Introducing

“Alone we can do so little; Together we can do so much” – Helen Keller


Who We Are

We are a passionate bunch that live and breathe our core values to deliver unforgettable experiences to our clients every day. But Team Dreamwinds is much more than that, it is a vast network within our community that never ceases to amaze us with their ongoing support.

Our Facilitators – A dedicated network of Certified EAL Facilitators that are the best in the industry and bring a variety of knowledge and experience. No matter who the client, we understand and can speak their language to provide a valuable and relevant program experience.

Our Horses – Our horses are carefully selected to ensure they are safe and of sound mind and body.   We choose horses that are fit and active in another discipline so that they are continuously challenged and engaged both inside and outside of EAL.

Our Community – We are so fortunate to have a wonderful support system within our community to help us grow and succeed. We are eternally grateful to all of the volunteers that help us with our facility, our horses and our events. We couldn’t do it without them!

Team Dreamwinds

Tracey Evans MBA, CCP - Owner/Program Director

With a passion for developing strong leaders and a love of horses, Tracey left her successful career as a marketing executive in 2012 to open Dreamwinds Equine Assisted Learning Centre with her partner Dirk Tews. As a certified Business Coach and Master Certified Equine Assisted Learning Instructor, Tracey delivers innovative leadership, team building and life skills development programs for corporate teams, sports teams, youth groups, families and private groups using horses as guides. An avid equestrian and former senior...

Dirk Tews Owner / Program Partner

As a full-time luxury homebuilder, Dirk has made a career of creating exceptional spaces and Dreamwinds is no exception. His building expertise and eye for detail ensures our facility is first class in our industry. Since building the farm, Dirk has become a keen observer of horse behavior and quick study of our approaches to natural horsemanship and Equine Assisted Learning. With experience managing large projects and leading diverse teams, Dirk brings his leadership expertise and anecdotal experiences to...

Jennifer Viitala Program Facilitator

As a Certified Coach with NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped Association), Jennifer specialized in the instruction of teens with cognitive disabilities such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy and ADHD for 6 years. She is a Certified EAL Facilitator and Equine Massage Therapist with a lifetime of experience with horses. She brings an expansive knowledge of how horses relate to both each other and those around them.

Bev Connor Program Facilitator

As a certified Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association Intermediate Instructor, Bev has taught and developed programs for WindReach Farms and  Durham Therapeutic Riding Association that offered children and young adults with physical & cognitive disabilities the opportunity to learn how to ride and care for  horses. In addition to being a Certified EAL Facilitator, she is a Special Education Assistant with the York Board of Education providing support for students with developmental delays, learning disabilities and Autism reinforcing strategies to address...


Meet Our Horses

Oliver

Meet Oliver – He is a Thoroughbred Gelding and the inspiration for Dreamwinds. My partner since 2003, he is a gentle guy who seeks steady and reliable leadership. He is what I would call an ‘old soul’, wise beyond his years and always willing to please. He gives his all and loves to share his wisdom. A master at helping others refine their approach and communication skills, he has been a key influencer of my own leadership development through...

Clydesdale Superbowl Commercial, Go Jimmy, Jimmy, Dreamwinds, Stomp Out Cancer, Terry Fox Mascot Jimmy

This is the infamous Jimmy! Jimmy is a 2000lb Clydesdale and is quite a character. A true gentle giant, Jimmy loves to be the centre of attention. In fact he frequently demands it! As our spokes horse for our Stomp Out Cancer Campaign his ‘rock-star’ status has been known to go to his head! So big Jimmy requires a committed and confident leader to convince him that their way is the best way. He’ll check in on your instructions,...

Patience

This is Patience – She is a Tennessee Walking Horse Mare who joined the Dreamwinds team in 2013. She is a quiet and gentle girl who loves attention. She can get a little distracted however, so she will teach you how to stay focused and in the moment and to provide clear direction in order to get the best out of her. She’s our “it’s not always about you” horse…can you make her a willing partner in your team...

Grace

Introducing Grace our Spotted Saddle Horse and resident alpha mare! She is a gentle and respectful girl who will happily take the lead and guide you in your learning journey. She is our herd protector and caretaker and takes her responsibilities seriously. She is looking for a confident leader worthy of her follower-ship and trustworthy enough to ease her burden. With Grace on your team you will build your confidence and learn to trust and be trusted. Grace is...

Play-Doh

Introducing Play-doh – He is a Thoroughbred Gelding and is a fun and curious boy! He is just starting on his EAL journey, learning the ropes and building his own confidence to become a great teacher. He requires a focused and confident leader to keep him on task and will excel at teaching others to stay focused, communicate clearly and at times hone their negotiation skills! Play-Doh is focusing on becoming a successful show-jumper, but we look forward to...

Whisper

Introducing Whisper our Tennessee Walking Horse Mare. Whisper can be a shy girl and is looking for a confident and compassionate leader. She is kind and very sweet horse who responds well to a soft touch and a kind word. She doesn’t always give her leader the benefit of the doubt so you will need to work to gain her trust and confidence, but once you do she will be your most loyal and trusted partner. In her off-time,...

Zoey

Zoey is a beautiful Clydesdale-Hackney cross who has left her life as a Mennonite cart horse far behind her. She joined our program in the fall of 2014 and is just learning the ropes. She is very eager to please and is looking for clear instructions so she can get it just right. In her EAL downtime, she is learning Dressage. She is an absolute crowd pleaser and instills confidence in all those she meets.

Finnigan

This is Finnigan a Thoroughbred Gelding. Finnigan is a confident boy and can be very independent, although he does enjoy an audience. He’s the type that if told he were handsome, he would reply, “I know.” He requires a confident leader, someone who can convince him that teamwork is the key to success. With a solid plan and the conviction to achieve it, Finnigan will become an engaged team player and go the distance for you. Finnigan moonlights as...

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