Walk, Ride, Wheel, or Race for the STARS! (Fundraiser for Bursaries)

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Southlands Heritage Farm

6767 Balaclava Street @ West 51 Ave.

Vancouver, BC V6N 0A7


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5 km. Charity Race for the STaRS.

Flat and scenic route around the Southlands neighbourhood and along the Fraser River. Walk, ride a horse or a kid's bike, wheelchair, or Run! Entire family welcome, including strollers and dogs!

How to Enter:

  • Get a pledge form on the website or in the Farm office

  • Collect pledges from all your friends.

  • Bring pledge form to the office with money

  • Pay your entry fee. ($25. per person, kids 6 and under are free)

  • Get race number.

  • Have fun!

Super Prizes for top three:

  • Teams with most pledges (First prize is a $600. catered dinner at Cactus Club for 6 people!!)

  • Individuals with most pledges (First prize is a beautiful Barbeque worth $180.)

  • 5 km Race finishers

  • 5 km Riders (closest to secret optimum time)

Why are we fundraising?

Our 2017 fundraising goal is to raise $20,000 for therapeutic bursaries. These bursaries will provide therapeutic riding to individuals who would otherwise be unable to participate. $20,000 will provide six months of weekly riding to 15 individuals!

Pledge forms are available in the office or by email. If you would prefer to make a donation please do so in the race entry form under the donation field. Charitable Tax reciepts are available through the office.

About Therapeutic Riding.

Riding a horse is a fun hobby for many people, but for someone with a disability it can be much more – it can be the road to acceptance and belonging. Southlands Therapeutic Riding Society (STaRS) is a registered non-profit charity that provides horseback riding opportunities for individuals facing cognitive, physical, and/or emotional challenges.

The benefits of therapeutic riding are numerous, ranging from improvements in physical flexibility, coordination and strength; to improved concentration and learning; and ultimately greater independence. Additionally, operating side-by-side with a riding stable for able-bodied equestrians allows STaRS to offer a unique opportunity for its clients to learn the art of riding in an integrated program and an inclusive environment.

STaRS was founded in September 2004 by a small group of volunteers to help meet the large need for therapeutic riding services in Vancouver. Since then, we have grown to the point of providing over 100 therapeutic lessons per month! We know there are many more children and adults who are waiting for the opportunity to benefit from our valuable programme.

"disability doesn't mean inability"

5k race route


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, Everyone is welcome!

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Bus stop is 2 blocks away, street parking is free

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call the office at 604-261-1295

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?


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Southlands Heritage Farm

6767 Balaclava Street @ West 51 Ave.

Vancouver, BC V6N 0A7


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