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Mid Island CADORA Association is pleased to announce the officials for our EC Sanctioned Gold and Bronze 2018 Summer Dressage Festival Competition to be held on July 7 and 8, 2018 at Beban Park in Nanaimo, BC.

The Capital City Classic, our 42nd annual Equestrian Canada Gold and Bronze competition, will be held on July 21-22, 2018 at the Saanich Fairgrounds, Victoria, BC. The Capital City Classic is hosted by the members of Victoria Saanich CADORA.

The 55+ BC Games is an annual multi-sport event produced by the BC Seniors Games Society (BCSGS) for the availability of the 55+ population of British Columbia to participate in the 23 individual sports. The average participation is 3,500, leaving behind a $3.5 million economic impact in the communities during the five-day event. Each participant must be a member of the BC Seniors Games Society.

Late winter is a time of looking forward, looking back. Horse people, especially those on the prairies, are looking forward to spring. The days are getting longer and we are all waiting impatiently for signs of change. Did you REALLY see some hair giving way on that horse’s rear end? Maybe not.

Recreational riding and driving is important to many thousands of Canadians, and these Canadians rely on public lands and trails to pursue the outdoor activities they love. Here in British Columbia, from day outings to multi-week pack trips, horsemen are making full use of our spectacular open spaces. Horse Council BC’s Recreation Department exists to support those riders and drivers, with funding for trail improvement projects, current information and education, resource materials for loan or purchase, and promoting recreational rider’s issues with government and other decision makers.

The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA) based in Duncan, BC, on Vancouver Island, provides equine-based therapeutic interventions, para-equestrian sport, and adapted recreational opportunities for persons with special needs in the Cowichan Valley. Over its 30 year history, CTRA has delivered life-enriching services to countless individuals and families in the region – providing community members with a vital space of inclusion, belonging, and personal growth. CTRA’s work is made possible thanks to unflagging community support that ranges from donated horses to thousands of volunteer hours contributed each year.

The ongoing wildfires in British Columbia this summer have destroyed the largest area in recorded history, burning through nearly 900,000 hectares, much of that in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region. There are estimated to be between 800 and 1,000 wild or free-roaming horses in the Chilcotin.

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