Our Staff



Maria Hofbauer

Co-ordinator and Head Instructor

Maria has had a passion for horses for over five decades. She studied agriculture in her native Germany before immigrating to Canada in 1979.  At St. Lawrence College in Kingston she studied Behavioral Science graduating in 1987.  In 1990 she obtained her CanTRA Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification and in 1993 she was certified as a Canadian Equestrian Federation Level 1, English Coach.  Since then, Maria has taken numerous courses to deepen her knowledge of how to provide therapy to the disabled and to keep riders, volunteers and  horses safe and happy.

By both inclination and training, Maria enjoys and is qualified to work with people with special needs; and, in 1987, being familiar with similar programs in Europe, was happy to learn of the LCTRP. She has been an LCTRP instructor ever since, passing on her love for and understanding of horses to hundreds of riders and volunteers.  Maria assists other instructors and mentors and trains those wishing to become Certified Assistant Instructors.

In addition to her work with the LCTRP Maria is a relief worker to the Lanark Community Program Family Relief Program.  For many years she has worked over the winter months with many of our riders in the school system as an education assistant.

Maria lives on a farm and, along with her own horse, provides winter housing for several of the LCTRP horses.


Meaghan Keaney-Pearman


Meaghan has been riding horses for over 22 years. In 1999 Meaghan joined the LCTRP as a volunteer and progressed to a summer student instructor in 2006, and then a Full-time Instructor for LCTRP in 2014. In addition to teaching our Therapeutic Riding Program, Meaghan coaches and attends competitions with the LCTRP Equestrian Para-Dressage Team for advanced riders. She became a full-time riding instructor in 2007 after studying Agriculture with an Equine Option at the University of Guelph, Kemptville Campus. She obtained her Equine Canada Instructors Certification (English) in 2006 and her Intermediate Instructor Certification from CanTRA in 2011. ​

Meaghan is an active horse owner, trainer and rider. She has competed in both Canada and the USA in Dressage, Eventing and Hunter/Jumper. Meaghan is always attending clinics and competitions to continue her Equine Education and to better herself as an instructor for the LCTRP.


Deanna Barry 


Deanna has been involved with horses most of her life.  Beginning as a volunteer sidewalker with the Therapeutic Riding Program she progressed to becoming an Assistant Instructor completing her CanTRA AI Certification in October 2014.  Deanna teaches one-on-one lessons at both Cedar Rock Farm at Perth and Ashland Farm in Beckwith. As well as teaching riding lessons she has volunteered invaluable assistance with the organization of our fundraising events.

Deanna’s experience working with the disabled extends to her volunteer work as a coordinator and instructor with the CADS-NCD Mount Pakenham Adaptive Ski program. She also worked for many years in adapted aquatics with the City of Ottawa.  When she is not teaching or volunteering, Deanna enjoys being outdoors with her two dogs, kayaking from her dock and canoe tripping in Algonquin Park.


Sarah Loten


Sarah began with the LCTRP as a volunteer and progressed to obtaining her certification as an Assistant Instructor through CanTRA in 2014. Sarah has five children, two of them with identified special needs.  She came to the LCTRP because it was an activity that had met the needs of two of her children tremendously well seeing the clear benefits for the students.  As a parent and now as an instructor Sarah has seen that with good instruction, therapeutic riding can make such a difference in the lives of children and adults. “I love working with people and horses so I can't think if a job I would rather be doing!”

For over 25 years in one capacity or another Sarah has taught including music at the university, high school and elementary level as well as privately (cello and violin). She has worked in education administration and special education both privately and in elementary school settings.  Sarah obtained a M.Mus from the University of Ottawa and M.Ed in Cognition from Queens University.

She rides and trains competitively in the equestrian sport of dressage and currently co-manages her working farmof 600 acres with over 700 sheep. The family farm also includes lesson and training services for a number of students and horses. 


Adrianne Villeneuve


Adi joined the LCTRP in the spring of 2013 as a volunteer and began teaching in Perth that summer. In the fall of 2014 she obtained her CTRAI from CanTRA.

Adi began riding at the age of 3 and has worked in the horse industry for over 25 years including being a 4H Horse Club Leader, a show groom, a trainer/coach and competitor in hunter/jumper, western performance, and speed & team penning events. She is a graduate of the KCAT Equine Studies Program and lives with her son & fuzzy/feathery family on an off-grid hobby farm.


Amy Booth

Program Co-ordinator

My son Ronin started riding with the riding program when he was 3. That same year (2007), I  started  volunteering with TRP . Eight years later we are both still here – what can I say, TRP is both an addictive and an unbelievably powerful program to belong to.

My motivation comes from the incredible drive and devotion of the many, many wonderful people who make the riding program possible. From the generous donors, to those who go door to door to get sponsorship pledges, to the folks who come out each day, rain or shine to lend their support to the riders. I am truly humbled and inspired watching complete strangers stand up and give so freely of their time and skills to help my son (and many others) dream, believe and achieve.

Happy to chat with you at any point and welcome any suggestions and ideas you may have.