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Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association

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fstra12@gmail.com | (902) 670-8402

Our Programs

FSTRA is pleased to announce that our programs are expanding and growing. There are lots of ways to get involved. Check them out!

Therapeutic Riding Lessons

Traditional therapeutic riding lessons are available for all individuals and abilities in our indoor riding arena. Must be 3 years of age to register.

Equine Assisted Learning & Psychotherapy

Our Equine Assisted Learning and Psychotherapy programming options are growing quickly! Check out our many opportunities to work with our horses promoting overall wellness and connection

School Programs

Take a look at our programming during week days specifically tailored to help provide alternative programming to our local elementary and high schools


More information coming soon!

Our Team

Meet our staff and certified coaches!

Brittany Aalders

Executive Director

(currently on maternity leave)

Jessica van Nostrand

CanTRA Certified II Coach

Amy Mackay

Interim Executive Director

Alissa Cue

Owner of Rohan Wood Stables

CanTRA Certified II Coach

Brittany Aalders first joined the FSTRA team as a volunteer, before assuming the role of Executive Director in the fall of 2015. Brittany graduated from Acadia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with Honours in Sociology. Currently, Brittany is finishing her Master of Arts degree in Sociology at Acadia University. Brittany began riding at the age of eight and enjoys combining her horse hobby with her passion of working with people. Brittany’s innovation, visioning capacities and desire to reach her local community has been an asset to our organization. Under her direction and guidance our story and reach has been changing and expanding at a rapid rate identifying and meeting the needs of our families in our community. 

Jessica is a graduate from the University of Guelph after obtaining her Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management in Equine Management. Jessica is a certified therapeutic riding instructor (CTRII) through FSTRA’s parenting body CanTRA (Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association). She has worked for RWS prior to attending post-secondary schooling and has since assumed a full time position with RWS as their Recreation Program Coordinator and coach. Jessica is an Equestrian Canada certified instructor (IOB) and a certified Young Horse Trainer. She has obtained her HB2 rating in the Canadian Pony Club and volunteers her time with Evangeline Pony Club helping to run the adult Horsemasters program. In addition to all of Jessica’s responsibilities and roles with RWS, she also coaches our therapeutic riding programs, develops programming and volunteers for our events. 

We are very excited to welcome Amy to the FSTRA team. Amy joined our staff in a part time capacity to assist with our lessons on Mondays & Thursdays. She is currently acting as our Interim Executive Director while Brittany is on maternity leave until 2019. Amy completed a Bachelor of Kinesiology at Acadia University and went on to attain her Masters of Science in Physiotherapy degree at Dalhousie University, graduating in 2012. She has had an interest in horses since attending summer camps in high school, and is very excited about the opportunity through FSTRA to be marrying her career with her equine passions. She has previously worked in Halifax in both a private clinic and the public health care system, although has put most of her energy these past few years toward her husband and two children ages 4 and 2.

Alissa Cue, owner/operator of Rohan Wood Stables, is the head coach for the Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association. Alissa is a certified therapeutic riding instructor (CTRII) through FSTRA’s parenting body CanTRA (Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association). 
An Honours Graduate of the Equine Science Certificate Program at Guelph University, Alissa began her riding career at the age of seven in British Columbia.  After moving to Winnipeg Alissa joined pony club as a teenager and attained her B Rating.  She has maintained her affiliation with pony club by establishing Evangeline Pony Club at Rohan Wood Stables in the Fall of 2003.  As well, Alissa sits on the Regional Board as the current Nova Scotia PPG Chair and is a National Director. In 2005 Alissa achieved her Equine Canada Level 1 Coaching Certification.  Alissa was also the recipient of the Equine Canada/NCCP National Competition Coach/EC Level 1 Coach of the year.  Alissa can be found most weekends at a Pony Club function or coaching and competing at Hunter and Jumper shows around the Maritimes.

Fall 2018 Calendar

Click the month  below to see important dates each month!

Monday 10thFirst day of riding lessons
 Thursday 27th Cookie dough fundraiser ends
Monday 8thThanksgiving – no riding lessons
Saturday 13thFSTRA Comedy Night at Paddy’s Pub in Kentville
 Thursday 25 – Wednesday 31st Costume Week – Dress up for Halloween
Tuesday 6th – Friday 9thNo riding lessons these dates!
Monday 12thNo FSTRA lessons – Remembrance Day
Saturday 24thFSTRA Christmas Party from 2:00-4:00 @ New Beginnings Greenwood
 Monday 26th Last day of riding lessons!
Monday 3rdBe Fit Program Ends
Happy Holidays!! 

Ready to Get Involved?

There’s lots of ways to join our community!