HORSE RESCUE & rehabilitaTion PROGRAM
The Southlands Riding Club Rescue and Rehabilitation Program was established at the Club in October 2015 enabling the Club to make a meaningful difference in the lives of horses and ponies in need of a 'second chance' while also fulfilling the requirements for maintaining farm status.
Program horses and ponies benefit from the training provided by certified SRC instructors. Each Program horse or pony has a primary trainer responsible for establishing and meeting both short- and long-term goals tailored to the individual needs of the animal. Once fully rehabilitated and deemed ready to graduate from the Program, these horses and ponies are offered for sale to approved homes, making way for a new horse or pony to enter the Program.
Program 'residents' live on-site at the Club in our show stabling facilities. We are in the process of planning for permanent stabling on the property as part of the Club's longterm strategic planning efforts. Care for the ponies/horses is overseen by the Program Coordinator who is supported by an amazing team of volunteers who provide daily feeding, mucking and grooming the Program residents.
Click here to read a article from the Vancouver Sun about our Program.
program staff & Committee
- Rescue Program Coordinator: Clare Perry
- Rescue Program Trainers: Pippa Emrick (Foster), Robyn Hunt (Swagger), Claudia Zurmuhle (Paisley)
- Rescue Program Committee: Alison Martin, Jane Milton, Sheri Henshall, Kelsey Campbell, Lori Hill
how to get involved
We are always seeking volunteers to help with the day-to-day care of our Program horses/ponies. Each day, we seek volunteer help for the following: AM Feed, Mucking, PM Feed. With our new online sign-up system, it's easier than ever to see where help is needed and to lend of your time. Please contact Clare Perry - Program Coordinator - or the Club Office to get started!
Additionally, we rely on sponsors and in-kind donors to help cover the costs of the Program, including veterinary and farrier care, hay, bedding, etc. If you are able to help sponsor this amazing Program, please contact Clare Perry or the Club Office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-263-4817) for details
Meet our current horses
swagger **FOR SALE - Please contact office for details**
Swagger is a 7-year-old Pinto pony gelding standing approximately 13.3hh. When Swagger arrived in October 2015, he was halter trained but had no under-saddle experience. SRC instructor, Robyn Hunt, has worked with him almost daily, first in the lunge ring and then starting him under saddle. Swagger is now able to be ridden anywhere on or off the Club grounds with confidence, including the cross country field.
Swagger is now offered for sale and ready to take an experienced junior rider or small adult amateur into the show ring and get noticed. Come meet this charmer and see why he is a Club favourite!
Foster is a 3-year-old dark bay Quarter Horse/Paint/Arabian gelding standing about 14hh. He arrived at the end of October 2015 very wary of both horses and people. He was rescued, after careful negotiation, from the truck of a meat buyer at an auction in Kamloops.
Foster has come a long way since arriving at the Club as a barely halter-trained gelding. He is very friendly and loves to be groomed or generally fussed over. His is a handsome boy with lovely movement and a kind eye.
Under the guidance of SRC instructor, Pippa Emrick, and Club member, Marta Modzelewska, he receives daily training in-hand, on the lunge line, and now with a rider on his back. We know that Foster will be a star in the ring someday, and look forward to helping him find his 'forever home'.
Our newest addition to the program, Paisley is a 3-year-old 14.2hh Quarter Horse mare who arrived in Southlands in November of 2016. As a yearling, Paisley was sent to auction as a part of a forced herd-dispersal sale where she was purchased by a kind family who saved her from a meat buyer. She remained with this caring family until - due to a change of circumstances - she was offered for sale.
Paisley has a nice compact build, solid feet and sound mind. She is curious, friendly and will even leave her hay to come and say 'hello' to visitors at the fence. She has made fast friends with her fellow Program residents and is often seen nuzzling with either Foster or Swagger. SRC instructor Claudia Zurmuhle is training Paisley and you can often spot the pair walking the streets of Southlands or around the Club, helping Paisley to gain comfort with her new surroundings and improve her handling skills. Her first challenge was learning voice commands while lunging in the round pen. She is now learning to carry a rider and continues to pick up new things quickly.
MEET OUR GRADUATES
We purchased Valentine just before 14 February 2016, hence her name. She is a sweet, dark bay mare, approximately 4 years of age and about 13.3hh. She came to us from Lloydminster, Saskatchewan where she was at a meat auction. She arrived on February 28th - very furry, skinny, dirty, with bad feet and rather frightened. We do not know much about her history.
Valentine progressed quickly under trainer Robyn Hunt's guidance. Her transformation from a frightened, skinny, scruffy little mare with bad feet to a curious, friendly, gentle and kind riding horse has been truly amazing. And in April of 2017 she found her "forever home" with Jenna - a volunteer with the Rescue Program who formed a special bond with this mare. Valentine is thriving in her new home with lots of space to run, graze and just be a horse with her stable mates, including a sweet mini named Penelope.
MISS SAINTLY BLUE
"Missy" was donated by Kimberley St. Pierre with her funds from Telus “Dollars for Doers” for her SRC volunteer hours. She was purchased by the Club a 6-year-old blue roan Paint Appendix mare, about 15hh.
She was saved from a bid against the meat buyer at the Armstrong Auction in September. At the Armstrong Auction, horses stand in small, box stall sized pens all day as people view them. Miss Blue was in a stall for the day with four weanlings, one of which was her own foal. She allowed all the foals to drink from her throughout the day. She then watched as all the foals were taken from her with other buyers, including her own foal who was abruptly weaned from her that day. She was then taken to a nearby ranch to await transport to the lower mainland to get a better chance at a good, caring home.
When she came to Southlands, she had only been halter trained and had minimal handling beyond that. She did not like having her legs touched or picked up for hoof care and was sensitive around her hind end. Kind and gentle work by Robyn and then Kaya, who took on her training, saw Missy take to lungeing, walking around the grounds in hand, and being ridden. Kaya introduced Missy Blue to being ridden in the various rings at the Club and even did an SRC Percent Day dressage test with Miss Blue.
Missy Blue now has a new loving home in Southlands with Elyssa Kaufman, one of Kaya's students.