Shout Out To: TELUS Friendly Future Foundation

We are so excited to be supported this year by the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation with a grant of $10 000. This grant will be instrumental in helping us grow and expand our school program so we can serve more youth each year.

The TELUS Friendly Future Foundation helps fund local, grassroots Canadian charitable organizations to help give vulnerable kids a friendlier future. Their Community Board model puts the decision making for grants and funding into local leaders hands who know their communities best. We are so pleased to be working with these local leaders and look forward to growing our relationship with them.

Thank you so much to the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation for seeing the need in our communities to support youth and for coming alongside Urban Stable to help unbridle youth potential.

Paint Parties – Two dates to choose from

Join us for a fun evening with friends, socializing and being creative while raising money for Urban Stable!

Urban Stable is hosting two Paint Party events this spring. All (18 plus) are welcome to attend so invite your family, friends and colleagues to join you. Both events will be held at South Side Brew and Cue (formally Triple B’s), 121 Scurfield Blvd, Winnipeg from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

Paint Party #1: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 
Urban Stable is collaborating with St. Paul’s High School Varsity Basketball Team, the Crusaders, for this paint party fundraiser. Monies raised will be divided between Urban Stable and the Crusader’s Basketball team who are raising money towards the Calcan (California/Canada) tournament in California this spring.

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
Location: South Side Brew and Cue, 121 Scurfield Blvd., Winnipeg

Picture to be Painted:

Tickets: $45
Available from Fiona.
Contact her at:

Paint Party #2: Thursday, March 7, 2019 
All monies raised at this Urban Stable Paint Party will directly benefit the youth in Urban Stable programs, helping Urban Stable fulfil its mission to empower youth to engage in their education and community, and achieve personal success through hands-on learning experiences with horses

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
Location: South Side Brew and Cue, 121 Scurfield Blvd., Winnipeg

Picture to be Painted:

Tickets: $45
Purchase tickets on Eventbrite.

What if you don’t know how to Paint?

We hear you, and don’t worry, you don’t have to know how to paint to enjoy a Paint Party!

Our artist will guide through the painting step-by-step while you enjoy sipping on drinks, munching on snacks and chatting with friends. (Please note food and drink is not included in your ticket price and must be purchased at the restaurant). All painting supplies are provided – paint, canvas, brushes and aprons. All paint is non-toxic and water soluble but we recommend you wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Come with your friends, bring an open mind, have some fun and we will help you unleash your inner artist – you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Remember you can arrive early to choose your seat and have some dinner and drinks before the painting begins. See you there!

Shout Out To: Junior League of Winnipeg Legacy Fund – Winnipeg Foundation










This December at Urban Stable, on the last day of work before the holidays, our Executive Director was doing a final check of her email when she saw an unexpected message from the Winnipeg Foundation in her inbox. She opened it with curiosity and was blown away by what was inside – a message notifying us that $13 000 from the Junior League of Winnipeg Legacy Fund had been deposited into Urban Stable’s account!

This generous donation was a complete surprise. What a fantastic holiday gift. Thank you to the Junior League of Winnipeg Legacy Fund for the donor advised grant in support of the Urban Stable School Program.

Even though the Junior League of Winnipeg wound down it’s operations in 2007 its Legacy Fund, through the Winnipeg Foundation, continues the good work the Junior League was created to support in our communities.

Thank you for your generosity and sharing your support with Urban Stable. This donation will give the youth we serve the opportunity to engage in their education and communities and achieve personal success through participating in Urban Stable’s programs.



Volunteer Opportunities

Horse Handler/Youth Assistant
Be part of a fun, positive environment working with youth and horses helping youth unbridle their potential.

Urban Stable is currently looking for Volunteer Horse Handlers/Youth Assistants for our spring session starting in February 2019. Our volunteer Horse Handlers work alongside students to help groom, tack and lead their horse.

  • Horse experience preferred
  • Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age
  • Weekday daytime availability required (Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays) starting Feb. 2019 for 14 weeks
  • Able to transport self to program (located 15 minutes West of the perimeter)
  • Able to attend orientation and training sessions in December and January 2019 (Dates TBA)

As a Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) accredited center we provide full training and support to all volunteers from beginners to experienced.

To learn more about applying as a volunteer Horse Handler/Youth Assistant check out our website.

The Lount Foundation and The Winnipeg Foundation Funder Visits

This October we were privileged to share the magic of the Urban Stable program in person with some of our long time funders and supporters. We had visitors from both the Graham C. Lount Family Foundation and from The Winnipeg Foundation come see the program in action.

On Oct. 17 Tamara Lount, from the the Lount Family Foundation, came to visit us at Urban Stable. She toured the stable and watched one of our classes. It was a privilege to share with her the excitement of seeing the students work with their horses. Experiencing the joy and pride the students show in their accomplishments and seeing them work through struggles and come out victorious on the other side is powerful and encouraging. We are glad Tamara could share that experience. We also had the opportunity to reflect with Tamara on the long relationship Urban Stable has had with the Lount Family and we look forward to her visits in the years to come.

We were also excited to host a funder visit from The Winnipeg Foundation on Oct. 25. As part of this visit we had 25 people who donate to The Winnipeg Foundation come out and see the work their donations support at Urban Stable. The visit started with a delicious lunch provided by Camp Assiniboia where Urban Stable staff were able to chat with the generous supporters at The Winnipeg Foundation and share stories and answer questions about Urban Stable and our programs. When lunch was done our visitors got to meet the horses, tour the barn facility, and see the students and horses in action. It was a gift to be able to share the passion of the program, teach supporters and funders about the impact the horses have on our students, and to connect with some of the generous people who help make the Urban Stable program possible.

We are so grateful for everyone who supports Urban Stable and are thrilled we were able to share Urban Stable’s impact with the Lount Family and The Winnipeg Foundation up close and in person this October.

If you are interested in supporting Urban Stable visit our website.

Meet a Horse – Ms. Piffles

Ms. Piffles

Ms. Piffles, “Piff” or “Ms. P.” is a 2009, Pony of the Americas mare who joined the Urban Stable team in June 2018. As a Pony of the Americas, Ms. Piffles is true to her breed’s heritage and is gentle, smart and versatile. At Urban Stable she has earned the nick name ‘Piff the Magic Pony’. Ms. Piffles truly is a magic pony and is working her magic by helping the students at Urban Stable unbridle their potential.

Before joining Urban Stable Ms. Piffles was being trained in the sport of mounted shooting and though she tried very hard and was a calm and steady mount, her legs just couldn’t go fast enough for the fast paced sport. Realizing the game of mounted shooting was not for her, Ms. Piffles went on the hunt for a new job and found Urban Stable.

The work at Urban Stable is a perfect match for Mr. Piffles’ versatile and magical skills. Her calm, kind, steady and brave nature allows the students she works with a safe place to try new things, build relationships and grow in confidence and assertiveness. Ms. Piffles is a great teacher (as ponies are) as she is sweet and even tempered, but does not give things away for free.

If Ms. Piffles’ student wants her to do something, for example to walk on under saddle, they must ask assertively, with confidence and energy. As soon as that assertive, confident energy emerges from her student Ms. Piffles is ready to respond. This teaching is invaluable to the students and Ms. Piffles is a kind and patient teacher.

Ms. Piffles has quickly become a favourite at Urban Stable and we are excited to continue to work alongside her and watch as she helps transform the lives of the students.

CanTRA Celebrations

Congratulations to our CanTRA certified instructors!

We are proud to announce that our Urban Stable instructors, along with two instructors from Manitoba Riding for the Disabled (MRDA), all passed their Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) instructor exams with flying colours this September and now all have new, higher levels of certification.

Our exam and accreditation weekend in September, hosted at Camp Assiniboia, was very busy, but we also managed to have a lot of fun (including an impromptu dance party). There were a lot of people who participated over the weekend and made the exam a success.

Thank you to the Urban Stable students who participated as riders in the exams, to the parents who brought their students out to ride, to our volunteers who came out on the weekend as horse handlers, to Wendy, our Executive Director, who cheered everyone on, and to our examiners Hilary Webb and Sonja Koczekan who made the exam candidates feel comfortable and gave them valuable feedback.

Our examiners were extremely impressed with the high standard of instructing and level of safe practice at Urban Stable. This high level of instructing means that our instructors Tavia McKinnon and Jessica Lawford achieved their Intermediate Instructor certification and Carla Bergen and Hayley Edwards achieved their Senior Instructor certification. The instructors from MRDA, Kelly Scrivener and Heather Clements, also received their Senior Instructor certification. Way to go team!

We are so proud of our instructors who worked extremely hard, spending hundreds of hours over the course of a number of years studying, planning lessons, writing reports and case studies, and travelling out of province for mentorship. This hard work has paid off in dividends.


Urban Stable: Tavia Mckinnon CTRII, Jessica Lawford CTRII, Carla Bergen CTRSI, Hayley Edwards CTRSI

MRDA: Kelly Scrivener CTRSI and Heather Clements CTRSI

June Giving Challenge – The Results Are In

This June you helped us take part in The Great Canadian Giving Challenge and the results are in! Even though we were not the winners of $10 000 this year we still feel like champions because of the strong support team we have in all of you.

Together in the month of June, through the Great Canadian Giving Challenge, we raised $3115 which will go directly to changing the lives of the youth we serve through our Urban Stable School and Alumni Programs.

Thank you for your strong and generous support in The Giving Challenge and throughout the whole year. I know we say this a lot so I hope you don’t get tired of being told how great you are, because you are amazing and Urban Stable couldn’t do the work we do without you. Thank you!

Graham C. Lount – Making a Difference

A massive THANK YOU to the Graham C. Lount Family Foundation who has awarded Urban Stable a three year multi grant to provide funding towards our programs. This three year grant will mark a decade of partnership with, and support from, the Lount Family Foundation.

The Graham C. Lount Family Foundation is committed to the development and growth of youth in the Winnipeg area. The Foundation’s long time partnership with Urban Stable and the awarding of this three year grant reflects the Lount Family Foundation’s understanding of the positive impact Urban Stable programs have on youth.

Thank you Graham C. Lount Family Foundation for seeing the potential in these youth and for your support in helping Urban Stable unbridle that potential – you are making a difference.

You can help Urban Stable unbridle youth potential too. For more information about how you can get involved contact us.

Program Home at Camp Assiniboia

Urban Stable and Camp Assiniboia have been working together and developing a unique, complementary relationship for the past 2 years and we are pleased to announce we will be continuing this relationship and calling the Camp Assiniboia stables our home for the next 3 years.

This relationship with Camp Assiniboia allows Urban Stable many great opportunities such as:

  • Exclusive use of the Camp Assiniboia barn facility during the school year.
  • Opportunities to partner with a like minded not for profit on grants that benefit both Urban Stable and Camp Assiniboia.
  • A home that shares Urban Stable’s goals and values; to enrich the lives of youth and our communities.
  • Beautiful, accessible barn and riding facilities with lots of pasture for the horses to play.
  • A convenient, quiet location, in a natural setting.
  • Opportunities to offer programs together with Camp Assiniboia like the Camp Assiniboia summer camp horse activities. Read more about this in the ‘Summer Adventure’ section of this newsletter.

We love our home at Camp Assiniboia and are excited to continue growing in this beautiful location. If you are eager to visit us at our program location we are planning to host an open house at the barn this year so stay tuned for more information.