Saturday, 29 September 2012

Lockers for Students?

That's right, we are thinking about adding lockers to our upstairs storage room.

Lockers will be a convenient way to store your valuables and snacks or just store the things you do not want to carry back and forth from lessons on a regular basis. This is especially helpful to those who have to bus here on a regular basis or for those parents who don't want all that "horse mess" in the car all the time.

Lockers would be available in 3 sizes:

Large lockers will be $20.00/month and will be limited. They will be able to fit boots, helmet, brushes, saddle pads and any extra clothing needed.

Medium Lockers will be $15.00/month and will be able to fit fit boots, helmet, brushes, saddle pads and any extra clothing needed.

Small Lockers will be $10.00/month and should be able to fit brushes and helmet.

What we need to know right now is how many students would be interested in renting a locker to store their horsey gear so that we have an average of how many lockers we would be looking at installing. 

Please email me at to let me know if you would be interested in renting a locker in the future at NSEC.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Thunderbird Fall Finale

That's all folks!

Show season is officially over and it’s time to put away the tack trunks and the show buckets into storage until next season.

Those who went to the final show included Dana Mcloughlin, showing for the first time with her handsome 6 yr old, Brighton, Sally Rigby showing on her handsome steed Jack, Stephanie Donaldson on her lovely grey pony, Corby and Michaela Cox, showing for the first time on her big poet himself, Shakespeare.

Some highlights included Laura Kinvig’s win in a 1.15 class on Brighton. Stephanie won a few firsts on Corby. Sally Rigby won 3rd in one of her 3’3 classes on Jack. Dana Mcloughlin won 3rd in the Hunter Classic on Sunday in her first show riding Brighton. And Michaela Cox won a bunch of 5th places in her classes while riding Shakespeare.

All in all, a lovely weekend had by all, with good weather, good friends and lots of fun.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

On Vacation

Students may notice over the next week or so that Jasmine isn't around. Do not worry! She will be back.

Jasmine will be leaving this evening for a 2 week all expense paid vacation at the lovely Stave Falls Riding Stables run by Tara Mobbs. She will get to visit her old friend Emily and kick back and relax. while enjoying the last bits of summer.

UPDATE: I seem to have spoke a little too soon in regards to Jasmine's vacation. Jasmine will still be getting a nice 2 weeks off, but for the time being she will vacationing on property. She will get her very own paddock, full day turn out and a stall on the other side of the barn so all the commotion of lessons won't bother her and she can relax ;)

Let's all wish her a good vacation and look forward to her return, refreshed and ready to get back to lessons.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

In Memory

Have you noticed our new apple tree? It's fairly small, but not so hard to see.

We planted this baby tree in memory of Mickey and Major who passed away this past summer. They were wonderful horses who taught many students how to ride. Major also participated in our therapeutic program.

Loving all the attention from everyone at NSEC, these two horses were well loved and will be missed. Every time it blossoms we will think of them.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

NSEC Dressage Program Updates:

Our North Shore Dressage riders have enjoyed a fun and successful start to the show season. We started the year with bang at the Winsum schooling show. Lots of laughs and good riding to boot! Deb Cotter was high score of the day and Lydia Robinson brought her horse Mandela through his last show before retirement. Speaking of which, we re happy to report Mandala has safely arrived to his new home in England where he ll enjoy his retirement. Our star dressage mustang is now living in England- who would have thought!

Another round of congratulations are in order after the Thunderbird Touch of Class show in June. Despite the soggy weather Deb cotter and Gracie took home another red ribbon in Training Level division while Kat and her horse Zemeo were Third Level Reserve Champions. 

Finally, North Shore had a great showing at the July MREC Canada Cup bronze dressage show in Maple Ridge. Kat and Zemeo scooped the Third Level championship and Kat and Sashay brought home the Second Level Reserve Championship. 

Meanwhile, at home we continue to have fun and train hard.  

The first round of our North Shore Dressage Clinic Series is coming up on Sunday Sept 23rd. Kiersten Humphrey, EC  level 2 coach and FEI rider will be at NSEC for this first clinic! Those interested in taking part please contact Kat Southam via It will be a fun and challenging day of riding. Auditors welcome and encouraged! 

Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on our growing dressage program!

Monday, 17 September 2012

Some New Faces Around the Barn

By now most of our returning students have probably noticed some newbies to our school string. For those who don't know, our newest editions are: Poppy (an older sway backed bay who thinks she's as young as Sassy), Casper (white & brown pinto with not one, but TWO blue eyes), Farrah (our showy little chestnut mare across from Shady) & Skip and McNugget (a father and son pair of Palominos).

So far all of these  lovely ponies have been working out in lessons and have been enjoying their new home. People may have noticed that Poppy, McNugget & Skip have come to us a bit on the leaner side, but have no fear! We will be fattening these guys up so that they will rival Tai's chunky looking barrel and they will be fat (but not too fat of course!) and happy in no time at all.

In other school string news, one of our adult students, who has full leased Sport all summer, has bought Sport from us this past week. Sport will remain at the barn, now happily owned by Catherine MacDonald.

We are on the look out for perhaps one more school horse to add to our team of horsie superstars.

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Let the Lessons Begin!

Another September is here, which marks the sad end of another beautiful summer in good ol' North Vancouver.

But from every end comes a new beginning and, of course, September marks another new season of riding lessons at North Shore Equestrian Centre.

And even with a couple bumps in the road (including a scheduling mishap last friday), we survived the first week of scheduling, new lessons and settling back into the routine.

A few things some people may have noticed upon their return from summer vacation:

A sneak peek at our new lounge
Construction on our new lounge is well under way. Soon it will be complete and will include a heated area to observe lessons happening in the indoor arena, a flat screen TV, a seated area to relax and read as well as a microwave, mini-fridge and sink for general snacking and a place to eat.

New Levels 1-10
People may have also noticed we have switched our riding levels over from the old (slightly confusing) level system to that of Equine Canada. This level system consists of rider levels 1 thru 8. This will help bring a more laid out and consistant approach to lessons as well as help set goals for students. As well, the stable management aspects of riding will be playing a bigger roll in levels and students will be required to have this knowledge in order to pass level testing and advance to higher levels. More information will be coming soon on the stable management outlines of the courses. For descriptions of the Equine Canada levels for English Discipline Riding please click on the following link:

Major 28 & Mickey 23
And finally, on a sadder note, we lost two of our old faithfuls over the summer. Major & Mickey both passed away this August. Although they will be very much missed, we can take comfort knowing that they lived long, happy lives here at NSEC and were loved by many of the riders taking lessons.

That's it for the first post on the NSEC blog. Make sure to check back often to be updated on what's happening around the barn.