Interviews & Profiles

Pico - Vancouver Police Department Mounted Unit

2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winner - Last fall, the Vancouver Police Department bid a fond farewell to a friend and retired colleague. Pico, a tall, Dutch Warmblood gelding, served the City of Vancouver for nearly two decades, first as a police horse, then as a therapeutic riding horse, before returning to the VPD stables in Stanley Park in 2011 to live out the remainder of his retirement. He was humanely euthanized on October 21, 2012, at the ripe old age of 31, having enjoyed a long, full life.

Whiz N Tag Chex

2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winner - Sired by the only National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Nine Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz, ridden in his younger days by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Duane Latimer, and owned by the first ever NRHA Million Dollar Owner Lance Griffin, Whiz N Tag Chex seems to have been destined for greatness. And now the 1999 stallion can boast a NRHA Million Dollar title himself – in August 2012 the earnings of his offspring surpassed the $1 million milestone, making Whiz N Tag Chex the fourth son of Topsail Whiz to achieve the NRHA Million Dollar Sire accolade.

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.




Lakeland College - Major in Equine Science - Animal Science Technology Diploma, Vermilion, Alberta.


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