PO Box 4311

Quesnel BC

V2J 3J3

Mail: About CHAAPS…

CHAAPS was founded in May 2006 and is a charitable/non-profit society located in Quesnel, British Columbia. The program offers educational and therapeutic programs with horses and dogs –Therapeutic Riding and Animal Assisted Therapy.

Our program can assist people from a diverse range of backgrounds including; intellectual disabilities, cognitive challenges, mental health, emotional difficulties, acquired brain injury, autism, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, and physical disabilities. We are committed to improving the quality of life for people with these challenges -children, youth, adults and seniors.

CHAAPS is a certified CanTRA Centre (Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association) offering the highest standards for safety and program quality. We are also members of the BC Therapeutic Riding Association -BCTRA, and Horse Council of BC -HCBC.


CHAAPS has a group of dedicated and trained volunteers & staff who have equine and/or canine experience. They are required to obtain a criminal record check and complete a letter of confidentiality. Our instructors have extensive knowledge and a range of experience with horses (and dogs).  Our head instructor, Edie Ferris, is a Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) certified and trained instructor, and Heidi and Annie will be working towards their certification.


Therapeutic Riding

Assisted Animal Therapy
Northern BC Programs

 “Lord help me be the person my dog thinks I am.”  



• To improve self-esteem and self-awareness,

• To develop trust and confidence in a safe environment,

• To provide social-skills training and problem-solving skills,

• To develop choice-making and goal-setting skills,

• To encourage responsibility, creative thinking and teamwork,

• To promote pro-social and positive attitudes,

• To improve motor skills and physical activity,

   ...and to have fun!