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June Newsletter 

Welcome back to another addition of our Friends of the CTRC Newsletter - we hope this winter issue can warm you up with some lovely stories from our centre.

In this addition:
- Harley's improvements 
- First Aid Training Day July 9th
- DSC Audit Report now Available
- Upcoming July Camp Dates
- Isla and William's Story
- Support recieved by Alder and Partners
- Volunteer of the Month - Carol Rossiter

Do you need to update your first aid certificate?

CTRC in conjuction with Response Plus are running a Senior First Aid course on Saturday the 9th of July. Response Plus have kindly volunteered their instructor for the day and funds raised will go directly to the CTRC and help us continue our valuable work.
Saturday 9th July at 10am
Perth Horse and Pony Club Clubhouse
Jon Sanders Drive, Osborne Park
Cost: $95 including morning tea and lunch

You can check our more information on the enrolment form here. Enrolments for this course will close on the 6th of July - so get in quick!
Course Outcomes:
The following outcomes will be met upon completion of the class:
  • Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation HLTAID001 (Valid for 1 year)
  • Provide Basic Emergency Life Support HLTAID002
  • Provide First Aid HLTAID003 (Valid for 3 years)

Centre Audit Report Available

As reported in last months’ newsletter during  May, the CTRC was audited for the Disabilities Services Commission by their independent auditor Natalie Georgeff.  This process took approximately three weeks and involved Natalie attending our Volunteer Training Day, Board Meeting, spending a working day at CTRC, checking on all our Policies and Procedures, client services and most importantly speaking to many of you – our clients, parents, carers and volunteers.  We thank all of you who spoke to Natalie from what we gather the vast majority of you in glowing terms. 

The report has been released to us and we are pleased to say that in most areas of the audit we achieved good results with only the area of service reporting and risk management requiring attention.  Not to say we are resting on our laurels, in the coming months we will be taking all the advice from the audit and DSC on board. We are finalising a business model to carry us into the future, building on our strategic plan, building a new more interactive client friendly website and upgrading our booking and IT services. With the new NDIS coming into effect we feel that with these strategic changes moving forward we will be well placed to operate within the new NDIS system to service both existing and new clients and most importantly creating a viable CTRC into the future for both disabled and abled bodied clients.

One again thank you to all of you who contributed to the audit and if you would like to read the finalised Auditors report please email and we will be happy to forward you a copy.

Jacqui Moon – Acting CEO
Every year the CTRC run day camps for children to come down and spend a whole day learning to ride, interact with horses, scratching up on some equestrian skills and getting dirty! Camp days are a lot of fun and we encourage interested parties to contact us to know more.

The upcoming dates for the CTRC Day Camps are:

July 2016

Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th
Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th

We also have dates in October and December that will be confirmed in a future newsletter!

Camp costs $100 per day and you can use this form to enrol.

State Dressage Champs & 4 Phase Challenge

Last weekend, RDA WA ran the State Dressage Championships and 4 Phase Challenge at the State Equestrian Centre at Brigadoon.  M'liss and the team at CTRC washed, plaited, packed gear and feed for the 8 horses, that M'liss & Sara transported to the SEC on Saturday morning.  

Gumnut, Kiara, Spike, Flash, Two Socks, Missy and Archie were used for both CTRC riders and riders from other RDA's, and of course Choco for Sara.  Having 8 horses on the go at one time is quite a feat, and Saturday morning half an hour after arriving we had to have the Flash ready for Mercedes dressage test, Kiara for Sophie and Missy for Eloise.  It was a bit of a flurry but we made it - and all riders reported for their tests.   

M'liss, as you can guess, was here, there and everywhere and making sure she made time for each of the riders and their families throughout the weekend. Also, as a coach for assisted riders  - would have walked and jogged the equivalent of a marathon I'm sure!  

Saturday saw the Dressage and English equitation events in not the nicest of weather conditions and I'm pleased to report that our horses and riders were and absolute credit to CTRC.  If there was an award for turnout of horse and rider then Mercedes Portaro would have won hands down - she and Flash looked exactly that! Flash! And they also placed 3rd in their test. If Mercedes was the star for turnout then our Missy was worth her absolute weight in gold for Eloise Bolam winning the trophy for the Highest Young Rider Dressage score!  Spike also shone placing 3rd with Michelle Aiken and Archie second with Jaye Barnsby-Buie. And as we come to expect Sara scored a great 73.8% to win her class.  

In the English Equitation - Mercedes, Sara and Eloise all won their classes with Jay, Michelle and Sophie also in the places. In the afternoon it was time for Trec-Trail which is like Handy pony and Flash competed with Mercedes and two other riders from Carine RDA. This event is where Gumnut met and teamed up with Taj Dixon from Hills RDA to gain a first place and a new friend!  Once again Sara had a first place on Choco. In the Pace Pathway Fast and Slow sections - Mercedes and Flash were stars with a first and second, Flash gaining places with his other riders and Taj/Gumnut combination well placed as well.

The Trec Jumping was a highlight of the weekend and entertaining for competitors and bystanders alike.  Gumnut once again starred with Taj, Mercedes 2nd on Flash, Sara and Two Socks 5th and Eloise and Missy 7th. Please have a look through the pics and you will see that while the competition was important all riders, parents and supporters enjoyed great comraderie and supported each other throughout the weekend.   

Our CTRC pony and horses were amazing ambassadors for our centre and made many new friends over the weekend and as for Mliss what can you say..........she left home at 5am on Saturday morning, transported and looked after horses and riders all weekend and returned home after midnight on Sunday after she made sure all the horses were tucked up safe and sound back at CTRC.

Special thanks to Alex & Co for all the washing of the horses, also to Dom, Chloe and Jo for helping plait on Friday night, Monika for helping pack the truck, Chloe for helping out Saturday morning at SEC before her 18th birthday party and Jo in the afternoon. Sunday Board CTRC Board member Alison and Jo again lent a helping hand as well as Sara's Mum Pam.

It was a great weekend for the CTRC team in many ways with many new friends
made as well. You can see the full results list here!

Isla and William's Story

Last Friday, we had the absolute honour of sharing a video on our Facebook page about the close bond between a rider and her pony. This video was made by Yvonne Ardley and Ella Rose Simson who captured the story of Isla and William so beautifully. We are so incredibly proud of every single team member that supports the centre, as we are making a difference in so many lives. A massive congratulations to Isla and her family - to M'liss and Jo who make the magic happen and every volunteer, supporter and family member that come down to centre.

If you haven't seen the video, we encourage you to check it out!

Community Donation

The CTRC relies on the help of volunteers and the financial support of the community to continue our valuable work. We are completely thrilled and honoured to receive a fantastic donation from Alder and Partners - a local financial advisory group! Alder and Parners heard about Isla and William's incredible story and decided to jump on board too!

Alder and Partners is dedicated to providing personalised wealth management advice and are experts in the areas of investment management, superannuation, taxation planning, wealth protection, cash flow management, debt management, asset structuring and estate planning. In addition to that, they are wonderful supporters of local community groups (such as ours) and aim to enrich the lives of West Australians.

We can't thank Alder & Partners enough! Your donation will touch many lives at our centre. If you want to read more about Alder & Partners - head over to their website!

If you would like to make a donation to the CTRC please contact Jacqui Moon (Acting CEO) on 0417 124 625, M'liss Henry (Head Coach) on 9384 3452 or email us at Remember that all donations over $2 are tax deductible!

Meet Carol Rossiter

"My name is Carol Rossiter and I live in Claremont, but grew up in England. As a child I was passionate about horses but never owned my own. I always assumed that I would marry and live in a rose covered cottage in the country, have children and that they would have Thelwell style Shetland ponies! Sadly the dream did not materialise but my youngest daughter Harriet shares my passion and has been riding at CTRC for a number of years.

I am a recent recruit to the volunteer group at CTRC having been made redundant earlier this year from my position as Property manager at the University of Western Australia, and slid into the role when one of the horses became sick and I had unlimited time to spend on her and nurse her back to full health. Whilst horses are my first passion I am now assisting with rider therapy. I am very much a novice in this area but am thrilled to be able to help and love seeing how being close to a hairy pony can assist adults and children with a variety of disabilities.

CTRC rocks! It is a breath of fresh air in todays busy world, a farmyard in the city (cats and chickens too!), full of life and friendly, kind and helpful souls who care enough to spare their time making a difference."
Here is Carol and Sam with their very special Missy!
Centre Fees 2016:

Disabled Group Booking $20/ lesson 
Disabled Individual Session $30 / lesson
Abled pay as you go $70 / lesson

If you are DSC Eligible, please let the office know.
1/2 hour classes from 2:30-4PM for $40

Ride Therapy with Jo Blomquist - Availability dependent, discuss price on application.

Pay in advance lesson fees:
Term 3: 18th July - 23rd September $660
Term 4: 10th October - 16th December $54
The CTRC is a not for profit organisation and is funded by donations, self fund raising and Government support. Please contact us for more information on how to donate.
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