Carla – Head Instructor
I have been working with Urban Stable since 2014 as Head Instructor. I am a Basic Instructor with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA), a certified Equestrian Canada Western Instructor of Beginners and Western and English instructor through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). I am currently working towards my CanTRA Senior Instructor. I have been teaching riding lessons since 2009.
Like many who work with horses my love for them started as a young kid and it was my greatest joy when I was able to start riding as a teenager. Horses and horsemanship is a life long journey and I am passionate about continuing growing in my horsemanship and riding skills as well as my skills as an instructor through clinics, workshops and lessons. I believe this commitment to continued professional development insures my students and the horses always get top quality lessons and care.
I have ridden in a variety of disciplines and worked in many areas of the equine industry, from being a barn hand to a barn manager, a trail guide, a horsemanship instructor, and an instructor of equine assisted learning here at Urban Stable. I love building the skills and confidence of kids and adults who are new to riding and helping them connect with a horse. The horse has so much to teach and it is my privilege to facilitate that experience for our students.
What do you like about working for Urban Stable?
I cannot say enough good things about the Urban Stable programs. The staff and volunteers (both horse and human) make everyday at work a good day. The staff and volunteers are everyday heroes working tirelessly and enthusiastically to change the lives of the youth they work with; they are an inspiration.
Though the staff and volunteers are amazing, my favourite thing about working for Urban Stable is watching the magic of the relationship between the students and horses; the way the students learn to connect with and care for their horse, the growth that is begun in the students and the positive changes we see in them through the program. The horse can teach us things about ourselves that no one else can.
What is your favourite Urban Stable memory?
This is a tough question. I think my favourite memories are of our celebration days. At the end of the year each group of students invites their families to the barn for a mini-show and celebration where the students get to ride for their families and show them all they have accomplished. Watching the students’ pride and enthusiasm in sharing their achievements, that have come through hard work and determination, is so rewarding.
“Horses change lives. They give our young people confidence and self-esteem. They provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls – they give us hope!” – Unknown