submitted by Shirlene O’Brien, Let’s Talk Horses executive member
Let’s Talk Horses, formed in 2018, provides an inter-generational educational opportunity for individuals of all ages, genders, and abilities, regardless of limitations and social challenges.
Participants learn about the equine industry and experience positive interaction with horses within a healthy learning environment.
Did you know there are more horses per capita on PEI than anywhere else in North America? Let’s Talk Horses aims to continue and nurture this tradition, which has been practiced in Canada for 250 years.
A program taking place on horse ranches across the Island aims to invigorate the harness racing industry by introducing it to youth and anyone else interested in this sport.
The program introduces young people to horses in a safe environment through 16 modules. Participants are introduced to the industry by a certified trainer or driver.
Two horse ranches connected to the program
Grand River Ranch in western PEI is in its fifth year as an approved non-government organization and vendor with the province of PEI. “The Department of Family and Human Services refers and supports clients of the Accessibility Support Program and Children in Care to our programs,” says Heather Blouin, Owner.
“Our program also hosts those supported by Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, Lennox Island Health Centre, and the Jordon’s Principal Program.”
Heather is a Registered Social Worker, is certified as an Instructor with the Certified Horsemanship Association, and is an Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator. She is also a member of Standardbred Canada, The American Quarter Horse Association, and Island Horse Council. Appropriate professional, equine and personal liabilities are in place.
Bracken Hill Stable is a horse breeding farm located on 22 acres of land overlooking Malpeque Bay. “The stable has made a substantial investment in its breeding facility,” says Christina Lecky, Owner. “We have quality broodmares and currently one of our horses is racing and one is about to start training.”
Christina has an honours Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree majoring in Animal Science from Dalhousie University. She has over 40 years’ experience in the horse industry, and is a member of Standardbred Canada, The American Quarter Horse Association, and Island Horse Council, and has a Gold Licence with Equestrian Canada.
For more about Let’s Talk Horses, contact Shirlene O’Brien at 902-206-1352 or email [email protected]