To provide a safe, high quality riding program for persons with disabilities. The program fosters personal growth and improvement through the use of horses as a medium for development and therapy, with the assistance of volunteers.
A unique place where horses help people.
The Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program (C.O.D.R.P.)/Pride Stables was established in 1973 and became incorporated in 1974. As the program began to grow, it was relocated to Pineview Stables in Shakespeare. At Pineview, the horses and arena time were leased from the owners. As the public’s demand for the service increased, the board of directors voted to expand again, this time to a facility operated by the C.O.D.R.P./Pride Stables.
On April 1, 1988, the program moved to its current facility on Pioneer Tower Road in Kitchener. This land became known as Pride Stables.
C.O.D.R.P. is the only therapeutic riding program in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and surrounding Region.
Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program it excited to celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2014.
Today we have 26 horses, an indoor riding arena, a 30 stall barn and 20 acres of land. In 2015, over 350 children and adults with disabilities will participate in four eight week programs.
Our priorities have not changed over the years: to provide a safe, high quality riding program for persons with disabilities, and a fund development program that will provide financial stab
ility for long term growth opportunities.
Long Term Goals
- To continue to provide quality therapeutic riding to children and adults in our communities with special needs.
- To increase the number of riders who are able to participate in the program.
- To grow community involvement in therapeutic riding.
- To continue to operate a fully integrated summer day camp program.
- Build a fund development program that provides ongoing financial stability for the organization.