Therapy horse Ember is famous thanks to a viral video from the CTRA. (submitted)

Cowichan Therapeutic Riding video now has more than 1 million views

The three minute clip features CTRA horse Ember

Around this time last year, the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association gained international attention with their “Ember had a Dream” promotional video which went viral.

The three minute clip features CTRA horse Ember, who struggles to keep up to with the other show horses before realizing her true calling as a therapy horse. The heart-warming film was directed and produced by local student Maddie Mahon, a Vancouver Island University theatre technician and accomplished equestrian.

After posting the video to Facebook in early 2018, CTRA gained thousands of followers and received messages of support from horse lovers across the world. Many people took the opportunity to tell their own stories of equine-assisted therapy and the special horses in their lives. The viral video was featured on the local, regional, and national news, helping to bring in a number of much-needed donations to the small charity.

This holiday season, thanks to a number of re-posts by prominent media outlets, the Ember Had a Dream video has resurface on Facebook, passing 1 million views in December. The video now has over 800 comments, almost 19,000 shares, and almost 10,000 likes.

“This attention is unprecedented for CTRA,” says Anne Muir, executive director for CTRA. “It has been amazing to connect with people from countries and cultures across the world who share a common language — horses!”

CTRA hopes the video’s recirculation will help to gain some more donations for the charity. While their Christmas Neigh Sleigh campaign is now finished, there are plenty of ways you can contribute. See: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/cowichan-therapeutic-riding-association/impact/view/

“CTRA relies entirely on community support to keep our services accessible for persons with special needs,” says Muir, “[Donations] helps us to afford necessities like food, shoes, and blankets for Ember and all the other therapy horses.”

Just Posted

Transport truck driver identified as one victim in double fatal head-on crash

Clifford Bishop, 54, a resident of Cassidy, had been a truck driver since he was 18

Volunteers needed for Sunday’s Festival of Lights takedown

Volunteers asked to meet at the 49th Parallel Grocery upper parking lot at 9 a.m.

Editorial: Need to look at more than just emergency Malahat bypass

We favour options that offer regular alternatives, not just a crash bypass.

Weather takes wind out of the sails of Ladysmith’s first fun sail

Lack of wind made it hard to complete first Ladysmith Maritime Society fun sail of the year

UK lawmakers reject Brexit deal in 432-202 vote

House of Commons votes against the deal struck between Britain’s government and the EU

Letters on way to all homeowners in B.C. speculation tax communities

Property owners have to register to avoid vacant-home tax

New orca calf in Salish Sea ‘healthy and active’

Birth cause for celebration but things still dire genetically, expert says

UPDATE: One person confirmed dead in Port Alberni motor vehicle accident

Rural residential road remains closed as RCMP, coroner investigate

Good Samaritan rescues cat found in heaps of garbage at B.C. landfill

The cat was abandoned and left to die at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill, the BC SPCA says

Nanaimo council supports borrowing $4.6M for Port Theatre expansion

City councillors pass first three readings of borrowing bylaw

Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna home to Canada’s most expensive rentals: report

According to PadMapper, units in larger B.C. cities cost $1,300 to more than $3,000

B.C. home sales drop 25% in 2018

The B.C. Real Estate Association points to the federal government’s mortage stress test

Canada asks China for clemency for B.C. man sentenced to death, Freeland says

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was sentenced to 15 years, but after new trial, was sentenced to die

Most Read