This is my first report after being elected President last year. What a great year it has been, lots of learning with a great bunch of Members!
Here are the highlights of the year!
We started out the year with the Annual Stirrup Cup Ride in January, we had a great group of riders ride out to several stops along the ride to enjoy appetizers and New Year Cheer along the way! Always a great start to the year!
A few months later we hosted a 2 day Liberty Clinic with Heather Nelson. This was a great success with all the participants that joined the clinic! (I being one of them) It was 2 full days with your horse including group time and one on one time and we all had a great time, learned a lot and bonded with our horses!
In September we were busy organizing Metchosin Day with all the events at the riding ring as well as the concession. We had some crazy rain this year on Metchosin Day but it didn’t hamper the riders and the spectators that came to support! All the riders and horses put on a great show enjoyed doing so! We had a wide range of different types of horsemanship offered to the public to view the many things you can do with horses. The concession was well run with many great volunteers and was busy all day.
The ring has been well maintained throughout the year with watering in the summer months and frequent harrowing. It has been well used with the Steppers on Tuesdays as well as several coaches giving lessons and using the trot polls and jumps, as well as the members using it on their own!
We have updated our website this year with easier access to membership forms as well as online E-Transfer for payment of memberships. Overall membership is up this year from last with several more coaches and members!
Moving forward, we have several members that have risen to help volunteer in several areas in the coming year. We are planning to organize more events at the ring, more trail rides and more informative, educational events! Overall it was a great first year, with lots of learning curves and I look forward to continuing to make the next year a success with the Club!
Metchosin Equestrian Society