Our vision is to create a place where riders, parents, coaches, and horses could feel at home and be happy and well taken care of. A fun place with room for everyone, all kinds of people with all kinds of goals who’ve chosen to reach them together. A place where everyone was accepted, encouraged, nurtured, and empowered. A place where winning wasn’t only reserve for the show ring but was achieved in the everyday life lessons this sport so generously gives to all who are lucky enough to be involved in it
THE EVOLUTION OF SPIRIT RIDGE
The evolution of Spirit Ridge came while Stacey, Sierra, and I were looking for a horse-friendly couple of acres to build a home on. We viewed several properties but none were what we were looking for. Then we heard about a horse farm that was just a stone’s throw from Grandpa’s house and minutes from our business, D & L Environmental Services.
The property was much larger than we were looking for but the setting was beautiful and the location was perfect! A complete equestrian facility, neglected for decades and in disrepair but the bones were good and we could see it had enormous potential. A true diamond in the rough, but did we really want to take this on?
I was still wavering the night before we had to sign the papers. In the morning I flipped my day calendar and that day’s quote said; “Anything I’ve ever done in life that was ultimately worthwhile initially scared me to death.” Was this a sign? I’ll admit I was scared to death in the beginning, it was a huge undertaking and it would take an enormous amount of work. After a lot of soul-searching, we decided to go for it!
And so we did it, we bought the place and the evolution began. Family, friends, riding students, and their parents came in droves to help rip, shovel, hammer, paint, haul and reconstruct. We hired several contractors and in record time we had completely gutted and rebuilt the barn complete with everything we wanted. We welcomed input from everyone and ideas were put into action. The place truly evolved through drawing on the expertise of everyone involved and a lot of hard work.
Our vision was to create a place where riders, parents, coaches, and horses could feel at home and be happy and well taken care of. A fun place with room for everyone, all kinds of people with all kinds of goals who’ve chosen to reach them together. A place of where everyone was accepted, encouraged, nurtured, and empowered. A place where winning wasn’t only reserved for the show ring but was achieved in the everyday life lessons this sport so generously gives to all that are lucky enough to be involved in it.
We are truly blessed!
Our Hoofprints positively impact our community, through the spirit of giving!
2nd Christmas in the Stables & Christmas Market Charity Fundraiser December 2022
Once again this was a day filled with vendors selling their wares, pony riders a petting zoo, and Santa.
We raised $2300 for BC Children’s Hospital.
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Christmas in the Stable December 2021
Our first annual Christmas in the Stables was a success. The combination of the Christmas Market, pony rides, and a visit from Santa made for a very memorable day for all. We saw close to 200 Children and our ponies provided over a hundred pony rides to smiling children. A portion of the monies raised went to the Vancouver Children’s Hospital.