Interviews & Profiles

Interviewed by Melanie Huggett - It’s a rare person in the Canadian equine community who hasn’t heard of Bill Collins. An exceptional horseman, Collins has done more for the horse industry in Canada than perhaps any other individual. Not only has Collins been a great competitor, winning multiple events in roping, cutting, and other disciplines, he has been a judge, a teacher, a leader, and a visionary.

Interviewed by Melanie Huggett - Sheepskin has become increasingly popular to use with our horses. It can be made into saddle pads, girth covers, halter pads, seatsavers, and other accessories for horse and rider.

Interviewed by Barbara Fogler - This fall, Robert Dover was named Coach and Technical Advisor for the Canadian Dressage Team, so when I sat down to interview him I expected a cut and dry discussion about strategy, goals, and timetables. What I got was so much more. Robert is, quite simply, an extraordinary person to talk to.

Interviewed by Melanie Huggett - From quiet Qualicum Beach, BC, artist Joan Larson paints beautiful images with her pastels. Born in Sexsmith, Alberta, Larson has been involved with the arts for her entire life. She has studied at the Banff Centre, the University of Victoria, and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Interviewed by Laura Neufeld - The Dog & Pony Shop started in 1994 in Ladner, BC. Since then, they have grown by leaps and bounds, focusing on fulfilling their motto: "Helping riders enjoy horses, sport, and life."

In the previous article, we shared the first half of an interview with para-equestrians Lauren Barwick, Karen Brain, and Judi Island. In this, the second part, they share more about what they do to stay fit to ride and compete, advice for developing riders, athletes, and parents, and how to “be all you can be.”

As I learn about para-equestrianism and work with people with disabilities in my own fitness training practice, I never cease to be humbled and impressed by the sheer athletic spirit I encounter: discipline, determination, winning attitude, and pure hard work. When I look at athletes for examples we can all learn from, it’s hard to miss noticing the achievements of our Canadian Paralympians.

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