Swing into Spring
Swing into Spring Dinner Dance will be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 until further notice.
CANTER Coronavirus Statement – 18 March 2020
Dear CANTER Family and Friends,
Just wanted to share with everyone associated with providing CANTER Program Services, that we have already started taking steps to focus on the health and well-being of our volunteers, staff, school staff, our exceptional students and everyone’s families.
Over the last two weeks before the spring break, you have likely noticed the smell of Clorox in our bathrooms due to our daily cleaning of all bathroom, toilets, sinks, trashcan lids, wall switches,doorknobs, and the soap/sanitizer plungers. We are also adding hand sanitizers in the tack areas. However, your often/thorough hand washing with soap is better than sanitizers. While paper hand towels have always been used, we will no longer offer cloth towels for hand drying. Clean cloth towels will be available for one-time use to clean-up students as needed. We have always disinfected our helmets, but have added disinfecting our tables, rings, and toys.
As during this week’s CANTER Board of Directors meeting and in the days ahead we will discuss future actions based on the most current coronavirus (COVID-19) information and guidance from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Health Services to include attending their web casttomorrow for social services organizations and seeking Cochise County/Sierra Vista guidance. We have already postponed the Dinner Dance based on CDC guidance.
We would ask everyone to be self-disciplined in washing theirhands frequently and maintaining extremely vigilant hygiene. Please alert our staff, if you feel there is something that can be done to better assure the well-being of all.
More importantly, we would ask that you not participate, if you aresick, have a fever, persistent cough or sneezing problem. Even if not flu related, your absence will negate any worrisome concerns by others. You are all very important to us and your selfcare during these trying times is extremely important. Please alert our staff, when you need to skip scheduled participation in the program. Should coughing or sneezing occur unexpectedly, please cover your mouth and ask to be excused.
I’ve dated this statement and expect to provide dated updates given that new information on the Coronavirus is occurring at a rapid pace.
CANTER is accredited by PATH International, the national organization that sets the standards for therapeutic riding centers throughout the country. CANTER is one of only five Premier Accredited riding centers in the state of Arizona. This accreditation results from on-site inspections by PATH International in which our programs, instructors, horses, facilities, volunteers, and documentation are reviewed.
The Cochise Area Network of Therapeutic Equestrian Resources (CANTER) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that offers therapeutic riding. CANTER's vision is to serve all eligible individuals in Cochise County, using multiple instructors with diverse skills and training methods to safely and effectively meet the specific needs and requirements of its students.
CANTER was founded in 1993 to provide Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) to individuals with disabilities in the Cochise County area. When our program began, horses were brought to a temporary riding facility hosted by a volunteer. In 1998, 17 acres of bare land were donated to CANTER by a stroke patient who was a client of CANTER. Over the next four years, land was cleared, fenced, and a riding arena was established. Stables were erected for the horses; an office, tack room and classroom were added. In 2002, a manufactured home was placed on the property allowing a full time horse steward/caretaker to reside at the facility and care for the horses and grounds. Today, the facility is home to eight specially trained CANTER therapeutic riding horses.