$150,000 Ontario Government Grant Gives Therapeutic Riding Center an Arena Upgrade.


June 26, 2024

Arva, ON – On Wednesday, local MPP Steve Pinsonneault met with the team at SARI Therapeutic Riding to hear more about the $150,000 Capital grant from the provincial government’s Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that was used to upgrade an over four-decade-old therapeutic riding arena. The project will allow for continued access to accessible programming for those with special needs in the community for years to come.

“I applaud the Ontario Trillium Foundation for awarding this grant to SARI to support the critical upgrades needed for their facility,” said Steve Pinsonneault, MPP for Lambton—Kent—Middlesex. “Through grants like these, our government is addressing the needs of local families by investing not only in physical infrastructure but also in the well-being of our special needs residents. This funding will ensure that SARI can continue to provide a safe and supportive environment, fostering greater independence and freedom through the therapeutic connection with horses.”

In part of the arena upgrades, funds were allocated for essential roof repairs, the replacement of kickboards, the removal and replacement of old sand, drainage system enhancements, and the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting. These essential upgrades have significantly enhanced the safety, cleanliness, and overall experience of the therapeutic riding facility.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of our newly renovated arena, which represents a significant transformation and ensures that our space remains safe, welcoming, and functional for all who use it,” said Laurie Gould, Board Chair at SARI Therapeutic Riding. “This project is a testament to what can be achieved when a community comes together with a shared vision and the support of vital partners like the Ontario Trillium Foundation.”

SARI Therapeutic Riding was founded in 1978 by Syd and Jeanne Greenberg in memory of their daughter Sari, who was born with Down syndrome. Through their daughter, they witnessed the emotional, cognitive, and physical benefits of the connection with horses, which drove them to open a facility where individuals with special needs could experience these benefits. SARI Therapeutic Riding’s mission is to provide opportunities for people with special needs to move towards greater independence and freedom through their connection with horses. SARI offers therapeutic riding, grooming, and occupational therapy programs to individuals with special needs, as well as integrated summer camp and day camp programs. Upcoming events include the Ride-a-Thon and Artisan Auction. For more information, visit www.sari.ca.

“Whether it’s helping people learn new things, connect with their community, or simply have fun, organizations like SARI Therapeutic Riding deliver experiences that make a difference,” said Stan Cho, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Gaming. “That’s why grant support through the Ontario Trillium Foundation is so important. This funding will help ensure they remain at the heart of the community for decades to come.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Ontario government with a mission to build healthy and vibrant communities across the province. Last year, OTF invested more than $110M into 1,044 community projects and multi-sector partnerships. Projects aim to enhance economic well-being, foster more active lifestyles, support child and youth development, provide spaces for people to come together and connect, and create a more sustainable environment. Visit otf.ca to learn more.



Brooklyn Einwiller, Fund Development Coordinator – SARI Therapeutic Riding

Phone: 519-666-1123

Email: funddevelopment@sari.ca