I started volunteering at TEAD 14 years ago and I have also been riding for 15 years. I learned about TEAD through the late volunteer Maitlan Burchill who told my grandparents, who then told my mom about the program. I was put on the waiting list as I was already riding at another barn at the time. I am legally blind and I wanted to keep riding in a supportive environment where I could also compete in para dressage.
Because of TEAD, I have achieved some success with this and hope to continue to compete.
When I graduated high school, I moved to Clinton, Ontario, to complete the Performance Horse Handler program. I also completed an equine massage therapy course. Volunteering at
TEAD is my full time job.
I love all the riders and volunteers that I work with every week. I love all the horses and their different personalities. I hope they enjoy their stretches and massages as much as I enjoy doing it for them.
Outside of TEAD, I enjoy going to movies and concerts, as well as listening to music and books. I enjoy spending time with friends, family. and my guide dog, Expo, a 9 year old yellow lab.
From the Staff and Riders:
We can’t thank you enough for the time you have dedicated to TEAD. We consider ourselves lucky to have volunteers like you!