High Five for our Volunteers

Our volunteers are an integral part of Urban Stable and we could not run our programs without them. They show enormous compassion and heart helping the students grow. Their consistent support, guidance, understanding and care in the large and small things they do for the students each week makes all the difference.

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and we want to give our volunteers a massive HIGH FIVE for all the time, dedication, passion and enthusiasm they generously give to the youth in our programs.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers from the horses, students and staff at Urban Stable. We couldn’t do it without you.

Read earlier posts to meet some of our volunteers and see what makes them passionate about volunteering at Urban Stable.

Happy Volunteer Appreciation Month!

Urban Stable Wear

Urban Stable Wear is available again for purchase! We are taking orders for t-shirts and sweatshirts until May 8, 2019. T-shirts and sweatshirts are available in youth, ladies, mens and unisex adult sizing. Click the ‘Merchandise Info’ button below for product details.

Youth Merchandise
All youth merchandise has the Urban Stable logo screen printed on the left chest in white.

  • Youth T-Shirt –  $20.00
  • Youth Pullover Sweatshirt  –  $40.00

Adult Merchandise
Adult t-shirts have the Urban Stable logo screen printed on the left chest in white. Adult sweatshirts have the Urban Stable logo embroidered in gold and white on the left chest (as shown in above photo).

  • Ladies T-Shirt – $25.00
  • Mens T-Shirt  –  $25.00
  • Ladies Zipped Sweatshirt  – $60.00
  • Unisex Pullover Sweatshirt – $55.00

To Order:
Use the Order Form link below and mail or drop off your completed Urban Stable Wear orders, along with payment to our office (address on Order Form).

We regret that we cannot process orders without payment and cannot accept e-transfers.

Order your Urban Stable Wear today!
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Meet a Volunteer – Jen

How long have you volunteered for Urban Stable?
6 months.

What do you like about volunteering with Urban Stable? 
I love the atmosphere! The youth and the staff are a wonderful bunch of people to work with – everyone is welcoming, open, and warm. I appreciate having the opportunity to meet so many new people in such a supportive environment. It’s always a good time!
I also really like watching the process of relationship and skill building that happens as the students engage with the horses. The program participants are always so brave and willing to try new things, and working with horses really provides them a unique chance to do exactly that. They continually impress me with their confidence!

What is your favorite Urban Stable memory?
I’m not sure I can pick just one! I think the moments I love the most are the quiet exchanges between the youth and horses – whether it’s a pat from the rider after a great display of teamwork, or a smile or laugh when their horse is acting extra affectionate or curious… or whatever else that might look like… It’s so lovely to witness this ease that develops between the students and the horses they are partnered with, because I know many of them start the program with some nerves!

Meet a Horse – Jack

Jacks Hummin Par, or ‘Jack’, is a 2006 Quarter Horse gelding who is affectionately called Jackalope at the barn. He is our tallest horse and stands 16hh. Jack and his best buddy Q are almost identical and even though they are different breeds of horses people often can’t tell Jack and Q apart.

When Jack isn’t hanging out with students at Urban Stable you will usually find him initiating games in the pasture with the other horses running, rearing and generally having fun. His other favorite past time is napping. Jack is a sucker for a good nap and you can often find him curled up in a sunny spot in the shelter.

Though Jack is a great instigator of fun and games in the pasture he is calm and gentle when working with the students at Urban Stable. He takes good care of his riders and loves to lick them, yes that’s right, lick them, like a big dog. Jack’s sweet and humorous nature and love of games helps students open up with him, feel safe and smile.

Bud & Spud 2019 – Another Huge Success!

April 5, 2019 was Urban Stable’s fifth annual Bud & Spud Fundraiser held at the TYC Event Centre, Canad Inns Polo Park. The event was a huge success and we want to thank everyone who attended, purchased support tickets and donated prizes.

It was a great evening and with everyone’s generous support Urban Stable raised over $7500!

Part of that support came from our 50:50 and we are so proud of our Alumni students who helped sell 50/50 tickets at the event. For a little fun we split the Alumni into two teams and pitted them against each other to see which team could sell the most tickets and at the end of the night…it was a tie!

Not only did we raise money for Urban Stable’s programs, but we all had a great time! We have been receiving so much positive feedback about the event from those who attended. Here is one of the messages we received:

“The energy in the room felt entirely positive and heart-warming throughout from all the people and kids attending.  Thanks to you and everyone involved for putting on such a wonderful event where people could come & participate in supporting the kids, once again.” – Kim

A list of our amazing prize donors is on our website. We had some awesome prizes so check it out!

We are so energized by the event and all your support we are already looking forward to celebrating with all of you again next year!

Another Successful Practicum

These past few months Urban Stable has been hosting Jen Sebring in her practicum with her Women’s and Gender Studies Practicum course through the University of Winnipeg. Jen is the second practicum student that Urban Stable has mentored and we have enjoyed working with her as she planned and implemented an equine experiential learning workshop for youth in partnership with PRISM – Big Brother Big Sisters.

Jen and the Urban Stable staff and volunteers delivered this workshop on March 9th, working together to facilitate and introduce the youth and their mentors to horses. It was a fun day with great positive energy where the participants, through their work with the horses, made important self discoveries, connections and learned valuable life lessons.

Thank you to the youth and their mentors from PRISM who attended the workshop and a big thank you to Jen for the hardwork she put into designing and implementing such a great program for these youth.

Charleswood Rotary Drives One up the Fairway for Urban Stable

The Rotary Club of Winnipeg – Charleswood has been a long time supporter of Urban Stable by sponsoring a student to attend Urban Stable each year and we value our relationship with the club and its members. We are so excited this year to be partnering with the club in a new endeavour – a golf tournament!

This year the Rotary Club of Winnipeg – Charleswood is holding a golf tournament and Urban Stable will be their charity of choice for their share of the proceeds of the tournament. So all you golfers (and non-golfers too) practice your swing and make sure you stay tuned for more information about the up coming tournament on Monday, September 9, 2019.  Save the date!

Rufus – Horse of the Year!

When we went to the office last week and picked up the mail we saw to our surprise that Rufus had received a letter! As Rufus has difficulty opening his own mail (lacking the opposable thumbs…and fingers…) we opened it for him and it read as follows:

Dear Rufus,

Congratulations on your nomination and being awarded the 2018 Manitoba Horse Council Award for non-competitive Horse. Yours is a worthwhile and rewarding job, which carries a heavy responsibility. We are very pleased that the nominators brought forward your name and we hope they will be present to pick up the award on your behalf; but the elevator at Sport Manitoba, is not big enough for you to accept the award “in person”.

We hope you continue, for some years yet, to support and help your human charges. We will see to it that you get extra carrots on the house.


MHC Awards Committee

We are very proud of Rufus and he is so deserving of this award! He has made an enormous, positive impact in so many lives over his years working with youth. He is the most generous, patient and forgiving creature we know. Way to go Rufus!

2019 Bud and Spud – Friday April 5th

Join us for our family friendly, annual Bud & Spud Fundraiser. It will be a fun evening celebrating Urban Stable together and raising money to support our students who are achieving personal success and unbridling their potential through Urban Stable’s programs.

Bring your family, friends, teammates and colleagues and enjoy dinner, door prizes, 50:50 and a silent auction.

Get your tickets today!

Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Location: TYC Event Centre, Canad Inns Polo Park
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm

Tickets $25
Includes BBQ chicken breast, baked potato, ceaser salad, bread stick and beverage.
*Vegetarian option available if requested when ticket is purchased.

Support Tickets $10
Support Urban Stable by purchasing a support ticket if you cannot attend the event.

Ticket inquires: urbanstable@shaw.ca or 204-891-2574.

*Deadline for purchasing tickets is March 29.

Bud and Spud Fundraiser – April 5, 2019

You are invited to Urban Stable’s fun, family friendly, annual Bud and Spud Fundraiser!

Purchase tickets for you and your friends and come enjoy a delicious meal, great company and a night out supporting a worthy cause. Try your luck in our 50:50 and silent auction (which has awesome prizes), and maybe you’ll even win a door prize just for coming out.

Here’s everything you need to know to get yourself to the event of the year:

Event: Urban Stable Bud & Spud Fundraiser
Date: Friday, April 5, 2019
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: TYC Event Centre, Canad Inns Polo Park, 1405 St Matthews Ave., Winnipeg

Event Tickets: $25
BBQ Charbroiled Chicken dinner. (Vegetarian option available upon request at time of purchasing ticket).

Support Tickets: $10
For those who cannot attend the event

For tickets and prize donation drop off contact Wendy at urbanstable@shaw.ca.

This is Urban Stable’s main fundraising event of the year so spread the word, invite your friends, family, colleagues and teammates and we’ll see you there!

Please note: Deadline for purchasing tickets is March 29, 2019 and prize donation drop off deadline is, March 22, 2019. Vegetarian dinners must be ordered at time of ticket purchase.