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.