanted Brownie to stand. In this way Amanda set clear, healthy boundaries in her relationship with Brownie, and Brownie responded by immediately settling into grooming with no more fidgeting. 

This seemingly simple act completely changed the relationship between Brownie and Amanda. The moment Amanda effectively set her boundaries both Brownie and Amanda began to trust each other more. Amanda discovered the power she has to stand up for what is important to her, and Brownie felt more comfortable knowing exactly what Amanda expected.   

With Brownie, Amanda learned what it means to respectfully set healthy boundaries in a relationship. Amanda experienced the mental, emotional and physical benefits of setting good boundaries and how this can in turn reduce anxiety and build trust. 

This invaluable experience and lesson from her horse is lighting up Amanda’s life, giving her a bright path ahead. 

Help Urban Stable Light Up A Life like Amanda’s and donate today! Because more beautiful than the holiday lights is a life that is lit up!

*Name and picture changed for privacy

Happy Trails in Your Retirement Wendy!

Woman with horse

We are pleased to honour Wendy, our Co-Founder and Executive Director, as she transitions into retirement. For these last 20 years Wendy has been the heart and soul of our organization and we want to honour Wendy and her outstanding contribution to Urban Stable and the youth in our community. 
Wendy MacDonald co-founded Urban Stable in 2001 and she has been the Executive Director for these last 20 years. Urban Stable grew from Wendy’s desire to provide much needed support and programming for middle years students in Winnipeg, MB and the surrounding area. Working with Winnipeg youth in social services, Wendy witnessed a lack of programming available for these youth and also came upon the opportunity to experience the incredible positive impact being around horses had on one of the clients she supported. 

This experience made Wendy determined to help more youth make this connection with horses to help them build confidence, self-esteem, problem solving skills, leadership, communication, teamwork, and a sense of belonging that comes naturally from interacting with horses. 

Building a program from the ground up is no small task, but Wendy’s dream became a reality in Urban Stable, which has grown and flourished. Twenty years later, through Wendy’s hard work and passion, Urban Stable has impacted the lives of over 700 youths and their families in our School and Alumni Programs! In addition, Urban Stable has touched at least triple that number of youths through summer programs, year-end and annual activities, and celebrations. At these events participants’ friends and families, along with Urban Stable’s board members and staff, with their friends and families, have also been positively impacted. 

Urban Stable has gone through many periods of growth and change over the years and through Wendy’s tenacity has grown from two students to serve over 70 students annually. Wendy has been the leader and visionary in expanding Urban Stable’s partnerships and supporters, growing its programs along with the staff to support these programs, and through it all continuing to learn, dream, and build for the future of the organization and the community it serves. 

Wendy’s incredible service and dedication to helping youth unbridle their potential through Urban Stable has been recognized with a number of awards throughout the years. Wendy was awarded the RBC Financial Group Local Hero Award in 2009; the Rotary Club of Winnipeg – Charleswood, Paul Harris Fellow Award in 2016, in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world; and most recently she was honoured provincially when she was named a Manitoba Hero in 2017. Wendy has also been featured as Urban Stable’s Co-Founder and Executive Director on numerous occasions in local media. 
The undying passion, commitment, and belief Wendy has for connecting youth with horses to promote positive change in youth lives is inspiring and has changed the lives of countless youths, their families, and their communities. 
Co-founding and directing Urban Stable has been Wendy’s focus for many years and her service in the organization has known no bounds. Wendy has participated in all aspects of the program from transporting students to and from the stable, volunteering as a horse handler and youth assistant, organizing and planning programs, connecting with supporters and partners, securing funding, steering the organization forward, and so much more. 
The need for supportive, creative programming to help youth unbridle their potential that initiated the start of Urban Stable has not diminished. Wendy’s vision, determination, and support has brought Urban Stable to where it is today and continues to build and create better opportunities for youth now and for years to come. 
Wendy is very deserving of her retirement and this small tribute doesn’t do justice to the impact she has made in so many lives. Wendy’s incredible dedication to youth, her community, and the building of such an impactful organization is a daily inspiration. We will miss Wendy immensely, but her passion and enthusiasm for helping others has left an indelible mark on Urban Stable and we know that mark of determination and kindness will continue to serve Wendy in her well deserved retirement.  

New Home Update


You have all been so amazing in your support as we search for a new home. Over the last year we have had many helpful conversations, visited wonderful barn and arena facilities in the Winnipeg area, met incredible people and made important connections. We have learned a lot, built relationships and clarified many questions as we looked for our new home. 

The search for our new home has yielded all these amazing opportunities, experiences, relationships and connections. We continue to move forward with our dream of a permanent home for Urban Stable and we have gained a lot of knowledge of what this dream will require, what it will look like and are working on our plans to make this dream a reality. 

While the search for our permanent home continues we are so thankful that our current home at Camp Assiniboia has extended our lease for one more program year. We are grateful for the strong and supportive relationship we have built with Camp Assiniboia and the opportunity to continue our partnership. 

Stay tuned for more news on our future home as we blaze the trail ahead.