2022 MES Monthly Meetings:
Metchosin Community House
4430 Happy Valley Road
General meeting – Thursday, January 27, 2022 @ 7:30 pm (Zoom)
Date of 2022 AGM – Thursday, November 24, 2022 @ 7 pm
MES Executive Members
President Shelly Donaldson firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President VACANT
Treasurer Eila Zylak email@example.com
Secretary Candace Lecompte
Director at Large Daphne Carter
MES Committee Members
Membership Ellen Dewar firstname.lastname@example.org
Ring Bookings Shelly Donaldson email@example.com
Ring Maintenance Stella French
Sooke Saddle Club Liaison Eila Zylak
Trails Ellen Dewar; Jill Armstrong
Facebook Shelly Donaldson; Eila Zylak
Website Daphne Carter
As we move forward with our equine partners and build relationships with all that cross our paths, I am reminded how precious our lives are. We continue to adjust to a worldwide COVID pandemic and remain responsible for our actions to keep us all safe and healthy. We lend a helping hand or encouraging words to our peers as they learn new skills. Our members have stepped forward throughout the year to assist with “bashing” the ever-invasive broom and brambles that border our leased facility, volunteers guide horse trailers to park carefully at events or hand out ribbons at a “Fun Show”! Others assist with setting up obstacles for lessons and shows, trim the underbrush of tree canopies on trails, advocate for safe horsemanship within the facility or safe passage throughout our rural community. The ring maintenance crews were a buzz with irrigation and harrowing to keep the footing conditioned and prepared for the increased use of the Metchosin Equestrian facilities.
Our calendar has presented a hub for scheduled weekly activities such as riding lessons, a growing interest in Working Equitation skills, and equine driving. From spring to fall you can stop in and watch the dedicated Stellar Steppers drill team practice intricate maneuvers as they ready themselves for musical performances at Fall Fairs each year! This year we saw an increase in weekend events with a variety of fun learning opportunities with clinician Heather Nelson offering training for mix disciplines including liberty, Working Equitation Virtual Competitions, the BCVTRA Video Competition as well as the extremely popular “Dressage Show and Tell” series hosted by the Sooke Saddle Club. The final show of the season was the sensational performances of riders aged four to seventy-six showing their best riding in Drill, Equitation, Jumping, Games and Trails competitions.
Clearly there is renewed excitement for more events with the Metchosin Equestrian Society! The camaraderie from each of you is a magnificent attribute to our small club as we grow and support our sport for everyone. I look forward to continuing to be riding along side you all!