Sam Hives - North Peace
Sam was a working student for Robin Hahn for over one year and has been a student to Steve Buckman, Sandra Donnelly, Noel Clark and Casey Dermott.
Sam participated in clinics with Kelli Mullen-Temple, Nick Holmes-Smith, Norma Jean Clayton, Sanna MacFarlane and Amy West, and continues to expand on her knowledge trough clinics throughout her career.
Sam began her programmed riding career with Jill Jardie, and has successfully completed Pony Club levels, and 4-H Canada Equine Programs.
Sam is an experienced horse trainer and has brought numerous horses up to Preliminary level. Sam has a diversified group of students, from children to adults, starter to training level, and is available for private and group lessons.
AHTA Awards - named to the High Performance List, Reserve Champion Training - Papa Toy Toy. Champion Pre-Training - Toys Draco. Champion Pre-Entry - Canadian Cowboy. Reserve Champion Training - Canadian Cowboy. Dressage, High Point Training Sr. - Miss Kodak (Em)
Tiara Chambers - Grande Prairie, AB
EC Certified Competition Coach/ Learn to Ride Program Evaluator level/ EC Coach Developer
Tiara shares her passion for horses and knowledge to the area. She strives to promote safety in horse and rider combinations no matter the discipline. Tiara found her passion in the English discipline of riding as a young girl at Lakewood Equestrian in Berwyn, AB with great support by Lorea Stewart. From there she participated in the local Northern Lights Pony Club in Grande Prairie completing the C level Certification through the Canadian Pony Club opening up the opportunity to partake in the Inter Pacific Exchange held at Spruce Meadows at the age of 15. Tiara went on to further her knowledge at Long House Stables owned by Robin Hahn and Kelly Law's in Lumby B.C as a working student, where she was given many opportunities to work with horses from daily horse care and training programs to just starting their career to international show jumpers and eventers. Since then Tiara has been training and competing her horses in the Three Day Eventing discipline all over AB and lower BC. She is an active supporter to local horse shows and clinics in the area. “There is nothing more fulfilling seeing the horse and rider combinations I am privileged to teach working in harmony together. True friendship”-Tiara (Royal T Equestrian)
Kathy Playdon - Derby, Stadium & XC Clinician
Kathy is a Nationally recognized Equine Canada coach, who holds Pony Club near and dear to her heart. An eventer in her own right, Kathy has taught riders of all levels to safely and confidently navigate both cross country and stadium courses.
Riders and horses leave Kathy's lessons feeling confident, assured, and ready to learn. We welcome Kathy back for our 2019 Derby Series where she will act as a clinician and official.
With a history of competitive riding, training and coaching, Kathy is a wealth of knowledge and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to ride under this talented and down to earth instructor.
Becky Galbraith - Dressage Clinician
Becky was born in Edmonton and started riding at age 8. She joined Pony Club at age 13 and worked her way up through the levels. She was the first person in Alberta North Region to achieve her A level both in riding and stable management. Becky became a National B Examiner with Pony Club and tested up to the B2 level. Becky began instructing and coaching when she was 16 and following high school she went to England and Ireland to ride and compete for 4 1/2 months. When she came back to Edmonton, she continued riding and instructing and started a horse training business while she attended the University of Alberta studying Education. She's competed successfully in numerous national and international shows and events including a fourth place in the Preliminary division at the 1998 Pan Am Games test event at Bird's Hill Park, Manitoba. In 1999 she married her husband Ken and they began Galbraith Equestrian Services in Sherwood Park. They have 3 children. In 2001 Becky went to Ocala, Florida to compete on the Eventing circuit for 3 months. Becky has always been involved with Eventing and has ridden horse up to the Intermediate level successfully. Currently Becky is CEF Certified coach and coaches students, as well as, competes herself, in both the eventing, hunter/jumper, and dressage show rings. During her 30+ years as an instructor/coach, Becky has taught numerous camps and clinics from BC to Manitoba. She has successfully brought students and horses up through the Pony Club B2 levels and to compete up to and including the Preliminary division. Becky was recently awarded Alberta Horse Trials Coach of the Year award for 2014. Becky has partnered with Rhiannon Farm in the breeding, training, and selling of warmblood crosses for over 15 years. Currently, Becky continues to ride, train, coach and compete.
Amy West - Cross Country Clinician
Amy West teaches the jump
program out of extreme stables, near Ponoka Alberta, with a large group of competitive
students. She has students competing
from starter through to preliminary. Amy has been training and developing young
horses for several years, as well as managing a horse boarding facility. Amy has taught several pony clubs in Central Alberta,
including Blindman valley, red deer
and clear water valley pony clubs. As
well as teaching camps and clinics for several other clubs and
organizations. She understands the
importance of developing confidence and a solid foundation for both horse and
riders, which allows you to progress through the levels.
Amy competes at all of the Alberta horse trials as well as competing at several events in the US. She has competed at several FEI events. Amy and her horse, whirlwind WF upgraded to the advanced level horse trials in 2015 and are planning to compete at the FEI 3* level in 2016. Amy is currently working towards completing her EC competitive coach certification, with the intent to obtain her specialist coaching-Eventing. Amy started riding in the local 4-h club and her passion for riding quickly grew and started weekly riding lessons at a near by stable. Over the years Amy has had the opportunity to ride with many excellent coaches that have enabled her to grow as a rider and a coach. As well as gaining a lot of first hand experience in the sport of Eventing as well as dressage and show jumping. In 2004 Amy spent time in England as a working student for Lucy Weigersma (Lucy finished 5th at Rolex in 2009), here Amy got the opportunity to train with a great rider and ride some extremely talented horses. Amy has also worked in a couple hunter/jumper barn throughout her university career; as well as travelling to Aiken, South Carolina and Ocala, Florida as a working student.
Averil Valine- La Glace, AB
Averil Valine is an N.C.C.P Equine Canada Competition Coach and has been a long time member of the SPHC.
She became a member, showed in Western and English flat classes in the Annual SHPC Light Horse Show as a JR, the Horse Trials as a SR, and participated in the clinics SPHC provide from the mid 80’s on.
As the club grew and expanded over the years, Averil was grateful for the educational and professional development opportunities (both English and Western) the club offered. These enabled her to become a N.C.C.P. Equestrian Canada Competition Level Western Coach, provided her experience as a member of the Ground Jury for AHTA Provincially Sanctioned Year End Event, which lead to being a Canadian Pony Club Coach/Examiner, and opportunities to promote the growing discipline of Western Dressage.
Averil, is dedicated to teaching good horsemanship skills, and safe practices to her students, no matter what equestrian discipline they choose.