Enjoy an ice cream and support Urban Stable at the same time!

Don’t you just love going for ice cream on a hot summer’s day?! Well you can treat that sweet tooth, enjoy your ice cream and support Urban Stable at the same time! It’s true – Chaeban Ice Cream at 390 Osborne Street, Winnipeg are donating all the money from their tip jar this June directly to Urban Stable.

So what are you waiting for? Head down to Chaeban Ice Cream, support Urban Stable, and share a picture of you and your friends enjoying ice cream on our Facebook page. Let us know your favorite Chaeban ice cream flavour! Is it “Mustang Sally” or “Prairie Berry”? Let us know.

Hitting the trails

Our alumni students took to the trails at Bird’s Hill Park Ranch to celebrate their equine friends on National Horse Day.

What did you do to celebrate National Horse Day today? Share your photos with us on Facebook.com/UrbanStable!

National Horse Day

June 2nd, 2018, is Canada’s National Horse Day! All across Canada people of all ages will be discovering the equestrian world, some for the first time, and honoring the beloved horse. A perfect opportunity to acknowledge the important contributions the horse has played in our nation’s heritage.

We want to honor and thank our Urban Stable horses for the amazing job they do during programming; for their patience, caring nature, and for their honesty – you are the real teachers! Thank you Rufus, Q, Jack, Lucy, Caspian, China and May from everyone at Urban Stable.

What are you doing for National Horse Day? Share your photos with us on Facebook.com/UrbanStable.

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2018

Get Charitable this June! Urban Stable is participating in The Great Canadian Giving Challenge and you can help us win $10,000!

Every $1 you donate to us on GivingChallenge.ca in the month of June will automatically enter us to win $10,000!

That means with $10,000 we can provide programming for 8 youth for a year to help them unbridle their potential. Support us and give today.

#GivingChallengeCA

Meet a Volunteer – Jessica

JESSICA

How long have you volunteered for UrbanStable?
I have volunteered at Urban Stable for 2 years.

What do you like about volunteering with Urban Stable?
It is an opportunity to help kids in a unique way. I have always loved horses and have benefited from my experiences with them. It is great to be able to share this experience with the students.  

What is your favourite Urban Stable memory?
I cannot narrow it down. EVERY week there are amazing changes and growth in each of the students.

Thank you to The Winnipeg Foundation

Thank you to The Winnipeg Foundation for your generosity and for selecting Urban Stable as one of the charities to be awarded a multi-year grant. This grant supports staffing that will strengthen Urban Stable’s administrative capacity, allowing Urban Stable to grow, serve more youth, and to better fulfill our mission.

This multi-year grant allows us to lay the foundation for program growth and to bring that growth to fruition. In the next three years we plan to expand our programming to provide more opportunity for youth to attend Urban Stable, to engage in their education, with their peers, at home and in their communities through hands-on experiences with horses.

Through this grant Urban Stable is looking forward to opening our doors to new school divisions, schools and community partners. We look forward to providing more opportunities for participation in our programs and new unique programs to serve youth to help them unbridle their potential.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of you at The Winnipeg Foundation for giving Urban Stable this opportunity for growth and expansion. We are excited to blaze the trail into this new territory you have opened to us and to invite more youth to join the ride.

From all the staff, volunteers, board members, horses and most importantly from the students whose lives you are changing, THANK YOU!

Meet a Volunteer – Kim

KIM

How long have you volunteered for Urban Stable?
I’m just starting into my 6th year with Urban Stable as a horse handler and youth assistant.

What do you like about volunteering with Urban Stable? 
Working along-side instructors, coaches and all the volunteers who genuinely care about helping kids! The horses are a pleasure to work with and are a big plus as well.

What is your favorite Urban Stable memory?
It would have to be the day that one of the students broke down, sobbing in tears while initially refusing to cooperate any further because of an equipment mix-up and a misunderstanding that ensued. But, then a transformation began to happen.

After having time to understand and process the circumstances more fully, the student slowly began to shift his response from a place of resistance and opposition to an acceptance of the situation and a willingness to carry on with performing the tasks ahead and working with his horse, albeit with some reluctance, understandably so.

The student made the decision of his own volition, along with a few words of encouragement and his horse standing by patiently waiting, to re-engage and to continue on to participate by joining up with his fellow students and their equine partners in the arena. Moments later, the lesson progressed with everyone contributing and resulted in great success! Smiles all around.

Bud & Spud – Another Huge Success!

March 9th, 2018 was Urban Stable’s Fourth Annual Bud & Spud fundraiser held at the TYC Event Centre, Canad Inns Polo ParkThe event was a huge success and we want to thank everyone who attended, purchased support tickets and donated prizes for the silent auction.

It was a great evening and with everyone’s generous support Urban Stable raised $5993 that night! These funds go directly towards Urban Stable programming to help youth unbridle their potential. Urban Stable needs to fundraise to sustain our programming every year and we cannot thank you enough!

A huge thank you goes to the fundraising committee, alumni students, board members and event volunteers, and to the businesses and individuals that donated prizes for the silent auction. Thank you!

See event photos here

Paint Party Palooza – Take Two!

We all had so much fun at our last Paint Party that Urban Stable is hosting another Paint Party Palooza Fundraiser!!! Get your tickets and invite your friends for a fun evening out where our artist will guide you through your painting step by step and help you connect with your inner creative energy.

Date: Thursday, May 3rd
Location: Triple B’s, Scurfield Blvd., Winnipeg
Time:  7:00pm to 9:30pm
Tickets: $40 available on EventBrite.ca

All painting materials, canvases and aprons will be provided. We use acrylic paint that washes out of clothes, however, we advise you to wear clothes you do not mind getting paint on – just in case.

This is a fun evening to play, get creative, and enjoy socializing with friends, all while raising money for a good cause. All monies raised will go toward Urban Stable programming. Remember you can come early to have dinner and drinks before the painting begins.

Get your tickets, invite your friends, and we’ll see you at the Paint Party Palooza!

Meet a Horse – Q

AGENT Q

Agent Q, or just Q to his friends, is a tall, dark and handsome, 2002, brown, Thoroughbred gelding. Q began his life in a fast paced job as a racehorse and even won a race. Don’t let his early beginnings fool you though, Q knew the fast paced life of a racehorse wasn’t for him so he made a career change to spend time hanging out with and loving kids.

Q enjoyed his new life teaching riding lessons to students and going on trail rides where he could stroll leisurely with his friends, watching butterflies and snacking on tall grass. He found this relaxed pace of life just right.

Now Q continues his love of working with kids at Urban Stable. He has a sweet, cuddly personality and loves to snuggle right up to you. Sometimes Q forgets he is much larger than his human friends and needs to be reminded he is a horse and not a lap dog, though Q begs to differ.

Q takes excellent care of his students at Urban Stable. He teaches students to be caring and kind by demonstrating his kind and caring nature and by insisting on being very well cared for, brushed and petted to his liking. Q is also good at teaching assertiveness as he enjoys being petted and loved so much that he sometimes finds it hard to switch gears and get to work.

Q is loved by all who meet him and makes us laugh with his lap dog personality stuck in the body of a horse.