Wednesday, 17 August 2011 08:58

On the August long weekend we had the priviledge of hosting the wedding of Dawn & Clayton  Hiles.July 30th marked the day of a new life together for Dawn & Clayton as they celebrated with family and friends. Congratulations to you both!

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011 19:46

This July we were fortunate enough to travel along the Oregon Coast and it was absolutly beautiful. Some of our adventures included Dune Buggies in the Spinreel sand dunes, the Sea Lion Caves, antique shopping, and the wildlife zoo where we got to hold a baby Bengal Tiger (photo below) and a Tan Spotted Leopard baby. We visited the amazing Cannon beach, the Tillimuck Air Museum and the Cheese factory which was very cool. I totally reccommend this breathtaking adventure which we can't wait to do again!

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Sunday, 07 August 2011 16:57

Congratulations to Shelagh & Matt Pavlis on your Wedding held July 16, 2011! Even the rain could not dampen the spirits of the happy couple and their 140 guests. The bridesmaids wore kelly green and played it up with umbrellas and fashionable gumboots. All the best to you both! Looking forward to your 10 yr anniversary party!

 

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Monday, 13 June 2011 13:02

 

Ashley and Dean exchanged I do's on June 11, 2011. Five minutes before the start of the ceremony, the clouds broke and the sun shined brightly on this beautiful couple. Purple lanterns and ivory touling hung from the hall while guests danced to the amazing band, Roxxslide. Ashley and Dean, you deserve all the happiness in the world! Congratulations!

More photos to follow.

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Wednesday, 08 June 2011 14:30

We were so happy to host the wedding of Alicia & Cory on May 28th 2011. Alicia and Cory said their vows under a clear sky with 150 of their friends and family in attendance. All the best to you both for a long and happy marriage!

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Wednesday, 25 May 2011 07:36

Maple Grove has added a pair of Babydoll lambs to our farm. The two cuties are Dango and Dizzy and are starting to relax and let us catch them. This past weekend we hosted Chelsy's Cowgirl Slumber Party and the girls enjoyed plenty of time with the lambs and our goats, chickens and ponies!

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Sunday, 15 May 2011 13:36

Congratulations to Ashlee and Dimitri on your Marriage held May 14th 2011. We wish you both a lifetime of happiness!

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Sunday, 08 May 2011 16:56

We were so happy to host two Girl Guide packs this weekend at Maple Grove, one from Shawnigan Lake and one from Colwood! The girls kept busy setting up camp, making meals and even had a chance to earn their Horse Power Badge. For the Horse Power Badge, they rode a horse, learned how to groom, clean tack, pick paddocks and how to care for horses. The big focus was on safety around horses and all the girls passed with flying colors. I even had a chance to pull out my girl guide badges from 1983 and enjoyed showing this vintage collection off to the girls. Fun was had by all and we were so happy to be able to share Maple Grove with this great group of girls! I am sure the leaders cant wait to get home and finally catch some much deserved sleep, thanks ladies!!

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Monday, 02 May 2011 19:44

Spring has arrived at Maple Grove along with our new Canadian flag. Simone has been given the job as official flag raiser and I enjoyed watching her take such pride in her new job!

 

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Monday, 02 May 2011 10:25

MREC Spring clinic with Hawley Bennett-Awad.

 

 

What an absolute treat it was to have Hawley Bennett-Awad coach us at the MREC spring clinic this past weekend. Langley’s own Hawley is currently ranked 30th in the world and is a member of the Canadian team who brought home silver at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. Team Canada, you made us proud!

 

The clinic opened up with a casual talk over lunch with Hawley answering questions about her amazing journey and what it took for her to get there. She gives a lot of credit to her gelding Livingstone,. who the mere thought of brought tears to her eyes. She also gives a lot of thanks to Pam Arthur and her mom. Hawley valued her work galloping race horses and recommended that every serious competitor should try it. Hawley emphasized the importance of personal fitness and a training program for horse and rider. In Hawley’s program, riders run 2-3 sessions per week as well as resistance training at the gym. She suggests that if you are un-able to run your cross country course then why you would expect your horse to gallop and jump with you on their back. I found Hawley to be very relaxed and humble and she made everyone

feel comfortable enough to ask questions.

 

I enjoyed hearing about her mare Gin ‘N Juice. Gin as she is called in the barn, had to be ridden 5 times before her dressage test at the WEG just to get her relaxed. Hawley likes the smaller horses and says that any bred can be successful at eventing with hard work.

 

During the jumping sessions, Hawley had us working on our eye control, adjustability in between the jumps and maintaining your leg before, over and after the fence.

She prefers to not jump single cross country fences, but puts several together to maintain flow and rhythm. Hawley stressed that you must ride every fence like you believe they are going and that success with every phase is 95% mental.

 

Hawley was off to the airport by Saturday afternoon and home again to California to prepare for the upcoming Badminton Event. We really appreciated Hawley taking time out of her busy schedule to give back to her eventing roots and I know I speak for all of us here, GOOD LUCK Hawley; we will be rooting for you!!

 

 

 

By Shannon Thomas

 
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Monday, 14 February 2011 11:10

Drakkar May 1992 – January 2011  

              

When I first met Drakkar, he was running wild among a herd of 300, 3 year old stallions in St. Paul Alberta and it was love at first sight. It took me 5 days to convince the old cowboy to sell him to me as he also had his eye on the beautiful black and white Clyde / thoroughbred cross. Within a month I had my dream horse home, to find out he could also jump. He jumped out over a 5ft stall door and later on jumped from paddock to paddock because the horse at the end of the line had the hay. Although skeptics said this horse is “too heavy” to jump, Drakkar went on to become a solid eventer and a cross country machine, with no cross country jump faults in 3 years at the Training level.

 

In 2007, Drakkar was chosen to be borrowed for the Dressage Para-equestrian games. He was ridden by a girl from Australia with cerebral palsy and we could not have been prouder of him. Drakkar was incredibly smart and would willingly do tricks for any kind of food. He could smile, give kisses, shake a hoof and bow, even when not asked, hoping you had something for him. When given the chance, Drak would open the door to the house and you would find him hanging out in the kitchen, looking for apples. This was a sight to see given that Drakkar was a 16’2 hh 1500 lb guy. Chek 6 news recently ran a story on this gentle giant, delighting viewers young and old, with many requests to re-run the story.

 

For the past 2 years, Drakkar has been the star of all our birthday parties. He never failed to build up the confidence of all our young riders and has inspired many kids to start riding lessons and even purchase their first horse.

 

Drakkar was my pride and joy, my once in a lifetime horse and I am so grateful to have had him in my life for 16 wonderful years. He was so very loved by all who knew him and will be forever missed.

 

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