Saturday, 5 November 2016

Daylight Savings and Winter Holidays

Just a reminder to all our students that Daylight Savings is tomorrow and your clocks should be turned back an hour tonight before you go to sleep.

We would also like to remind all students and parents that lessons run as normal through the winter break. The only days NSEC will be closed is Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day, lessons will be cancelled on these 3 days.

If you are planning on going away for the holiday and don't want to give up your lesson spot, please contact me to arrange make up dates for the lessons that you will miss. Make ups can be done ahead of time as well as after you return.

Monday, 22 August 2016


Recently people may have noticed that NSEC has brought in a few new horses for the school string as some our older horses go on to retire. It may be noticed how poor a condition these horses look upon arrival and for their first few weeks, sometimes even longer.

Often horses don't come to us in the best of condition, they are underweight and look uncared for or unkept. These horses may not have come from the best of backgrounds, but I think it should be said that as soon as they arrive at NSEC, their luck has changed and they become instantly loved and cared for.

Shortly after a horse arrives it gets a check by our vet and any vaccines or dental care done to ensure it is able to eat correctly and is protected from viruses. If a horse comes in with ribs showing we supplement it's regular diet of hay and grain with things like beet pulp, oil and alfalfa hay to help add fat and protein to it's diet to get it to a healthy weight as quickly as we can. We also have our farrier in to make sure it's feet are looked after and in good condition shortly after it arrives. It is groomed daily and slowly worked until it is fit enough to enter our school string as a lesson horse.

Piper is our most recent horse who has come to us in very poor condition, probably mostly due to the fact that he is missing teeth and needs some pulled etc. He may never be able to eat hay or grass properly so we will be supplementing his diet to make sure he gets everything he needs nutrient-wise and everyone can rest assured that our commitment to this horse is strong and we will see him fit and filled-in as soon as possible (but gaining at a safe rate does take time) with a special diet, babying and love from our staff at NSEC. Already he seems to be a very happy guy!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Cougar Sightings

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A notice to all our riders, there have been cougar sightings in the trail areas around NSEC.

Although a cougar is very unlikely to attack you while you are riding on your horse, please be extra careful as the scent of a cougar can make a your horse nervous and want to run home to safety.

The cougar sighting is up past the cemetery and near the Baden Powell Trail.

Monday, 8 August 2016

NSEC 30th Anniversary!

North Shore Equestrian Centre celebrates 30 years on the North Shore on Sunday, Aug 28th!

We will be holding an open house and everyone is welcome. There will be BBQ, pony rides, demos and much more between the hours of 11am-3pm. Visit our facebook page to stay updated.

Old friends and first time visitors are all welcome to come say hi and get to know the owners and staff and check out the facilities.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

September 2016 Lessons

September lesson spaces are filling up fast at NSEC so make sure you get your forms in ASAP. Forms can be found in the office or online

A rough draft of the schedule will be emailed out Monday, June 25th  to those who have registered already.

Please note that the policies have changed this year and can be found here for review.

Happy trails this summer, and hope to see everyone back here in September!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Summer Trails

Just a reminder that if you are going to use the trails around NSEC, you must clean up after your horse.

These trails are multi-use trails and are enjoyed by all sorts of people doing recreational activities, we don't want to leave a mess for our neighbors!

This is especially important if you are riding through the cemetery. We must show respect and always make sure we clean up.

Manure can be kicked to the side of the path and out of the way. This means you will have to dismount, but that is one of the responsibilities of riding on the trails. Manure must be cleaned up immediately, not once you are your way back.

Remember, we don't want to get kicked off these trails, so lets do our best to keep them looking their best!

Friday, 17 June 2016


It is with great sadness that we have had to say goodbye to an NSEC member who has been with us over decade. 

On June 15th 2016 our dedicated rat catcher and barn cat, Leo, lost his battle with an age related illness that caused untreatable liver failure during his final days at NSEC. 

At 13 years old, Leo had a long and very happy life at NSEC with lots of pets and treats from everyone who loved him. 

He will be missed greatly.

Thursday, 2 June 2016


Had some cute little visitors at NSEC today, on their way to their new home out in the valley :)

We named him Darkwing

Friday, 20 May 2016

NSEC Summer Camps

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During July & August NSEC takes a break from our regular lessons and offers week-long, half-day summer camps from 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.

Camps combine horsemanship, theory and riding time with an emphasis on safety and fun! Our minimum age is 7 yrs old to join (no exceptions) and students may wear leggings, boots with a proper heel (not a wedge) and may borrow one of our helmets for each lesson. Students cannot bring their own helmet unless it is an ASTM certified riding helmet.
Adults can come to camp, too! If you are interested in getting fit and having fun with horses, as well as learning more about the equestrian world, contact us for more information about adult camp options. We run adult sessions on selected weeks from 6pm-9pm during the summer.

If you must cancel a booked summer riding camp, we will make every attempt to re-book with another rider. If we are successful, you will receive a refund of $350. If we cannot find another rider to fill that space, an account will be opened and the cost will be credited towards lessons in our fall schedule.

Camp Levels:

Introductory - This is a camp for any student who has not had lessons previously, even if they have been on a horse before (including trails). Students are taught safety, grooming, working around the horse, leading and how to tack up and untack (saddling and bridling). Riding lessons include learning how to mount, correct positioning and controling the horse in a walk and trot. They learn to sit and post the trot and at the end of the week will perform a demonstration day for parents.

Advanced Beginner - This is for the student who has completed our Introductory camp or has had previous formal lessons, can tack up and has good control of their horse at the walk and trot. Riders will continue to concentrate on the basics of good riding position, basic aides and improved control at the walk and trot, all in preperation for the next step - cantering. Riders can expect to repeat the Advanced Beginner level, possibly several times before they are ready to safely canter. A demonstration day will complete the week.

Novice - This is for the student who has previously enrolled in several camps or has completed 3 months of weekly lessons and are confident and ready to canter. Lessons will focus on increased control, cantering and two point position.

Advanced Novice - For students who have ridden in regular weekly lessons for a full season (10 months) and are cantering. Teaching will focus on strengthening control, balance and positions of the riders, introduce poles and small jumps as well as new stable management skills.

Intermediate - This is for students who have been taking regular weekly lessons for a few seasons. Teaching will be focued on more advanced concepts such as leg yields, shoulder-in and jumping technique.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Summer 2016

It will be a busy summer for NSEC this year!

We will be participating in the North Shore Canada Day Parade for the first time with super star pony Dino! Come watch us on Friday, July 1st! The parade route stretches from Grand Blvd and 10th st all the way to Mahon Park.

Horse Day at the PNE is on Saturday, Aug 27th. Stop by our booth and say hi :)

NSEC 30th Anniversary BBQ will be held on Sunday, Aug 28th. We will be doing Hunter/Jumper and Dressage Demos, pony rides for kids 4 yrs old and up, a BBQ and much more. We are looking for volunteers to help us throw a great party. We are also looking for face painters who might be willing to donate some of their time and skills. Contact Allanda at for more details.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Be Careful on the Trails

Rider Alert!

When going out on trails be careful if using the smaller trails around Lynn Creek and Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve. 

Unsanctioned mountain bike trails have been built around these areas and the people building them have been leaving large "burrow pits" around the trails that could cause injury to your horse if accidentally stepped in. 

"Burrow pit"

These have mainly been popping up in and around the smaller hiking trails and as such could be quite covered and may not be seen by riders until their horse is about to step into them.

Please be careful on the trails and stay safe!

Thursday, 7 April 2016

North Shore Canada Day Parade

This year NSEC will be participating in the North Shore Canada Day Parade on Friday, July 1st with our little shining star Dino!

Allanda is looking for 5 or 6 students to join her and Dino in the parade and show off your NSEC pride by marching with us, handing out pins and info and helping us with clean up.

If you are interested in helping out, please email Allanda at

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Leasing/Owning Information Meeting

NSEC Manager and Head Coach of the Hunter/Jumper program at NSEC, will be holding an open meeting for any NSEC students that are looking for information on leasing/owning horses at NSEC.

The meeting will take place on Saturday, April 2nd at 2pm

This meeting will cover all the general questions about leasing, like costs and how to go about getting a lease as well as availability for school horses leases this summer to longer term leases on show horses.

If you are interested in getting a lease horse and are currently on our waitlist and are still interested in leasing please attend this meeting or contact me as we will be starting a more current list. And of course if you have not spoken to your coach but are interested in leasing or just want info please also attend or speak with your coach.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

NSEC Jackets

Looking for a new jacket to protect you from the spring showers? Laura Kinvig will be doing up an order for new NSEC jackets, that will have the NSEC Logo embroidered on them.

This time the brand and style is new and improved. A link to the jacket is below. They are waterproof and have a stowable hood! Which is great at the spring and fall horse shows. The price is $140 plus gst and includes our logo, which is a great price for the jacket.
If you choose to have your name put on the sleeve The Dogs Ear in West Van can do that for you and I will make sure he does them all in the same size and font and gives us a good price.

Sizes are XS to XL.

Please email me to show interest in a jacket order and then I will send another email to arrange payment and confirm the order once I meet the minimum order requirements.

Also please email me any ideas/requests for new NSEC clothing or horse gear.

Monday, 14 March 2016

New Specialized Lessons Available at NSEC

Introduction Lesson - $99.50/1 hour 15 minutes

  • For those who have never ridden before and not sure if riding is for them, we are introducing an extended private lesson option for the first time rider. Within the 1 hour and 15 mins, an instructor will be able to get you properly orientated with our barn, protocols and horses, teach you the basics of tacking up and leading a horse and get you in the saddle for your first 30 minute lesson, as well as help you untack, groom down and put your horse away afterwards.
Evaluation Lesson - $99.50/1 hour 15 minutes
  • Like our introduction lesson, our evaluation lesson is an extended private lesson for those looking to join the NSEC group lesson programs. Your instructor can make sure you are properly orientated with our barn, protocols and horses as well as make sure you are able to tack up on your own and will be able to evaluate your riding level and skills while on the horse during the evaluation, giving them the information they need to place you in the right lesson program based on your skills and previous experience. This lesson will be required for those looking to join our group lesson programs mid-season.

Private or Semi-Private Stable Management Lessons taught by Brae

Private Boarder Stable Management Class - $45.00/first 45 minutes, $10.00/each additional 15 minutes

Semi-Private Boarder Stable Management Class  - $28.00/first 45 minutes, $6.50/each additional 15 minutes

Public Stable Management Class - $55.00/first 45 minutes, $15.00/each additional 15 minutes

Semi-private Public Stable Management Class - $35.00/first 45 minutes, $9.00/each additional 15 minutes

  • These lessons will be available by request. Students should discuss what they are hoping to learn with Brae ahead of time and she can give them an appropriate time range for their lesson. Lessons can range from proper safety protocols to ground manner training methods. Please contact Brae through the office at for more details

Sunday, 13 March 2016

NSEC 30th Anniversary!

We are happy to announce that we are beginning to plan our 30th Anniversary Celebration for August 2016! We are looking for ideas and volunteers to help us plan a fun day full of different activities that will be open to everyone on the North Shore!
If you are interested in helping out or have any fun ideas, please contact us via facebook or through our email at