Horse-Riding Day in Turner Valley, AB

Soldier On will be hosting a Horse-Riding Day at the Anchor D Ranch in Turner Valley, AB on the 14th of July. This will include a full day of getting acquainted with the horses, grooming them, and a guided trail ride. All equipment will be provided by the host (except helmets). No transport will be supported for this and a BBQ-style lunch will be offered to participants.

This event is open to anyone with in one-and-a-half-hour drive from the location for example the Calgary and surrounding Geographical areas.

*Unfortunately, the ranch does not permit service animals due to the unpredictability of the horses.

This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.

Using horse riding as part of their recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Regardless of the current skill level, the participants will receive expert instruction on horse riding and safety.

*Members will need to bring/acquire their own helmets. Bike/ski/snowboard helmets are permissible.
  • This day will start with some basic instruction and getting acquainted with the horses;
  • Grooming and learning how to saddle the horses;
  • Two hours of horseback trail ride; and
  • BBQ lunch.
Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of Anchor D Ranch.

The number of Soldier On participants is limited to nine.

Minimum eligibility criteria
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from the Calgary Geographical area who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.

Serving Members
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.

Mental & Physical Requirements
Participants must be able to tolerate five hours of light to moderate paced activities. Due to the nature of the activity and safety of the other participants, applicants may have a limited requirement for rest throughout the day.

Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.
Nomination Forms must be received by Soldier On no later than the 23rd of June 2021.
Express your interest here.

Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.

Specific precautions, rules, regulations and observances will be communicated to selected participants for this specific camp in due course, but all applicants must be prepared to:

  • Be familiar with, and adhere to current PHM regulations and guidance;
  • Complete the respective provincial / territorial or federal government COVID-19 self-assessment tool before attending the event;
  • Refrain from participating in a Soldier On event if they have tested positive for COVID-19, have come in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms of the virus;
  • Practice physical distancing during activity, including the use of non-medical mask when appropriate;
  • Follow all safety precautions provided by Soldier On and its sport service providers;
  • Adhere to a stringent use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and perform rigorous hand hygiene;
  • Inform Soldier On immediately if you are not feeling well.

Soldier On, during the conduct of this activity, shall:

  • Ensure that the event is conducted following the current PHM regulations and guidelines of the location in question;
  • Ensure that all staff and participants are using PPE properly and following necessary protocols;
  • Soldier On will cease the event if participants do not respect any of the health and safety protocols that are in place;
  • Ensure PPE, hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies are available and are being used;
  • Continue to monitor the further provincial lifting of or changes in restrictions which may affect their operations;
  • Track physical interactions (time/date/attendees/location) on physical activity log.

Confirmation details
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity. A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.

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