Stables

Brockway Rd cnr John XXIII Ave
Mt Claremont

(08) 9384 3492

Postal Address

The Secretary
PO Box 13
Claremont 6010

Donations

The centre is funded by donations, self fund raising and Government support. Donations over $2 are tax deductable and gratefully received.

Registered Charity License number: 20307

An Overview of the Activities and History of the Organisation

In 1972 several individuals met at Sir James Mitchell Spastic Centre to discuss the possibility of developing horse riding classes for handicapped people. It was decided that those interested would endeavour to form individual groups. Following that meeting, a group of interested citizens established a community based operation that was to become known as Claremont Group Riding for the Disabled at a site in Graylands Hospital grounds.

The Claremont group was instrumental in establishing the RDAWA following formal talks with several other operative groups (some of which are now defunct). The Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre has grown and now provides sport, recreation and therapeutic riding, and integration for over 150 riders per week at the Brockway Road centre.

On 2 November 1992 the Organisation became incorporated with a new name, that is, the CLAREMONT THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTRE INC. and as such is the longest continuing organisation providing riding for the disabled in Western Australia.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The charter of our Organisation dictates that we provide (horse) riding therapy, sport, recreation, training and safety programs for persons with or without disabilities: integration; liaison; facilities; coach training; for riding, driving or any other equestrian activity for people with disability. The quality of life is improved by participation in a sporting activity that provides therapeutic and recreational benefits that are both mentally and physically stimulating; it allows them to be active participants not just observers.

Social contact and involvement with the community is an important aspect of our group. Once participants have reached an accepted standard we endeavour to integrate our riders into other equestrian environments such as pony clubs, adult riding clubs, trail riding and dressage competitions.

Lessons provide both therapy and learning experience for the participating riders psychologically as well as physically. Our qualified coaches are trained to work with a wide variety of disabilities: cerebral palsy, autism, hearing, vision and intellectual impairment, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injury and paraplegia.

Such is our Centre's work with the disabled, that in 1992 CLAREMONT THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTRE was nominated and won the Community Event of the Year in the Australia Day Awards. Also the head coach of the Centre, M'liss Henry was nominated and awarded an OAM in 2008 for her tireless efforts in this specialised field.