Horse training event this weekend raises funds for autism

HONORA BAY—This weekend, four trainers and four never-before-ridden colts will work together at the Honora Bay Riding Stable with the goal of seeing one or all of the young horses ridden before the end of the weekend, all while fundraising for Northern Ontario Autism Awareness.

Titled ‘Colts for Autism,’ the event will have professional trainers Kyla Jansen, of Honora Bay Riding Stable, Dennis Walker of Living the Dream Equine and two other trainers who will be mentoring another two up-and-coming trainers from the North, working with the untrained horses. All funds raised from the event (admission is $20 per person per day) will go directly to Northern Ontario Autism Awareness.

“Everybody will have their own method of training,” Ms. Jansen explained. “It’s not a competition but is intended to get up and comers noticed.”

While the hope is that the horses will feel confident enough to tolerate a rider by Sunday, Ms. Jansen said it will completely depend on what the horses tell the trainers. “Every horse will be a little different.”

“The goal is to show as many amazing techniques as possible,” she added. “Our hope is to make a difference for the horses and for Northern Ontario Autism Awareness.”

A silent auction will also be held during the event, so please bid generously, with vendors and a bake sale also on offer.

The event will be held this Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 at 9 am at the Honora Bay Riding Stable.