2014 is the Year of the Wooden Horse in the Chinese Zodiac ~ so Happy New Horse Year! In Chinese culture, the Horse is a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance. The Kelowna Riding Club looks forward to sharing the Year of the Horse with you, it is after all, what we are all about.
Please check out the Contact page for the new 2014 Board of Directors.
Did you know the Kelowna Riding Club is available for rent for your horse show, clinic or even non-horsey event? You can rent the entire facility or just one ring, or just the clubhouse. Please see the Facility Rental tab at the top of the page for more info.
BC SPCA holds FREE workshops to update B.C. horse owners on new code for horse care
The BC SPCA is hosting a free workshop in Kelowna on Monday, March 4, 2014 to bring horse owners and interested members of the public up to date on Canada’s new Code of Practice for the care of horses. The event will take place from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the BC SPCA location at 3785 Casorso Road.
The event features the BC SPCA’s Dr. Bettina Bobsien, an equine veterinary specialist. Dr. Bobsien will provide information on Canada’s new Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines, which was recently updated and strengthened. Topics will include nutrition, health management, breeding, housing, humane training and other requirements and recommendations included under the new code.
Dr. Bobsien will also provide information on the BC SPCA’s approach to preventing and addressing situations of horse abuse and neglect, and Horse Council BC representatives will also be on hand to provide their perspective on the importance of horse welfare.
“The new Equine Code is an excellent educational tool to help both new and experienced horse owners understand the new minimum standards of care for horses,” says Dr. Bobsien. “It does away with all the myths and opinions about horsekeeping in Canada and goes back to the science to tell us what is in the best interest of the animals.”
The original Equine Code was written in 1998 and it had about 25 “should” statements. The new code has about 75 requirements – minimum standards of care that are enforceable under B.C.’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The BC SPCA encourages all horse owners to read the new Code of Practice thoroughly and to take advantage of Dr. Bobsien’s talks to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities as animal owners.
“The BC SPCA is committed to prevention and education programs that improve the welfare of animals in B.C.,” says Craig Daniell, chief executive officer of the BC SPCA. “We are delighted to be working with Dr. Bobsien and with organizations like Horse Council BC and Equine Canada to promote the progressive new standards of care adopted by the horse industry earlier this year.”
Gord Mackenzie, vice-president of agriculture and industry for Horse Council BC, says the updated science-based standards of care will serve as a practical tool to assist in the improvement of the lives of horses across the province. “Horse Council BC is dedicated to providing education and encouraging best practice in all facets of the horse industry. We are thrilled to have the Equine Code of Practice made available to B.C.’s horse community.”
Interested participants can register online at spca.bc.ca/equine or request additional information by email or calling toll-free: 1-800-665-1868. All workshops are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated.
The Kelowna Riding Club is a non-profit facility run by volunteers. We welcome all new members, whether you are a rider in any discipline or a horse lover (non-riding memberships are available). We are not a boarding or teaching facility, rather we are a gathering place for equestrian sports. Members are welcome to use the four rings at our 10 acre facility to exercise and train their horses. We also welcome coaches to come and provide lesson programs on site. We hope you will consider becoming a member of this Kelowna institution! The club is officially in its 50s but has been in existence since the early part of last century – perhaps as early as 1898!
- April 23-27, 2014: KRC Hunter/Jumper Spring Classic.
Contact our 2014 show chair, Lindsay Kern-LeGroulx for sponsorship and/or event information. Rocky Mountain Show Jumping’s Caroline Jones will be managing KRC’s premiere event once again. Warm-up rounds on Wednesday, April 23rd. Show runs from Thursday, April 24th to Sunday, April 27th.
2013 KRC Hunter/Jumper Spring Classic in photos 2013 Sponsors
Link to Onsite Digital Photography’s gallery 2013 H/J Spring Classic Prize List
- May 2-4: Doug Mills Clinic – Doug Mills Training Thru Trust Horsemanship Clinic. Click on Doug’s name to check out his website or contact Sarah for more information.
- May 17-18: KRC Dressage Festival – the first EC gold level competition of the Canadian season. Contact show manager Cindy Foster for information and sponsorship opportunities.
- July 27-30: KRC Adult Camp
Stay tuned for info about the 2014 adults-only summer camp. It’s tons of fun – plan to check it out this year! (2013 poster/registration)
Visit our Contact Page for the current Board of Directors list, and please feel free to contact us at any time. If you notice any problems or mistakes on our KRC website, or have submissions or ideas of what you’d like to see on the site, please contact us.
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Thank you to Onsite Digital Photography for providing some fantastic pictures for our website.