As written and presented by Chelsy Tuplin
Hello my name is Chelsy Tuplin let me tell you a bit about myself. I am 21 years old and I have learning disability. I call it an ability because I try my hardest to learn new things so really it isn’t a disability at all.
I started at CTRA in 2005 when I was about 5 to 6 years old. When I started riding my first pony was a brown and white pinto named Coco. I was very nervous but I got on him and I had the biggest smile on my face.
My favorite riding summer camp was in the year of 2011 when I was about fourteen years old. It was a medieval-theme camp and we dressed up as knights. That year I was riding on a Fjord pony named Ember. I got to groom her, tack her up, and do stable management too. I loved every minute of it, plus I had my best friend to ride with me in the camp.
On the last day, we had an obstacle course. I had lot of fun doing that course with my best friend.
I stared volunteering at CTRA when I was a teenager. I would help in the barn, groom the horses and ponies, and tack them up sometimes. I loved every minute of it. It was like I had my very own pony or horse.
This year I got to be a leader in the spring and summer camps. I love being with the horses and the kids smiling to ear to ear.
But the best thing about volunteering is when you see the big smiles on the little kid’s faces. That makes me feel so happy. When I help around the barn it makes me feel very proud of myself. I have also made new friends in the process too.
Chelsy started out at CTRA as a child participant. She has grown into an incredible young lady who volunteers by giving back to young CTRA riders following in her footsteps - serving as a camp leader, barn volunteer, and side-walker. Her story (above) was presented to “100 Women Who Care Cowichan” in September 2018.