Born and raised in Kelowna BC, Megan has built her reputation across the US and Canada working alongside various Grand Prix and Hunter riders from different Countries.
In 2020, she returned home to Kelowna with the desire to create a program which specializes in the development of horses and riders of all ages who want to improve their skills at home or competitively, as well as those who are just venturing into the world of horses.
She has strong beliefs in horsemanship on and off the horse as well as proper equitation. Megan also likes to incorporate stable management and sportsmanship into her lessons and her own training rides.
Kathrin comes from a family of horse enthusiasts and started her show career in her native country Germany at a young age. After many years of successful show jumping in her teens, she discovered her love for dressage. Throughout high school and university Kathrin trained and showed many dressage prospects for clients while refining her riding skills based on the classical German training system. After moving to Canada in 1999, Kathrin acquired her Equestrian Canada Certification and began a full time career in training horses and riders.
Since then both Kathrin and her students have made their mark in the show ring with numerous Championships won. In her lessons Kathrin creates an individual program for each horse and rider to best suit their needs, abilities and goals. Over the years Kathrin had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of horses – from the young, green horse to the FEI level Dressage star. Every horse is different, and it takes a lot of skill and feel to bring out the best in each one. The horse’s well-being during the training process always comes first. Happy horse – happy rider!’
Kathrin’s new home base is The Barn Equestrian Center, conveniently located right next door to the Kelowna Riding Club.
I am an Equine Canada Hunter, Jumper, Equitation Judge and Coach
I was the Owner, Trainer of Tamarack Stables situated in the Vancouver, Richmond area for 40 years.
During this time, I ran a large show barn and we showed extensively in Canada and the US.
In addition, I had a large school string of horse and brought up many young riders. Six of my students are well known coaches today.
In 2003 I sold my farm and moved to Kelowna to semi-retire. I am available for lessons for all ages of riders.
Amanda MacCormack has been active in the Equine Industry for over 25 years. She has been a competitor in show jumping, hunters, dressage, and eventing. She has competed from California to Kentucky and across BC. Amanda had her own barn for over 10 years, but now has shifted her focus more toward teaching and evaluating the Rider Level Program.
Amanda can evaluate up to and including Rider level 8. Amanda enjoys the challenge of bringing along young horses and taking the time to figure out what niche that horse would excel in. Amanda strongly believes in cross training her horses and enjoys teaching them new things and exposing them to new experiences.
In her extensive travels to shows and clinics Amanda has met horse people from all over the world and feels so very privileged to have had an opportunity to met and train with top professionals from across all the different disciplines such as Bernie Traurig, Denny Emerson, Mike Plumb, Ray Hunt, Kip Rosenthal, Leslie Reid, and Tiffany Teeter to name a few.
Dustin Drader – of El Centro Equine Services
El Centro Equine Services specializes in coaching beginner to intermediate riders of all ages in Western and English disciplines. Dustin has a keen interest in the methods of Buck Brannaman, and trains in a similar approach to his and the methods of other great horseman such as Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance.
As a CanTRA therapeutic instructor Dustin also understands challenges riders face such as fear and anxiety. Starting green horses, driving, Horse Council BC General Performance judging, teaching 4H, and coaching has given Dustin the privilege of meeting many great people throughout the Central Okanagan.
I originally started riding and eventing at the age of eight in Kelowna BC. My first eventing coach was Lynda Ramsay. I brought my mare Upolu up to the Intermediate/CCI2-L before in BC before moving to California where I was a working student for Yves Sauvignon. I moved on to be a working student for Penny Rowland. During that time, I competed in my first CCI3-L. I then started to work for Peter Gray and at 18yrs old did my first Advanced with Upolu. After working for Peter, I sold Upolu to a Young Rider whom I coached on to win individual gold at the NAYC in the CCI2-L and CCI3-L. While in the U.S. I trained with David O’Connor and trained and rode for Scott Keach and Beth Underhill.
From there I brought several horses back up to the Advanced level in eventing, not only in the U.S but the U.K as well. I spent a total of eight years training, competing, and coaching in the U.K. During this time, I was William Fox-Pitt’s head rider from 2007-2008. I also worked and rode for Mark and Sandy Phillips, Tiny Clapham and Nigel Taylor.
I moved back to Kelowna from the UK five years ago. Since then, I have been the Alberta High performance Coach/Consultant for the past five years. The past three years I have also been the Alberta Young Rider’s Coach. In 2019 we took an entire team to NAYC at Rebecca farms to compete in the CCI2-L. I also became a certified High Performance 1 Coach in 2019.
My goal is to continue to better myself as a coach, mentor, and rider. I strive to develop confident, educated riders as well as continue to produce quality event horses. I greatly value opportunities to further my knowledge and experience, and constantly try to find ways to improve myself. I am available for coaching/clinics throughout BC and Alberta.
Lynda Ramsay of D&L Equine Services
Lynda Ramsay is a NCCP Equine Canada High Performance 1 Coach. Offering lessons in Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country. Ground work is also a big part of Lynda’s Program. Lynda is an Equine Canada and FEI Judge in Dressage and Eventing. She is also a sought after clinician and travels regularly across North America.
In addition to Lynda’s very busy coaching and judging schedule she finds time to give back to the equine community. Lynda has volunteered for many years with the Kelowna Riding Club.
Lynda has also organized 2 Dressage shows each year as fundraisers for KRC and in 2019 executed the first KRC Derby which was a huge success ! And now the club will be offering the Derby Days as an annual event!