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March Newsletter

Hello Everyone! Hopefully we will not get more snow before the beginning of our next gymkhana season! Below are our dates for Gymkhanas as well as the Saddle Series races which will start approximately ½ hour after the gymkhana. Mark your calendar!

April 30th
May 28th
June 25th
July 30th
August 27th
October 1st

Executive 2017

Here is your 2017 Board of Directors:
PRESIDENT - Kristy Forsyth
VICE PRESIDENT - Liz Hinton
TREASURER - Katie Mitchell
SECRETARY - Stephanie McCaferty
GYMKHANA DIRECTORS – Kristy Capp and Ashley Pickard
RODEO DIRECTOR - Sandy Chevallier
AWARDS DIRECTOR - Tera - Lee Caverly
SADDLE SERIES DIRECTOR - Tera-Lee Caverly
RENTAL DIRECTOR - Darlene Pappas
MEDIA DIRECTOR – Isabelle Larocque
WEBSITE DIRECTOR - Tamora Davy

Feel free to contact any for them if you have questions and welcome the new directors.

Memberships

Memberships were due March 1st. I have attached all the forms you need to fill out to become a member. Please send them by mail to: PRC, 5380 Princeton Ave, Peachland, BC, V0H 1X8.

HCBC is MANDATORY for all PRC riders and you must enter your HCBC# when you register for membership. Here is the link where you can sign up and print your member’s card online. https://hcbc.online/

Spring Clean Up

We are doing our Annual Spring Clean-up on April 22nd from 10:00 to 2:00. Please bring wheel barrels, racks, shovels, gloves, etc.

We will be having a Barbecue afterwards for those of you that are there.

First Gymkhana

This year’s first Gymkhana will be held on Sunday April 30th. As usual we will have a 9:00 start. Registration will be at 8:00am.

I also have attached the sign up forms you can fill out and send to Katie prior to each gymkhana. This will help save time for our volunteers.

If you are using stalls or pens for the day remember there is a $5.00 charge. Our concession will be once again Christine and I’m sure will be as great as it was last year!

See you on April 22nd and remember to send it your memberships forms!

Posted by Isabelle Larocque, March 14, 2017

November Newsletter

Pub Night

November 5th at The Edgewater Pub in Peachland Starts at 5:00 pm and goes till we all go home.

Tickets are $20.00 - Includes Dinner and a Drink

We desperately need Silent Auction Items so please contact:
Darlene at 250-462-0169 and let her know what you can bring so she can prepare or
Sandy Chevallier at 250-718-2761

Pub Night Tickets are on sale with:
Sandy Chevallier at Chevalliers Arena
Darlene Pappas at 1st Class Auto Glass in West Kelowna
Loree Currie in Peachland
Kristy Forsyth in West Kelowna

Annual Banquet - Dinner, Awards and Dance

This years event will go on at the Peachland Riding Club.

November 26th
AGM is at 4:30 pm - Please attend if you can.

New Board needs to be elected so if you would like to be a part of this great organization please put your name in before hand if you can.

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm appies and drinks
6:00 pm Dinner
7:00 pm Awards
8:00 pm Dance

Tickets are on sale now - Contact Sandy Chevallier for Tickets and Pricing.

Remember to be eligible for year end awards you would of had to attend minimum 4 Gymkhanas on the same horse.

We also give out other awards too so the list below are the people that will most definitely want to be at this years event.

You MUST be present to accept your award or submit to the Board why you can not be there. If this is the case please send someone to accept so that our Sponsors can get a picture.

Makayla Silzer
Danika Silzer
Evangeline Neyedli
Shanelle Neyedli
Kendal Brooks
Linda Brooks
Nia Mitchell
Kaleah Mitchell
Mya Tarr
Jesse Tarr
Chloe Wheeler
Jordyn Birakowski
Melanie Gauthier
Sidney Renaud
Danielle Hall
Linda Brooks
Angela Milroy
Diana Shore
Calista Collins
Kadence McCafferty
Loree Currie
Kalin Keller
Emily Jones
Candace Cook
Georgia Gregory
Cassie Hobbs
Vanessa Caverly
Adele Ingram-Ewing
Jordan Lapine
Madison St. Pierre
Payton Ramage
Penny Hinton

Please talk to anyone on this list in case they get missed.

Thank you and see everyone we can at the Pub Night and Banquet Night

Posted by Darlene Pappas, November 12, 2016

October/November Newsletter

Important News!!!!

First off the Executives and Directors of the Club would really like to thank all of the Volunteers that get up and give us a hand at all of our events. Without you we would not be able to do 1/2 of the things we do. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

October Gymkhana and Saddle Series

This Gymkhana is on October the 16th with a 9:00 am start. First Class of the day will be HALLOWEEN COSTUME CLASS. This will be a judged class with ribbons and trophies and goodie bags and so much fun :) Please don't be late!!!

Saddle Series Race will start approximately 1/2 hour after the Gymkhana is over. This is the last race of the year. Awards will be given out approximately 1/2 hour after the race is done. This year not only is a Saddle up for grabs but we are giving awards to top 10!!! Don't miss this one for you never know how it is going to go.

Remember that the Saddle Series Race is after our Gymkhana so the 3:30 start is always approximate. We will try and post how the Gymkhanas are going so that people will be better prepared. Also these race results will be posted on the website as soon as Kristy and/or Tera-Lee can get it done.

In General Rodeo

Our High School Rodeo was a huge success this year. We had lots of people come give us a hand. The kids had fun, the adults are now tired and ready to do it again next year!!! Results for the Rodeo will be posted on the website as soon as Sandy gets a chance.

Pub Night

Pub Night is approaching quickly. Tickets will be on sale at the Gymkhana. $20.00 gets you dinner and a drink. If you can bring some Silent Auction Items that would be great. We still need someone to step up to the plate and help organize this event. November the 5th at the Edgewater Pub in Peachland.

Year End Dinner/Awards Night and Dance

This event is scheduled for November the 26th at the Peachland Riding Club. Tickets will be on sale at the Gymkhana. Please purchase or at the very least let us know if you are going to be there so we have numbers for our caterer.

In General

Please make sure you check out the calendar of events for all important dates for us and our members. If you have a event that you are doing please let Darlene know and she will get it up on the Calendar so that your event may be more successful.

You must have Horse council so please have your card to show for all Gymkhanas.

Remember that you can fill out and email your Gymkhana Entries into Katie for the next Gymkhana. As well as your membership if you haven't done it already.

Please respect and stay away from the Grounds when they are rented out to other people.

Posted by Darlene Pappas, October 15, 2016

October Newsletter

Important News!!!!

First off the Executives and Directors of the Club would really like to thank all of the Volunteers that get up and give us a hand at all of our events. Without you we would not be able to do 1/2 of the things we do.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

September Gymkhana and Saddle Series

This race is on September 25th with a 9:00 am start. Please don't be late!!! Last month we had late entries and they were disappointed that they never got into the first event.

Saddle Series Race will start approximately 1/2 hour after the Gymkhana is over. Only 2 more to go everyone so come out and have some fun.

Remember that the Saddle Series Race is after our Gymkhana so the 3:30 start is always approximate. We will try and post how the Gymkhanas are going so that people will be better prepared. Also these race results will be posted on the website as soon as Kristy and/or Tera-Lee can get it done.

In General Rodeo

We are in need of Rodeo Sponsors!!!!

Our Annual Rodeo is coming up and we need to get things in place. Please see Sandy if you are able to help out in any way.

You can check out our website for sponsorship forms and info on the Rodeo.

Scholarship News

So we have a winner of the 1st Scholarship ever given to the Peachland Riding Club Members. Danika Caverly won the 1st Class Auto Glass Scholarship. She will receive her cheque for school at the Year End Banquet.

Also...

Please make sure you check out the calendar of events for all important dates for us and our members. If you have a event that you are doing please let Darlene know and she will get it up on the Calendar so that your event may be more successful.

You must have Horse council so please have your card to show for all Gymkhanas.

Remember that you can fill out and email your Gymkhana Entries into Katie for the next Gymkhana. As well as your membership if you haven't done it already.

Please respect and stay away from the Grounds when they are rented out to other people.

Posted by Darlene Pappas, September 27, 2016

Canada Day Schedule is Here!

Click here to for the Canada Day Schedule, and be ready for a day of Barrels, Roping, Drill Team, and Dinner!

Posted by Webmaster, June 18, 2016

May Newsletter

Important News!!!!

First off the Executives and Directors of the Club would really like to thank all of the Volunteers that get up and give us a hand at all of our events. Without you we would not be able to do 1/2 of the things we do.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

We have sponsored an Ambassador. Lets Cheer on Miss Shennelle Neyedli for she is running as Miss Peachland. Also in the news is Brooklyn Knight as the Peachland Junior Ambassador. You go Girls!!!

We have a Sponsorship Opportunity open to any Student that is a Peachland Riding Club Member that is graduating this year. Email Darlene at 1st Class Auto Glass & Upholstery Ltd. for more details. first@firstclassglass.ca. This will be due for May 31st, 2016. Selected person will be notified in Junes Gymkhana.

Say hello to your New Executive this year. If you were not at the AGM they are:

PRESIDENT - Liz Hinton
VICE PRESIDENT - Isabelle Larcoque
TREASURER - Katie Mitchell
SECRETARY - Stephanie McCaferty
GYMKHANA DIRCTOR - Lorrie Currie
RODEO DIRECTOR - Sandy Chevallier
AWARDS DIRECTOR - Tera - Lee Caverly
SADDLE SERIES DIRECTOR - Kristy Forsyth and Tera-Lee Caverly
RENTAL DIRECTOR - Darlene Pappas
CORRESPONDING DIRECTOR - Darlene Pappas
MAINTENANCE DIRECTORS - Patrick Renaud and Mark Tring
WEBSITE DIRECTOR - Tamora Davy and Darlene Pappas

SPONSORSHIP DIRECTOR -
Northern Division Director
Southern Division Director
Rodeo - Diana Chevallier and Darlene Pappas
Advertising Director -

So awesome to have the new people stepping up to do their part.

What a great 1st Gymkhana of the year! Almost 50 people out for the terrific day. The weather was great, horses were spunky and people were just happy to be out. Our Concession was great. They ran out of food so we apologize for that but we won't let that happen for the next one.

We had over 50 Riders for the 1st Saddle Series Race also today so needless to say the day was a long one for all organizers and participants in general. Katie or Kristy will be posting the results on website as soon as they can.

NEXT GYMKHANA IS MAY 29TH with a 9:00 start.

SADDLE SERIES RACE WILL START APPROX. 1/2 Hour after Gymkhana Finish.

Remember that the Saddle Series Race is after our Gymkhana so the 3:30 start is always approximate. We will try and post how the Gymkhanas are going so that people will be better prepared. Also these race results will be posted on the website as soon as Kristy and/or Tera-Lee can get it done.

In General

Please make sure you check out the calendar of events for all important dates for us and our members. If you have a event that you are doing please let Darlene know and she will get it up on the Calendar so that your event may be more successful.

Memberships were due January 1st so for those of you that didn't get your memberships in you can do it on line and email them to Katie. They will also be available for the Gymkhana but the more that is done before hand the easier it is on the volunteers in the registration booth.

You must have Horse council so please have your card to show for all Gymkhanas.

Remember that you can fill out and email your Gymkhana Entries into Katie for the next Gymkhana. As well as your membership if you haven't done it already.

Please respect and stay away from the Grounds when they are rented out to other people.

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), May 17, 2016

April Newsletter

Hello Riders!!!! It has been a pretty good winter so hopefully everybody has there horses in shape for the upcoming year. I know for a fact I don't but she's getting there. Make sure you check our website regularly for it will be kept up to date on a monthly basis to let you know what's going on.

Remember riders is you have events going on that you would like up on our Calendar just let Darlene know and she will make sure they are up for you.

Memberships

Memberships were due January 1st so for those of you that didn't get your memberships in you can do it on line and email them to Katie. They will also be available for the Gymkhana but the more that is done before hand the easier it is on the volunteers in the registration booth.

Remember you must have Horse council so please have your card to show.

Spring Clean Up

We are doing our Annual Spring Clean up on the 18th of April from 10:00 to 2:00. If you can come out and help please bring wheel barrels, racks, shovels, gloves, etc.

We will be having a Barbecue afterwards for those of you that are there. The more the merrier and the sooner we get done and the more we can accomplish so please come out and give your executive a hand.

Gymkhana #1

This years first Gymkhana will be held on Sunday April 24th. As always we will have a 9:00 start. Registration will be at 8:00am. If you are using stalls or pens for the day remember there is a $5.00 charge. Our concession this year is going to be run by Christine and should be awesome.

That's all for now hope to see everybody at the Clean up and if not see you at the Gymkhana!!

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), April 12, 2016

Year End Banquet

November 14th Peachland Riding Club

Sandy Chevallier of Chevalliers Arena in Peachland, Darlene at 1st Class Auto Glass in West Kelowna, Jesse Capp and Loree Currie all have tickets. Tera-Lee has ticket for those of you in the South.

Tickets are $20.00 Adults $10.00 for kids 6-10 Free for children under 5

AGM starts at 4:00pm - anyone wishing to become a Director must be at the AGM

Social is from 5:00 - 6:00 - appies will be out and Bar will be open

Dinner is from 6:00 -7:00 - Danjo Ranch will be suppling the dinner this year

Awards and Dance goes from 7:00 to when we close it down.

Remember that any members that are receiving awards must be at the banquet and dressed in Western Attire for pictures. If you are unable to attend please send Tera-Lee a written notice and who will be picking up your prize.

In order to be eligible for year end prizes you must have attended 4 of the 6 Gymkhanas in the 2015 Season. Same horse and rider combination unless your horse was sold or vetted out.

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), November 6, 2015

Pub Night

Last Events of the Year!!!

November 7th starting at 5:00pm Edgewater Pub in Peachland

Sandy Chevallier of Chevallier's Arena in Peachland and Darlene at 1st Class Auto Glass in Westbank (2710 Kyle Road) both have tickets. Tera-Lee has tickets for everyone in the South.

Tickets are $20.00 and include dinner and a drink. Dinner is your choice of: Cheese Burger and Fries Chicken Fingers and Fries Chicken Ceaser Salad

Silent and Chinese Auction - If you have items please let Darlene know so she can be ready for them. ddpappas@shaw.ca or text her at 250-462-0169

50/50 Draws - These funds go towards our High School Scholarship Fund

42" Smart TV Draw - Tickets are $5.00 and winner will be announced that night.

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), November 1, 2015

November Newsletter

Well the Weekend of our last two Gymkhanas and Saddle Series Races went absolutely terrific.  We had over 30 Riders and Horses each day for the Gymkhana and over 35 entered each day for the Saddle Series. 

Our Spaghetti Dinner went over well and thank you to Sylvie for helping get the dinner out, Kim Feist and Lisa Nowell for Cleaning up the kitchen and anybody else I did not know about that helped out with this great event. 

The sleep over was also a huge success. 

Thank you Candace Chevallier for staying in the Clubhouse with all the kids and keeping them safe.

Thank you Marijenel for bringing up crafts for the kids to do.  It looked like they had a wonderful time.

Thank you to Diana Chevallier, Christine and Anna for taking over our concession this weekend.  Much better then the pizza we would of ordered.  You ladies did an awesome job on such short notice.

Thank you to the countless volunteers that were out there all weekend opening gates and picking up barrels or poles.  A list never got done as to who was where but THANK YOU. Without volunteers our executive team would have a very difficult time running these events.

We had a fantastic Costume class.  Thank you to everyone that participated I know our judges had a heck of a time picking the winners.

Pee Wee 1st – Penny Hinton was a rocking horse
Pee Wee 2nd – Kadence McCafferty as an Elf
Pee Wee 3rd – Grady Parsons was a Scary Fighter

Nervous Novice  1st – Amanda Capuano with Makayla and Danika as the Cute Minions
Nervous Novice 2nd – Chloe Wheeler as Dead guy
Nervous Novice 3rd – Isabelle Hinton was a little mermaid

Junior 1st – Vanessa Caverly – Mad Scientist
Junior 2nd – Adele Ingram-Ewing as a Zebra
Junior 3rd – Payton Ramage as a Hippy

Youth 1st – Madison St Pierre as the Runaway Bride

Overall Winner was Vanessa Caverly as the Mad Scientist!!
Saddle Series Winner is Angelica Sure

Winning a beautiful Proven Saddle. 
Congrats to you and little baby.

2nd Place
3rd Place
4th Place
5th Place
6th Place Payton Ramage

Upcoming Events

Pub Night

November 7th Peachland's Edgewater Inn
Starts at 5:00pm till we all go home
Silent Auction
Draw for a 46” TV
50/50 Tickets

Tickets are $20.00 and include your dinner and a drink
South people you can get tickets from Tera – Lee Caverly
West Kelowna, North and Peachland People can get tickets from Sandy Chevallier at the Arena

OR

Darlene Pappas at her work 2710 Kyle Road (1st Class Auto Glass)
Anyone who has any Silent Auction Items please give Darlene a call at 250-462-0169 or just drop off at her shop – address above.

AGM, Dinner, Awards and Dance

November 14th at Peachland Riding Club

AGM starts 3:30 - 4:00pm
5:00 Drinks and Social with appies
6:00 Dinner
7:00 Awards
8:30 Dance the Night Away!!!!

Tickets are on sale with Tera–Lee Caverly, Sandy Chevallier, Jesse Capp, Loree Currie and Darlene Pappas.

Tickets are $20.00 for Adults $10.00 for kids 6-10 years and Free for kids 5 and under.

Prizes will be given out to Top 6 in each Division with the 1st Place Winner getting the Buckle of course.

You must be Present to receive your awards or they will go to next person in line.  Full Western Attire for Pictures Please.

Memberships for 2016

As everyone should know Memberships for the 2016 year are Due January 1st, 2016.  You will be getting reminders to get them filled out and into the Treasurer in the upcoming year.  Remember you get a discount if paid early.  We already have a member for 2016!!! Now that’s early.

Posted October 22, 2015

October/November/December Newsletter

Wow it is a busy busy busy couple of months coming up!!!!
Here’s what is coming up

9th Annual High School Rodeo

We will be starting this off on Friday at Noon with Build a Cowboy.  Should be a lot of fun to watch.  Next will be the Cutting and Queen Event.

Saturday and Sunday will be full day events at the Rodeo.  Full Concession on site also for those of you that get the growlies.

Any Contestants that show up at the Warriors Game with Hat and Back Numbers on get in for Free!!!

Turkey Dinner Tickets are on sale for Saturday Night - $20.00 per ticket.  If you know you will be having Dinner please get a hold of Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca so that she can have numbers for our caterer.  She needs to let them know by October the 5th at the very latest.  There will be a few extras in the office but don’t count on that please.

Stalls and Pens are all booked now so if you are self-penning please listen to our parking attendants as to where your stalls need to go.  Our grounds are crowded and we know how to get you all in as long as you co-operate with us.  Thank you.

5th and 6th Gymkhana and Saddle Series Event for the Year

October 17th – 5th Gymkhana of the Year.  9:00am start. 

Saddle Series Race will start approximately ½ hour after Gymkhana has ended.

Spaghetti Dinner with Ceaser Salad and Garlic Toast Fund-raiser.

This fundraiser we have not done in a few years.  Anybody that is entered in the Gymkhana or the Barrel Race for the Day gets a dinner ticket for free.  You will be given at ticket at entry time so make sure you hold onto it!!  You will not be given a spare. Everybody else will have a $5.00 charge.  Where can you get a nummy dinner for only $5.00!!!  Come support the club we all love so much. 

Hey Kids Sleep over in the clubhouse!!!!  Woot Woot

October 18th – Last Gymkhana of the Year.  9:00 am start.

Halloween Gymkhana

The Halloween Costume Class will be first thing in the Morning so make sure you give yourself enough time to get ready and be on time for 9:00 am.  Western attire will be eliminated this day because of costumes but hat and/or helmet and boots are still required.  For those of you NOT dressing up full Western Attire still apply.

Remember you have to be in 4 out of 6 Gymkhanas to be eligible for Prizes. 

We are in desperate need of Sponsors for the year end awards.  Everyone was given at least 2 forms at the beginning of the year for a sponsor or two and we have not gotten anywhere near that back.  Please make sure you bring them in for these last Gymkhanas.  Our prize Director would really appreciate it.

Last Saddle Series Race of the Year

Start time is approximately ½ hour after the Gymkhana has ended.

We will be doing the awards for the Saddle Series approximately ½ hour after the race.  Monies for the day’s race will also be given out at that time so please give the office their space so they can get things done in a timely matter.

Congrats to everyone who attended the Saddle Series this year.  Hope to see you all again next year!!

Pub Night

Pub Night Tickets will be at the last two Gymkhanas and up for sale.  See Darlene in the Office.  Tickets are $20.00 and you will get dinner and a drink for that.

November 7th at The Edgewater Pub – starts at 5:00pm or when you get there.

This is our biggest Fundraiser of the year everyone so if you can get an item for the Silent Auction please let Darlene know what it is so she can be prepared.  You can get a hold of her at ddpappas@shaw.ca or you can just drop it off at her work at 1st Class Auto Glass & Upholstery – 2710 Kyle Road in West Kelowna. 

AGM/Dinner/Banquet and Dance

November 14th at the Riding Club – These times at the moment are approximate. 

You will have had to attend 4 out of 6 Gymkhana Events on the same horse and in good standing with the Riding Club to receive an award.

You must be present at the Banquet to receive your Award.  If you are unable to attend the award you MUST give Tera-Lee Caverly a written letter as to why you are not able to attend and you MUST have a representative there on your behalf to accept the Award.

AGM – 4:30
Applies and Social 5:30
Dinner – 6:00
Awards/Speeches – 7:30
Dance the Night Away 8:00 – Whenever

We need to know who would like to step up and become part of the Executive Group for the upcoming 2016 year.  We have a few of our Executive that after many years of being on the board would like to step down.

Positions that are a Must to be filled are:

President
Vice President
Treasurer – At present Darlene Pappas is doing this and would like to step out of it.  She will stay on board to help someone for this year.
Secretary – At Present Sandy Chevallier and Darlene Pappas both share this position.  We both would like to totally step out of this position. 
Other Positions that may be available:
Gymkhana Director
Saddle Up and Advertising Director
Maintenance Director
Rental Director

RECAP

October 9 – Rodeo Start
October 10 – Rodeo and Turkey Dinner
October 11 – Last Day of Rodeo
October 17th – 5th Gymkhana, Saddle Series and Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
October 18th – Halloween Gymkhana, Saddle Series Race and Awards
October 24th – Winter Clean up if needed.
November 7th – Pub Night
November 14th – AGM, Dinner, Awards and Dance
January 1st – Membership Dues for 2016 Year

Everybody please remember we rely on our Volunteers so please be NICE to everyone.  Without them you would not be able have such great events going on.

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), October 11, 2015

September/October Newsletter

GUESS WHO CAME IN SECOND FOR THE JULY 1ST PARADE???
We Did!!!!
Congrats to Liz and all her helpers and Riders and to the Peachland Riding Club

July Gymkhana

Well there was  a little confusion as to when this day was happening but it turned out to be a grand day.  We had 32 Riders out and 34 Horses.  Fun was had by all!

Thank you to the following people for taking some time out of their busy day to help us:


Jesse and Kristy Capp
Loree Currie
Dan Johnson
Cameron Carvan
Steve Knight
Cory Lepine
Cindal Dunkin
Caleb Cunningham
Greg and Tera Lee Caverly
Chris Hinton
Kristy Forsyth
Candace and Sandy Chevallier
Linda Parsons
If I have forgotten anybody I apologize and thank you to you to for helping make the day a success!!!

We would also like to thank the following Businesses for coming on board and  Sponsoring our Gymkhanas this year!!!

TNI in Peachland 
Marijanel Portraits.com
1st Class Auto Glass & Upholstery Ltd.
Mary Kay Cosmetics - Darlene Pappas
Global Road Maint. Inc.
Hearline Medical
John DiBernardo
Greyback Construction

We are in need of Sponsors for our Year End Awards if anyone is interested in helping with this event please get a hold of Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca or Tera - Lee at tcaverly@telus.net .

We want to thank T Lewis Trucking for our water
and
Danjo Ranch for our Concession - Your food was great.


Saddle Series

July 1st Barrel Race and Roping

What a great day.  It was hot but broken up well so people could go to the beach if they wanted.  Everyone had a great time.


BCBRA 1st Approved and then Co - Approved with  CBR and BRN4D.

Our Saddle Series this year is 8 Races.  After every Gymkhana starting at 3:30pm or 1/2 hour after the Gymkhana is over. Plus there will be a double header with a Roping event breaking up the day on July 1st.  You may contact Sandy Chevallier if you need more information on these.  Sandy will have the Race Results up on the Website as soon as she gets it done.  Please do not bug her.

Our Saddle Series Races are $100.00 Added so if anyone would like to sponsor one of these races please contact Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca or Sandy at chevyequine@gmail.com

Upcoming Events

Unfortunately our August 23rd Gymkhana had to be canceled due to Smoke in the Valley.  Not good for riders or our horse buddies! Don't forget that you can fill in your gymkhana forms on line and just email them to Darlene or bring them.  Saves a ton of time for people in the mornings.

Next Saddle Series Race was also for August 23rd 3:30 pm start or 1/2 hour after Gymkhana is over.  Unfortunately this one had to be canceled too.


High School Rodeo October 9th - 11th - More info on this coming soon.  Any questions on this event you can contact Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com

Make Up Gymkhana is scheduled for October 17th.  This will have a 9:00am start as always.  May want to think about spending the night.  Kids can bring their sleeping bags and spend the night in the club house.  We are having a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser that night too.

October 18th with a Halloween Gymkhana and Saddle Series Race of the year.  Saddle Series winners will be asked to stick around for we will be giving out the years awards.

Annual Pub Night - November 7th - More info on this coming soon

Yearly Awards Night, Dinner and Banquet - November 14th at our clubhouse!!! - More info coming soon.
TICKETS FOR PUB NIGHT AND BANQUET NIGHT WILL BE ON SALE AT THE OCTOBER GYMKHANA SO HOPEFULLY EVERYONE WILL PURCHASE EARLY AND WE WILL KNOW NUMBERS 


See you next month.
Don't forget to check out the Chevallier's Arena Website for events they have going on.  Lets support our members!!

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), August 27, 2015

June Newsletter

May Gymkhana and Saddle Race

We had out 37 Riders and 40 horses on this terrific day. Everything from what I hear went smoothly. I was not there! So thank you everybody that stepped up for me.

Thank you to the following people for taking some time out of their busy day to help us:

Jesse and Kristy Capp
Loree Currie
Dan Johnson
Cameron Carvan
Steve Knight
Cory Lepine
Cindal Dunkin
Caleb Cunningham
Greg and Tera Lee Caverly
Chris Hinton
Kristy Forsyth
Candace and Sandy Chevallier
Linda Parsons

If I have forgotten anybody I apologize and thank you to you to for helping make the day a success!!!

We would also like to thank the following Businesses for coming on this board this month and Sponsoring our Gymkhanas this year. You will be up on our Website asap.

TNI in Peachland and Marijanel Portraits.com

We are in need of Sponsors for our Year End Awards if anyone is interested in helping with this event please get a hold of Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca or Tera - Lee at tcaverly@telus.net.

We want to thank T Lewis Trucking for our water and Danjo Ranch for our Concession - Your food was great.

Saddle Series

BCBRA 1st Approved and then Co - Approved with CBR and BRN4D. Hoping to get WANBHA approval soon.

Our Saddle Series this year is 8 Races. After every Gymkhana starting at 3:30pm or 1/2 hour after the Gymkhana is over. Plus there will be a double header with a Roping event breaking up the day on July 1st. You may contact Sandy Chevallier if you need more information on these. Sandy will have the Race Results up on the Website as soon as she gets it done. Please do not bug her.

Our Saddle Series Races are $100.00 Added so if anyone would like to sponsor one of these races please contact Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca or Sandy at chevyequine@gmail.com.

Upcoming Events

Next Gymkhana is June 28th with a 9:00am start.

Next Saddle Series Race is June 28th 3:30 pm start or 1/2 hour after Gymkhana is over.

June Gymkhana - Massive Tack Sale - Contact Tera - Lee for details at tcaverly@telus.net. We have 4 tables booked already!!!

July 1st Double Header Barrel Race and Roping Event The Roping Event is now full but there is a list for add ons. If you want to get your name on this list contact Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com.

Barrel Race - Sandy will be opening it up for registration soon!!!!

If you need stalls or pens please get a hold of Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca. Stalls are 20.00 per night and pens are 10.00. 20.00 Deposit required.

July 1st Parade in Peachland

Get a hold of Liz Hinton if you would like to be involved in this event! The more horses the better and we will have a truck for those that just want to join in on the fun.

Liz will need some help decorating and for poop duty along the way at the Parade so if you can help her out please let her know.

Thanks everyone for coming and having some fun.

See you next month. Don't forget to check out the Chevallier's Arena Website for events they have going on. Lets support our members!!

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), June 17, 2015

May Newsletter

Wow what an awesome way to start the year!!!

Spring Clean Up

Over 20 people showed up to help the Executives get the grounds ready for the upcoming year.
Thank you to the following people for taking some time out of their busy day to help us:

Isabelle and Aryane Larocque
Steve and Brooklyn Knight
Cassie, Frank and Tammy Hobbs
Penny, Isabel, Daisy, Kyle and Liz Hinton
Kristy and Jesse Capp
Dan and Cheyenne Johnson
Cameron Kjorven
Darlene Pappas
Kim Feist
Karen Hanson

Your help was greatly appreciated in getting our grounds in tip top shape and I hope I did not forget anyone.

We would also like to thank:

Tammy Hobbs of Coke Cola in Kelowna for donating water and pop for the barbecue afterwards
and
Frank Hobbs of Telus in Kelowna for donating a Barbecue and Propane Tank for our Clubhouse!
Both of you are awesome.

April Gymkhana 

It was a great turn out with 33 Riders and 37 Horses coming out to enjoy a beautiful day.
We would like to thank the following volunteers for stepping up and making the day a success:

SteveKnight
Amanda Capuano
Alex Pinterits
Frank Hobbs
Cory and Rhys Lepine
Kris, and Liz Hinton
Cameron Khorven
Tera Lee and Greg Caverly
Sandy, Diana and Candace Chevallier
Chad Parsons
Cindal and Tyler Dunkin
Kristy and Jesse Capp
Loree Currie
Darlene Pappas

If I have missed anyone I do apologize but thank you for all your help.
We are in need of Sponsors for our Year End Awards if anyone is interested in helping with this event please get a hold of Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca or Tera - Lee at tcaverly@telus.net .

We want to thank T Lewis Trucking for our water and Danjo Ranch for our Concession - Dave, Anda and Caroline your food was great.

Saddle Series

What a great turn out for the very first one!!!  Awesome is all I got to say.

BCBRA 1st Approved and then Co - Approved with  CBR and BRN4D.
Hoping to get WANBHA approval soon.

Our Saddle Series this year is 8 Races.  After every Gymkhana starting at 3:30pm or 1/2 hour after the Gymkhana is over. Plus there will be a double header with a Roping event breaking up the day on July 1st.  You may contact Sandy Chevallier if you need more information on these.  Sandy will have the Race Results up on the Website as soon as she gets it done.  Please do not bug her.

Upcoming Events

Next Gymkhana is May 31st with a 9:00am start
Next Saddle Series Race is May 31st 3:30 pm start or 1/2 hour after Gymkhana is over.
June Gymkhana - Massive Tack Sale 
- Contact Tera - Lee for details at tcaverly@telus.net

Our Saddle Series Races are $100.00 Added so if anyone would like to sponsor one of these races please contact Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca or Sandy at chevyequine@gmail.com

Thanks everyone for coming and having some fun.
See you next month.

Don't forget to check out the Chevallier's Arena Website for events they have going on.  Lets support our members!!

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), April 27, 2015

April Newsletter

Winter has Gone!!!!!

Well OMG isn't it nice to see the Sunshine again. I sure hope all have had a reasonably good winter. It hasn't been bad at all this year. Now that Winter has gone and summer is coming it is time to get back into the swing of things.

Deadline for savings on the Membership is over but remember in order for points to count on Sunday - yes this Sunday!!!! you will need to be a pair Member in good standing and a have a HCBC membership too.

Forms can be done on the website and it really does make things easier for your treasurer to understand. So... if you can fill them in on line and print them off and bring them for Sunday to those of you that have yet to become 2015 members that would be awesome.

Upcoming Events

Spring Clean Up and Barbecue

This Event will go from 10:00 am till approximately 2:00 pm on Saturday the 25th of April. We will need to get Bleachers in place, weed wack, rack, get garbages out, clean out under the sun deck, clean up the clubhouse, look after the grounds and mend fences if need be. So.... please bring racks, gloves, wheel barrows, anything else you think will help get the grounds into shape and your strong backs!!!!

Darlene has gotten some pop, chips, hot dogs etc.. for when we are all done. Should be lots of fun so wear your work clothes and come help us get your club ready for the summer events!!!!

April Gymkhana and Saddle Series Day

The first Gymkhana of the year!!!! Sunday April 26th. Remember you must be a member to collect points and a member of HCBC also.

The Gymkhana will start at 9:00am and go to about 3:00 pm with the Saddle Series starting at approximately 3:00 pm or 1/2 after the Gymkhana is finished.

Saddle Series

Forms are not on the website yet for 2015 but you can go on and fill in the 2014 form and bring it if you like for the Sunday.

Sandy will also have updated info there on Sunday for everyone that wants to get in the running for a beautiful Saddle this year!

Entry fee is a one time fee of $25.00 for the year.

Thats it for now riders. Hope to see all of you out on Saturday for some help and Definitely on Sunday for the Gymkhana and Saddle Series!!!!!

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), April 23, 2015

March Newsletter

Our Next Executive Meeting is not till the end of the Month but I figured that I had better get something out to everyone.

Memberships

Early Memberships have been coming in and that is great!!!! Makes things on the first day so much nicer. Remember if you have not gotten them in yet you have till March 31st to take advantage of the early discount. You can fill them in right off the website, scan and email or mail them to Darlene. Remember the age appropriate release forms also have to be done and handed in. You can also e-transfer the monies now to Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca.

Show Dates

Our Show dates for the Gymkhanas, Saddle Series, Spring and Winter Clean Up, Rodeo and other things we have going on are up on the Calendar on the website. We have some member stuff up there too so remember if you have something going on that you would like our members to know about let me know and I will get it up on the calendar. You can email particulars to Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca

Spring Clean Up

We this is our first event of sorts for the Year. Spring Clean Up will be on April 25th. It will go from 10:00 am to approximately 2:00 pm. We will have a little Barbecue afterwards. Hot Dogs, Drinks, Chips, Etc..... If you are able to come that is awesome for we have quite a bit of things that need to get done this year besides just cleaning up leaves and that sort of thing. We will need you to bring your racks, shovels, wheel barrels, gloves, painting clothes and boots!!!! Not asking for much are we.

Hope everyone can make it out to give your Executive Team a helping hand.

Thats it for now. Happy and Safe Riding with all this beautiful weather we are having.

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), February 26, 2015

February Newsletter

Well I hope everyone is having a good winter.  Its been a little on the cold side but we have had some wonderful days to ride also thats for sure.

Tack Sale

Seeing as it is winter it is the perfect time to clean out your tack room.  Last year we tried to put together a tack sale at the Riding Club but Darlene just couldn't get it together.  Well this year Tara Lee Caverly has offered to take over this adventure.  So.... Clean up your tack room and get ready to sell some stuff this year that you don't need but is taking up space.  We will give you more information on this closer to the date.

Memberships

Well we have had quite a few memberships come in already for the year which is really nice for opening day.  Not so hectic.  Remember the memberships are fillable on line and you can e transfer your funds this year.  Contact Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca if you have any questions.  If memberships are paid before the 31st of March you do receive a discount!

Saddle Series

We have decided this year to throw another Saddle Series.  Forms for this event will be posted on our website soon.  We are also looking for Sponsor for this event so if anyone would like to help out or knows of anyone that would like to help out please contact Sandy Chevallier at sandylw@telus .net.

Gymkhanas

All dates are set and up on the website in December.  However we did have to change the July date to the 19th from the 26th.  Please take note of this if you have already scheduled them in. 

Our Calendar of Events

Darlene takes care of the Calendar so if any of our members are doing something horsey and they want to get people involved please contact her at ddpappas@shaw.ca and she will get it up on the calendar for you.  If your looking at it already which you should be you will see there is some fun stuff going on already.  Check it out!!! 

Well thats it for now...

Posted by Darlene (Corresponding Secretary), February 26, 2015

January Newsletter

Membership Renewal

Hello everyone! Hope all are having a really good winter, not liking the snow too much right now but... there’s always fun to be had.

So memberships are due for the 2015 year. They can be typed in so our secretary can read them, printed off and either emailed to Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca or you can mail them in to 5380 Princeton Ave Peachland BC. New also this year is e- transfer for payment or you can send a cheque. Don't forget you get a discount if done early!!

Checklist

1. Membership filled in so that it is readable please. If you can get on line and type it all in the is most appreciated.

2. If Family Membership please include all members of the household riding or not

3. Payment is enclosed or e-transferred

4. Horse Council Number is on form

5. Safety Equipment Form is filled out for the appropriate Age

6. Acknowledgment Release Form is filled out for the appropriate Age.

7. Mailed or emailed to Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca

Other News

Our Banquet was awesome. We had a good turnout of members. Please take note that at our AGM is was passed that in the upcoming years you will have to attend the Banquet in order to receive your prizes for the year. There will of course be exceptions for those that will be out of town but we will get to that closer to year end for 2015. Thank you Tera-Lee for your awesome work on Prizes. Thank you again Liz and her friends for the decorating.

There are some events going on already that are on the calendar. Remember if you are a member and you have something horse related that you would like up on the calendar. Remember if you are a member and you have something horse related that you would like up on are please give Darlene an email at ddpappas@shaw.ca and she will be happy to get it up there for you.

Well that is all for now. I will keep in touch on a monthly basis, you can email me at any time if you have questions, concerns or ideas of what you would like to see going on with the club this year. All members are welcome to come to the monthly meetings if they wish too.

Posted by Darlene, January 10, 2015

September Newsletter

Well everybody we are down to our last Gymkhana of the year on September the 14th with a 9:00am Start.  We have had a wonderful turnout this year with riders, horses and our great volunteers.  Hope to see everyone there for the next and last one of 2014!  Remember you had to come to 4 of the 6 Gymkhanas on the same horse to qualify for Awards so if you only 3 you better be there.  Don’t forget you can fill your Gymkhana Forms in on line and email to Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca.  This makes things easier and faster come registration.

Saddle Series Race will also be done on September 14th.  Prizes will be handed out that day with the winner receiving a saddle!! It’s a really close race so make sure you come out and join in on the fun for you never know what can happen.
We ordered new bleachers this year for the club and they need to get put together before our High School Rodeo.  Along with a few work parties that will be going on this month also.  Please take a look at the calendar to see what dates these are going to be happening.  If you can we would love the help.

Our High School Rodeo is coming up again on Thanksgiving Weekend.  If you know of anyone that would like to help sponsor this event please get a hold of Sandy Chevallier, Diana Chevallier or Darlene Pappas.  Make sure if you want to be in this Rodeo you contact Sandy Chevallier on call in night.  Check the calendar for more information on this.  Stalls will be also call in to Darlene Pappas along with Turkey Dinners.  If you are coming out just to enjoy the Rodeo you can get tickets through Darlene by emailing her at ddpappas@shaw.ca.  All orders need to be in 1 week prior to the event.

Our Pub Night is coming up on November the 8th.  It is going to be held at the Edge Water Pub again this year to help support our local businesses that help support us!  Tickets will go on sale soon with Darlene Pappas will have some in West Bank at 1st Class Auto Glass & Upholstery ( Right across from the bottle depot) and Sandy Chevallier will have some up at the Chevallier Farm up Trepanier Road in Peachland.  Tickets will be $20.00 again and just to remind everyone this is our biggest fund raiser of the year.  If anyone has any donations they would like to help out with that would be awesome.  Contact Sandy, Diana or Darlene.

Our Awards Night, Dinner and Dance is going to be on the 22nd of November at the Peachland Riding Club again this year.  We hope to have a really good turnout.  Check the calendar for more information on this also soon.  Tickets for this event will also be available through Darlene Pappas, Sandy Chevallier and Jesse Capp closer to the date.  No AGM this year for we have changed our year end to December 31st.

Membership Packages will be going out just after the New Year so keep your eyes open for them. 

Well that’s it for now.  See everyone on Sunday!!!!

Posted by Darlene, September 30, 2014

May/June Newsletter

Wow!!!!! What a great first Gymkhana we had at the end of April. We had a turnout of 55 Riders and 57 Horses. Best ever as far as I can remember. Well it took us all a little off guard for the first event of the year but we will have that under control for the next one that’s for sure. We would like to thank all of our Volunteers that came out that day and helped your executive team put on a great day. Thank you!!!!!

What’s Coming Up

June 1st – Gymkhana with a 9:00am start. To make things go faster remember that you can fill in the Gymkhana Forms on line, print and bring in. This saves you a lot of time at registration time. People will now be in the computer so this helps too. Please remember that everyone was given 2 sponsorship forms at the first Gymkhana so if you can bring those in that would be great!! Help us make your year end a successful one.

June 1st – Saddle Series Race 2. Approximate start is ½ hour after the Gymkhana is done. You can give any of the executives a call during the day to find out how things are going if you don’t want to show up for the slated 4:00 we figure we are to be done by. We need a couple of sponsor’s for this event so if anyone has some contacts that would be great!!

June 29th – Gymkhana with a 9:00am start.

June 30th – Canada Day Float Decorating with a 7:00pm start until it’s all done. This will be going on at Chevallier’s Arena in Peachland. Anyone that is interested in being in the Parade please contact our Vice President Liz Hinton.

July 1st – Double Header Barrel Race and Roping Event. For more information on this you can contact Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com. There will be a concession on site and loads of fun for everyone.

Remember everyone that this is your club so if you want to see something happen let us know.

Till we see you June 1st. Happy Riding

Posted by Darlene, May 21, 2014

April/May Newsletter

April /May Newsletter Wow our season is here!!! Gotta love the nice weather we have been having that’s for sure. Just in time for the first Event of the year.

Spring Clean Up and Barbecue!!!

Saturday April 26th at 10:00 am till approx. 2:00 pm

We will be doing raking, painting, maintenance of the grounds that needs to be done, etc.

Please bring your gloves, racks and trucks if you can.

After the Clean up we will have hot dogs and refreshments for all our great volunteers.

Gymkhana Number One and Saddle Series

Sunday April 27th at 9:00 am
Registration starts at 8:00 am
Saddle Series will start approximately ½ hour after Gymkhana ends.

Everyone is welcome to come and participate and cheer everyone on. Please check our calendar for all other dates.

PRC Executive Meeting

Next meeting will be held on May 12th at 6:30 pm at the Riding Club.

The next meeting is posted after our previous one so keep checking the calendar if you choose to come to a meeting and give us your input.

Back Country Horseman Association

They will be through a Clinic on t 16th, 17th, and 18th if anyone is interested. Check out the NEW Calendar for all the contact info and information about the clinic.

Lamberton Memorial Race

This will be on May 31st. Contact info is on our Calendar for this Race.

We will also be trying to put together a Tack Sale for this weekend for our Second Gymkhana is the next day. If you are interested in renting a table please contact Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca or give her a call at 250-462-0169.

Hope to see everyone for the first real event of the year!!!

Happy Riding

Posted by Darlene, April 21, 2014

April Newsletter

April Newsletter Wow your executive team has been busy making sure that you are all going to have a great year this year.

Chevalliers Arena is putting on a Beginner Gymkhana Clinic on the 12th and 13th of April for those of you that would like to know what is involved in a Gymkhana. Get a hold of Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com for more info on this.

The Spring Clean Up has been changed to the 26th of April for we all do not want to be volunteering or working on the grounds on Easter Weekend! Something none of us apparently looked at when we set the date. We will start at 10:00 and go to about 2:00pm. We will have hot dogs and chips with refreshments for all that show up and give us a helping hand.

Please come out and help your team get the club ready for another successful year. We have a lot of raking to do and painting to get done. We also have the old fence from last year that got torn down that we need to clean up. More info will come as soon as it comes to light. I will keep you posted.

The grounds have actually weathered the winter pretty good but there will still be lots to do for people so bring your trucks, wheel barrels, rakes, gloves and strong backs please.

First Gymkhana of the year will be the 27th. Scheduled for a 9:00am start time with Registration starting around 8:15am. Remember you can fill your forms out on line for the day and just bring. So much quicker for all involved. Remember also if you have not sent in your memberships for this year they also can be filled out and brought to the first Gymkhana.

The Back Country Horseman’s Association will be holding a Clinic at the Club on May 16th to the 18th. More info will come closer to the date. If you are into overnight packing with your horse or trail rides in general this will be a good Clinic to come out for. If you are not involved in this please respect them and stay away from the grounds.

The City has put a new roof on our outdoor bathrooms this year. Thank you City of Peachland!

Things that are coming up and to look forward to in May are:
Back Country Horseman’s Association Clinic
Lamberton Memorial Race
Tack Sale!!!!

Happy Riding and see you all on the 26th

Posted by Darlene, March 27, 2014

March Newsletter

The snow is going away thank god!!!

Well we are going to be getting started on our 2014 season here pretty soon. Feels good to get back into it. I have heard rumor that some of you have been barrel racing in this miserable weather. Good for you.

Upcoming in March is just our Executive Meeting on the 24th 6:30pm up at the Riding Club. All are welcome to attend if you want to. Your input in your club is appreciated and welcomed.

For April we have our Spring Clean Up and Barbecue on the 20th from 10:00 am till we are all done. Usually around 2:00. Please bring your truck, racks, wheel barrows and gloves. We usually clean up all the grounds from what winter has left us, check the picnic tables and paint if necessary, clean up the club house and get it ready for the first event, pull weeds and general clean up. We will have a barbecue going with hot dogs, chips and pop for all that come out and give us a hand.

Our First Gymkhana of the year is scheduled for April 27th will be a 9:00am start with an 8:00am Registration. If you can please go to website and pre fill in your memberships for the year. Also you can do your Gymkhana form on line too. Everything this year can be typed in and printed off. Makes things faster and the Registration people can read things easier. Thank you for your co-operation.

Saddle Series will start approximately ½ hour after the Gymkhana. Those forms too are on the website to pre-fill in. Going to be a great year this year for the series. More money, more prizes, more fun!!!!! We are still looking for someone to take over the Saddle Series for Sandy so if you are interested please give her an email at chevyequine@gmail.com. I know she would really appreciate the help for she really wants to ride this year.

Happy riding everyone and see you at the Spring Clean Up

Posted by Darlene, March 20, 2014

February Newsletter

Hi Everybody!!

So who’s done with winter? Haven’t been out riding a lot this winter? Too Cold? Well our season is going to be starting soon. Yaaa

If you haven’t checked out the website lately (In the past week) be sure to do so. Make sure you hit the refresh button for a lot of things have changed on it and you may not be able to see them unless you do so.

Your Executive Committee has been really busy over the winter getting ready for the upcoming season.

For those of you who did not attend the AGM here is your Executive Team for this year. Any questions their emails are under the contact list.

President/Rental Director – Jesse Capp

Vice President – Liz Hinton

Treasurer/ Corresponding Director – Darlene Pappas

Recording Secretary/Rodeo Director – Sandy Chevallier

Gymkhana Director – Kristy Capp

Year End Awards Director – Tera-Lee Caverly

Saddle Series Awards Director – Lisa Nowell

Media Director – Loree Currie

Website Director – Tamora Davy

We are still looking for someone to take over the Saddle Series Everyone so if you can help out please get a hold of Sandy Chevallier. She could really use someone to step up for this one!

Our first event for this year is our Annual Spring Clean-up Barbecue and Lunch – Scheduled will be having a barbecue at lunch so it should be a lot of fun. Bring your racks, wheel barrels, gloves, trucks to dump stuff and cleaning stuff. It shouldn’t be too bad this spring for we did an awesome job from 10:00 am till about 2:00pm. Guess it all depends on how quickly we work. We last year of keeping up on stuff! Hope to see you all there. Mark your Calendars.

Also in April will be our first Gymkhana of the Year – Scheduled for April 27th start time. This year all forms are on the website and you can type everything in and just bring to the with a 9:00 am club for that day. Memberships and your Gymkhana Forms. HCBC can be done on line at a discount.

This will be extremely helpful for the secretary for sometimes it is hard to read your writing. :) If you know of anybody that you think would like to become a member let them know.

Remember you get a discount if Memberships are in before the end of March. Take advantage of the money savings and rush on the first day for it’s always a little hectic.

Remember everyone this is your club so if you have ideas or want to see something happen you got to let your directors know.

One of the things we would like to do this year is have a tack sale at one of the Gymkhanas. Anyone want to work on this? Give Darlene an email for details (ddpappas@shaw.ca).

Posted by Darlene, February 11, 2014

November/December Newsletter

Hi Everyone!!! Make sure you read the whole newsletter for there is some important upcoming stuff going on that all will be interested in.

Pub Night

Well we had our annual Pub Night and what a blast that was. Everyone had a really good time and the Club had an awesome fundraiser once again. Thank you to the following people for putting it on and for helping put it all together:

The Business Sponsors and the Personal Sponsors
The Edge Water Pub – Peachland for letting us have it there
Trecho DeMattos
Teresa Sorenson
Diana and Sandy Chevallier
Lisa and Darlene Nowell
Jackie Sutherland

AGM, Dinner, Awards and Dance

Our next event that went on was the AGM, Dinner, Awards and Dance on the 16th of November. Thank you to the following people for helping to get this all organized and for helping the night of for all to enjoy:

Trecho DeMattos
Sandy Chevallier
Lisa Nowell
Loree Curee
Jesse Capp
Carl Woods
Dean Pappas

Thank you to Danjo Ranch (Dave and Anda) for putting on an awesome Dinner!!! We will be looking forward to have you back in our concession next year.

Our New Executive Team for the 2014 Year!!!

President – Jesse Capp
Vice-President – Liz Hinton
Treasurer – Darlene Pappas
Recording Secretary – Sandy Chevallier
Correspondence Secretary – Darlene Pappas
Gymkhana Director – Loree Currie
Awards Director – Kristy Capp
Rodeo Director – Sandy Chevallier
Saddle Series Director – Still Open
Media Director – Loree Currie
Website – Tamora Davy
Phoning Director – Still
Open Rental Director – Still Open
Maintenance Director – Still Open

Upcoming this Year!!!!

This year you are going to be able to sign up for all your forms on the computer. We ask that you use this so that our administration department doesn’t have such a hard time reading everybody's writing. You just fill everything in and then print it off and mail to 5380 Princeton Avenue or you can scan and email to ddpappas@shaw.ca our Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary. Administration will be so happy. You too I would think for then you’re not wasting time come event day.

Memberships
Gymkhana Forms
Saddle Series
Memberships
Legal Documents
Rental Forms

Tentative 2014 Dates

These dates that are here are only tentative and when they have been discussed and finalized we will be putting it up on the calendar on the website.

April
April 20th Spring Clean Up – 10:00-2:00pm
April 27th 1st Gymkhana of the Year

May

June

July
July 25-26 2nd Annual Little Britches Rodeo

August

September

October
October 10-12 High School Rodeo Thanksgiving Weekend
Winter Clean Up -10:00-2:00pm

November
Awards Night – 6:00- when we stop

December

January
AGM for the 2014 Year

Well everyone that is it for now. Hope everyone had a really good year and we look forward to seeing you in April if not sooner. Keep your eyes on the website for we have our members events on there too and they have some great stuff coming up.

Darlene Pappas
Secretary

Posted by Darlene, November 30, 2013

October/November Newsletter

October 6th Gymkhana

What a fun day for our last Gymkhana of the year.  The day was nice as far as weather goes and we had a lot of great riders and horses out for the event.  We couldn’t believe the amount of time and effort that went into our Halloween Class.  Way to go to all of you! It was awesome to see all the contestants and their horses done up for the event.  Congratulations to the top three.  Hope you enjoy your prizes!!

A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped on this day to make everything go smoothly.  Thank you to Tera-Lee Caverly for bringing all the Halloween Decorations for the registration area.  You all are not unnoticed that is for sure.

Now that the year is over for the Gymkhanas we can prepare to award the top 6 in each Division for the year.  Remember you had to attend 4 out of 6 Gymkhanas on the same horse/rider combination to qualify for awards.  Tickets for the evening will be available from Darlene at Penticton Auto Glass for the South Competitors, Sandy Chevallier at Chevallier’s Arena in Peachland for the Local Competitors and Trecho DeMattos of Westbank will have tickets for those Competitors that live North of Peachland.  These will be coming out shortly.  If you have any door prizes for the evening please feel free to bring them along!!!

Saddle Series

The Saddle Series that ran this year was fun for all involved.  First place received a Saddle that everyone was admiring throughout the year and we gave prizes out to 6th place.  This all happened at our last race on October 6th.    Congratulations to the winners and hope to see you and many more riders next year!!!

1st Place – Charla Nikkels
2nd Place – Angelica Moline
3rd Place – Toneisha Stukel
4th Place – Diana Chevallier
5th Place – Sandy Lewis
6th Place – Danika Caverley

October 11th to 13th 6th Annual High School Rodeo

Our last major horsey event of the year.  This year we had really nice weather which was nice for a change.  Everyone seemed to have had a good time and no serious issues arose.  Got to like it when a plan comes together.  Thank you to Sandy Chevallier for organizing this wonderful event and thank you to the countless volunteers this year that made it all the smoother for us to run.  Your help is very much appreciated and invaluable.  Thank you again.  Thank you to the sponsors for this event and to the people that helped get them on board.  Without them we could not pull off what we do!!!  All the steal that was purchased this year was a blessing and will make things run a lot smoother for years to come.

October 27th Winter Clean Up

This will on from 10:00 am to 2:00pm.  We will need to put a few things away for the year and clean up the grounds a little bit.  The clubhouse is cleaned so it will just be outside stuff to take care of.  We have had a lot of events this year so this should not take too long to get done.  Bring your gloves and rakes!

October 28th Executive Meeting

This meeting will be quite lengthy for we will be discussing the Pub Night and AGM that is coming up.  We will discuss who wants to stay on as an Executive and/or Director and what positions will still need to be filled.  As of right now all I know for sure is that I will be staying on as Treasurer and Website person for the Club for next year.  Guess we will find out the rest after this meeting as to what positions will need filling.  Suspense doesn’t it kill ya?  Anyone who would like to become involved with any of these positions please let us know! These are the positions. 

President
Vice President
Treasurer – Darlene Pappas
Secretary
Gymkhana Director
Rodeo Director
Saddle Series Director
Awards Director
Maintenance Director
Website Director – Tamora Davy and Darlene Pappas
Facebook Director
Advertising Director

November 2nd Pub Night

This is our biggest fund raiser of the year.  This event is shared between the two divisions of the Club – Rodeo and Gymkhana.  Thank you to Trecho and Teresa for putting this event together for us every year.  You do a great job!  Tickets are already up for grabs.  Darlene at Penticton Auto Glass has tickets for the South people, Sandy Chevallier, Jesse Capp and Loree Currie have them for the local Peachland people and Trecho will have tickets for anybody that side of Peachland.

This year we will be supporting our local Pub the Edgewater Inn right down town on Beach Avenue.  You get your choice of 4 different entries and either a beer or glass of wine.  There will be lots to do and a live band will be playing so it should be a great time had by all!!!!  Hope to see your there.

November 16th AGM/Dinner/Awards and Dance

Every year we recognize our top 6 competitors in each of our Divisions.  Nervous Novice, Seniors, Youth, Juniors and Pee Wees.  We give out some great prizes to the top 6 of each Division for their hard work, dedication and fun!!!  We also have a Sportsmanship, Most Improved and new this year Volunteer of the Year Award.  We recognize our Executives and Directors for all their work throughout the year and in general just have a great time where nobody has to work just have fun!!!!  Come out and enjoy tickets will come out shortly for this event.  I will keep you posted.

AGM/Dinner/Awards and Dance
November 16th at the Clubhouse
AGM 4:00pm
Social before Dinner 5:00pm
Dinner 6:00pm
Awards 7:00pm
Dance to Follow

Posted by Darlene, October 25, 2013

August/September Newsletter

Well it has been a really busy summer for I have neglected to update our website.  Sorry about that everyone.  Lots to talk about now!!

June 30th – July 1st Canada Day Barrel Race. 

Wow we had a ton of people there with 2 races each day.  In between the races we had a roping event that went over great.  We also did dummy roping for the young ones. The days were long but from what we have heard everyone had a good day despite the heat.  Looking forward to next years.  Thank you Sandy Chevallier for organizing this awesome event. We had a ton of volunteers up there that made this event a huge success.  Thank you to the numerous amount of people for helping out with this great event.  Couldn’t of done it without you!

July Gymkhana/August Gymkhana

 We had over 36 riders at July’s Event and 32 for August event, both events were not to hot and a lot of new faces.  Would like to thank the following people for stepping up to the plate and helping out:
Stu and Erin McQueen
Blair Bates
Tammy Reynolds
Kaylee Gauthier
Allie Sorreson
Kristy Forsyth
Diana and Sandy Chevallier
Emily Jones
Jesse, Kristy and Dylan Capp
Loree and Dan Currie
Tom and Sandy Lewis

If it wasn’t for all you guys it would be a really hard days for all of us. If I have forgotten anyone please forgive me.

Clean Up Parties
We have had a couple over the past couple months and thank you to everybody that showed up for these not so great but very productive days.
We ordered in new steel for our Rodeo Event.  Got it all set up and looking good for October.  We tore down so old fencing, the old shed, painted the concession area and picnic tables. Today at noon we will be meeting up there again to clean up a little bit that was left on the 10th of August due to exhaustion of that day’s work party.  Anybody who wants to come up and help please do.  Be there for only an hour or so.  Just need to make sure it’s safe for everyone on Sunday.

Summerland Bull Riding Event

WOW!!! That’s all I have to say.  We would like to thank the following people for coming out and helping with this event.  It was a great fundraiser for helping to buy steel for our Club.  Thank you Sandy Chevallier for setting this up for the club.
Diana Chevallier and Nicole Ellis on the Gate
Allie Sorenson, Kiera Smith, Tori Cheyne, Amanda Capuano and Loree Currie in the Grand Entry
Janelle Cheyne, Kim Smith, Allie Sorenson, Tori Cheyne, Amanda Capuano, Kiera  Smith, Diana Chevallier and Nicole Ellis selling 50/50 Tickets

Next Gymkhana Date and Saddle Series Run
 September 22nd and last one of the Year is October 6th.  Our Saddle Series will go again at the end of these days also. 

Posted by Darlene, September 7, 2013

June Newsletter

Well well well what a great second Gymkhana. We had 36 Riders out and the Sun shinned down on us all for the whole day. Could not of asked for a better day! We would like to thank the following people for helping to make this day a huge success:

Sandy Lewis, Blair Bates, David Shaw, Sandy Chevallier, Diana Chevallier, Tammy Ardieine, Dean Pappas, Nicole Ellis, Loree Currie, Jesse and Jayden Capp, Kristi Forsyeth, Dave and Anda Callista.

You guys made our day great. Thank you again for all the great help.

Congrats to Laaytya James for winning the second surprise race for the day.

Our next Gymkhana is scheduled for July 28th with a 9:00 am start so hope to see everyone out there. Saddle Series Race to start approximately 3:00. 1/2 hour after the Gymkhana is over. You can find all forms for both these events on the website under the Members tab.

Still need a sponsor for the Barrel Race so if anyone knows someone please let the directors know. Our second Saddle Series Race unfortunately did get rained on but not for long. We had a great turn out and everyone had a lot of fun. Remember its not to late to enter!!!! Have you seen the Saddle thats up for grabs and we also give out prizes to 6th place! Come have some fun.

If anyone has any pictures that they have taken at the Gymkhanas or any events at the PRC please send them to tamoradavy@gmail.com so that she can get them up on the site for all to enjoy. Don’t forget to tell her when they were taken so she can put them where they belong.

SADDLE SERIES DOUBLE HEADER

This year we will have Roping Events and Dummy roping for the young ones. It will be 4 separate races for the Barrel Racers!!!! You can email up to the 26th of June to enter or do a call in on he 26th. See the flyer for more info or contact Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com. Remember you have to book stalls with Darlene Pappas at ddpappas@shaw.ca or call in on the 26th at 250-767-3450.

We are doing a Fund Raiser Dinner for $20.00 and you get a choice of Steak or Chicken. Dave and Anda will be cooking the dinner so we all know its going to be really good! Make sure you get a hold of Darlene for booking your dinner too at ddpappas@shaw.ca

(click for larger image)

We are still looking for someone to head the Canada Day Parade! We need at least 1 person to Drive the truck and 2 people behind the horses to help clean up any mess they may want to leave behind. We also need riders!!!!! So.... if you are interested in helping or being in the Parade please contact Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca. Parade starts at 5:00pm. Need to know by the 15th of June for sure.

Well that is it for now. Next Executive meeting is on the 11th of June at 6:30pm at the Riding Club. If you want your voice heard you need to be there or get a hold of one of the directors and let them know your wishes. This is your club so get involved.

Happy Riding Everybody!

Posted by Darlene, June 2, 2013

May Newsletter

We would like to thank the following people for taking time out of their busy schedules and showing up to help with the Spring Clean Up on the 21st of April:

Jesse, Jaydan, Dylan Capp, Loree Currie, Diana Chevallier, Amanda and Silvia Capuano, Kristy Forsyth, Jen Miller, Erik Bielevet, Dave and Anda from the Concession.

We accomplished a lot and thank you again for coming out and making our club look great for our first event on the 28th.

1st Gymkhana of the year was on the 28th of April. We had 23 riders and horses join us on this great day! Everything went off without too many hitches and everyone seemed to have a great time. Our Concession got a make over and the food was awesome. Thank you Dave and Anda!

We would like to thank the following people for helping put on the Gymkhana and have everything run smoothly: Diana Chevallier, Darlene Pappas, Nicole Ellis, Sandy Chevallier, Jesse Capp, Loree Currie, Dan Currie, Trecho DeMattos, Erin McQueen, Kristy Forseyth, Kristy Capp, Mark Cheyne.

Without them it would be a long hard day for everyone.

Next Gymkhana is on May 26th with a 9:00 am start. Forms for the Gymkhana should now be up on the site so you can print them off and have them all filled out if you like for the day of the Event.

Our 1st Saddle Series of the Year was great!!!! We had 29 people sign up for the Race for the Saddle. You can still sign up for there are a lot of races left to do. We would like to thank the following people for all their great help with this event. After a long day of doing Gymkhana they stayed and helped with the Barrel Race: Sandy Chevallier, Nicole Ellis, Jesse Capp, Carl Woods, Trecho DeMattos.

Our next Saddle Race will be at 3:00 after the Gymkhana on the 26th of May. Hope to see you all there.

Anybody that may have pictures please forward them to Tamora (tamoradavy@gmail.com).

Our next General Meeting is on the 22nd of May and remember if you want your voice heard you need to come out and let us know. The meeting will start at 6:30pm up at the riding club.

June 1st to the 9th is Horse Week!!! June 30th and July 1st is our Double Header Barrel Race

We would also like to get involved with the July 1st parade this year. If you are interested please contact Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca for we need at minimum 3 people to lead this event and of course some people on horseback. The sooner we know who would like to do this the better so we can let the City know.

Well thats it for now so happy riding!!!

Posted by Darlene, May 9, 2013.

April Newsletter

Well April is starting off to be an awesome month for the riding club. We were at the Business Expo on the 13th in Peachland. We would like to thank the following people for coming out and helping with this event:

Jesse, Kristy, Dylan and Jayden Capp
Loree Currie
Diana and Sandy Chevallier
Trecho and Courtney DeMattos
Kristy Forsyth
Amanda Capuano and her niece Danika
If I missed anyone I am terrible sorry please let me know so we can fix that.

Monthly Executive Meeting is on April 17th at 6:30pm. Remember as a member you allowed to come to these meetings and help with how your club is run things we do, how we do things and just plain old fashion give us your input. What do you want to see going on at the club this year? What kind of clinics would you like held? Do you want some fun days? Trail rides? Social Activities? Let us know!

April 21st is our Spring Clean Up, 10:00 to 2:00pm

Hot dogs, pop and chips afterwards for all volunteers. We have a good list of things that need to be done after a long winter so please everyone come out and give us a hand. More people we have the more success we have in getting things ready for the season. Bring racks, brooms, gloves, strong backs, wheel barrows if you have them.

April 28th our First Gymkhana and Saddle Series Race!!!!!
9:00 am start for the Gymkhana. Entries open at 8:30am

Now packages were sent out to everyone in January and only a handful have come back to the Secretary so please bring them at registration time. Remember you have to have Horse Council also. Those were also provided for you.

Saddle Series Race will follow the Gymkhana with an approximate start time of 3:00pm.

Entries will be after 2:00pm or get a hold of Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com. These forms were also sent out to all members in the registration package. One time only $25.00 to sign up and a really good chance to win a saddle!

Well everyone that is all for right now hope to see everyone out at the Cleanup... if not see you at the Gymkhana on the 28th. Hope everyone has had a good winter and ready for a wonderful season!!!

Posted by Darlene, April 24, 2013.

Chevallier Family Open House

Larry James Chevallier

March 11, 1950 - March 8, 2013

Husband

Son

Brother

Father

Grand Dad

Friend & Cowboy

 
On March 8th, 2013 our lives were changed forever when Larry James Chevallier peacefully left us for a quieter place.  His hand was held until the end by his beautiful wife of 39 years, Diana.

Larry was born in Eckville, Alberta on March 11, 1950 and was raised in Rocky Mountain House until he came to Peachland, BC in 1967 where he spent most of his active and colorful life.

He was 17 years old when he went to work at Brenda Mines for Troutman and Garraway and a few years later the Rocky Mountain House based Chevallier Construction had their own cats working at Brenda Mine on the tailings dam and they stayed there until the dam was complete in the mid 1980’s.

After the mine closed Larry took the equipment on several highway building jobs around BC including several sections of the Coquihalla Connector, Meziadin Junction, Pink Mountain and Fort St. John.  He then changed to mostly consulting jobs on various mine projects around the world including Mindanao Island in the Philippines, Copper Canyon in central Mexico and some great mine jobs in Alaska and northern British Columbia.  One of his favorites was a mine out of Juneau, Alaska where he became a tug boat captain as they shipped mining equipment up the river on tugs to the mine site.

Larry was an outstanding horseman and cowboy.  He started riding horses as a young boy in Rocky Mountain House and in 1969 in Peachland, he and Ferdie Brent spent endless hours helping build fences at the newly formed Peachland Riding Club.  He later was one of the directors that signed a personal bank loan to build the clubhouse that we still use today.  Larry was the longest consecutive member of the Peachland Riding Club and in 2005 he and Diana were awarded honorary lifetime memberships.

He was also very active in the Canadian Cutting Horse Association during the 1980’s and early 1990’s as a director, judge, competitor and champion at many events.  In 1984 the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association honored Larry and Diana with an award for contributing the most to promotion, publication and public relations towards Cutting Events in Canada.  That was also the time they got involved with High School Rodeo taking their son Shawn to many National High School Finals Rodeos in the boys cutting event.  Larry was also a director, sponsor and long time supporter of High School Rodeo in BC.

Larry was always quick to give any kid a chance and get them involved with horses.  There have been too many times to count over the years when kids have ridden his horses to the winners circle at cutting, rodeos and other events at local and national levels.  For the past 20 years most kids that have known him fondly refer to him as “Grand Dad”.

He rode many great horses over the years.  He loved the smartness and athletic ability of a good cow-horse and he would amaze us when he would climb aboard one and go win an event without even practicing!  He had talent in the saddle that many horsemen spend their lives trying to achieve.  He had a very competitive spirit but at the same time, a soft compassion for all his good horses.  His favorite was a talented mare named Dew N Peppy.  Every family member won some type of award riding her, from cutting to roping and later his good mare carried his oldest granddaughter Candace to win many awards in barrel racing and gymkhana events.

Larry loved his animals.  His dogs were a huge part of his life as well. He usually had two or three dogs with him wherever he went.  He had a great connection with them all.

Larry wore many hats throughout his life.  Hard hat, pilot hat, tug boat captain and volunteer, but the one that describes him best is “cowboy”.

Larry was predeceased by his dad, Joe Chevallier in 2002 and by his nephew Mark Chevallier in 2012.

He is lovingly survived by his wife and best friend Diana Chevallier of Peachland, BC, his mom Vivian Chevallier of Westbank, BC, his son Shawn Chevallier (Jerri-Lynn) of Beaumont, AB, his daughter in-law Sandy Chevallier (Carl Woods) of Peachland, BC, his granddaughters, Candace, Fallon, Raven, Hunter and Bailey, his brother Don Chevallier (Kim) of Rocky Mountain House, AB, his sister in-law Connie Volk (Les) of Bowden, AB, his nephew Grant Chevallier (Elyse) of Rocky Mountain House, AB, his niece Amanda MacKenzie (Travis) of Spruce View, AB, his great nephews Charlie, Alex,  Matthew, Cole and Tyrell and his great niece Sierra.

The Chevallier family will be hosting an Open House at the Peachland Riding Club, 5380 Princeton Avenue, Peachland on Saturday March 16th, 2013 at 1pm to remember the good times we have been lucky to share.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Peachland High School Rodeo Scholarship Fund would be welcome.

Posted March 13, 2013.

February Newsletter

Hello Members!! It has been a long winter for sure and it is nice to finally see the warm weather coming that’s for sure. Time to get our horses in shape again.

Well your executives have been busy trying to get things together for this up coming year for everyone. If you take a look at our calendar:

All the Gymkhana dates have been set for the year

Rodeo is schedules for Thanksgiving weekend again

Seminar booked in March already

Spring Clean Up is the third weekend of April – We sure can use everyone’s help for that one.

Our Saddle Series will go forward this year again. Come on out and have some fun. For more information on this event contact Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com. She puts on an awesome race, the ground is great, and the help is terrific. Year end prizes for the top people and their will be added money to every race this year. Stay tuned for more information on this one!!! Very exciting

Update on other things that have happened over the winter:

Lease with the City got re-newed for another 5 years

We are able to take down the fence line that is falling – that is scheduled for the Spring Clean Up

Had a meeting with the City Council to let them know who we are, what we do and hopefully some new and interesting things will be happening this year.

We are involved with the Business Trade Show that goes on at the Community Center so if you can help out with that for an hour or two contact Darlene at ddpappas@shaw.ca

Darlene has sent out your membership packages. Try and get them in before the first Gymkhana for it makes things so much easier and faster for the first day. Remember if you are joining as a Family Membership put all your household members on the form even if they don’t ride.

Well everyone is riding so that’s it for now. See you all soon and we will have more information in March up on the site.

Remember we have a Facebook Page also! (see the column on the right)

Posted by Darlene, February 18, 2013.

Year End Photos

Here is just a taste of the fun and excitement that happened at the Year End Celebration!

 

December Newsletter

Well what a year!!!!  The executives of the Riding Club would like to thank all of you that came to the events, helped at the events and watched the events for coming out.  Without all of you where would we be?

Remember that all of you that had keys to the arena they were to be turned in at the AGM.  You can get new keys for next year if you like.  If you were not there Darlene will get a hold of you after the awards night.

We had our Annual Pub Night on the 3rd of November at Whisky Jacks Pub in Westbank this year.  What a great turnout.  Lots of funds raised for different things we will need to do next year.  Thank you all of you that came out and supported the club.  Thank you to Teresa Sorenson and Trecho DeMattos for putting it all together for us and also to those members that went out and got stuff for our silent auction.   Thank you to Sandy Chevallier for selling all the tickets for the night. All help was much appreciated.   And of course Thank You to Whiski Jacks for allowing us to put this on at their pub.

We held our Annual AGM on the 17th of November along with our Awards Night, Dinner and Dance.  Fun was had by all and there was some amazing prizes handed out by Lisa Nowell.  Take a look at who won for their Divisions!!!!  Awesome job everyone.

Seniors
1st – Amanda Capuano on Easter
2nd – Asia Cole on Oakley
3rd – Loree Currie on Weiner
4th – Darrel James on Quick
5th – Yvonne James on Tank
6th – Lisa Nowell on Hot Tomale

Youths
1st – Jacey McQueen on Rio
2nd – Tori Cheynne on Bo

Juniors
1st – Keianna James on Sparky
2nd – Darby Ensign on Cutter
3rd – Laatya James on Quick
4th – Laatya James on Tank

Pee Wees
1st - Dylan Capp on Bugsie
2nd – Cash James on Barney

Nervous Novice
1st – Susan Shaw on Apache
2nd – Jesse Capp on Bud
3rd – Hanna Currie on Bugsie
4th – Darlene Pappas on Crinsom

Most Improved Rider – Darlene Pappas on Crinsom
Most Sportsmanship – Jesse Capp

Thank you Sandy Chevallier and Carl Woods for looking after the bar, Sandy Chevallier and Lisa Nowell for the Announcing for the night, Trecho DeMattos for cleaning all night long and the countless other people that helped put this event on.  Thank you!!!!!

Thank you to the 2012 Executives for all their hard work in the past year:

Tyler Dunkin - President
Trecho DeMattos – Vice President
Darlene Pappas – Secretary
Loree Currie – Treasurer
Gymkhanas – Jesse Capp
Sandy Chevallier – Rodeo and Saddle Series
Sandy Lewis – Grounds Maintenance
Lisa Nowell – Prizes and Awards
Tamora Davy and Darlene Pappas – Website updates

Our new Executive Team for the upcoming 2012-2013 Year are:
President – Jesse Capp
Vice President – Trecho DeMattos
Secretaries:
Recording – Sandy Chevallier
Correspondence – Darlene Pappas
Treasurer – Darlene Pappas
Gymkhanas - Loree Currie
Rodeo – Sandy Chevallier
Prizes and Awards – Lisa Nowell
Website Updates – Tamora Davy and Darlene Pappas
Ground Maintenance -
Phoning – Darlene Pappas
Club House Maintenance – POSITION OPEN
Rentals – POSITION OPEN
Saddle Up and Advertising – Jesse Capp

We welcome you and hope that you have a great year.

Winter for the club is kinda slow but we will update the website on a regular basis just in case something is coming up.  Events will be scheduled in January so those new dates will be up.

Membership is due in January so those will be going out after Christmas.  Remember you get a discount if you join early.

Thinking of doing some new things this year so stay turned, have a great winter and ride safe.  Remember if you have an event or idea that you would like to see the club do speak up.  Let someone know so we can work on it.

Happy Riding everyone and see you in the spring!!!

Posted by Darlene, November 20, 2012.

New 2013 Forms and Dates

Year end is coming fast, so make sure to fill out and send in your new forms for the 2013 year!

2013 PRC Gymkana Entry Form
2013 PRC Membership Form
2013 PRC Safety Equipment Release Form
2013 PRC Waiver Form
2013 PRC ACKNOWLEDGMENT and RELEASE FORMS

Posted by Darlene, October 28, 2012.

Pub Night is Coming Up!

Our annual Pub Night Fundraiser is fast approaching and will be held on Nov 3rd, 6pm at Whiski Jacks Pub in West Kelowna. Tickets are $20 for dinner and a beverage! There will be an awesome silent auction, Chinese auction, 50/50 and a Toonie toss... Contact Trecho @ 250-768-9696 or Teresa @ 250- 768-0249 for event info OR if you would like to donate an item for our auction!! All details can also be found on the Pub Night Poster or on our Facebook page! Please come out and have a burger, as these fundraisers are what allows the PRC to give it’s riders a great year of racing!!

Posted by Jesse Capp, October 16, 2012

October Newsletter

Oh my the year is coming to an end isn't it! But.... the sun is still shining and people and horses are still having fun. It has been a great month for riding that’s for sure.

We had a great September Gymkhana with lots of enthusiastic people and horses out there. We also had some great volunteers for the day so thank you to all of you who helped us out for the day. Our next and last Gymkhana for the year is going to be October 14th with a 9:00am start time. This is a late one but this is the make up Gymkhana from our June cancellation. Hope to see all members and non-members out there for a great day!!!

We held a work party on the 24th of September from 5:00 to dark and we would like to thank the following people for coming out and helping.

Tara, Darren, Raija, Paivi and Parker McLean
Sandy and Diana Chevallier
Carl Woods
Glen, Teresa and Allie Sorrenson
Trecho and Courtney DeMattos
Nicole Ellis
Tyler Duncan
Blair Bates
Tori and Janelle
Amanda Capuano
Sandy Lewis
Dean and Darlene Pappas

We got all garbage cleaned up on the grounds, all pens and stalls de-weeded, outside bathrooms stocked and cleaned, garbage’s taken care of, fences fixed, stalls fixed, tons of raking all over the grounds including the concession area, hoses ran out to stock pens for the rodeo, etc. etc. etc. We all worked hard especially the people with the weed whackers and the Tractor. Thank you so much to those of you that came and helped. Guessing we may be having one more before the Rodeo but we get a hold you if we do.

Raffle Ticket sales have been good and we have had some people with free time to come and help where we had tables set up to sell at different businesses. Also thank you to those members that took books and got them sold for us. We were at Save-On Foods on the 22nd and thank you to:

Diana Chevallier and Susan Shaw for showing up for 4 hours and selling tickets for us. That was great. Sales were pretty good. Draw for this is on September 30th. The top sellers for this years Raffle are below and Diana Chevallier wins the 4 free Banquet Tickets and a free membership for next season. Again this was for the person that sold the most tickets!

Diana Chevallier – 17 ½ books
Darlene Pappas – 11 books
Nicole Ellis -7 ½ books

The Winners for the Raffle are:
1st – Doreen Ensign of Westbank $500.00
2nd – Jim Hinchliffe of Kelowna $300.00
3rd – Teresa Sorenson of Westbank$200.00
Congratulations to all 3 of you!!!!!
Thank you everyone for your support

Our High School and Junior High School Rodeo is coming up!!!! October 5th, 6th, and 7th. Should be a great weekend for all involved. There’s a lot of work that goes into putting this Rodeo on and we hope to see lots of Spectators out there to have some fun. Friday Night will be the Cutting Event with Saturday and Sunday being the Rodeo Events from Morning to Nite!!!!! There will be a Steak Dinner on Saturday Night so if anyone would like tickets that has not gotten a hold of Darlene yet please call her by October 1st so that she can final numbers to the Caterer. Steak, Corn on the Cob, Potatoes and Salad. Tickets are on sale for $15.00. Call Darlene at 250-462-0169 or email her at ddpappas@shaw.ca and let her know.

This is a really busy time of year that’s for Sure! Coming up soon is our Pub Night on November 3rd. Tickets will be $20.00 and you will get dinner and a drink for that. It is going to be held at Whiski Jacks in Westbank BC. Tickets will be available at October Gymkhana. They have been a blast in the past so hope to see you out there!

Our Annual AGM, Dinner and Awards Night on November 17th. Tickets will be for sale at the October Gymkhana. Awards going out for 1st to 6th place. More info next month.

Posted by Darlene, October 4, 2012.

Peachland High School
           & Junior High Rodeo

PLEASE NOTE: Peachland High School & Junior High Rodeo will be Thanksgiving Weekend! October 5-7, 2012. This is NOT a Little Britches rodeo! 

For more information, click here to see the Poster.

Posted by the Webmaster, September 13, 2012.

September 2012
          Message from the President

Summer is coming to an end but the weather is still nice out there so hopefully everyone is getting lots of riding in.

Our August Gymkhana on the 26th was small but with a very enthusiastic group of people.  Thanks everyone for coming out and having a good time.  We would like to thank the following people for getting up and coming out to help make the day a success:

Jesse, Dylan and Jayden Capp
Loree Currie
Sandy Chevallier
Erin and Stuart McQueen
Nicole Ellis
Amanda Capuano
Diane Harris
Darlene Pappas
Tom and Sandy Lewis
Tyler Duncan
Cam Ensign
Amanda, Kristi and Brian

Next Gymkhana will be on September 23rd with a 9:00am start time.  Hope to see more people out for that one as summer holidays will have come to an end by then.  We only have the two Gymkhanas for this year September and October 14th.  Remember you have to attend 4 out of the 6 to be eligible for year end prizes.

Also we have awards for Sportsmanship and Most Improved Rider.  We need your input guys!!!! Your out there watching all the other riders.  Please fill out one of the forms that Lisa Nowell has put out there so that we can get some ideas on who our members think deserves these awards.  Member input is essential!

Our Saddle Series which is held on the same days as our Gymkhanas is going really well.  Lots of racers and tons of fun. 
September 23rd and October 14th with start time of 3:30pm

The last two for this season!!!!  Come out and have some fun.  You do not have to be involved in the Gymkhana to be in this race.  BCBRA, Brnd and CBR with added monies!!!!  The saddle will be awarded to the winner at the end of the October Race.

We have a raffle going on right now with 4 Banquet Tickets and an Individual membership for the 2012/2013 Season going to the person that sells the most tickets.  

We have dates set up on September 8th at Bucker fields and September 22nd at Save On Foods in Westbank so if anyone wants to help with these please call Darlene at 250-462-0169 and she will get you on the list.  You can also call Darlene for tickets, Debbie Craig at Westside U Brew also has tickets to give out.

Remember the Draw is on September 30th so all people that have tickets please get them sold and have them back to Darlene for the September Gymkhana.  If you are not going to be there please call Darlene or drop them off with Debbie Craig at Westside U Brew.

Tickets MUST be back to Darlene by the September Gymkhana please!!!!!!!

Our Yearly High School Rodeo is coming up on October Thanksgiving Weekend.  If anyone would like to get involved in helping please give Sandy Chevallier a call or email her.  If you would like to sponsor this event also give her a call.  Everything is appreciated for it takes a lot of effort to put this event on every year.

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Update

We have a new link on our Links page: Cowboy Valley Church - check it out!

Saddle Series results from July 29th and the Series points standings to date are here on the Gymkhana page!  Three runs left to go and still a lot of potential for anyone to get into the top 4 prize positions!!

And May's Gymkhana results are finally up. (My bad!)

Posted by the Webmaster, August 7, 2012.

July 2012 Message from the President

Hey guys its been awhile since we got a message up.  We were in the process of revamping our website and it took some time.  Sorry there has not been any updates.

Mays Gymkhana was great and unfortunately June's had to be canceled due to the heavens above.  Rained so bad the ground was not safe.  Next Gymkhana is on July 29th with a 9:00 am sharp start.  Darlene will be in the office, Sandy  will be announcing again and of course Jesse will be in the Arena making sure everyone has a great day.  Help in our Arena for Jesse would be awesome.

The Saddle Series is going really good this year.  Hopefully next year we will get even bigger!!  Remember that next race is right after the Gymkhana with a 3:00 approx. start.

We would like to thank the following people for showing up at the Riding Club for our work party in June. It was much appreciated and the help was great!

Jesse Capp
Teresa and Glen Sorenson
Sandy and Tom Lewis
Diana and Sandy Chevallier
Amanda Capuano
Lisa and Darlene Nowell
Tyler Dunkin
Mike Gibson

We have a wonderful fund raiser going on for the club right now.  We are selling raffle tickets for $2.00 each.  Draw will be September 30th.

1st Prize is $500.00 Cash
2nd Prize is $300.00 Cash
3rd Prize is $200.00 Cash

Person who sells the most tickets will receive 4 tickets to the year end Banquet and also a free individual membership for the 2012/13 Season

We will be handing books out at the Gymkhana but if anyone wants tickets before hand you can get them from Sandy up at Chevallier's Arena, Debbie at Westside U Brew in Westbank or Darlene by calling 250-462-0169 and she will meet you to give you some.  We have 3000 to sell guys and we need help.  We have some dates set up already to sell at various businesses so if you can help for 1 or more of these days it would be great.  We need 2 people for each date. Please call Darlene at 250-462-0169 or email her at ddpappas@shaw.ca so she can put you on the sign up sheet.

August 4th 10-5 at IGA in Peachland
August 11th 10-5 at Save On Foods in Westbank
August 18th 10-5 at Zellers in Westbank
September 22nd at Save On Foods in Westbank

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June 2012 Message from the President

What a great Gymkhana we had in May. 31 Riders attended, the weather was great and everyone had a good time.  We had a few new people attend and some new members joined up.

We had some great volunteers for the day:

Jesse and Kristy Capp on the gates and Gymkhana Event Set up
Loree on Gymkhana Set up
Sandy Chevallier doing the Announcing
Tyler Duncan on the Tractor
Tom Lewis came up and watered for us
Nicole Ellis, Diana Chevallier in the office taking in memberships and entries
Erin McQueen and Yvonne James  on the gate
Cam Ensign on Arena Help
Janelle in the Announcing Shack for score keeping

Lisa Nowell was out there again this Gymkhana handing stuff out to people:

Amy Russo got a pair of sweat pants for most color coordinated
Loree Currie got sweat pants for Craziest Thoroughbred
Kristy Capp received a sweatshirt for longest volunteer at the gate
Kayla Stromsten got a sweatshirt for prettiest paint
Jeanette Martinson got a tee shirt for being a first timer
Hanna Currie( 5 years old) and Danica Silzer( 3 years old) both got tee shirts for youngest competitors

The Saddle Series has really taken off with lots of interest and we get some great riders.  Remember if you aren’t in the Series you can’t win the saddle.  Contact Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com for info and registration for this terrific event.    Next race is June 24th at 3:30pm right after the Gymkhana.

The next Gymkhana will be on June 24th with a 9:00 am start.    We hope the weather is going to be great again for us and that we have a great turnout.  All those people that have Pizza Tickets please get them sold for monies are due for them at this Gymkhana. 

On the 23rd of June the club will be hosting a Volunteer and Sponsorship Night with Dinner and Awards.  We really appreciate all the people that help us out members and non-members and our sponsors so we are giving back a little to them.  We anticipate a good turnout and lots of fun.

Thank you to Westside U Brew for sponsoring some of this event
Debbie Craig, Diana and Sandy Chevallier, Jesse Capp and Loree Currie and Tyler Duncan for putting all the names and Awards together
Couldn’t of done it without you.

Our club is going to be doing another Raffle this year to try and raise some money for the different things we need to do.  Tickets go on sale July 1st and will be available to all members for sale at the June Gymkhana.  The executives would appreciate your help in selling tickets so please call Darlene at 250-462-0169 or email her at ddpappas@shaw.ca to get your booklets.  The more we sell the more money we make the more we can do for the club.  We will also have some places set up over the 3 month time period so signing up for help in that would also be appreciated.

Don’t forget we have a Double Header Barrel Race coming up on July 1st.  Start time is BCBRA, CBR and NBHA Approved.  Get a hold of Sandy Chevallier for information at chevyequine@gmail.com .  Added monies have come in for this race from BCBRA and S A Thompson Contracting so we thank them very much for their support.

Well everyone that’s it for this month.  See you on the 24th!

Happy and Safe Riding
Darlene Pappas
(Secretary)

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May 2012 Message from the President

Wow a lot of great things happened in April and cheers to our members that helped out.

First there was the Business Expo that was held in Peachland.

Next was the Spring Clean Up that was held on the 22nd.  I am not going to mention everybody’s names again because there are separate blurbs about both events already on the site here.  But….thank you again all that helped out.

And then we had our very first Gymkhana was on the 29th.  It was very busy in the office being the first Gymkhana of the year and I think all went very smoothly for everybody.  We tried our hardest to get everyone through as quick as possible. 
We had a great group of people helping in the Arena and in the Announcers Shack for this event and we would like to thank them all again:

Office Work: Sandy Chevallier, Nicole Ellis and Darlene Pappas
Announcing and Score Keeping: Verne Kaizer and Janelle Cheyne
In the Arena: Jessie, Krissy, Loree, Dylan and Jayden Capp, Erin McQueen, Dan Currie, James Gardnier, Stewart McQueen, Daryl James, and if I missed anyone I am sorry.  It was really hard keeping up with the people that just jumped in and helped.  Wonderful to see for if it wasn’t for our Volunteers we would really be tired!!!
Tractor: Tyler Dunkin

Lisa Nowell was out and about the grounds giving out clothes for different things:

Biggest Horse went to Jesse riding Bud – Tee Shirt
Prettiest Paint went to Laatya James on Quick – Sweatpants
Fuzziest Pony went to Adrianna Broten on Spirit – Tee Shirt
Prettiest Color Horse and Rider Combo went to Nikki Harris riding Sauce – Sweatpants
Oldest Person went to George Smith – Tee Shirt
Blondest Horse and Rider Combo went to Danny Erickson – Sweatshirt
Volunteers for the Day went to Erin McQueen and James Gardiner – Tee Shirts.
Thank you all!!!!

Some people mentioned to me they thought the Gymkhana’s started at 10:00am but noooo they start at 9:00am sharp every month.  This event had 36 participants and 39 horses involved.  Our youngest rider was 4 years old.  Welcome Danika!

Next Gymkhana date is May 27th so come out and have some fun with or without a horse. 
Scores are placed on our Facebook Page already and will be up on the website by Sunday after the Gymkhana.
Spectators are always welcome and enjoyed.

We also through our first Race of the Saddle Series that the Riding Club is putting on this year.  There has been great enthusiasm for this event and we hope more people come out and join.  Different point system from last year.  Check out the link on the site here to read all about it or contact Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com for more information and registration details. 
Thank you to Sandy Chevallier and Nicole Ellis for running this event for us.
Nest Race will be on May 27th right after the Gymkhana is done running.  Approximate time is 3:30pm.

So…. Now that I have touched on April and all of its events I will go onto May.

Our President Verne Kaizer has stepped down out of his position and Tyler Dunkin has moved up to President.  So if anyone is interested in becoming involved with the Club Vice President is open.

Are monthly meeting is on the 15th at 7:00pm at the Riding Club.  Members are welcome to join so that you know what’s going on and have your say.  Suggestions and Comments are always welcome.

Our Second Gymkhana will be on May 27th 9:00 am start.  Registration is at 8:30am so that the Secretary can get her horse ready too!!

Saddle Series Race #2 will start after the Gymkhana 3:30 Start Approx.  Never earlier but could be a little later all depending on how the Gymkhana goes.  Registration for those who don’t call in before hand is with Sandy anytime during the day.  Don’t forget to join in on the fun!!! You could win a Saddle which is displayed at the grounds every event.  But… can’t win if you don’t register.

I promise next month won’t be so long as this message for there was a lot to talk about this time.

Secretary
Darlene

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PRC attends the Business Expo!!!

The club would like to thank the following people who helped Darlene put together this event.

Nicole Ellis and Sandy Chevallier were there the night before to help with set up for the Event and also returned at the end of the day to help break everything down and clean up.

Chevalliers Arena donated Fiber Horse who got a lot of attention by the way.

We would like to thank the following people for putting in some shifts at the event.

Nicole Ellis
Anna
Verne Kaizer
Loree, Jesse, Jayden and Dylan Capp
Amanda Capuano
Tori Cheyne
Courtney DeMattos
Sandy Chevallier

Again thank you everyone who helped the Peachland Riding Club get noticed in the community.  It was a great day.

Posted April 30th by Darlene Pappas.

Work Party Thanks!

April 22nd – Spring Clean Up at the Riding Club

The executives of the Club would personally like to thank all of those who showed up on Sunday for the Spring General Clean up of the Grounds, Clubhouse, Announcers Shack and Stalls.

We had an awesome turn out and want to thank Debbie Craig for giving everybody a call to remind them that the club needed their help. Some of the major stuff that we accomplished was:

Tyler Duncan had the chain saw out and cut all the picnic tables in the concession stand that were rotten and falling apart so that we could replace them with better ones.

Verne Kaiser took out the broken toilet in the outside washrooms for it was broken, worked on the bottom door by the kitchen so that it can’t be opened from the outside anymore and cleaning the top of the Announcers Shack.

Trecho DeMattos was busy cleaning up the bottom of the Announcers Shack and made the kitchen sparkle.

Teresa Sorenson was busy making sure the deck was nice and clean for everyone to sit and enjoy on Sunday.

Jesse Capp was busy helping clean out the Announcers Shack, repairing gates, fixing chairs and going to the dump with all the needles and leaves that got raked up. Gotta love the pictures of Allie and Courtney helping him.

Amanda Capuano spent a lot of time scrapping the picnic tables so that when we throw another work party we can get them painted quickly.

Dave Bulach and Anda Verge ( Our new caterers for the Gymkhana’s) great people by the way scrubbed like you wouldn’t believe so they could cook us a great lunch on Sunday the 29th!!!!

Sandy Chevallier came up and got lunch out for everybody! Thanks to her we had good Eats and Drinks!

EVERYBODY raked leaves and needles, cleaned up garbage, moved picnic tables, worked their butts off and hopefully had a good time!!

So besides the above people we want to thank everyone that got involved in raking the grounds so they were clean…

Thank you Everyone: Darlene Pappas Trecho and Courtney DeMattos Teresa and Allie Sorenson Anna Hakman Verne Kaiser Amanda Capuano Jesse, Jayden, Dylan and Krissy Capp Nicole Ellis Sandy Chevallier Tyler Duncan Kim and Darby Ensign Janelle Cheyene

So everyone Thank You again for coming out and helping make your club a fun and presentable place to be. We will be scheduling another work party to get the picnic tables painted and the bleachers fixed so that everyone is safe.

July 2012

Hey guys its been awhile since we got a message up.  We were in the process of revamping our website and it took some time.  Sorry there has not been any updates.

Mays Gymkhana was great and unfortunately June's had to be canceled due to the heavens above.  Rained so bad the ground was not safe.  Next Gymkhana is on July 29th with a 9:00 am sharp start.  Darlene will be in the office, Sandy  will be announcing again and of course Jesse will be in the Arena making sure everyone has a great day.  Help in our Arena for Jesse would be awesome.

The Saddle Series is going really good this year.  Hopefully next year we will get even bigger!!  Remember that next race is right after the Gymkhana with a 3:00 approx. start.

We would like to thank the following people for showing up at the Riding Club for our work party in June. It was much appreciated and the help was great!

Jesse Capp
Teresa and Glen Sorenson
Sandy and Tom Lewis
Diana and Sandy Chevallier
Amanda Capuano
Lisa and Darlene Nowell
Tyler Dunkin
Mike Gibson

We have a wonderful fund raiser going on for the club right now.  We are selling raffle tickets for $2.00 each.  Draw will be September 30th.

1st Prize is $500.00 Cash
2nd Prize is $300.00 Cash
3rd Prize is $200.00 Cash

Person who sells the most tickets will receive 4 tickets to the year end Banquet and also a free individual membership for the 2012/13 Season

We will be handing books out at the Gymkhana but if anyone wants tickets before hand you can get them from Sandy up at Chevallier's Arena, Debbie at Westside U Brew in Westbank or Darlene by calling 250-462-0169 and she will meet you to give you some.  We have 3000 to sell guys and we need help.  We have some dates set up already to sell at various businesses so if you can help for 1 or more of these days it would be great.  We need 2 people for each date. Please call Darlene at 250-462-0169 or email her at ddpappas@shaw.ca so she can put you on the sign up sheet.

August 4th 10-5 at IGA in Peachland
August 11th 10-5 at Save On Foods in Westbank
August 18th 10-5 at Zellers in Westbank
September 22nd at Save On Foods in Westbank

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June 2012

What a great Gymkhana we had in May. 31 Riders attended, the weather was great and everyone had a good time.  We had a few new people attend and some new members joined up.

We had some great volunteers for the day:

Jesse and Kristy Capp on the gates and Gymkhana Event Set up
Loree on Gymkhana Set up
Sandy Chevallier doing the Announcing
Tyler Duncan on the Tractor
Tom Lewis came up and watered for us
Nicole Ellis, Diana Chevallier in the office taking in memberships and entries
Erin McQueen and Yvonne James  on the gate
Cam Ensign on Arena Help
Janelle in the Announcing Shack for score keeping

Lisa Nowell was out there again this Gymkhana handing stuff out to people:

Amy Russo got a pair of sweat pants for most color coordinated
Loree Currie got sweat pants for Craziest Thoroughbred
Kristy Capp received a sweatshirt for longest volunteer at the gate
Kayla Stromsten got a sweatshirt for prettiest paint
Jeanette Martinson got a tee shirt for being a first timer
Hanna Currie( 5 years old) and Danica Silzer( 3 years old) both got tee shirts for youngest competitors

The Saddle Series has really taken off with lots of interest and we get some great riders.  Remember if you aren’t in the Series you can’t win the saddle.  Contact Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com for info and registration for this terrific event.    Next race is June 24th at 3:30pm right after the Gymkhana.

The next Gymkhana will be on June 24th with a 9:00 am start.    We hope the weather is going to be great again for us and that we have a great turnout.  All those people that have Pizza Tickets please get them sold for monies are due for them at this Gymkhana. 

On the 23rd of June the club will be hosting a Volunteer and Sponsorship Night with Dinner and Awards.  We really appreciate all the people that help us out members and non-members and our sponsors so we are giving back a little to them.  We anticipate a good turnout and lots of fun.

Thank you to Westside U Brew for sponsoring some of this event
Debbie Craig, Diana and Sandy Chevallier, Jesse Capp and Loree Currie and Tyler Duncan for putting all the names and Awards together
Couldn’t of done it without you.

Our club is going to be doing another Raffle this year to try and raise some money for the different things we need to do.  Tickets go on sale July 1st and will be available to all members for sale at the June Gymkhana.  The executives would appreciate your help in selling tickets so please call Darlene at 250-462-0169 or email her at ddpappas@shaw.ca to get your booklets.  The more we sell the more money we make the more we can do for the club.  We will also have some places set up over the 3 month time period so signing up for help in that would also be appreciated.

Don’t forget we have a Double Header Barrel Race coming up on July 1st.  Start time is BCBRA, CBR and NBHA Approved.  Get a hold of Sandy Chevallier for information at chevyequine@gmail.com .  Added monies have come in for this race from BCBRA and S A Thompson Contracting so we thank them very much for their support.

Well everyone that’s it for this month.  See you on the 24th!

Happy and Safe Riding
Darlene Pappas
(Secretary)

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May 2012

Wow a lot of great things happened in April and cheers to our members that helped out.

First there was the Business Expo that was held in Peachland.

Next was the Spring Clean Up that was held on the 22nd.  I am not going to mention everybody’s names again because there are separate blurbs about both events already on the site here.  But….thank you again all that helped out.

And then we had our very first Gymkhana was on the 29th.  It was very busy in the office being the first Gymkhana of the year and I think all went very smoothly for everybody.  We tried our hardest to get everyone through as quick as possible. 
We had a great group of people helping in the Arena and in the Announcers Shack for this event and we would like to thank them all again:

Office Work: Sandy Chevallier, Nicole Ellis and Darlene Pappas
Announcing and Score Keeping: Verne Kaizer and Janelle Cheyne
In the Arena: Jessie, Krissy, Loree, Dylan and Jayden Capp, Erin McQueen, Dan Currie, James Gardnier, Stewart McQueen, Daryl James, and if I missed anyone I am sorry.  It was really hard keeping up with the people that just jumped in and helped.  Wonderful to see for if it wasn’t for our Volunteers we would really be tired!!!
Tractor: Tyler Dunkin

Lisa Nowell was out and about the grounds giving out clothes for different things:

Biggest Horse went to Jesse riding Bud – Tee Shirt
Prettiest Paint went to Laatya James on Quick – Sweatpants
Fuzziest Pony went to Adrianna Broten on Spirit – Tee Shirt
Prettiest Color Horse and Rider Combo went to Nikki Harris riding Sauce – Sweatpants
Oldest Person went to George Smith – Tee Shirt
Blondest Horse and Rider Combo went to Danny Erickson – Sweatshirt
Volunteers for the Day went to Erin McQueen and James Gardiner – Tee Shirts.
Thank you all!!!!

Some people mentioned to me they thought the Gymkhana’s started at 10:00am but noooo they start at 9:00am sharp every month.  This event had ___ participants and ___ horses involved.  Our youngest rider was 4 years old.  Welcome Danika!

Next Gymkhana date is May 27th so come out and have some fun with or without a horse. 
Scores are placed on our Facebook Page already and will be up on the website by Sunday after the Gymkhana.
Spectators are always welcome and enjoyed.

We also through our first Race of the Saddle Series that the Riding Club is putting on this year.  There has been great enthusiasm for this event and we hope more people come out and join.  Different point system from last year.  Check out the link on the site here to read all about it or contact Sandy Chevallier at chevyequine@gmail.com for more information and registration details. 
Thank you to Sandy Chevallier and Nicole Ellis for running this event for us.
Nest Race will be on May 27th right after the Gymkhana is done running.  Approximate time is 3:30pm.

So…. Now that I have touched on April and all of its events I will go onto May.

Our President Verne Kaizer has stepped down out of his position and Tyler Dunkin has moved up to President.  So if anyone is interested in becoming involved with the Club Vice President is open.

Are monthly meeting is on the 15th at 7:00pm at the Riding Club.  Members are welcome to join so that you know what’s going on and have your say.  Suggestions and Comments are always welcome.

Our Second Gymkhana will be on May 27th 9:00 am start.  Registration is at 8:30am so that the Secretary can get her horse ready too!!

Saddle Series Race #2 will start after the Gymkhana 3:30 Start Approx.  Never earlier but could be a little later all depending on how the Gymkhana goes.  Registration for those who don’t call in before hand is with Sandy anytime during the day.  Don’t forget to join in on the fun!!! You could win a Saddle which is displayed at the grounds every event.  But… can’t win if you don’t register.

I promise next month won’t be so long as this message for there was a lot to talk about this time.

Secretary
Darlene

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Spring 2012

Well here we are - survived another winter - seems as we get older, the winters get longer & colder. Spring is upon us with full force - horses shedding like mad, learning how to get down wind to avoid all the fuzzies, & spitting hair. The PRC has a heavy agenda for April - see our "Calendar" on the web site - sure sign of spring is the Annual Spring Clean Up Day - hope to see lots of old & new faces on that day. We are a volunteer driven organization, so without volunteers it is extremely hard to function & stay on top of everything. The season starts later this month, so hope all you exhibitors are out getting your horses legged up, getting them shed out & got all your membership dues in place to avoid any delays.

The PRC has updated our PA System, so hope the sound is of better quality & everybody can hear our announcer. Our gymkhana director is going to experiment with a wireless head set this season, may try it out on Clean Up Day to see if everything is going to work.

The arena is drying up nicely, so with the new key deposit system, our members will be able to enjoy the arena & get your horses in shape. If you have a KEY from last year, please turn it in & with the deposit will gladly issue you a NEW ARENA KEY.

A few of our members will be back later this month from spending the winter a bit more southerly, sure sign that spring & taxes are coming. Between getting your horse legged up, shed out, lawn raked, horse trailer & truck cleaned out - washed & everything checked out, we should all be ready to go. Jessie, our new Gymkhana Director has been working hard to bring forth & exciting program for the summer. The Barrel Racing Girls have a revamped Saddle Series going again this year, so all you racers have a look at this class. Checking other equine sites see there are a lot of clinic type events this spring. Good thing to take if unsure of ones self or having a few problem with ol' Dobbin. Maybe even a few private lessons to get on the right track.

Hope Easter was good for everybody; I know a few chocolates are always good. Running out of things to say & report so will close for now & hope to see you later this month at the Opening Show.

Later, Verne

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January 2011

Allow me to start by wishing everybody a Happy New Year and all the Best in 2012.  My name is Verne Kaiser and I will be your new PRC President for the current year.

I will be surrounded by a very capable & energetic Executive Board:

Vice Pres: Tyler Dunkin

Secretary: Darlene Pappas

Treasurer: Loree Currie

The balance of our hard working & dedicated Directors’ – Positions etc will be displayed on our website. Along with some new faces comes some new ideas, I know everybody hates changes but we promise to make these if any as painless as possible. Hopefully by the time you have the chance to read this memo, our web site will be updated with all the updated info. Our Gymkhana Schedule Dates – Meeting Schedule Dates have been established & are posted, so this will give everybody a chance to adjust their personal schedule & mark these Important Dates on their New 2012 Calendars.

We are bringing back some old policies also: enclosed in your New Revised 2012 Membership Application – note the changes!

I encourage you to fill out the membership form & mail along with you payment ASAP.  This will ensure you will be ready for the Season start with no hassles or interruptions.

We are a Volunteer driven organization so without volunteers the PRC services will be stretched, so please find a few hours a month to make our Season a success.

In closing the PRC have a very busy & exciting Season planned & I personally invite present & past members to join us in 2012. I have an open door policy and will not be offended in any way by constructive criticism.

Until then - Verne

 

SPECIAL NOTES:

REDUCED THE MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR ACTIVE FAMILY AND INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS!

DISCOUNT OFFERED FOR MEMBERSHIPS PURCHASE BEFORE MARCH 1ST

FORMS INCLUDED
- 2012 PRC MEMBERSHIP FORM
- 2012 Horse Council BC MEMBERSHIP FORM (Mandatory for PRC Members)
- Acknowledgment & Release WAIVER
- Safety Equipment Release (for those not wearing helmets – HELMETS NOW MANDATORY FOR PEE WEES)

NEW RIDER AGE DIDIVSIONS!

Senior           19 & Over
Youth            15 – 18
Junior            11 – 14
Pee Wee       10 & Under
Novice           Base on rider not horse, any age rider, may ride in Novice for 2 years, includes Pee Wees still on a lead line
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SADDLE SERIES BACK FOR 2012

The Saddle Series is back and re-vamped for 2012.  These will be all BCBRA Races and most will be run after the gymkhana on those dates and will include the Canada Day Race as well.  This series will not be tied in with the gymkhana barrels this year.  The new series format will be available soon and will be posted on the website.

GYMKHANA DATES:

April 29, 2012
May 27, 2012
June 24, 2012
July 29, 2012
August 26, 2012
September 23, 2012

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November 2011

Say Hello to your new Board of Directors for 2012!

President: Verne Kaiser
Vice President: Tyler Dunkin
Secretary: Darlene Pappas
Treasurer: Loree Currie

Advertising: Loree Currie
Awards Director: Lisa Nowell
Club House Maintenance Director: Verne Kaiser
Ground Maintenance: Sandy Lewis
Gymkhana Director (and Gymkhana Sponsors): Jessie Capp
Phoning Director: Debbie Craig
Saddle Up Director: Loree Currie
Rental Director: Verne Kaiser
Rodeo Director: Sandy Chevallier
Web Maintenance: Darlene Pappas

Clinics Directors: POSITION STILL OPEN
Entertainment Director: POSITION STILL OPEN

 

BANQUET RESULTS!

SPECIAL RECOGNITION CERTIFICATES

Gymkhana Volunteers 
- Brandie Anthony
- Cory Anthony
- Jesse Capp
- Jayden Capp
- Janelle Cheyne
- Colton Dickinson
- Nicole Ellis
- Kim Ensign
- Stephanie Hillman
- Erin McQueen
- Stuart McQueen
- Orlo Powell
- David Shaw

Rodeo Volunteers
- Blair Bates
- Larry & Diana Chevallier
- Deb Craig
- Trecho DeMattos
- Tyler Dunkin
- Anna Hackman
- Lisa Nowell
- Darlene Pappas
- Teresa Sorenson

 

GYKHANA YEAR-END AWARDS

NERVOUS NOVICE 
Runner –up Champion - Darlene Pappas Blanket
Champion - Susan Shaw Buckle

JUNIOR D 
Runner –up Champion - Dylan Capp Blanket
Champion - Kandance Anthony Buckle

JUNIOR C 
Champion - Darby Ensign Buckle

JUNIOR B 
3RD - Allie Sorenson Saddle Pad
Runner –up Champion - Cheyenne Powell Blanket
Champion - Jacey McQueen Buckle

JUNIOR A 
Runner –up Champion - Jess Tarr Blanket
Champion - Amanda Dickinson Buckle

SENIOR 
6TH - Lisa Nowell T-shirt
5TH - Loree Currie Sweatshirt
4TH - Tina Brodziak Headstall
3RD - Kara Cole Saddle Pad
Runner –up Champion - Amanda Capuano Blanket
Champion - Holly Dickinson Buckle

SPECIAL AWARDS

Most Improved Rider - Dylan Capp Buckle

Sportsmanship - Honorable Mention - Janelle Cheyne Cert & Pin
- Jaycee McQueen Cert & Pin
- Allie Sorenson Cert & Pin

PRC Sportsmanship Winner - Amanda Capuano Bronze/Pin

Life Member Awards 
- Tom & Sandy Lewis Bronze
- Carl Woods & Sandy Chevallier Metal Art

 

SADDLE SERIES PRESENTATION
Division 1 - Jesse Tarr
Division 2 - Amanda Capuano
Division 3 - Darby Ensign
Division 4 - Jaycee McQueen

SADDLE WINNER IS AMANDA CAPUANO – Congratulations!

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April 2011

*We the Peachland Riding Club strive to bring horses, riders and families together for exceptional horse related experiences.*

Hello Everyone: I am sure everyone is starting up riding again as nicer weather is coming our way. Lots of new ideas coming this year.

First is our new “Saddle Series” for our barrel racers. A huge thank you to Sandy for putting this altogether for us and some lucky rider will be sporting a new saddle this fall. Please see our website for all details, rules and how to sign up.

Fuzzy Fun Day on May 1st is just around the corner. This will not be a ribbon day; however there will be small prizes for our winners. Weiner roast to follow.

As well on Fuzzy Fun Day we will be supporting the 4 speed events that will be Heritage Qualifiers. The four events approved will be barrels, poles, stakes and keyhole. There will be a $5.00 entry fee for each event and the fastest time will win 50% of the pot for that event.

On April 17th from 10:00 to 1:00 we will be having a “Spring Cleanup” and we hope to see lots of volunteers to come up for a couple of hours to help out. We will be having a wiener roast to follow cleanup.

Our arena needs to be upgraded to make the footing safer for our horses and riders. This is a huge cost and we will be having a raffle (thank you to City Furniture) for supporting the PRC. We have raffle tickets that need to be sold. Anyone wanting to help sell tickets please contact Sandy, Trecho or Holly to get the tickets. We will also have tickets at the clean up and the Fuzzy Fun Day. We need all the help so we can get all the tickets sold.

Our first gymkhana will be on May 29th; so saddle up, ride hard and by all means have lots of fun.

See you all there on April 17th.

God Bless and Ride Safe
Holly Dickinson
President

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January 2011

*We the Peachland Riding Club strive to bring horses, riders and families together for exceptional horse related experiences.*

Hello Everyone:

Well another year has gone and we are looking forward to an amazing 2011.  We are sad to say goodbye to Blair as President and must say he has done an amazing job and his dedication should be commended.  Moving forward we have a new group of Executives and Directors who are eager to make their mark in Peachland history.  Welcome Vern K as our new Vice-President, Sandy C has our new Secretary, Loree C as our new Treasurer, Trecho D as our new Phoning Director, Amanda D as our new Gymkhana Director, Christa L as our Clinic Director and Courtney D is as our new Saddle Up Director.  Welcome everyone and we are looking forward to working with all of you.

If anyone is interested in picking up one of our Director’s position or just volunteering in general we will welcome you with open arms as our club would not be without these amazing people offering their time and commitment to making Peachland Riding Club the best that it can be.

We are pleased to announce we have introduced back our Nervous Novice Class giving once again the new and nervous riders a chance to gain confidence and become hooked on competing as all of our experienced riders have.

I have never held this kind of position before and we be leaning on a few of our experienced Executives to guide me along if I tend to go astray; however I can assure you that I will be committed as ever and will offer many hours to the club.

We all look forward to nice riding weather so we all can get back in the saddle.  Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas (with many gifts) and a Great New Year.

If anyone needs to get in touch please feel free to call me or email me at hollyd@shaw.ca or phone at 250-870-0601.

And one last note: be sure to check out our website as we will be having a “Saddle Series” this year and one lucky barrel racer will be sporting a new saddle.  More to follow.

God Bless and Ride Safe
Holly Dickinson        
President

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September 2010

It has been a while since I have sent all of you an update on events that have been happening and what is about to come.  Let me first start with a short note about how important Peachland Riding Club is to not only to the riders but it’s role in a community.  When we first started this more than 7 years ago we never would have guessed the kind of relationships we would have made as result.  We have become part of a great community of the reaches farther than the Okanagan Valley and beyond.  Being part of the PRC has opened doors for our home and has been a conduit to more opportunities that go beyond our wildest dreams.  Earlier this year we had four students qualify for the High School National Finals Rodeo, one of which was my daughter, along with Nick Smith, Makwala Derickson-Hall, and Candace Chevallier.  Other than Makwala, all of these students have been either past members of the PRC and/or present members.  It is hard to describe the pride a Father feels when he hears how his daughter has qualified not only for a trip to Wyoming with the best riders in North America, and Australia, but also for Canada.  Seeing my daughter Jessie ride at the Canadian Nationals in August is an event that I will never forget.  Another amazing opportunity that has come my way is rodeo announcing at Little Britches and High School rodeos.  Never saw this one coming, but it is something that I am growing at, and really enjoying.  I credit these successes and opportunities to being a member of the Peachland Riding Club.  We are small club but we make a big impact locally and abroad.  So if you are a present member or thinking about joining for next year, I challenge you to walk out the opportunities that come through the Peachland Riding Club, and I hope you will find a path that will bring bigger and better successes your way as result. You never know where it is going to lead you.  PRC being part of this community brings opportunity to those who are seeking, and when they find what they are looking for, opens new doors.  PRC has had an impact for over 40 years in one location, and it will continue to do so in the future.

Coming up this fall will be our final Gymkhana rodeo September 19th, at this rodeo we will be selling tickets to our Awards banquet which is being held at the PRC grounds November 6th, starting at 6pm  tickets are 20 dollars each, children under 12 $10, and kids under 5 are free.  We have 80 tickets, so please purchase them soon.  PRC is hosting a High School rodeo during the Thanksgiving weekend starting Friday night with the Cutting event.  The junior rodeo will start about 9 Saturday with High School to follow after lunch.  This rodeo will end Sunday afternoon.  We will be hosting a turkey meal Saturday as a fund raiser, there will be Cowboy church 8am on Sunday, and we are also hosting a tribute to Makwala Derickson-Hall who earlier this year lost his life while bull riding in Valemont BC. 

October 17th will be a fun day Gymkhana, with dressing up for Halloween as our first event, and some other fun events to follow.  We will be doing a wiener roast followed by our AGM.  We encourage all members to participate in all activities.  I am also encouraging some of our newer members from the past couple of years to consider joining our executive for 2011.  We will have some vacancies coming up and they will need to be filled this year.

Finally, I will like to say a huge thank-you to my executive who has picked up the slack in my absence this year.  We have some amazing people on board and I am so grateful for their assistance and help while our family has been on the rodeo trail with Jessie.

Until next time, Happy Trails
Blair Bates (2008-2010 PRC President)

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July 2010

Hello all, this update is long overdue, and I do apologize for taking so long in getting the presidents note update to all of you.  It has been a busy spring for our family.  We have been traveling with our daughter for High School rodeo, and with all of the extra traveling, packing up, cleaning up and then doing it all over again don’t leave us much time to get other stuff done.  Here are some updates.

Our Gymkhana season is well on its way with two events already completed.  Brenda Pierron our Gymkhana director is doing a great job.  We have had several new riders come out this year and this wonderful to see.  I know one of our directors Erin McQueen indicated the spring riding has been interesting, she compared some of the horses like riding Dynamite. We also have a new cowgirl come aboard our executive, Crystal Lange our new Clinics director.  Crystal has several clinics already lined up and I encourage all of us to take a look at what she has planned for the summer and fall.  She is incredibly organized and a great addition to the club.  Crystal has a questionnaire on the PRC website.  This will help in the planning process for future clinics, so take a few minutes and fill it out.

We are also excited about some of our local rodeo kids and do high school rodeo.  A few of our present and past members have qualified for the biggest rodeo in the world, the High School Finals Rodeo in Gillette Wyoming July 18-24th.  Candace Chevallier (PRC member) qualified by winning BC High School Rodeo Queen and she also qualified in cutting.  Jessie Bates (PRC member) qualified in Pole Bending and Barrel racing, Nick Smith and Makwala Derickson-Hall in Bull riding.  All of these students are from Mt Boucherie High School and will be representing BC and Canada at the finals in Gillette.  Following that rodeo will be the Canadian Finals in Virden Manitoba August 5-7th.  All of the students qualified to go to Canadians, and I know Candace and Jessie will be going to that rodeo.  It is amazing to hear about one student in the valley qualify for the finals, but to have four riders is outstanding.  Please wish these rodeo competitors a great trip as they travel south.

Well, that’s all I have for you now, look forward to talking to ya’ll next month.

God bless,
Blair Bates (2008-2010 PRC President)

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January 2010

Hello all, I hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Firstly I want to congratulate our 2009 winners.  It was a great Gymkhana season and one that will go down in our history as a very competitive one in which many riders were very close in points and some cases the winners were only decided on the last day of the year.  As 2010 is already here our new executive have already met to begin the process of setting up the dates for the Gymkhana season, discuss potential clinics, high school rodeo, handing out the duties, and ensuring we get all of our ducks lined up for this year.  Our new executive for 2010 are Trecho Demattos Vice president, Holly Dickenson, Treasurer, Erin McQueen, Secretary, and yours truly, Blair Bates your President.  We also welcome Brenda Pierron as our new Gymkhana director, Sandy Chevallier continuing as rodeo director, and Diana Chevallier continuing as Awards director, Holly and Tim Dickinson, Grounds director, and Darlene Pappas as our phoning director.  We welcome all of you for 2010; please lend all of your support to these people as they lead us into this new season.

Secondly, there are some updates that you need to be made aware of for this year.  The membership fees have changed, we voted as a club in October AGM and approved the following, single memberships are now $50 and family memberships are $75.00.  The Gymkhana season has been decided upon but is tentative and subject to change.  There will be some adjustments as the year progresses; we want to ensure all of our riders have the opportunity to compete here in Peachland and abroad. This year will be a year of transition, there will be new people running the Gymkhana season, which will include new judges, new announcers, new Gymkhana leader, and new grounds keepers.  With these new leaders comes a transition and with this transition will require patience and a willingness to assist the leaders when necessary.  The success of any club is its ability to increase in leadership, with new leadership brings on more members.  I am really excited about our new leaders this year because there is a fresh enthusiasm that they are bringing into our meetings, with new ideas, willingness to learn the ropes, and taking the reins to ensure the future of this club and the success of riders who come and go.  This is a testament to the kinds of people Peachland Riding Club attracts. 

For this winter there are some clinics taking place, a pole clinic is being planned presently by Sandy C.  I know from last year many of the riders who took the pole clinic have greatly increased in their ability and times. 

Sandy is also in loop for another clinic in equine massage therapy.  Please contact her for details.

Finally as this years president it is my duty to ensure we maintain our regular events and ensure we stay on track.  This year we will be on the High School rodeo circuit and so some of you might see me and my family as much but I will be working in the background and when we are in town we will see you at the Gymkhana rodeos.  Until then happy trails and God bless

Until then happy trails and God bless,
Blair Bates (2008-2010 PRC President)

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November 2009

Hello PRC members, Well, the gymkhana season is over and it has been a good one. With some exceptional weather, great volunteers, and watching our younger cowgirls getting better I would have to say personally this has been one of our better years.  I wanted to recap a bit of what was accomplished this year, first of all, in the beginning Katie Craig made arrangements to put on a pole clinic which was well attended.  We have also seen some of those riders really improve their times as result.  Katie also put on several clinics that helped to better riders along with their mounts for the season and for the future.  Thanks Katie for an amazing job.  Our club also held the first annual July 1 st Barrel racing event on Canada day.  This event was well attended, with more than 50 riders, hot sun, and good payouts made it a successful day, but to add to it, we also had several riders join us for the Canada day parade and it was one for the books.  Our girls sang just about every song that I played, thanks to Trecho Demattos for her nice truck and to the girls who participated.  The month of July was an interesting one with the fires, we postponed the Gymkhana as result, with many families displaced at the time, it only made sense to do this.  Thanks to all of you who came to the rescue of these families, kudos to you.  In August we held another barrel racing event in conjunction with the 40 th anniversary of the riding club.  That's right!  40 years of riders, cowboys and cowgirls tacking up and riding on these grounds.  That is a lot of history of hoof prints.  October long weekend we held a high school rodeo which brought out about 110 riders from all over southern BC.  Brrrrrrr, can you believe it went down to -11 that weekend.  We wore down two sets of harrows that weekend drying to break the frost, but the sun did come out somewhat and did warm up that ground for the contestants..  For those of us in the announcers shack, we pretty much froze to the floor boards.  We have Sandy Chevallier to thank for the barrel racing and this rodeo.  Thanks Sandy once again for you leadership and passion we appreciate it very much.  To finish off the Gymkhana season we held on October 18 th , turned out to be great fun as it was dress up day for many of the riders and let me tell you, the costumes were amazing and incredibly creative.

To finish the year off we are hosting our annual awards banquet for November 21 st , tickets are available through Trecho Demattos 768-9696 , Deb Craig at her shop Westside U Brew and with me, Blair Bates, 452-6941 .  You can either drop by Deb's store or call Trecho and myself and reserve your tickets.  We need to know by November 10 th how many people will be coming out.

We also held our AGM , which was well attended, and I would like to thank all of you who came out to support this meeting.  We voted in our new executive for 2010, carrying on as Vice President Trecho Demattos, our new Secretary is Erin McQueen, and for Treasurer Holly Dickinson, and me Blair Bates will carry on the role of being President for one more year.  I would like to thank Deb Craig for your assistance in leading our finances and for Vicky Szulinsky for being our secretary for the past two years; thank-you to both of you for your service and gifts.  Sandy Chevallier will carry over as Rodeo director, Diana Chevallier will carry over as year end awards director, and Brenda Pierron will be our Gymkhana director.  I also want to say thank-you to all of our sponsors, special recognition to T. Lewis Trucking for providing the water truck, Penticton Auto glass, Westside U Brew, Chevallier's Arena, Cowboy Valley Church , TNI Network, with out your support many of our events and awards would not be possible. 

Finally as we close this year I would like to say a few words regarding this club and what it means to our home.  Over the last 6 years plus we have been part of this organization for one purpose, to ride!  We love the cowboy way of life and the PRC supports this lifestyle.  We have had the pleasure of meeting and working with many families over the years who share the same passion, drive and values they want to instill in their children and their homes.  So it is very easy to be there, it is not a chore or a burden but a joy and this is good.  We do not take for granted the people, the place and the passion to ride. Our grounds is a peaceful place that brings a lot of fun and activity to all of us, we watch we listen, we see our kids get better and dream of the day in which we will be doing the same.  Peachland riding club has had many riders come and go, past and present leadership, upgrades and challenges but one thing will always remain the same, the desire to get on our horses and ride.

For 2010 we will be challenged to continue on this passion and it will take many of you to step up to the plate and put your words into action.  Gymkhanas require volunteers, good leadership, and willing hearts to help all riders of all ages participate and succeed.  So my challenge to you all of you is this, don't be spectators be doers.  People of action get the job done and from what I hear whether you are a working cowboy or cowboy at heart, there are jobs that need to get done and from what I know of you, you are people of action.  Support your new Gymkhana director Brenda Pierron and your new executive in everyway you can, doing so will help to make it a great season of riding.

Until next time,
Happy Trails
Blair Bates (2008/2009 PRC President)

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September 2009

Here are two documents that you need to review. 

The first document is the 2009 AGM which will be hosted at our last Gymkhana after lunch during our break on October 18th (Download the 2009 AGM Agenda). We decided this to do it at this time in order to give us more time for the awards night on November 21st and to get as much participation as possible from our members.  We feel as an exec that this is a crucial coming year.  We have several changes in our exec that will happen at the end of 2009.   We have several people who will be stepping away for a while and or will be taking on diminished roles.  Some of these members have been part of the executive for several years and need a rest, and or will not be around next year due to their participation on High School rodeo.  As a result of these changes we require several willing members who will step up to the challenge and run our Gymkhana season, and help give executive direction to the riding club.  We require a new president, VP, Financial, and secretary, along with a Gymkhana director and other directors for the required roles. We know there a few of you who are showing interest and we thank-you in advance.  October 18th will be our last Gymkhana for 2009 and we would like to vote in our new executive for 2010.  This riding club has functioned for over 40 years as result of volunteers who share the passion for riding and the cowboy way of life.  There have been several members and the last several years who have dedicated themselves to ensure your children and you as riders can enjoy a fun filled event that provides competition, healthy relationships, and rewards for a job well done.  Join the 2010 team to continue this tradition.

The second document is the nomination form for most improved rider and sportsman for 2009 (Download the Nomination Form). It was decided to let the membership of the Peachland Riding Club decide who these people should be.  So if you want to have a vote and voice your choice, then this is your opportunity.  You can do it in two ways, print off the document and forward to any member of the executive or fill it out and e-mail it back to me.  This must be completed no later than October 18 th .  This will give us just enough time to get the awards here for November 21 st .  So please fill out your nominee and get it back to us as soon as possible.

See you all tomorrow morning at the Gymkhana

Happy Trails
Blair Bates (2008/2009 PRC President)

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August 2009

I would like to address our PRC community with some important information that you need to be made aware.  As you are all aware, the fires in July really put life in frenzy for many of us here in the Westbank, Peachland area.  There were a lot of horses that needed to be rescued, ranches that needed to evacuated, and families who were uprooted from their homes for a time.  July was a very disruptive month and as a result of these events we canceled our July gymkhana to allow these families to get settled back into their homes and give their animals a chance to calm down.  July was a stressful time for many of you and though there was some tense moments, no one was hurt and no animals were lost.  This positive outcome was the result of the fast response from our local police, fire and rescue, and the province of BC working together to ensure the safety of all.  Another contributing factor was the assistance that many of you offered in helping some of these displaced families.  As president of the Peachland riding club, I was proud and honored to see first hand how our community came together to help one another.  Kudos to those who came to the aid of others in need; your efforts made a difference.  Thank-you!

As a result of the July cancellation, we met as an executive to discuss an alternative date.  Due to other conflicting events, it was decided that October 18th is the best possible day in which we can host a Gymkhana event to make up the one we canceled in July.  There were also plans for a fun day for October 4th but this is now on hold.  Though it may be a bit chilly, in the past we have hosted Gymkhana's as late as October 31st .

Another scheduled event that is taking place is a High School Rodeo for the Thanksgiving weekend in October.  It was decided by the rodeo committee with the approval of the PRC exec that this would be a good weekend to host this event.  We felt there were sufficient support and enough volunteers to achieve this rodeo for 2009.  Sandy Chevallier is our rodeo lead on this and she will be directing all of us.  If you would like to be involved and participate, please give Sandy a call.  We are also looking for local sponsorship for this rodeo, if you are interested, sponsorship packages are available through Sandy, Deb Craig, Trecho Demattos, Diana C, and myself.  You can give any one of us a call.

Starting this Sunday August 23 we will be selling year award tickets.  The costs are $20 per adult, $15 for ages 6-12 and 5 years old and under are free.  We are asking you as PRC members to purchase your tickets sooner than later. This will help us in the planning process for the Year end awards banquet.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for your patience during these last few weeks as we figure out some of these details that directly affect all of us.  As a committee we volunteer our time to ensure the Peachland Riding Club continues to function as it has done in the past.  We look forward to seeing all of you at the next event.

Happy Trails
Blair Bates (2008/2009 PRC President)

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June 2009

Peachland Riding Club held their second Gymkhana on May 31st. With over 30 horses and 29 riders, add some great weather and we had a great day though. I must confess I was hoping for some cooler wet weather instead of the instant hot summer heat we have received. Pictures to follow…..So here are the results…..

Seniors
1. Debbie Wright High point
2. Janine Blacklock Reserve
3. Sandy Lewis
4. Donna Hinchliff
5. Holly Dickenson
6. Tina Brodzniak
Junior A
1. Asia Cole High Point
2. Amanda Dickenson Reserve
3. Tasha Larose
Junior B
1.Jessie Bates High Point
2. Allie Sorenson Reserve
3.Kallie Pierron
4.Deziree Goltz
Junior C
1.Courtney Demattos High point
2.Darby Ensign Reserve
3.Alana Ensign

PRC would like to express a sincere thank-you to our volunteers that day. We were short parents and helpers due to other rodeo events taking place that weekend. The parents who were there did some double duties and we want to say a huge thanks to all of you. Speaking of volunteers, this month go up and thank one of those volunteers who give of their time and energy to ensure you as the rider can enjoy a day of competition. As you work towards your PB, these volunteers help to ensure you are achieving your goals. In June Cowboy Valley Church (which runs out of PRC)was given the opportunity to do Cowboy Church at the BCHS championships. CVC would like to thank Lee Fennel and Doug Mills for the invitation to serve this cowboy community.

Coming for Peachland Riding Club is our July 1st Barrel Race, event is BCBRA, BRN4d and CBRA. Start time is 11am at the Peachland Riding Club. For more info call Sandy Chevelliar at 250-718-2761, we will also be participating at the Peachland Canada Day parade for the 5 pm start time. We normally meet at the corner of 13th and Lake. All riders who want to participate please call me by June 25th to confirm your participation. Dress for Canada Day, Red and White. Finally, August 22nd PRC will be hosting another barrel race and a 40th anniversary celebration. Any and all past members are invited to attend a dinner, dance and this barrel racing event. We will be running this event in conjunction with our August Gymkhana, so we are inviting every one to camp out Saturday night.

We look forward to seeing all of you in July. Until next time.
Happy Trails
Blair Bates (2008/2009 PRC President)

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May 2009

Hello all, Gymkhana 2009 has finally stated at the Peachland Riding Club and we are thrilled with our first Gymkhana turnout.

With 29 riders, and 31 horses, lots of overdue sunshine, lots of good grub, and lots of great runs, we had a successful day. See our Gymkhana Results here.

We need to let all of you know also we are running a Western Heritage Clinic June 7 at the Peachland Riding Club, and then July 5th our Fun in the Sun Western Heritage Event which will be judged by Kimberly Westgate. Check out our Calendar for entry forms or contact Sasha Hoop at chem_chick@hotmail.com.

PRC in conjunction with Cowboy Valley Church continues to hold bi-weekly services, check out cowboyvalleychurch.com for more info.

We have new caretakers this year, Mike and Val Christopher, who oversee the grounds and Val runs our concession stand, and wow she knows what we like to eat; when you see them, welcome them to our community.

Speaking of community, one of the main reasons why we see so many people coming out and doing events such as our Gymkhanas is because of the community atmosphere it brings. Riding their horses is their love and passion, but it also brings a great sense of community and this my friends is why we love doing what we do each and every time we head down the highway; Great group of people to be associated with.

Our next Gymkhana is May 31st, 9am start time, we look forward to everyone who wants to come out to the central Okanagan and enjoy a great day in a great place.

Happy Trails
Blair Bates (2008/2009 PRC President)

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April 2009

Hi y’all, Spring is finally coming, though a bit too slow for my liking. I am sure many of you are looking forward to a great season of riding, competition, camaraderie, sunshine, dusting grounds, and open sky’s. But before all of this happens, we need all of our club members to join us April 26th, from 10AM to 2PM for our Spring clean up. We need all the help we can get, as the saying goes, many hands make light work. So if we have a great turnout it will go fast and be easy.

Our first Gymkhana is a week after that - May 3rd at 9am. Please come early to ensure you are signed up on time and this will give the Gymkhana admin people time to get things organized and hopefully start on time.

Last month I spoke to all of you about the process of getting started when getting involved with riding and owning a horse. Good advice and taking things slow, will help any potential rider to have long lasting success. One of the best pieces of advice I can offer is surround yourself with people who know more then you and those people will surround you with a horse that knows more than the rider. Our first horse that we leased was an old grandpa named Captain, a 30 something Thoroughbred who still loved to roll, buck and gave 110% even when there was about 30% left in him. He had all heart and he was also the best teacher for my daughter. When warming up Captain you simply could not just get on him right away, you had to lunge him first to get him warmed up, if you didn’t he would often buck; there are many horses if not warmed up enough will often buck. When your daughter is ten years old you really don’t want to see her flying like superman. One of the most amazing attributes of Captain was his ability to understand Jessie’s ability to ride, he would not give more than what she could handle, he went at her pace and as a result he was one of the best instructors. Captain holds a special place in our home because he helped our daughter and our family to understand the importance in taking things slow and when you were ready to a little further, he would oblige and take you a little farther in your journey.

As this year begins, remember to take things slow, and go at a pace that will take both you and your riding companion to a level that brings success for 2009. See you May 3rd.


Happy Trails
Blair Bates (2008/2009 PRC President)

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March 2009

Hello all, Gymkhana season is upon us and we are ready to get going but we have some changes that we need every one to be made aware of. Due to some scheduling challenges, we have updated our Gymkhana schedule to ensure everyone in our area has an opportunity to participate. Here are the new dates... May 3rd, May 31st, June 21st, July 26th, August 23rd, September 20th; remember our start times are 9am, please forward your registrations in advance, if for some reason you forget, which most of us do, then have it ready for our first event. Check out our Events page registration and mailing info. Another date change is the High School Rodeo we had planned for May; it is being postponed until the fall 2009. We are also preparing to host a Western Heritage clinic and a non sanctioned event, the details will be listed on our calendar/events pages, but I can tell you there is a clinic on June 7th and an event on July 5th. I also want to let you all of you know that Cowboy Valley Church continues to host bi-weekly services. Please check out CVC’s website at www.cowboyvalleychurch.com. CVC is also available to lead church services at other organized rodeo events, weddings, funerals, and counseling. Just go to CVC’ website for contact information.

Now that I got the business stuff out of the way, let me say a word or two about what I was talking about last month and getting people involved in the lifestyle of riding. One of the best pieces of advice we got when Jessie started to ride came from our friend Diana. We had talked about owning our own horse, but she suggested before we make that commitment we should lease first. Being the kind of one tracked male person that I am, I thought lease, forget it, I want to own a horse. Ahhhh but over time, Diana’ advice proved to be good advice. We discovered that kind of commitment is not just a part time thing, it is full time commitment. Leasing a horse was a way of seeing if we were committed to the responsibility, care and on-going commitment that a horse requires. Ask yourself these questions, if you are considering owning a horse for you or your son or daughter, do you like or love horses? Are you willing to spend obscene amounts of your time with that horse? Do you realize the costs that are involved? Are you and or your kids afraid of shoveling manure? Do you like to clean stalls? Are you a patient person? There are many more questions, but these are some key ones that will help you to decide if this is for you or not.

Recently I had a friend call me from Alberta telling me that his 12 old daughter wants to own a horse. I asked him these questions; he could not answer any them outright. I told him to get some lessons, lease a horse and if his daughter thinks the smell of horse crapp and urine smell like perfume to her, then she will be a cowgirl for life(not trying to be rude), just saying that if you or your child are not afraid and show the kind of commitment it takes, then maybe it is some thing to look into. If you know someone who is thinking of leasing a horse to learn to ride, maybe forward them this note; it might just help them to reach their goal and desire to be more then just a horse owner, but join the cowboy way of life, and ride!

Until next month
Happy Trails
Blair Bates (2008/2009 PRC President)

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February 2009

Our spring Gymkhana’s are fast approaching and if your homes are like our home, we are getting really restless to get out and get riding again. Winters are way too long and overrated. Regardless, there are some winter events happening. Katie Craig is our clinics director and she is really ramping things up. She hosted a clinic at the beginning of February with about 40 people coming out to listen to a Vet talk about a lot of things to keep your horse healthy and what kinds of potential problems you need to look for. There are other clinics she's got planned so take a look at our list of events. Also want to encourage all of you to start sending in those membership forms; last year it was almost a train wreck trying to take down everyone’s contact and registration info for the year while getting ready for the first Gymkhana of the year. Send that info along with your cheque into Darlene Pappas, she loves taking in money! As for memberships, there is always a challenge for any local community group to grow in membership. Over the past few 2 years or so we are seeing some of the kids become teens, and some of those teens are moving on to high school rodeo, which translates to some of these teens not coming out to Gymkhanas. Now the point of this club and its purpose is to train up riders to become better more confident riders and competitors, but it is also a community gathering place for the Cowboy Community. The best way to encourage membership growth is to invite friends, family and or anyone who has an interest in joining this club for the same purposes the rest of us are part of today. So my challenge to the rest of us is to invite at least one person this year who you know has a desire to ride. With your encouragement, and some proper guidance, they too might join the rest of us in this journey.

Next month I will talk to you a little about what steps you need to take in order to get started.

Until next time,
Happy Trails
Blair

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January 2009

Welcome to the 2009 Peachland Riding Club's 40th season. That is right, 40 years. Let me introduce to you our 2009 executive which includes co-VPs Trecho Demattos and Deb Craig, Treasurer Darlene Pappas, Secretary Vicky Szulinzsky and President, myself, Blair Bates. This is our team and it will be a pleasure to serve you for 2009. We have many news items for you to be made aware of. This year Katie Craig is our new clinics director and she is really on the ball. She has clinics planned already for the winter and the spring and encourages you to check out the calendar of events to find out more details.

All past members were mailed a registration package for the 2009 season. I encourage you to fill out that membership form and mail it in along with your payment so that you are ready for all the 2009 events. This membership allows you discounts on many Riding Club events such as the monthly Gymkhanas and all clinics. It also allows you to vote and be part of the decision making processes.

Each year Peachland Riding Club (PRC), made up of volunteers, sets in motion a series of events that encourage all riders at every level to participate. Forty years of events, riders, horses, trucks and trailers, food and drink, good times, hot days, rainy days, and even some cold ones, clinics, rodeos, and cowboy church, all run by volunteers, families who love and care about the cowboy way of life. PRC is truly an outpost ranch that attracts all walks of life. The Gymkhana rodeo, High School rodeo, Western Heritage, and Barrel races all designed to help improve each rider reach their full potential. 2009 is a particularly special year as it is the 100th anniversary of the Town of Peachland, and the PRC has been invited to participate in the events which includes the July 1st parade and a special Canada Day Barrel Race.

As you read this note, I would like to challenge you to set goals for 2009 that will better you as a rider and allow you to become more involved with PRC. Two main values of the cowboy way of life is the relationship between rider and horse and between friends; being part of the PRC events will help you in achieving those goals.

So get ready, dust off the tack, ready your horse, and saddle up, ‘cause 2009 is here!

Until next month
Happy Trails
Blair

November 2008

Well our season has ended and ended well.  It has been an exceptional year of amazing events such as the Little Britches, and High School rodeos and our regular Gymkhana rodeos.  We saw many riders come out and approve their skills, their team building with their mounts and their personal best times.  I want to say a huge thank-you to all of you riders for your continued support and competitive spirit that we benefit and enjoy at the Peachland Riding Club.  I want to congratulate our 2008 winners for the Gymkhana season.  Well done!  This year has also had some great contributions, with the new announcers building supplied by Jazel Homes, and Mike Gibson taking the lead in the construction of this facility, our regular tireless volunteers who came out consistently to run our events, thank-you!!!!

The 2009 season is a little ways off but it is coming really soon and there are many things to look forward to, High School Rodeo in May, Peachland Centennial, Gymkhana season, the March Poll Clinic and many other items we are planning.  I encourage all of you to get your rest because 2009 will be a great year.

Until next month
Happy Trails
Blair

October 2008

Oct 18th, Peachland Riding Club will be hosting a fundraiser Pub night at Riley' Pub.  Tickets are for sale and will be available at the High School Rodeo this weekend and at the last Gymkhana rodeo on September 28..come see Deb Craig, Darlene Pappas , or Brenda Bates and me for tickets.  This fund raiser which will include a silent auction will help raise some funds that will go back towards the upkeep and future of the PRC .  We are encouraging all you to come and bring a friend(s).  The cost is $15 dollars per person and that includes a meal and one drink.  This is an adult only function but to those of you who would like to get to know more of the members in an informal way, this would be great event and don't have to haul a horse home at the end of the night, just yourselves. If you have any questions just call me direct.

We are excited to announce that Peachland  Riding Club in conjunction with the Peachland Centennial Committee have been included in Peachland's Centennial Year Schedule of Events and Celebration for it's 100 th birthday.  We are posting all of our Gymkhana Rodeo dates early to give everyone in our community and our riding community the opportunity to plan early for this up and coming year. Along with these dates there will be a Barrel Racing Sanctioned Event for July 1 st 2009 and another High School Rodeo; date TBD.  To everyone who reads this announcement we invite you to come and participate with us at Peachland Riding Club Gymkhana Rodeo'.  We are also excited to share with you that 2009 will be the 40 th anniversary of the Peachland Riding Club.  Here are the dates, so mark them down on your calendars; it is going to be a great year!

Happy Trails
Blair Bates

August 2008

Have some amazing news that we need to share with the rest of you; our very own Bailey Woods of Peachland BC had an amazing finish at the Canadian High School Finals in Williams Lake. Bailey and her horse Tyke, placed 6th overall in break away roping, and 10th overall in barrel racing. this is an amazing accomplishment, congratulations to both Bailey and Tyke for being great competitors, and showing your stuff to the rest of the country.  Wow!

Another high note, our second annual Little Britches Rodeo took place on the last weekend of July.  We had over 70 riders along with supporting family members at this year's event.  We had a great time, with Rod Sterling doing the announcing, hey Rod still running the trailer on 3 tires?  Mexican Joe Dias who was our arena director, along with Rodeo Director Sandy Chevallier doing all of the organizing and keeping all of us cowboy' inline, you guys did an amazing job.  We also had Cowboy church with about 60 attendees, and a special group of visitors from the Westwood Retirement center coming up to join us for church and watch the kids do their stuff.  I want to say a huge thank-you to all of our organizers, sponsors, volunteers, riders, family members and spectators, and stock suppliers.  All of you did a great job, thank-you for setting such a great example to the young riders who came to Peachland.

Again thank-you to our members and volunteers for participating at the Gymkhana, this is a great event and with great people enjoying their passion, riding!

In closing, PRC is hosting a High School Rodeo September 20-21st , along with a Cowboy Church Service.  We encourage you to come out and join us this weekend.  If you have any questions or would like to sponsor this event you can contact Sandy Chevallier at 250-718-2761.

As for the July Gymkhana rodeo, here are the results..

Senior
Janine Blacklock on Reno - High Point
Bea Sureman on Starbuck - High Point Reserve
Jenn Miller on Zippy - 3 rd
Amanda Capuano on Easter - 4 th
Holly Dickinson on Tator - 5 th
Sandy Lewis on Bud - 6 th

Junior A
Bailey Woods on Tyke - High Point
Micaela Gibson on Navarone - High Point Reserve
Caleb Bates on Ember - 3 rd
Marie Leginus on Dakota - 4 th
Krysta Forsyth on Canelle - 5 th
Sylvana Huber on Cloie - 6 th

Junior B
Jessie Bates on Bella - High Point
Shay Sutherland on Little Guy - High Point Reserve
Britta Wuestefeld on Shooter - 3 rd
Brianna Pastor on Jolena - 4 th
Candace Chevallier on Hollywood - 5 th
Brandie Morsette on Crimson - 6 th

Junior C
Allie Sorenson on Simmy - High Point
Kiera Smith on Dawn - High Point Reserve
Courtney on KitKat - 3 rd
Alicia Pastor on Cheana - 4 th
Jacey McQueen on Raven - 5 th
Kallie Pierron on Sunny - 6 th (tie)
Raven Chevallier on Opie - 6 th (tie)

Junior D
Darby Ensign on Cutter - High Point
Alana Ensign on Fancy - High Point Reserve
Hunter Chevallier on Ace - 3 rd
Dori Szulinsky on Flash - 4 th (tie)
Joelle Szulinsky on Flash - 4 th (tie)

Until next time, Happy Trails. 
Blair

July 2008

Well we have had an incredible busy spring. Believe or not we are half way through the Gymkhana season.  The results from last week were great though it was the hottest day I think we have had in a long time.  It reached 38 degrees on June 29, but our riders did great.  I want to give you a short update on up coming events.  First of all, the Little Britches Rodeo is in full swing and will be happening at the end of July.  We encourage you to come and attend this two day event.  Sandy is still looking for volunteers so if you are available to come up, please let Sandy know.  For July 1 st Peachland Riding Club participated in the Canada Day parade in Peachland, and I want to say thank you to Courtney, Michaela, Jessie, Alley, Christie and Amanda.  These girls did a great job and represented our club very well.  I also want to say thank-you too the parents for coming out and supporting this event also.

On a sad note, one of our fellow riders had a tragedy take place on June 29 th , Shai Sutherland was faced with the difficult task of having to say goodbye to her beloved horse Frosty.  Frosty unfortunately succumbed to a severe case of colic.  Frosty and Shai were a great team.  Frosty was a great horse with great talent and the ability to bend like no other horse I have seen yet.  Both Frosty and Shai were our Junior C champions for 2007 and it is sad that we will not see this team running together in the future.  Shai we share in your sadness in the loss of a great horse who brought you joy.  Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

Coming July we will be welcoming a retired couple, the Walsh's to be our new caretakers.  They will be starting in July and will be watching over the grounds until fall.  When you see them, introduce yourself and welcome them to our community.

Finally, I look forwards to seeing all of you at the next Gymkhana at the end of July. 

Take care,
Blair

May 2008

Wanted to do a recap of this past month's events and events to come;  over the month of May we had many great things happen. First of all, we held our first Gymkhana clinic and it went over really well.  We had 10 riders who were instructed by Sandy Chevallier.  I was amazed how many of our gymkhana riders came up to learn more about doing the gymkhana events and how well it was received.  We have received several comments on how much the riders enjoyed the clinic and all of the information Sandy gave them.  I want to say a resounding thank-you to Sandy for leading this clinic.  Sandy ' ability to relate to people and her passion to teach is very evident in her clinics.  Everyone learns something and comes out a better rider as result of her passion to pass on this knowledge.  Thank-you Sandy for such a job well done!   This month we have been working on the new announcers shack.  Not much of a shack more like a miniature house.  Mike Gibson has taken the lead on this, and it is really coming great. We have the trusses on now and hopefully by middle of June it should be roofed and ready for our June Gymkhana.  Along with Lyle Pastor and Glen Sorenson these changes are getting done and we are grateful for their leadership.

The may Gymkhana was a success, with many new riders showing up and several of our regulars working towards becoming better riders.  I want to say how much it is a pleasure to see the young riders become more confident.  One month they are timid and the next month there is confidence being demonstrated in their riding.  Wow, this is great, keep going everyone.  What a joy to watch the kids grow.

Here are the Gymkhana results for May:
Senior high point             Janine Blacklock
Reserve                          Bea Sureman
Tied w/                           Jenn Millar
Junior A High point         Kristy Forsyth
Junior B High point         Jessie Bates
Reserve                          Brianna Pastor
3 rd                                Britta Wuestefeld
Junior C High Point        Allie Sorenson
Reserve                         Courtney Demattos
3 rd                               Kallie Pierron

This June our Gymkhana is happening June 29th.

Until then,
Blair Bates

April 2008

This month we had some great things happen.  First of all, we a great clean up day with so many members coming out and preparing our grounds, the club house, small repairs, lots of raking, and great cooperation.  The following people are to be commended for coming out and helping our club get ready for a great year, they are.Allie , Glen, and Teresa Sorenson, Michelle, Kurtis, Alysha, Brianna, and Lyle Pastor, Courtney and Trecho Demattos, Amanda Capuano,Tina Brodziak, Bailey Woods, Jackie and Shay Sutherland, Brandie Morsette, Darlene Pappas, Nicole Ellis, Nicolas Ingram, Alan Peters, Diana, and Candace Chevallier, Michael, and Micaela Gibson, Tryston Ducharme, Caleb, Jessie and Brenda Bates.  Wow, what a great group of people, I hope I didn't miss anyone.   We also got a great start on our new announcers building, thank-you to Jazel Homes for their donation of materials and plans.  We were hoping to get this new building up by summer, but Michael Gibson has gone to town, and the way he is going, along with the extra bodies helping, we should have this ready early May.  Thanks to Mike for your leadership on this. 

Also we are hosting a Gymkhana clinic for all new (or existing) members and new riders who want to participate in our Gymkhana' this year.  Check out our announcement for details on this site.

Until next month,
Blair Bates

March 2008

This is a reminder that this month is the first of 6 Gymkhana' for the Peachland Riding Club Sunday April 27 starting at 9pm. We encourage all riders to come early to get setup from 8 to 8:45 and registered on time to ensure we have a 9am start time. We are also encouraging our parents and volunteers to come in western attire, hats, boots and shirts to help support our riders and in keeping with the cowboy way of life.

Our clean up day is coming up Sunday April 13 from 10am to 2pm . Lunch will be provided. We encourage every club member, kids and all to come out and help get the grounds ready for another great year of riding. It does not take long to do when there are many people around to help, hence the saying, more hands means less work.

As for the Little Britches and High School Rodeo', our sponsorship program is running and doing very well, plus we are holding a fund raising campaign which includes three gift certificates from City Furniture, 1st $1500, 2nd $1000, and 3rd place $500. Tickets are available at the Gymkhana rodeos, plus you can contact us at 250-452-6941 for more info on where you can get tickets. We have several members selling them so I can direct you to the right person in your area.

As part of the events for Peachland Riding Club, Cowboy Valley Church runs 2nd, 3rd and 4th Thursday of every month, for further info check out www.cowboyvalleychurch.com .

We are really excited about this year and encourage all club members to invite riders from abroad to come out and enjoy the PRC and the most amazing arena in the valley.

Until next time,
Blair Bates

January 2008

Welcome to 2008 a year in which there will be many new and exciting events.  Firstly let me say thank-you to our past President Darlene Pappas who did an amazing job the past couple of years.  We are so appreciative of your efforts, hard work, leadership and overall desire to lead a group of people who share in the same desires.  I also want to thank our past committee members for their hard work and leadership.  Without these volunteers who put out for all of the riders we would not enjoy organized gymkhana rodeos, a family atmosphere, and a safe environment for the riders to train, compete and enjoy riding in the most amazing arena in the valley.  Many thanks to all of you.

I want to convey to all of you something that I think is amazing about our community of riders.  The Cowboy in all of us!  All of us share in the spirit that comes with being a cowboy.  Call it a lifestyle, call it a connection with horses, call it a daily desire to live out your dreams, but it still points to one thing, being a cowboy.  In keeping with that Cowboy spirit, we are going to continue in the tradition that is associated with PRC.  Peachland Riding Club has provided an environment that makes everyone feel at home, a place that enables you to train your horse and compete at the same time. It is a growing club with many new features such as new covered pens, arena upgrades, and safe ground for you and your horse. We are encouraging all of our volunteers this year to come with cowboy attire hat and all.  We ask our kids to wear this in keeping with tradition, and we at PRC want to help set the standard and be good, positive role models for our kids.

2008 will be a great year and there are great things happening.  Our gymkhana schedule has been posted and we are excited in doing this amazing event that is a foundation event for our club.  We encourage you to come and to invite your fellow riders to join us this year.  Along with our Gymkhana' we are hosting not one but two main rodeo events.  Last year was the first year Little Britches came to PRC and they are returning again this July and along with this rodeo, PRC is also hosting a High School Rodeo.  This is going to be amazing!  Our rodeo team headed up by Sandy Chevallier and her team has already got the business of doing these rodeo' well on their way.  There is a fund raising campaign going on right now for some excellent gifts, there are many returning and new sponsors already established, there are more arena upgrades and new equipment on its way.  Our club is also purchasing new software and timers that will help out all of these events to run smoother and hopefully faster.  There is so much more to tell about but not enough room in this letter.  You are just going to have to come out and find out for yourself what is going on at PRC.

Finally, as your new president it is my desire to serve this community of cowboys and cowgirls and keep up the tradition of great events for great riders and bring new innovative ways to ensure all of us keep our riding club going strong for all of the future riders to come.

Riders, get your tack ready, shine those boots, dust off those hats, and saddle up, cause our riding season is coming soon.

Until next month,
Blair Bates

P.S. Peachland is hosting two rodeos this year, Little Britches Rodeo in July and a High School rodeo in September. PRC along with the Rodeo committee have a raffle. Prizes TBA, The draw is at the end of May and it will be held at City Furniture at Westside. For more info or to buy tickets call Diana Chevallier, Sandy Chevallier, Kim Smith, Darlene Pappas, and Deb Craig.

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