|February 1, 2017
February 10, 2017 Braiding to Win with Carrie MacDonald Part 2
February 11, 2017 Junior Executive - Horse "make over" Day, 3-6pm
February 12, 2017 Dead of Winter Training Show
February 20, 2017 Heritage Day - Lessons as Usual!
February 27, 2017 Rider Level Testing applications due
March 1, 2017 Deadline for Pony Club Registration
March 3, 2017 Wine & Cheese silent auction
March 19, 2017 Ground Work Clinic with Danique Henderson
Dead of Winter Training Show
Our Dead of Winter Training Show is right around the corner, and everyone has been working hard to polish up their riding skills. This year's show will have a special Valentine's theme. The first class of the day will begin at 9:30am, so riders will need to arrive early to prepare. We will need volunteers to help the day run smoothly, so please contact the office if you can help for the day.
Junior Executive's Horse "make over" Day
The Junior Executive is holding a horse "make over" day on February 11th from 3-6pm. Come out to learn and practice pulling manes, braiding, and banding. There will even be pizza (for non-horse participants)!
Friday Afternoon Lectures
With Rider Level Testing fast approaching, attendance at Lectures will be crucial for your success! After rave reviews from part 1, Carrie MacDonald will be back for part 2 of Braiding to Win On February 10th. Everyone will get a chance to show off their new braiding skills at our "Dead of Winter Training Show" on February 12th, which this year will have a special Valentine's theme!
- February 3 at 4pm - Rides 1, 2, & 3
- February 10 at 4:00pm- All RIDES: BRAIDING TO WIN PART 2
- February 17 at 4:00pm - Rides 4, 5, & 6
- February 24 at 4:00pm - Rides 7 - 11
Wine & Cheese Silent Auction NEW DATE: Friday March 3
We will be holding a Wine & Cheese Silent Auction on March 3. Parents and adult members can get to know each other and help foster community spirit with tour organization. By now everyone will have received an invitation as well as a letter to bring to merchants to request donations for the silent auction. All members will be expected to reach out for donations as well as buy and sell tickets to the event. Our hope is to be able to raise enough funds for necessary repairs and maintenance of our historical facility without significantly increasing monthly fees for our members. The event itself promises to be a exciting social gathering of horse-lovers and friends.
Snow Day Policy
There are times when we will cancel lessons due to poor road conditions in the interest of everyone's safety. We will make the decision to cancel at 2:00 pm on the day of the storm, and change our office answering machine to let you know that lessons are cancelled. We will also make a post on our Facebook page.
Lancer Pony Club!
Lancers will be re-activating its branch of the Canadian Pony Club this year! All members are eligible to join the pony club. Being a part of Pony Club will give you opportunities to represent Lancers as a team in various competitive events in the region, as well as take advantage of many educational opportunities with horses. Expect an email shortly with registration details.
The Canadian Pony Club is affiliated with an international network of more than twenty national Pony Clubs in other countries. In total, the international Pony Club community includes more than 50,000 individual members, involved in providing a healthy, educational riding experience for youth, worldwide. Each national Pony Club organization, ensures that programs delivered within the country are in-line with international standards for education, testing, and competition.
For more information please visit their website: http://www.canadianponyclub.org/
Summary of the AGM
The AGM for our fiscal year ending August 2016, was held at the Halifax Central Library on January 18, 2017.
Highlights from the meeting included that our membership is up 21% from the previous year. We are pleased to say that our junior membership is essentially full and we now have waiting lists for enrollment in our beginner courses, which has not happened for a long time. Our adult program is very healthy as well, with most adult rides being full. Our summer camps for beginners were at capacity last year and our Salmon River Camp for our horses and members was very successful. We also participated in the Natal Day parade for the first time since the 1990’s and as a Venue for Doors Open Halifax, we welcomed over 1300 people through our doors, in two days!
The other exciting news is that financially we had positive results and this is the first time, in many years, that we are in a surplus position. As you know, we are a not- for- profit and are reliant on our fees and extra fundraising to sustain ourselves. Happily, we have worked our way out of a deficit in 2014 of ($49,526), to a surplus of $6,251 in 2016. We will continue the hard work of meeting our financial goals but still rely on the support of our community.
A copy of our Annual Report can be found on our website under Members/Board of Directors.
Board of Directors this year and we wish to thank each of them for their years of dedication and commitment to Lancers. John Young, Darin Maclean, Rob Johnson and Jill Hennigar all spent more than 5 years on the Board and we thank them and wish them well.
We are also very pleased to welcome to the Board, Rachel Miller as our Treasurer. Rachel is a CPA with Ernst and Young and is a Lancer Alumni. Rachel was a member of Lancers from ages 8-18 and a former instructor so she brings her professional skills as an accountant, along with a deep understanding of our club. We are delighted to have her back.
Our Board for 2017-2018 is as follows:
President- Tamzen Black
Vice President – Richard Withington
Secretary – Suzanne Ramsey
Treasurer- Rachel Miller
Members at Large
Angie Holt – Barn Manager and Head Instructor
We also will be calling on members of our club to fill vacancies on Board committees and we hope you will find the time to give us a hand!
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or any member of the Board.
CBC Young Athlete of the Day
CBC News Nova Scotia runs a daily segment called Young Athlete of the Day. In the hope of profiling more young equestrian athletes, they asked parents to nominate their children/youth. To do so, please follow the link:
All of our Lancers make us proud! **Please let us know if your rider is selected so we can share the news**