Welcome to the May Friends of the CTRC Newsletter! Check out our photos from the school holiday camp, showjumping day and volunteer training - and much, much more!
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CTRC May 2016 Newsletter

Welcome back to another busy month at the CTRC! Term two is well underway and we have many new faces joining us for the first time this semester. For those riders, welcome to your first CTRC newsletter!

Here's a quick snapshot of this newsletter:
  • Our Ready Set Trot workbooks have arrived and are now available for you to purchase
  • School Holiday Day Camp – everyone had lots of fun! The camp dates for next school holidays are July 5th, 6th and 7th and July 12th, 13th and 14th.
  • The Showjumping day held at the Perth Horse & Pony Club was a great success – see story and pics below!
  • Meet Bowen and Ride Therapist Jo Blomquist
  • Meet our Volunteer of the month - Debra Colling
  • DSC Audit – we still need your input!
  • First Aid Course – coming to CTRC soon

School Holidays Camp

We had twenty-five children attend our first Day Camp for the year and a lot of fun was had by all.  Our next holiday camp are on the 5th, 6th and 7th of July, and the 12th, 13th and 14th of July. - contact us to be sure you don't miss out!

Check out the pics from the last holiday camp below:

Perth Horse and Pony Club Jumping Day

M’liss came up with the idea of a Showjumping Day to be held in conjunction with Perth Horse & Pony Club and together with Jacqui they made it happen! 

We had 57 riders enter the day to complete 160 rounds of showjumping ranging from classes 45cm in height through to 1.10m. The day was fine but very cold and the jumps supplied by both CTRC and PH&PC made the course look fantastic.  FEI Course Builder Kevin Tully designed all the courses and provided the electronic timing.  The event drew an array of competitors from the young inexperienced, and top juniors to the older regular competitors with many providing feedback that they would love to see it become a regular on the WA Showjumping calendar. Many CTRC riders and horses competed as well, with many bringing home ribbons!

We were very fortunate to have the support of some great sponsors which enabled us to offer great prize money on the classes.  From our very own Gerald Jenkins who sponsored the Daisy Cup (named after his poodle Daisy), Marijke Johnson, Roger Raymond, Geisel Park Stud and Argonaut Securities. We hope that this event may become a yearly fundraiser for CTRC in the future and we look forward to more of our riders joining in! A massive thankyou to all our CTRC helpers who made the day possible and who were there from dawn till dusk on the day – we could not have done it without you!!!

Volunteer Training Day

Our Volunteer Training Day on April 30th was very well attended by 16 lovely volunteers who Hannah took through our Volunteer Induction program including Health & Safety Checklist and Policy & Procedure updates and Level O updates. The day was also attended by our auditor Natalie Georgeff who not only observed some of the training but spoke to the group explaining what our audit is all about. Feedback from new attendees was very positive and we look forward to holding another training day towards the end of the year!  Reminder to all new Volunteers that we do require a copy of your Working with Children’s Check and Police Check. This can be arranged through the CTRC office.

DSC Audit

As you may be aware we are currently undergoing a DSC Audit which should be wrapped up by the end of this week. The auditor Natalie Georgeff has been in contact with some of our clients, parent and volunteers but we encourage any of you that would like to let Natalie know of your experience at CTRC. Please give her a call on 0417 412 867 before the end of the week to make your voice heard. 

It is very important that she speaks to as many people as possible to get a true and balanced view of our centre. The information gained in this evaluation will be very important in shaping the future of the centre and we would be very grateful for you to participate!

Ready Set Trot

Have you got your Ready Set Trot packs yet?

The Green Ribbon Participant Registration Pack includes a participant folder with skills check lists and activities sheets, helmet cover, green wristband, Ready Set Trot Pen and Champion-in-training sticker!!

We also have available the Yellow Ribbon Participation Registration pack which includes more activity sheets and skills lists to add to your folder, Green completion Ribbon and a Yellow wristband.

Get down to the centre and purchase your Green Ribbon packs for $50 and the Yellow Ribbon inserts for $25!

The Cannington Community ESC are running a Market Day twice a year called The year 10 students have been making products during Term 1 and 2 which will be sold at the Market Day. The proceeds raised by this will donated to two charities, the Dog Refuge and us at CTRC! The market day will be held on Thursday, the 23rd June at the Cannington Community school. We are so thankful for the wonderful community raising funds for us - every dollar counts to making CTRC a safe and inviting environment.

Response Plus Fundraising

As a fundraiser for CTRC, Response Plus First Aid  have offered to run a certified First Aid course for anyone who is friends of the CTRC. This includes our riders, families, carers and friends.

Further details will be available soon - so if you need to renew your first Aid Certificate or complete a new course, please support Response Plus in running this course as proceeds from the training will be donated directly to CTRC.  These courses are suitable for anyone that requires a Senior First Aid qualification or refresher for employment, educational or personal interest. They are nationally accredited Senior First Aid qualifications that are recognised throughout Australia and include the CPR component. Although the courses are not equestrian-specific, the skills learned will be applicable to many situations where first aid is required. 

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)

The course will have a practical focus with candidates performing various first aid techniques on their fellow classmates. Students will need to be able to work on the floor for short amounts of time without discomfort. All skills assessments are made by demonstration to the instructor as well as a short exam pre-course workbook.

So please keep this course in mind and we will advise date and venue shortly. If, in the meantime you would like to register your interest please sign the form on the Notice Board in the kitchen at CTRC or let Jacqui know at

RideTherapist Joanne Blomquist

RideTherapy is a unique therapy that has a strong focus on movement, physical literacy, cognitive development, emotional regulation and self awareness.
It is well documented that helping individuals develop key skills such as balance, coordination, core strength and agility will have long term beneficial effects on their future life, particularly in areas such as
  • social and emotional well-being
  • physical health
  • participation in active lifestyles
  • success in both the work-related environment and daily living activities.
With physical inactivity and sedentary behaviours on the increase in the current generation of Australian children (as well as children from other developed countries), it is even more crucial that we help them overcome inhibiting factors to exercise. Ride Therapy can assist children who display inefficient movement and coordination and struggle with motor learning and skill acquisition.

Joanne Blomquist RideTherapist
It has been amazing to watch our clients’ lives transform and with the help of our trained ponies we and volunteers we have been witness to some fantastic personal achievements of our young riders.  We are privileged to participate in these amazing journeys of self discovery, increased confidence and ability”.

Words cannot describe the magic that happens working within this medium to help facilitate change. It is innovative, exciting and transformational.
Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre is home to some of the services provided by RideTherapy with the “Movement Development Program” gifted to the centre.

We are so excited to be able to offer these services and if you think you may be interested in joining CTRC or any of the RideTherapy Programs please send us an email or chat to Jo herself at
Debra Colling volunteering her time at a little stables in Mount Claremont.

Meet Debra Colling

From the 9-15th of May was National Volunteer Week, putting the spotlight on the incredible people that volunteer their time every day in Australia. Our Volunteer Spotlight for this newsletter is Deb Colling - a valuable part of the CTRC community. We are very grateful for all the volunteers who help out at the CTRC - we wouldn't be able to do what we do without your support!

Heres Debra's experience about volunteering with us:

"My name is Debra Colling from East Fremantle.

Most mornings after school drop off I take a leisurely drive to a piece of country living in the city – CTRC. Here you will find the most genuine, giving people, plus a beautiful herd of loved, hardworking and very giving horses that not only give lessons to various abilities of riders during the week but on some weekends such as last weekend at Perth Horse & PC were out competing in Showjumping competitions!

I am one of the many volunteers who help to run the Centre which gives so much enjoyment to all different types of members of our community and also gives me a fabulous feeling of satisfaction of being part of this team.

My main role each morning is to deliver hay to the beautiful horses and help Chief Instructor M’Liss with her “double dink” lessons which are essential for people who love to ride but for various reasons are unable to do so by themselves. Well done to Banana and M’Liss – you are both stars!"

Centre Fees 2016:

Disabled Group Booking $20/lesson per person
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 1: 8th February - 8th April
Term 2: 26th April - 1st July $540
Term 3: 18th July - 23rd September $660
Term 4: 10th October - 16th December $540
The centre is funded by donations, self fund raising and Government support. Please contact us for more information.
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