Thank You Rotary Club of Winnipeg-Charleswood!

Thank you to our long-term supporters Rotary Club of Winnipeg-Charleswood! Their donation is sponsoring a class of 8 youth-in-need from River West Park School to attend a 5-week unmounted program this spring. 

Program Update – Spring 2024

student on practice barrel

We had an amazing fall program this year! The students got to know their new, four-legged friends, building strong relationships with them as well as their teammates. The students learned what the horses like and don’t like, how to groom, pick out hooves, lead and saddle. The students grew in assertiveness, communication and confidence. This bond of trust with their horse gave them the courage to try new difficult skills and discover how to conquer them!

Over these upcoming sessions the students will be mounting up and working on their riding skills. We are so excited to see what the students achieve as they learn to ride this spring!

A newfound sense of pride in their accomplishments is the cornerstone for a future filled with personal success for each student. How incredible it is to see the students connecting the dots between their experiences at the barn and their experiences at school and at home. By nurturing connection, compassion, empathy and belonging, students undergo personal growth and unbridle their potential.

Attending Urban Stable encourages students to engage with their education, environment, and those around them, creating resilient communities and spreading hope. Thank you for being the catalyst for positive change in the lives of youth in our programs.

Barn Dance Fundraiser 2024

Join us for an evening of Family Fun, Dinner, Dancing, Live Entertainment, Cash Bar, Fund the Need Auction, Silent Auction Raffles & more at Urban Stable’s Barn Dance Fundraiser 2024!
Featuring live entertainment from the Dust Rhinos and Line Dance Instructor Darolyn Pchajek. So brush off your cowboy boots, let’s celebrate and together we’ll make a life-changing impact for youth-in-need in our community. 
Location: Breezy Bend Golf and Country Club, 7620 Roblin Blvd, Headingley, MB R4H 1A7
Date: Saturday May 4th, 2024
Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Adults $50
Children 12 and under $25
Support Tickets $20
Event Ticket includes: Pulled Pork dinner, concert ticket for Dust Rhinos, dance instruction, and ballot for door prize draw. Tickets available here.
All funds raised at this event will support youth facing challenges to attend our hands-on learning programs and help to cover the costs of caring for our 7 amazing program horses. (May, Caspian, Brownie, River, Nick, Peso, and Dexter).
One Urban Stable horse touches the lives of countless people over the course of one year, bringing hope, growth, learning, and connection to our students and their families. Our Fund the Need Auction happening this night will provide funding to support the annual cost of horse care requirements including feed, bedding, farrier, veterinary care, tack, stall and turnout management, and ongoing training to keep our horses fit to do their job of unbridling youth potential. Email for more information. 

Molly’s Life Lit Up!

HorseStudent standing next to horse

At Urban Stable, lives like Molly’s* are lit up everyday. 

Molly was often frustrated and angry with how life was going for her, struggling in class and being bullied at recess. Through working with her horse at Urban Stable, Molly was able to identify her frustration, work through it, and develop ways to manage her emotions.

Molly now calms more quickly, can use her words to express her emotions, and can rationalize what she is feeling. Molly has grown emotionally over the two years she has attended Urban Stable. She is now not afraid at recess because of what her horse taught her; to have empathy for others.

Your gift can help Light Up more lives this holiday season! Donate today.

*name and picture changed to protect identity. 

Fall Programming Kick-Off!

Youth and horse

A brand new school year is officially underway and we are having a blast welcoming our friends, old and new, into the peaceful atmosphere of the barn as our fall programs begin.

Our horses (the real teachers) are ready to teach their students the essential skills that allow their students to thrive. Empathy, self-regulation, patience, kindness, confidence, and relationship building are just a few of the areas of expertise our horses excel in teaching their human friends about. The horses’ safe, non-judgemental presence brings out the best in their two-legged companions. Who wouldn’t want a teacher who whinnies and sees you for who you really are?

As the students learn how to groom and bond with their horses, they learn about friendship, developing trust, and self-esteem. Playing games that put into practice themes like boundaries, consent, and partnership with their equine teammates, the students are able to connect the dots between these important topics and their daily life. Teamwork makes it all possible! Yay to the incredible ability our horses have to draw out these amazing qualities in each one of their students! Let’s continue unbridling all the youth potential we can this year!

Thank You Cardinal Foundation!

Thank you for your commitment to community and investing in the lives of the youth we serve. The equipment you so generously purchased helps us run our programs safely, smoothly, and effectively. Thank You!

Thank You IRCOM YiP!

IRCOM logo

Thank You IRCOM YiP committee for supporting our students through providing essential equipment for our students to unbridle their potential at Urban Stable. Your commitment to your community and youth is changing lives! 

Thank You CIBC Miracle Day!

CIBC Miracle Day logo with student and horse

Thank you CIBC employees for choosing Urban Stable as one of your grant recipients this year from the proceeds of CIBC Miracle Day.  Thank you for improving the lives of our students and helping them acquire skills that will benefit their futures! We are grateful to be part of this group effort to change the world, one hoofprint at a time.  

Meet Our New Program Director!

Person and horse

We are thrilled to welcome Tavia, as Program Director, to the Urban Stable team! Tavia is a certified CanTRA Intermediate Instructor and a registered social worker with a Master of Social Work. Her experience will be invaluable to all of our students and we can’t wait for the fresh ideas she will bring to the table.

Read Tavia’s bio here: 

My story with horses began over 20 years ago, when I was a child who wanted to spend every spare minute at the barn. The time I did spend with horses throughout my childhood (and adolescence…and adulthood!) not only helped me grow in confidence and compassion, but also provided me a refuge during the ups and downs of life.

Over the years, I gained experience in horse training and barn management, as well as experience coaching riding lessons. I am now a certified CanTRA Intermediate Instructor and a registered social worker with a Master of Social Work, and I am delighted to be bringing these skillsets together in my new role.

Urban Stable opens the door to horses for young people who might otherwise never have the chance to spend time with a horse. It is so rewarding to see students progress in skills, ease and confidence as they return each week and to witness the joy they experience so fully with the horses in the program. I am honoured to join the Urban Stable team as Program Director!

Thank You Johansen Larsen Foundation!

Johansen Larsen Foundation Logo

Thank you for helping us provide unique learning opportunities at Urban Stable through the transformative power of the horse-human connection. Your support is instrumental in allowing our life-changing programs to be accessible and inclusive.