Harness Program

Program Information

At C Armr Ponies we value ponies and want them to “shine on forever”!   We offer harness training for ponies 12 HH – 14 HH while also educating the owner on the basics of driving.  We want to help families continue to use their beloved pet even when the child outgrows their pony and cannot ride it any longer.

The pony will come to C Armr Ponies in Southey, SK for harness training for a fee of $25/day (a minimum of 60 days of training with 4 FREE driving sessions for the owner included during that time).

The boarding fee for the pony is $5/day, (hay, salt, mineral block and pellets – if required) unless the owner provides the pony’s feed for the term. [$10/day if over 14.2 HH]

Trainer Information

Carissa Holinaty has been surrounded by ponies her whole life.  Her grandmother, Genevieve Kurtenbach, raised, trained and showed Sec. A Welsh Ponies, and was one of the founding breeders of the rare Canadian Rustic Pony.

She passed her passion for ponies on to her grandchildren.  Carissa had been riding and showing ponies since she can remember.  As she got older and was too big to ride the ponies, she learned how to drive them from her grandmother and father.  They have passed this knowledge on to her and she now wants to teach others how fun learning to drive your pony can be.

Carissa has a Bachelor of Education degree from the U of R majoring in Physical Education and double minoring in Health and Business.  She has taken driving clinics from Kristin Dornan, Harvey MacFarlane and Kathleen Winfield, and looks for opportunities to continue developing her driving skills.

She also competed in driving classes at open shows in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  She has travelled to Virden for the Manitoba Welsh Pony breed show where she won 1st in the Pleasure Driving class in 2015 with her Sec. B welsh pony gelding, Mr. Yankee Doo.

Carissa also travelled to Virginia in the USA to compete with her endangered Newfoundland Pony, Gewels, in 2016.   They had great results, winning 1st in both Pleasure Driving and Dressage Driving.

She also completed The Horse Course: Introduction to Basic Care and Management through the University of Florida in 2017 earning 100% in the course.

The summer of 2018, Carissa  passed the 13 Learn to Drive modules under driving coach Kathleen Winfield, which qualifies her to take the National Driving Instructor Evaluation.