Stable/Facility: Sandridge Stables, Sherwood Park, AB

Established in 1989 in Rocky Mountain House, but moving to Sherwood Park in 2006, Sandridge Stables offers programming to all levels with a focus on eventing, to include hunter/jumper and dressage disciplines.

The facility features a 20-stall heated barn, an 80ft x 160ft indoor arena, and a 100ft x 200ft outdoor arena, as well as a cross country course on site. The facility is owned and run by former Team Canada rider and current Certified High-Performance Coach, Tricia Dahms. She thanks her experience on Team Canada for enabling her to understand how to help others achieve their own equestrian dreams.

As a coach, Tricia follows the Equestrian Canada Learn to Ride Program, explaining that it “not only provides motivation to help riders set goals to improve skills, but is a great way to validate achievements.”

“Riding goals can seem almost insurmountable to students at times but the beautiful thing about the rider levels is that it helps everyone to make positive progress and be recognized for their accomplishments!” she explains.

Sandridge also actively encourages all of its instructors to become certified.  They host an instructors’ clinic every fall to help prepare potential instructors and coaches for success in their coaching evaluations.  Tricia explains that because their instructors are all working on the certification process, they are better prepared to help develop students through the Learn to Ride Program.

“I would like to see all teachers of the equestrian arts use the coaching certification process to refine and recognize their skills which in turn enables growth of the student and improves the strength and quality of our competitive rider base as a whole,” says Tricia.

Instructor/Coach: Quindy Watts, Wainwright, AB

NCCP Certified Coach, Quindy started working in the equine industry 30 years ago, at the early age of 12, mucking stalls for a dressage coach in Ontario. Since then, she has embraced many opportunities to work, ride and train with some of the best professionals in the industry, in English, western and driving disciplines. She explains that her experience has given her “a real feel for what I feel true horsemanship is.”

“My goal with every horse is to have them come to the gate because they want to spend time with me, and they love their job,” Quindy explains.

Quindy and her husband now own and run Foxtail Woods Ltd. in Wainwright, AB, where she coaches hunter/jumpers.

“I love to help people develop their horses, giving them the understanding of how basic horsemanship can get them where they want to go,” she says.

Following the national Learn to Ride Program, Quindy always strives to put her students’ goals first, and explains that she wants to be a coach that “knows her limits,” even if that means being a mere “stepping stone” as they work towards their dreams.

Currently, it is Quindy’s goal to expand Foxtail Woods Ltd. to include an indoor arena so she is able to create a place where she can continue to have her students develop their skills all year around.

What is Pump Up Your Levels? Pump Up Your Levels is one of AEF’s numerous efforts to strengthen our equestrian community at its core. In this case, it is funding available to current Equestrian Canada (EC) certified instructors/coaches to encourage ongoing rider level testing in our province, as well as increase and reward stables/facilities that use current Equestrian Canada (EC) certified instructors/coaches. Learn more about this and other funding available to AEF members on the website.

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