Q: What If I don't have my own Farm?
- "We have many Graduates who do not own their own farm, and some who don't even own horses! In these cases, they havae partnered with a facility to lease the space and horses to run programs. A local riding school may welcome the opportunity to add EAL programs to their facility, or, have their retired lesson horses find a new career. We would be happy to put you in touch with our graduates who are operating their businesses under this model."
Q: Do i need an indoor Arena?
- "An indoor arena isn't a requirement for running EAL programs. Many of our graduates run their programs outdoors in paddock areas or riding rings. Depending on the clients you choose to work with and your climate, weather may, or may not, be a consideration."
Q: Do you have a payment plan?
- "We do offer flexible payment options to help you pay for your course. However, final payment is required before the course begins and for very good reason. We are committed to your success and want you to be able to complete the course, and hit the ground running. Starting a business requires focus, determination, and frankly some start-up funding. We don't want you looking backward at debt owed, we want you looking forward at building your business and growing your EAL income, and we are committed to helping you do that."
Q: are there any grants available?
- "We have had several graduates receive funding for their course tuition. Most notably are the following:
- Canada Ontario Job Grants - Emplyee training grant for those employed by a riding facility or not-for-profit that wants to start an EAL program. Employee needs to be sponsored by their employer. Cartier Farms & Dreamwinds EAL Certification have been approved.
- Veterans Affairs - Military personnel who are leaving the military to pursue a new career path and are looking to EAL. Cartier Farms & Dreamwinds EAL Certification have been approved.
- Trillium Grant - Not-for-profit organizations that seek funding for new programming have been approved to send employees or volunteers for EAL Certification at Dreamwinds.
- Be Sure to check into your local business centre for small business support and grant opportunities. Addition links worth exploring include: