PO Box 4311

Quesnel BC

V2J 3J3


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.

Community Programs Offered

General Visiting Program  These are casual visits with horses or dogs and can be done both indoors and out. We visit nursing homes, long-term care facilities, group homes and assisted living residences.

Horse & Dog Programs  We offer a variety of programs, please visit Horse Programs & Dog Programs.


Equine Volunteer Program  Volunteering in our horse programs does not require any horse experience, join our program and we will train you in General Horse Care & Handling. Completion of our program will prepare you for Equine Canada Rider Levels!

Literacy & Education Program  This program promotes reading and literacy skills with the help of dogs and horses. We visit schools, library programs and literacy groups. Our CHAAPS library also offers books, novels, videos/DVD's about horses and dogs. Click Here for more information on this program.

CHAAPS follows the highest level of safety protocol, emergency and accident procedures. All canine and equine activities are fully insured.

The CHAAPS farm provides a private, safe and secure learning environment.  The program is also mobile with both the horse and dog programs.


CHAAPS has several horses and dogs in the program. All of our animals are clean, healthy and well trained. They are Temperament Tested to ensure safety and have their own Handler at all times.


CHAAPS has developed a Temperament Testing process to ensure the animals are safe and suited for the activities, whether it’s a horse for riding or a dog that gets ‘bear hugs’ from excited children. Each animal undergoes approximately 10 different situations that ‘test their temperament’ and their reactions are evaluated. The animals are graded for personality traits, temperament and suitability to different areas of the program.