Come and Volunteer at Urban Stable

Be part of a fun, positive environment working with youth and horses helping the youth to unbridle their potential.
Urban Stable is looking for horse handler/youth assistant volunteers for our programs starting October 2019. Horse experience is preferred. Orientation is Thursday September 12th from 9:30-10:30am.
Contact us at to request a volunteer application or for more information.

Stories from the Classroom

“As a teacher, I have used my students’ connections to Urban Stable on many occasions in the classroom. I am reminded of a student who was a reluctant writer in the classroom but was very motivated by her experiences in the barn. When we restructured a writing assignment to incorporate her learning from the Urban Stable program, this student found new levels of writing confidence and motivation. She had found a topic she loved to elaborate on and felt she could share with others. I’ve also seen Urban Stable help shy students to have experiences they want to share verbally. This connection helped me as a teacher to build stronger relationships with them because we could regularly chat about the program.” 

Students who are referred to Urban Stable sometimes struggle with learning difficulties, find it hard to concentrate in the classroom or may have become disengaged from their education. This is where learning at Urban Stable’s alternative classroom (the barn) comes in; the experiences the students have at the barn with the horses can help them connect with their education at school and strengthen their learning in the classroom.

Way to go horse and human teachers! Keep up the good work supporting and connecting students to their education and communities and helping them achieve personal success.

Golf For Literacy Tournament Monday Sept 9th, 2019

You are invited to the Golf for Literacy Tournament on Monday September 9th, 2019, hosted by the Rotary Club of Winnipeg – Charleswood, Rotary Club of Winnipeg – Assiniboine and The Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce.

Join us for a fun and relaxing day at Breezy Bend Golf and Country Club Headingley, where tournament proceeds will support four west Winnipeg charities, Urban Stable being one of the chosen charities. Tickets are on sale now, ensure you reserve your ticket today for you and your team of four as spots are limited. For more information and to register follow the link or download the registration form below.

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support. Without you, this day could not be a success, and Urban Stable would not be able to unbridle the potential of youth in our community to help them reengage with their education. Looking forward to seeing you there.

2019 Golf for Literacy Registration Form

“My horse and I understand each other”

Lisa, one of our alumni students, wants to share her experience of the program with you and what her horse has taught her.  Watch Lisa’s video below and see for yourself why you should help us win $10,000! #GivingChallengeCA


In this next video the Urban Stable Program horses share some of the impact our unique programs have for the students. If Urban Stable won $10,000 we could send 8 students to participate in our life changing programs. Donate and share today #GivingChallengeCA


The Great Canadian Giving Challenge continues. Every $1 donated to Urban Stable during the month of June, through CanadaHelps gives us a ballot into the draw to win $10,000! If we won $10,000 we could buy 100 helmets for the students’ safety. Or we could buy 40 pairs of warm winter boots to keep the students’ toes toasty warm! Donate here today (minimum donation $3) and spread the word use #GivingChallengeCA.

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2019

During the month of June every dollar donated to Urban Stable through enters us into a draw to win $10,000! (Minimum donation $3).

If Urban Stable won $10,000 we could…

….send 8 youth to participate in our programs for a whole year!

….purchase 40 pairs of warm winter boots to keep our students toes toasty warm in the winter!

….purchase 100 riding helmets to keep the students safe while working with the horses!

….or we could purchase a newer vehicle to transport the students to and from the stables! The transportation is an integral part of our program to bring the students to the barn otherwise they would not be able to participate in our life changing programs.

YOU can help Urban Stable win $10,000 it’s simple –  donate today and spread the word with family, friends, associates and social media using #GivingChallengeCA

Join Urban Stable’s Board of Directors

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? Are you ready to take action? If so, we invite you to consider a position with Urban Stable’s Board of Directors.

We are currently seeking 2-3 people to join our dynamic board of directors with expertise and experience in ONE or more of the following areas:

  • Fundraising/ Marketing
  • Accounting/ Financial Management/ Business
  • Education/ Social Work/ Psychology
  • Equine Assisted Learning/Therapy

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
  • Learn more about equine assisted learning and its benefits
  • Broaden your professional and personal networks
  • Utilize and/or gain skills in decision making, governance, strategic planning, marketing, financial management, etc.

Type of Position:  Volunteer
Requirement:  4-6 hours/month to begin September 2019
Duration:  Board members are elected for an initial two-year term (with opportunity to renew for an additional term)
Experience: Previous board experience desired but not necessary
Location of Opportunity: Winnipeg, Manitoba

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
Note: Board members are subject to a criminal record check and child abuse registry check

Deadline for applications is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 14th, 2019.
Send applications to:

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

High Five for our Volunteers

Our volunteers are an integral part of Urban Stable and we could not run our programs without them. They show enormous compassion and heart helping the students grow. Their consistent support, guidance, understanding and care in the large and small things they do for the students each week makes all the difference.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and we want to give our volunteers a massive HIGH FIVE for all the time, dedication, passion and enthusiasm they generously give to the youth in our programs.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers from the horses, students and staff at Urban Stable. We couldn’t do it without you.

Read earlier posts to meet some of our volunteers and see what makes them passionate about volunteering at Urban Stable.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!

Urban Stable Wear

Urban Stable Wear is available again for purchase! We are taking orders for t-shirts and sweatshirts until May 8, 2019. T-shirts and sweatshirts are available in youth, ladies, mens and unisex adult sizing. Click the ‘Merchandise Info’ button below for product details.

Youth Merchandise
All youth merchandise has the Urban Stable logo screen printed on the left chest in white.

  • Youth T-Shirt –  $20.00
  • Youth Pullover Sweatshirt  –  $40.00

Adult Merchandise
Adult t-shirts have the Urban Stable logo screen printed on the left chest in white. Adult sweatshirts have the Urban Stable logo embroidered in gold and white on the left chest (as shown in above photo).

  • Ladies T-Shirt – $25.00
  • Mens T-Shirt  –  $25.00
  • Ladies Zipped Sweatshirt  – $60.00
  • Unisex Pullover Sweatshirt – $55.00

To Order:
Use the Order Form link below and mail or drop off your completed Urban Stable Wear orders, along with payment to our office (address on Order Form).

We regret that we cannot process orders without payment and cannot accept e-transfers.

Order your Urban Stable Wear today!
Product information sheet

Meet a Volunteer – Jen

How long have you volunteered for Urban Stable?
6 months.

What do you like about volunteering with Urban Stable? 
I love the atmosphere! The youth and the staff are a wonderful bunch of people to work with – everyone is welcoming, open, and warm. I appreciate having the opportunity to meet so many new people in such a supportive environment. It’s always a good time!
I also really like watching the process of relationship and skill building that happens as the students engage with the horses. The program participants are always so brave and willing to try new things, and working with horses really provides them a unique chance to do exactly that. They continually impress me with their confidence!

What is your favorite Urban Stable memory?
I’m not sure I can pick just one! I think the moments I love the most are the quiet exchanges between the youth and horses – whether it’s a pat from the rider after a great display of teamwork, or a smile or laugh when their horse is acting extra affectionate or curious… or whatever else that might look like… It’s so lovely to witness this ease that develops between the students and the horses they are partnered with, because I know many of them start the program with some nerves!

Meet a Horse – Jack

Jacks Hummin Par, or ‘Jack’, is a 2006 Quarter Horse gelding who is affectionately called Jackalope at the barn. He is our tallest horse and stands 16hh. Jack and his best buddy Q are almost identical and even though they are different breeds of horses people often can’t tell Jack and Q apart.

When Jack isn’t hanging out with students at Urban Stable you will usually find him initiating games in the pasture with the other horses running, rearing and generally having fun. His other favorite past time is napping. Jack is a sucker for a good nap and you can often find him curled up in a sunny spot in the shelter.

Though Jack is a great instigator of fun and games in the pasture he is calm and gentle when working with the students at Urban Stable. He takes good care of his riders and loves to lick them, yes that’s right, lick them, like a big dog. Jack’s sweet and humorous nature and love of games helps students open up with him, feel safe and smile.