About Us

Horses of the Sun is an equestrian facility located approximately 25 min. south- east of Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. We are a riding school, a Voltige training center, a (select) boarding stable, an archery center (traditional foot archery and mounted archery), a nature education facility, but first and foremost, we are purveyors and educators of life skills.

Horses of the Sun opened its doors in Vars (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) in September of 1997. We offer weekly classes and summer camps for children (6 years of age and older), teenagers, and adults who are interested in learning riding, the sport of Voltige, traditional archery, mounted archery, about nature, and life skills.

Sonja Koch and Uwe Schneider are the Owners and Operators of Horses of the Sun. Sonja is the principal instructor and brings more than 40 yrs of riding, voltige, energy work, and teaching experience.

Sonja Koch

  • Owner / Operator and principal instructor at Horses of the Sun
  • Certified riding instructor by German FN, Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association
  • German Riding Award – Silver
  • Competitive experience: International dressage, jumping, and Voltige, elite gymnastics, and ballroom dance
  • Over 40 years riding and Voltige instructor experience (Canada’s first Voltige instructor)
  • International Voltige clinician
  • Ballroom and Latin dance teacher and Choreographer
  • Studied circus arts with Cirque du Soleil
  • International rider, horse trainer and clinician
  • Recipient of the 2005 Dr. Dan Offord Award of Excellence
  • Reiki Grand Master
  • Certified Herbalist

Uwe Schneider

  • Owner / Operator and Voltige instructor at Horses of the Sun
  • German Voltige Award – Silver
  • Competitive experience: International Voltige (three years consecutive Individual
  • Voltige Champion of South Germany), ballroom dance
  • Over 35 years Voltige instructor experience
  • International Voltige clinician
  • Voltige horse trainer
  • Archery instructor
  • M.Sc. in Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  • Course conductor and Water Quality educator