Free Spirit Therapeutic Riding Association
Giving our families the “Freedom to Ride”
FSTRA is pleased to announce that our programs are expanding and growing. There are lots of ways to get involved. Check them out!
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
Freedom to Engage
This 12 week program is offered in both the Spring & Fall of 2019 in partnership with SchoolsPlus and Clannad Counselling & Consulting. Our Engage program is working with the whole family through various programming elements.
New Programs Coming
We are excited to be launching some new programs soon. Check back soon to see what's coming for 2020!
Learn more about how to join our community and programs!
Meet our staff and certified coaches!
(currently on maternity leave until July 2019)
Jessica van Nostrand
CanTRA Certified II Coach
Interim Executive Director
Owner of Rohan Wood Stables
CanTRA II Certified 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.
Amy recently joined the FSTRA staff team in the Spring of 2017 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 through 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.
Annual Open House
Our annual open house is just around the corner! This is open to the public to drop in and see our programming and learn more about FSTRA and RWS. Riders will demonstrate our program, refreshments are served with the opportunity to win door prizes. Sign up to volunteer, register for our programs and learn more about our upcoming Summer Camp!
Spring 2019 Calendar
Click the month below to see important dates each month!
|Monday 25th||Intake Meetings for New Riders & ticket sales close for Night In White|
|Thursday 28th||Intake Meetings for New Riders & all paperwork due for Spring Session|
|Monday 1st||Volunteer Training. 5:30-7:00pm at RWS|
|Thursday 4th||Volunteer Training. 5:30-7:00pm at RWS|
|Saturday 6th||Night in White Gala (Berwick Curling Club)|
|Monday 8th||First day of Spring 12 Week session|
|Monday 22nd||No lessons today (holiday)|
|Monday 20th||Camp Registration Opens|
|Monday 20th||No lessons today (holiday)|
|Saturday 15th||Camp Registration Due|
|Monday 24th||Last Day of Spring 2019 Session|
Ready to Get Involved?
There are lots of ways to join our community!