Horse Council BC News Autumn 2021

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BC SUMMER GAMES 2022

Calling all equestrian athletes ages 12 to 18 competing in the disciplines of Dressage, Eventing, Jumping, Para-Dressage, and Vaulting!

Competing at the Games is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and nothing like competing at a horse show. The culture and atmosphere of the Games is like no other. Team spirit, pride, accomplishment, and friendship are words that come to mind.

Competing at the Olympics is a goal of many young equestrians, but only a few are able to live that dream. Competing at the BC Summer Games is a dream that can come true, or maybe it’s your practice run for when you do make it to the Olympics. Either way, being part of the equestrian team at the BC Summer Games is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and something you will remember forever! 

To help better prepare our equestrian athletes for competition at the BC Summer Games, Horse Council BC is pleased to introduce the BC Summer Games “Game Ready” Athlete Development Program!

The Game Ready program is available to equestrian athletes between the ages of 11 and 17 who are interested in competing in either the upcoming 2022 BC Sumer Games in Prince George, or young equestrians who have their sights set on competing at a future Games.

Game Ready Camps will be offered in all eight Summer Games Zones in BC. The program will consist of one three-day in person camp including:

  • Group sessions on topics such as what to expect at the Summer Games; proper turnout for both horse and rider; and preparing yourself mentally for competition.
  • Two days of invaluable discipline-specific instruction from expert clinicians.

Camp registrants will also receive exclusive camp swag and invitations to informative and educational webinars throughout the year.

All of this for an affordable $75.00!

Applications are now being accepted for our first Game Ready Camp for Vancouver and Fraser Valley equestrian athletes.

Date: September 17, 18, 19, 2022.

Location: Maple Ridge Equi-Sports Centre, 21973 132 Ave., Maple Ridge, BC, V4R 0A7, Canada.

Visit www.HCBC.ca to find the application form or email communication@hcbc.ca.

If you live in Fraser Valley (Zone 3), Fraser River (Zone 4), or Vancouver-Coastal (Zone 5) don’t miss out — space is limited! All other Zones — stay tuned for more dates in your area.

For more information on competing at the BC Summer Games or the upcoming Game Ready Camp dates and locations, contact competition@hcbc.ca, or call Sandy at 1-800-345-8055, ext. 1001.

Equestrian Athletes — Come and be a part of the Team and live your dream… are you Game Ready?

INTRODUCING YOUR BC SUMMER GAMES SPORT TEAM!

With a big thank you and a whole lot of gratitude for our amazing BC Summer Games volunteers, Horse Council BC would like to introduce some of the members of our BC Summer Games Sport Team. This month we will start by introducing our Provincial Advisor for Equestrian and Equestrian Sport Chair.

Lynda Ramsey, Provincial Advisor for Equestrian

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Lynda is from Kelowna where she and her husband Daryl operate D & L Equine Services at Mission Creek Ranch, a busy coaching, boarding, and training facility primarily working with eventing, dressage, and jumper clients. They also have a varied program at the ranch involving working equitation and training of young horses.  

Lynda brings with her a wealth of experience from the equine industry. She is an EC High Performance Coach, and is a very active EC and FEI Official in three-day eventing and dressage. 

She is excited to help deliver an amazing Summer Games experience to the athletes, families, and volunteers in Prince George in 2022.

Steven Dubas, Equestrian Sport Chair

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Steven, currently retired, resides in Prince George. He owns a five-year-old Quarter Horse which he previously used for endurance riding in Northern BC, and now mainly enjoys pleasure riding.

Steven was HCBC Zone 8 Director for a number of years and coordinated various events within the Zone, such as Equine Education. He also visited various riding clubs in the Zone and assisted groups in any way he could. He received the Queens Silver Jubilee Medal for Community Development. Steven also held the position of VP for Industry for HCBC.

Steven was the driving force to reestablish the equestrian element in the Senior Games now called 55+ Games. He is a past President of the Prince George Horse Society as well as Past President of the Tabor Mountain Recreation Society, a multi-use trail system of over 200 kilometres of trails in the Prince George area. Steven coordinated various user groups and formally registered these trails with the provincial government, which will preserve the trails for years to come. 

About Horse Council BC:

Horse Council BC is a membership-driven not-for-profit association representing the interests of the equine industry in all sectors throughout British Columbia. Horse Council BC continues to grow each year with membership reaching over 24,000 in 2016. Horse Council BC actively represents the equine industry in agriculture, industry, sport, and recreation through education, grant funding, club support, government advocating, liability insurance, and participant programs.

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