Interviews & Profiles

Walter White - BC Provincial Wish Trail Ride

2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winner - Seventeen years ago, Walter White had a vision. A lifelong rider, he dreamed of combining his love of horses with his dedication to community service. And so, in 1996, Walter founded the Okanagan Wish Trail Ride in Kelowna, British Columbia, benefitting the BC & Yukon Chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Jane James: Therapeutic Riding & Para-Equestrian Pioneer

2013 Readers' Choice Awards - There are few who have even come close to matching the many and varied contributions Jane James has made to therapeutic riding and Para-equestrian sport in Canada. Her career in the equestrian industry has been long and distinguished, and is best characterized by the unflagging dedication, generosity, and enthusiasm she employs in service of the local, national, and international horse communities.

LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society

2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winner - LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society’s mandate is to house, rehabilitate, and adopt Ontario’s retired Thoroughbred racehorses out to the horse loving community, as well as to educate Ontario’s racehorse community about the merits of a proper and dignified retirement from racing for their horses. Since its inception in 1999, LongRun has assisted in placing over 700 horses in permanent, loving homes.

Canadian Cowgirls performing

2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winner - With their intricate choreography, exceptional equestrian skills, and eye-catching costumes, the Canadian Cowgirls elite precision drill team has been delighting audiences across Canada and the U.S. for a decade. Outfitted from hat to hoof in red and white, their maple leaf flags hoisted high as they ride, the Cowgirls are the living embodiment of Canadian pride. “We pride ourselves on promoting patriotism across the country,” says Team Captain Terry Jenkins.

Lane and Shiner at 2011 NAJYRC

By Emily Penn - Lane Wilson was born into the world of horses. His father and sister are both successful reiners and Lane has followed in the family footsteps. The 17-year-old from Uxbridge, Ontario, has become a successful competitor in the national and international reining world, taking home the individual gold and team silver medals in the Junior Reining divisions at the 2011 North American Junior and Young Riders Championships (NAJYRC) in Kentucky.

Toronto Mounted Police

By Ceileidh Sager - As riders, we often marvel at the placid, seemingly bombproof police horses we encounter on our city streets. Clearly police horses are put through intensive training to prepare them for patrol work, but what about their riders? In speaking with Sargent Kristopher McCarthy of the Toronto Police Mounted Unit, I learned that the city’s mounted unit has taught officers to ride using traditional cavalry methods for over a century. Recently, the Toronto Police Mounted Unit decided to incorporate English equitation standards into their officer training program.

Haley Franc

By Ceileidh Sager - She’s only 14 years old, but Haley Franc of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, has already made a name for herself in the international reining arena. This past summer, the talented teen rode her Quarter Horse gelding, Jacs Shy Boy, to a gold medal finish and helped secure team silver for the Canadian Junior Reining Team, at the Junior Riders Individual Reining Final at the 2012 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) in Lexington, Kentucky.




Riding Vactions in California with Jec Ballou


"I Love Horses" adult colouring book


Manitoba Horse Council