Equestrian program handbook 2018-2019 - Queen Margaret's School

 
 
Equestrian program handbook 2018-2019 - Queen Margaret's School
EQUESTRIAN PROGRAM HANDBOOK 2018-2019
Equestrian program handbook 2018-2019 - Queen Margaret's School
Table of Contents

Message from the QMS                                                                      5.0 Equestrian Fee Schedule........................... 19
 Equestrian Program Director ....................................... 3                         5.1  Riding Programs ............................................ 19
                                                                                               5.2  Horse Leasing Options ................................... 22
1.0 Equestrian Program Curriculum .................... 4                                       5.3  Horse Boarding Options ................................ 23
     1.1   Program Outlines ............................................ 4                     5.4  Clinics & Workshops ...................................... 23
     1.2   Lesson Schedule .............................................. 7                    5.5  Additional Training, Supervising
     1.3   Equestrian Canada Rider Levels ...................... 8                                    and Contact Fees ........................................ 23
     1.4   Horsemanship Workshops............................... 9                             5.6 Veterinary Care Costs .................................... 24
     1.5   Clinics .............................................................. 9            5.7 Farrier Fees ................................................... 24
     1.6   Contacts......................................................... 10                5.8 Grooming Services ........................................ 24
     1.7   Equestrian Academic Curriculum and Credits10                                        5.9 Equine Care ................................................... 25
     1.8   External Course Credit Options ..................... 10                             5.10 Horse Transportation .................................... 25
                                                                                               5.11 Competition Fees .......................................... 25
2.0 Equestrian Student Athlete Community .......11                                                  5.11.1 QMS Horse Shows .............................. 25
     2.1 Student Uniform ............................................ 11                            5.11.2 Off-Campus Horse Shows ................... 25
         2.1.1 Lessons, Local Horse Shows, & Clinics .. 11                                          5.11.3 Additional Horse Show Fees ............... 26
         2.1.2 Major Horse Shows .............................. 12                             5.12 Consultation Fees.......................................... 26
     2.2 Tack ............................................................ 12
     2.3 QMS Competitive Rider Expectations ........... 13                                6.0 Horse Shows ............................................ 27
     2.4 Riding Captains .............................................. 13                     6.1 Horse Show Preparation................................ 27
     2.5 Equestrian Advisors ....................................... 13                            6.1.1 Registration .......................................... 27
     2.6 Equestrian Communications ......................... 13                                    6.1.2 The Day Before The Show..................... 27
         2.6.1 The Royal Reminder ............................. 14                                 6.1.3 Show Day .............................................. 27
         2.6.2 Social Media ......................................... 14                           6.1.4 Clothing and Equipment ....................... 28
                                                                                               6.2 Academic Support for Equestrians ................ 28
3.0 Equestrian Centre Rules and Expectations 15                                                6.3 Membership Requirements for
     3.1 Facility ........................................................... 15                     Competitive Riders… ................................... 28
          3.1.1 Hours of Operation ............................... 15                              6.3.1 Membership Fees… .............................. 28
          3.1.2 General Safety ...................................... 15                       6.4 Equestrian Clinics and
     3.2 Parking........................................................... 15                       Show Dates 2018-2019 ............................... 29
     3.3 Dress and General Behaviour ........................ 15
     3.4 Riding Ring Use.............................................. 15                 7.0 Equestrian Program Awards
     3.5 Riding Instruction .......................................... 15                      and Scholarships .................................... 30
     3.6 Jumping ......................................................... 16                  7.1 Equestrian Program Awards .......................... 30
     3.7 Lunging .......................................................... 16                 7.2 Equestrian Scholarships................................. 31
     3.8 Tack Rooms.................................................... 16                         7.2.1 Shirley Burr Equestrian Scholarships .... 31
     3.9 Before Departure........................................... 16                            7.2.2 Dr. Danielle Fritz &
     3.10 Insurance for Personal Equipment ................ 16                                            Peter Holmes Scholarship.................... 32

4.0 Horse Lease and Board ............................. 17                                8.0 Frequently Asked Questions ..................... 33
     4.1 Leasing a Horse ............................................. 17
     4.2 Boarding ........................................................ 17             9.0 Major School Dates Calendar ................... 35
     4.3 Horse Boarding Guidelines ............................ 17
         4.3.1 Feed ...................................................... 17             Appendix 1 Equestrian Academic Course Outlines.... 36
         4.3.2 Veterinarian Care.................................. 18
         4.3.3 Coggins Policy ....................................... 18                  Appendix 2 External Course Credit Options .............. 36
         4.3.4 Farrier ................................................... 18
     4.4 Insurance ....................................................... 18




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Equestrian program handbook 2018-2019 - Queen Margaret's School
Welcome from the QMS Equestrian Program Director




Welcome to the Shirley Burr Equestrian Centre!

For more than 56 years, the Equestrian Program at Queen Margaret’s School has been graduating young
competitive riders who are distinguished by their competence and confidence in the equestrian world as
well as by their successes in other aspects of their lives. The strength of our tradition, a well-recognized
professional team, an inviting facility, and accredited, academic equestrian coursework make the QMS
Equestrian Program one of the leading high school equestrian programs in North America.

Our QMS Staff include Equestrian Canada certified coaches with successful competitive backgrounds as
riders and trainers. Qualified high profile clinicians are brought in each term to enhance our riding
program.

Regardless of equestrian goals, QMS provides each and every rider with strong riding skills and
competence in stable management. We recognize that every rider is an athlete requiring an individualized
training plan in order to develop their unique talents. Our academic program, along with the equestrian
experience, will prepare riders for future endeavors at the post- secondary level or within various aspects
of the equestrian industry.

At Queen Margaret’s School, we believe that excellence in equestrian sport occurs not only through
determination, perseverance, and attention to detail, but also through community, teamwork, and
leadership. Riders will find these values integral to our program.

Please look through our Equestrian Handbook. It outlines our program, our courses and how riders can
benefit from attending Queen Margaret’s School. For photos and more information, please visit our
website at www.qms.bc.ca.

We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,




Jodine Buydens
Equestrian Program Director




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1.0 Equestrian Program Curriculum
The curriculum used in the QMS riding program is based on the Long Term Equestrian Development
Guidelines offered by Equestrian Canada (www.equestrian.ca). QMS riders become knowledgeable,
skilled, and responsible members of the equestrian community, whether they ride competitively or for
fun. Rider training focuses on Hunter, Jumper, Equitation, and Dressage, providing a sound base for every
rider, along with inspiring a spirit of sportsmanship.

Students enrolled in the Equestrian Program will receive credits towards their Physical Education (PE) or
Equestrian Athlete classes. Additional equestrian credit courses are available for students in Grades 10 to
12. Please refer to Appendix 1 to explore further equestrian academic credit options.

The on-campus Shirley Burr Equestrian Centre allows students to pursue their riding goals while
participating fully in the academic, artistic, social, and other athletic activities offered in our busy QMS
school week. Graduates of the QMS Equestrian Program are seen as exceptionally well educated, both in
the saddle and in the barn, and have successfully pursued their goals in riding, coaching, stable
management, and veterinary sciences.

1.1 Program Outlines
The Equestrian Program is divided into two major divisions:
       School Horse Division                            Owned/Leased Horse Division
       Learn to Ride Program                            QMS Equine Masters Program
       QMS Equestrians Program                          Team QMS Program

PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL RIDERS: Riding applications will be reviewed and approved by the QMS Equestrian
Department before a rider’s program will be confirmed. Students with previous riding experience must
provide a one–two minute video to accompany their riding application.




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School Horse Division
Learn to Ride 1
The Learn to Ride Program (LTR) introduces safe riding and horsemanship practices to riders with limited
or no prior riding experience. In weekly lessons/classes, students will learn to walk, trot, canter and
prepare their horse for riding. LTR riders must complete Equestrian Canada Rider Level 2 to proceed to
QMS Equestrians 1 or 2.

QMS Equestrians 1 or 2
QMS Equestrians 1 or 2 assists riders in developing their skills both in the saddle and in the stable. Riders
in the QMS Equestrians Program will take an average of one (1) or two (2) lessons/classes per week using
a school horse. This program is available for Equestrian Canada Rider Levels 3 to 6, with Equestrian Canada
Rider Level 2 or an equivalent being a prerequisite. Some competitions, workshops, and clinics are
available to riders at this level.

 Program         Equestrian    QMS Credit    Average Lessons       Rider Level Theory   Horsemanship      Clinics      Horse
                 Rider Level   Options       or Contacts per       & Stable              Workshops                     Shows
                                             week                  Management
                                                                   Program
 Learn
                               Credited         1 Lesson
 to Ride
                    1&2        through the                              Required          Optional          N/A          N/A
 LTR1                          Physical      Scheduled both                 &           Additional Fee
                               Education       within and               Included
                               Program       outside of the
                               (Gr. 4-12)      timetable

 QMS
                               Credited         1 Lesson
 Equestrians 1
                     3-6       through the                              Required          Optional        Optional     Optional
 EQ1                           Physical         Scheduled                   &           Additional Fee   Additional   Additional
                               Education        within the              Included                            Fee          Fee
                               Program       timetable when
                               (Gr. 4-12)        possible
 QMS
                               Credited         2 Lessons
 Equestrians 2
                     3-6       through the                              Required          Optional        Optional     Optional
 EQ2                           Physical        Scheduled                   &            Additional Fee   Additional   Additional
                               Education       within the               Included                            Fee          Fee
                               Program         timetable
                               (Gr. 4-12)     when possible




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Owned/Lease Horse Division
QMS Equine Masters 3 or 4
QMS Equine Masters supports dedicated equestrians on their journey to becoming well rounded
horsewomen/horsemen. QMS Equine Masters will have an average of three (3) or four (4) lessons, classes,
or contacts per week, may compete on and off campus, and are required to participate in clinics and
workshops. QMS Equine Masters riders must be riding at Equestrian Canada Rider Levels 3 to 8 (or
equivalent) and board their horse or lease a horse.

Team QMS
Team QMS advances committed riders who demonstrate good horsemanship, leadership and
sportsmanship, both in the saddle and on the ground. Team QMS riders will have an average of five (5)
lessons, classes or contacts per week, compete at the regional, national, or international level, and are
required to participate in clinics and workshops. Students on Team QMS must have achieved Equestrian
Canada Levels 4 to 10 (or equivalent) and board or lease an appropriate performance horse.

Program      Equest   QMS Credit           Average Lessons         Rider Level Theory   Horsemanship    Clinics      Horse
             rian     Options              or Contacts per         & Stable              Workshops                   Shows
             Canada                        week                    Management
             Rider                                                 Program
             Level
QMS                                               3
                      Credited through                                                       6             1
Equine                                     Lessons/Contacts
              3-8     the Physical                                      Required         Workshops       Clinic      Optional
Masters 3             Education Program                                     &                                       Additional
EM3                                        Scheduled both
                      (Gr. 4-9)                                         Included         Required &    Required        Fee
                                             within and
                                                                                          Included     Additional
                                            outside of the
                      Equestrian Athlete                                                                 Fee
                                              timetable
                      (Gr. 10-12)
                                            Half, Full Lease
                                           or Own Required

QMS
                      Credited through            4                                          6             1
Equine
              3-8     the Physical         Lessons/Contacts             Required         Workshops       Clinic      Optional
Masters 4             Education Program                                    &                                        Additional
EM4                   (Gr. 4-9)            Scheduled both               Included         Required &     Required       Fee
                                             within and                                   Included     Additional
                      Equestrian Athlete    outside of the                                                Fee
                      (Gr. 10-12)             timetable

                                             Full Lease or
                                            Own Required
Team
                      Credited through            5                                          8             2           3
QMS
              4-10    the Physical         Lessons/Contacts             Required         Workshops      Clinics      Horse
TQ5                   Education Program                                    &                                         Shows
                      (Gr. 4-9)            Scheduled both               Included         Required &    Required
                                             within and                                   Included     Additional   Required
                      Equestrian Athlete    outside of the                                               Fee        Additional
                      (Gr. 10-12)             timetable                                                               Fee

                                             Full Lease or
                                            Own Required




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1.2 Lesson Schedule
Each riders’ schedule is designed individually to ensure that riding fits into day-to-day life at QMS. Riders
receive their riding schedule at the beginning of the school year and any conflicts are addressed by the
end of September. Please note, a rider’s schedule may change throughout the year.

A minimum commitment of one term is expected from riders who select to participate in the Learn to
Ride or QMS Equestrians programs. A full school year commitment is expected of riders accepted to the
Equine Masters and Team QMS programs.

Depending on the program selected, students participate in riding lessons or stable management classes
an average of one (1) to five (5) times per week. Term and yearly lesson counts take into account school
breaks, professional development days, outdoor education trips, assemblies, field trips and holidays.
Make-up lessons are made available when a student is not on track to meet their term lesson count. Over
the course of the school year, the lessons/classes counts are as follows:

  School Horse Division                 Lessons/Classes per Term         Lessons/Classes per School Year
  Learn to Ride                                    15                                  30
  QMS Equestrians 1                                15                                  30
  QMS Equestrians 2                                30                                  60


  Owned or Leased Horse               Lessons/Classes/Contacts per         Lessons/Classes/Contacts per
  Division                                       Term                              School Year
  QMS Equine Masters 3                             45                                   90
  QMS Equine Masters 4                             60                                  120
  Team QMS                                         75                                  150

Once enrolled with the Equestrian Program, students wishing to withdraw from the program, or one or
more of their weekly lessons, are required to give 30 days written notice prior to the start of the next term.
For example, students who do not wish to continue in the riding program in Term 2, written notification
of withdrawal must be received by January 1, 2019.




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1.3 Equestrian Canada Rider Levels
The curriculum used in the QMS riding program is based on the Long Term Equestrian Development
Guidelines offered by Equestrian Canada (www.equestrian.ca). It is expected QMS riders will become
knowledgeable, skilled and responsible members of the equestrian community, whether they ride
competitively or for fun. Each QMS Equestrian Program includes the appropriate Rider Level Theory and
Stable Management classes and exam. These classes will take place outside the timetable and are in
addition to the regular lesson/classes included in each school year. Students wishing to progress through
more than one Rider Level per school year may do so at an additional cost.

Level 1
Riders at Level 1 should be in the beginning stages of their Equestrian development. At Level 1, riders
acquire the basics of riding and demonstrate good position, knowledge of “aids” and emphasize “safe”
habits. Riders at this level will be able to ride at the walk and trot.

Level 2
Riders at Level 2 will develop their skill and knowledge acquired during Level 1. At this level, the rider will
become more independent in both their riding and in their stable management skills. Level 2 riders will
be able to walk, trot and canter as well as trot a course of poles.

Level 3
Riders at Level 3 will develop stability, control and will now demonstrate the ability to ride independently.
Level 3 riders are now expected to ride an individual flat test and complete a cross-rail jumping course.

Level 4
Riders are starting to co-ordinate the use of the independent aids (i.e., leg being used to support hand
contact). Riders must be able to recognize an incorrect lead within a few steps and correct it without delay.
Riders at this level must demonstrate knowledge of arena rules as required. Riders are expected to
complete a flat test and ride jumps at a height of 2’ (0.6m).

Level 5
Riders have a solid awareness of a horse and an ability to maintain rhythm and relaxation. At Level 5, non-
progressive transitions are introduced. Examples of non-progressive transitions include walk to canter and
halt to trot. Riders at this level will be jumping fences at a height of 2’3” (0.7m) in addition to a flat test.

Level 6
Riders at Level 6 will demonstrate the ability to ride forward from leg to hand. They will be able to ride
the horse forward with impulsion (energy) while maintaining rhythm, regularity and evenness of pace.
Level 6 riders will complete a flat test and jump fences at a height of 2’6” (0.8m).

Level 7
Riders at Level 7 ride with consistent contact supported by the leg maintaining rhythm, suppleness contact,
and impulsion. Level 7 riders are now aware of lateral and longitudinal suppleness and appropriate
suppling exercises. They can lengthen and shorten stride at trot. Riders at Level 7 will complete a flat test
and jump fences at a height of 2’9” (0.88m).




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Level 8
Riders at Level 8 are competent riders with sound equitation skills. The Level 8 rider is able to recognize
“true” quality of movement. They are beginning to ride the horse with impulsion and engagement. They
can achieve consistent bend and straightness as required. The Level 8 rider is able to identify basic training
problems and offer options for their correction. Over fences, the rider will complete a flat test and jump
medal type courses of 2’9” (0.88m)–3’ (0.91m). The Level 8 rider will be able to influence the horse in a
positive fashion.

Level 9
Riders at Level 9 are confident, stylish, effective riders with sound training principles both on the flat, over
fences, and working with a horse from the ground. They should maintain a balanced, correct, and supple
seat at all gaits and over fences. Candidates should demonstrate a feel for their horses and an appreciation
of any weaknesses. These riders are beginning to school horses and will be able to identify and ride a
training program according to the horse’s needs. An awareness of horse behavior now comes to the
forefront and the rider is capable of using the training pyramid to best develop the horse’s mental,
muscular, and gymnastic abilities. The emphasis is on improving a horse’s style (i.e., rhythm, straightness,
and technique).

Level 10
The Level 10 rider shows a sound knowledge and experience of training horses capable of competing at
Equestrian Canada Silver and Gold levels. Riders at this level are able to ride a variety of horses at various
levels of schooling to produce the best performances from them, identify any problems, and are able not
only to discuss these problems but give and execute plans to resolve or improve them according to the
training pyramid. Riders should be able to assess the horses presented and determine the purpose each
horse might be best suited for. Further, the Level 10 rider should be able to implement a change in the
horse and then be able to critique their ride and determine if they have been effective with their training
plan.

1.4 Horsemanship Workshops
In support of “lifelong learning,” the QMS Equestrian Program arranges an evening or weekend workshop
each month to support our goal of creating well rounded, educated horse people. Speakers and clinicians
will share their knowledge with equestrian students on a variety of topics such as rider health and wellness,
horse health and wellness, preparing for a competition, and leadership in the horse industry.

Horsemanship Workshops are open to all students, however, additional fees may apply. QMS Equine
Masters and Team QMS programs include a defined number of Horsemanship Workshops within the
stated program fee. Student participation in select workshops is required for our Equine Athlete, Equine
Sciences, Equine Management and Introduction to Horse Training courses. Please refer to Section 5.4 to
review the fee schedule.

1.5 Clinics
Exposure to a variety of knowledgeable clinicians is an important part of rider development. Throughout
each school year, QMS invites a number of well-regarded clinicians to teach hunter, jumper, dressage,
and equitation skills to our equestrian students. Clinics are arranged to meet the specific needs of students
from novice to advanced levels. Coaches are able to advise which clinics will be the best fit for each
student. Clinic costs are not included in the program tuition. Please refer to section 5.4 to review the fee
schedule.



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1.6 Contacts
Contacts are included in the QMS Equestrian Masters and Team QMS Programs. Contacts include activities
such as training rides, lunging, ground training, and any other activities that progress the horse’s training.

1.7 Equestrian Academic Curriculum and Credits
Queen Margaret's School offers a variety of academic credit granting courses for equine enthusiasts in
Senior School. The Academic Advisor can help students find the correct balance of academic and
equestrian academic courses needed to reach their post-secondary goals.


Note: Elective courses are subject to sufficient enrolment and may not be offered every year.

Please see Appendix 1 for Equestrian Academic Course Outlines

1.8 External Course Credit Options
BC Ministry of Education approved external credits are awarded for learning outside of the traditional
school setting. To earn credit for an approved credential, students must provide the appropriate
documentation proving successful completion of the external assessment, event, course or program.

Please see Appendix 2 for External Course Credit Options




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2.0 Equestrian Student Athlete
At Queen Margaret’s School, riding is not just about sport; it is about community and teamwork. Every
equestrian student athlete is expected to promote sportsmanship, good horsemanship and embody our
QMS values. The following are important aspects of equestrian student athlete life, for riders of all ages
and experience levels.

2.1 Equestrian Student Uniform
    2.1.1 Lessons, On-Campus Horse Shows and Clinics
    • QMS riding shirt, or short or long sleeve white QMS golf shirt
    • Riding Breeches – Tan or Black (other dark, solid colours may be allowed at the discretion of the
        Equestrian Program Director)
    • Black knee length riding boots (leather) or ½ chaps (no rubber boots)
    • Paddock boots (½” heel required)
    • Riding gloves
    • ASTM/SEI approved black riding helmet with attached harness
    • QMS uniform socks
    • QMS school sweater (optional)
    • QMS black vest (optional)
    • QMS Equestrian jacket (optional)

    Student riders must wear uniform socks and runners in dark solid colours with riding uniform when
    not wearing riding boots.
    Students must wear their blazer with their riding uniform to chapel.
    Student riders are permitted to wear the riding uniform to class on their riding days only.

    Uniform Note: Please ensure riders are warmly dressed during winter conditions. Gloves are essential
    and allowances are made for warm jackets in cold weather. No hoodies please.




                        Grades 4-11 Uniform                          Grade 12 Uniform




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2.1.2 Major Horse Shows
    • Show Ring attire is expected (check with your coach)
    • Competitive riders should consider purchasing their show clothes when they arrive.
    • When attending major horse shows, your dress shall be neat, tidy, and appropriate at all times.


2.2 Tack and Equipment
The appropriate tack and equipment is an important part of proper horse care. All QMS students are
expected to ensure their equipment is properly stored, cleaned, and cared for at all times.

Required for ALL Boarded and Leased Horses

 1 saddle**                                                     1 cooler** (QMS cooler if competing)
 1 bridle**                                                     1 summer turnout sheet**
 2 saddle pads (QMS saddle pads may be ordered)                 1 set bandages
 1 leather halter & lead rope**                                 1 set leg wraps
 1 winter turnout rug**                                         1 tack trunk
 1 waterproof turnout blanket**                                 4 brass bridle/blanket tags**
 1 stable quilt**                                               1 brass saddle plate**
 1 set of front and hind boots**                                1 brass halter plate**
 1 set bell boots **                                            1 stud chain**
 1 grooming kit—body, dandy & water brushes, 2 hoof
 picks, pulling comb, rubber curry comb, large & small
 sponge, sweat scraper & tote.**
** Included in fees for QMS half or full leases; however it is recommended that students provide their own
saddle. Students are responsible for replacing any QMS tack and equipment that is lost or damaged. Refer
to fee schedule in Section 5.0.
Required for ALL Riders Competing Off-Campus**
2 water buckets
1 feed bucket
2 hay nets
1 baker blanket
1 stall guard
1 QMS scrim/fly sheet
2 QMS saddle pads
1 fitted pad (minimum)
1 set of polo bandages
1 wrap holder
1 tack trunk cover                         **This package is available as a rental package for show season.
1 large tote to store show supplies          Refer to the fee schedule in section 5.11.3.
1 extra lead rope
Available by Request for Riders Competing Off-Campus
QMS stall plaques
QMS stall curtains
QMS bandage holders
ALL ITEMS MUST BE MARKED CLEARLY WITH YOUR NAME.
Students must insure their tack, equipment, and clothing. QMS is not responsible for loss or damage.

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2.3 QMS Competitive Rider Expectations
QMS competitive riders are expected to exemplify sportsmanship during their time on the team. As
ambassadors for the QMS Equestrian Program, they must display a positive, helpful attitude in all
endeavors. Students and horses in our competitive program are expected to be training six days per week.
Riders must model dedication, attention to details and well-rounded horsemanship. Students are
expected to maintain a minimum 65% average in all academic courses. Any exemption to this minimum
will be made at the discretion of the Equestrian Program Director, in consultation with the Senior/Junior
School Principal.

2.4 Riding Captains
Each year, the QMS Equestrian Program staff choose three student riding captains to lead our team. These
leadership positions include Riding Captain, Senior Assistant Captain, and Junior Assistant Captain. As
leaders within the Equestrian Program, captains are responsible for helping riders prepare for shows,
mentoring less experienced equestrian students, and promoting a positive attitude among equestrian
student athletes. With the guidance of Equestrian staff, Riding Captains also organize winter shows and
clinics, help with special events, unite volunteers, and coordinate yearbook photos.

Riding Captain positions are filled annually. Students should speak with a member of the Equestrian Staff
if they are interested. Captains are chosen by the Equestrian Staff and Coaches based on their academic
performance, commitment to their sport, enthusiasm and willingness to help others.

2.5 Equestrian Advisors
Just as a Faculty Advisor (FA) helps Senior School students with important educational decisions, an
Equestrian Advisor assists each Team QMS (TQ5) and QMS Equine Masters (EM3/EM4) equestrian student
athlete with important decisions regarding her riding career and her horse. The Equestrian Advisors,
currently the Program Director and the Head Coach-Competition Program, are also the primary contacts
for parents of Team QMS and Equine Masters students.

2.6 Equestrian Communications
We encourage parents, students and extended community members to keep up-to-date on all of the
exciting activities happening in the QMS Equestrian Program. The Equestrian Program staff sends out a
seasonal newsletter and posts all upcoming events in the Equestrian office. Our staff are available to
answer questions and advise students.

Jodine Buydens, Equestrian Program Director
jbuydens@qms.bc.ca

Cheryl Keith, Head Coach — Competition Program
ckeith@qms.bc.ca

Shandelle Mathusz, Head Coach — Equestrian Program
smathusz@qms.bc.ca

Equestrian Office Coordinator
equestrian@qms.bc.ca




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2.6.1 The Royal Reminder
The Royal Reminder is a bi-weekly newsletter that contains information about what is currently
happening at QMS and what will take place in the near future. This newsletter is sent out on Thursdays
via email during the school year.


2.6.2 Social Media
Queen Margaret’s School has a strong presence on the Internet through the appropriate use of social
media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. We encourage you to follow and engage
with these social media channels.

Facebook              www.facebook.com/QueenMargaretsSchool
Twitter               www.twitter.com/QMSDuncan
Instagram             www.instagram.com/qmsduncan
YouTube               www.youtube.com/user/QueenMargaretsSchool
Head of School Blog   headofschoolblog.qms.bc.ca
Senior School Blog    seniorblog.qms.bc.ca
Junior School Blog    juniorblog.qms.bc.ca




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3.0 Equestrian Centre Rules and Expectations
The following guidelines are in place to ensure everyone has fun and stays safe. All riders, staff, parents,
and visitors are expected to follow these guidelines. Courtesy and use of facility and proper riding ring
rules are expected at all times. If you have questions or concerns, ask the Equestrian Staff. We are here
to help you.

3.1 Facility

    3.1.1 Hours of Operation
        • Seven days a week, 7:00am–6:00pm.
        • The office is staffed 8:00am–4:00pm, Monday to Friday.
        • Staff will be on the grounds until 6:00pm.
        • Security guards are on the school grounds after hours seven days a week.
        • Students are only allowed to visit the Shirley Burr Equestrian Centre during the listed hours
            of operation.

    3.1.2 General Safety
        • Paddock fencing is electric. Only go into paddocks with permission of the Equestrian Staff.
        • No bicycles or unleashed dogs are allowed at the stables. Strollers and wheelchairs must be
            kept away from the horses.
        • Be aware that some horses are disturbed by flapping material, umbrellas, and flash cameras.

3.2 Parking
    •   All cars must be parked outside the stable area.
    •   Do not drive into the stables yard unless authorized by staff.
    •   Trucks and trailers visiting for a lesson, show, or clinic may park inside the grounds. Do not leave
        the entrance gate open longer than it takes to drive through.

3.3 Dress and General Behaviour
    •   Reflecting the QMS values is an important part of the unique nature of the Equestrian Centre. We
        appreciate and expect professional appearance and behaviour from all staff, students, parents
        and guests.

3.4 Riding Ring Use
    •   Lessons take priority for ring use.
    •   Manure must be picked up after using the ring.
    •   Remove all jackets, coolers, and other tack and equipment after using the ring.
    •   Students must be accompanied by someone 16 years or older while riding or lunging.

3.5 Riding Instruction
    •   Riding instruction is to be given by QMS coaches only.
    •   All riders must wear a properly fitted ASTM/SEI approved helmet with harness while riding and
        lunging.
    •   Approach left shoulder to left shoulder with an on-coming horse and rider.



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•   Riders must consult the coach if they wish to ride during beginner lessons or during busy lesson
       times.
   •   Riding “in” during a lesson is at the discretion of the coach. Be considerate and do not interrupt a
       lesson in progress. Give the right of way to the rider having the lesson.

3.6 Jumping
   •   JUMPING IS PERMITTED DURING LESSONS ONLY. No jumping during practice rides.
   •   Jumps and equipment must always be left tidy and properly set-up or stacked neatly with jump
       cups removed.

3.7 Lunging
   •   Lunging is not permitted if there is more than one other horse in the riding ring.
   •   The coach must approve lunging during lessons.
   •   All riders must wear a properly fitted ASTM/SEI approved helmet with harness and gloves while
       lunging.
   •   Free lunging with coaches’ permission only.

3.8 Tack Rooms
   •   All Team QMS and Equine Masters riders are given a key for the tack room upon arrival. It is their
       responsibility to keep the door locked.

3.9 Before Departure
   •   Riders are expected to tidy up their manure, horse hair, and hoof pickings in the arena and stable
       area.
   •   Check to be sure your horse is properly watered, groomed, and blanketed, equipment put away
       clean, and all stall and tack room doors are secured.

3.10 Insurance for Personal Belongings
   •   All riders and horse owners must be members of the Horse Council BC.
   •   Riders are responsible for insuring their own tack and equipment.




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4.0 Horse Leasing and Boarding
Appropriate waivers, boarding contracts, authorizations, and leases must be filed annually prior to taking
part in any activity.

4.1 Leasing a Horse
QMS has a number of QMS lease horses available for dedicated students wishing to advance their riding
and horsemanship skills. Our horses are great partners for students wishing to attend clinics, QMS horse
shows, and horse shows on Vancouver Island. Students will be assessed and matched with a suitable horse.
Leases are offered on a first come, first served basis. Half leases may be available at the discretion of the
Equestrian Director and Head Coach — Competition Program.

Premium competition leases can be secured with the help of our Head Coach or Equestrian Director for
students wishing to compete on a provincial, national or international level. A Premium Lease may also
be an option for students who are unable to secure a QMS Lease. Premium Leases are also subject to
Horse Boarding Fees.

Please refer to Section 5.2 to review the Leasing fee schedule.

4.2 Boarding
Horse boarding is available to students who own or lease a horse. Board includes stabling, turn-out, hay,
grain, bedding, muck-out and blanket changes. Standard stabling is available in our lower barn and
Premium stabling is available in our upper barn, located in the indoor arena. All horses boarded at QMS
must be part of the regular vaccine, worming, and dental schedule.

Please refer to Section 5.3 to review the Boarding fee schedule.

4.3 Horse Boarding Guidelines
Riders are encouraged and expected to take an active role in the care of their horse and the Shirley Burr
Equestrian Centre facility. Please make any requests for changes in horse care, or address any concerns
regarding the welfare of your horse, through the Equestrian Centre office, staffed from 8:00am–4:00pm,
Monday to Friday.

    4.3.1 Feed
    • Board includes local hay, complete feed grain and vitamin supplement.
    • Any other supplements and feed approved by the Head Coach — Competition Program may be
        added for an additional charge.
    • Please see the fee list in Section 5.9 for further details.

    4.3.2 Veterinarian Care
    • All horses must be on our annual herd health program, including worming, vaccinations, and teeth
        floating.
    • Mineral levels, including selenium and vitamin E are tested on horses’ arrival.
    • All horses must have strangles vaccine. A Titer level is taken on all horses new to our facility.
    • All veterinary appointments are booked by the Equestrian Program office and students’ School
        accounts will be billed for all veterinary charges.
    • Refer to Section 5.6 for complete fees.

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4.3.3 Coggins Policy
    • All horses being brought onto the grounds for boarding, lessons, clinics, competitions, or any
        other reason must have a current NEGATIVE COGGINS TEST (valid for six months from test date).
        A copy of this test must accompany the application package or entry forms, or be faxed before the
        horse arrives at QMS.
    • THE NAME ON THE COGGINS MUST MATCH THE HORSE’S NAME ON APPLICATION AND/OR ENTRY
        FORM; forms completed with the horse’s barn name will not be accepted.
    • This policy is enforced every time a horse enters the Shirley Burr Equestrian Centre. Therefore,
        students who compete regularly throughout the year may require a second Negative Coggins Test.

    4.3.4 Farrier
    • The Head Coach — Competition Program will assist riders in determining the best program and
        farrier for their horse.
    • All farrier appointments are booked by the Equestrian office with the student’s School account
        billed for all farrier charges including holding fees as required.
    • Refer to Section 5.7 for complete fees.

4.4 Insurance
Horse owners and leasers are encouraged to consider insurance options for their horses. Forms are
available from the Equestrian Office Coordinator. All owners/leases of insured horses must present a copy
of insurance to the Equestrian Office Coordinator.

Equine medical insurance is optional but suggested and can be purchased from a company of your choice.




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5.0 Fee Schedules
5.1 Riding Programs
LEARN TO RIDE 1
The Learn to Ride Program (LTR) introduces safe riding and horsemanship practices to riders with
limited or no prior riding experience. Riders in LTR will take an average of one lesson/class per week,
using a school horse. Students will learn to walk, trot, canter and prepare their horse for riding. LTR
riders must complete Equestrian Canada Rider Level 2 to proceed to QMS Equestrians 1 or 2.

 Program         Equestrian    Riding          Average Lessons    Rider Level        Horsemanship       Clinics     Horse
                 Canada        Program         per Week           Theory & Stable    Workshops                      Shows
                 Rider Level   Tuition per                        Management
                               School Year                        Program

 Learn to Ride     EC Rider         $1995          1 Lesson           Required         Optional          N/A         N/A
 LTR1               Level       ($174.50/mo.                              &          Additional Fee
                                                Scheduled both
                                  after $250                          Included
 1 Lesson or        1&2                           within and
                                   deposit)
 Class per                                       outside of the
 week                                              timetable



QMS EQUESTRIANS 1 OR 2
QMS Equestrians 1 or 2 assists riders in developing their skills both in the saddle and in the stable.
Riders in the QMS Equestrians Program will take an average of one or two lessons/classes per week,
using a school horse. This program is available for Equine Canada Rider Levels 3 to 6, with Equestrian
Canada Rider Level 2 or an equivalent being a prerequisite. Some competitions, workshops and clinics
are available to riders at this level.

 Program         Equestrian    Riding          Average Lessons    Rider Level       Horsemanship       Clinics      Horse
                 Canada        Program         per Week           Theory & Stable   Workshops                       Shows
                 Rider Level   Tuition per                        Management
                               School Year                        Program

 QMS              EC Rider         $1865           1 Lesson          Required         Optional         Optional     Optional
 Equestrians 1     Level       ($161.50/mo.                              &          Additional Fee    Additional   Additional
                                               Scheduled within
 EQ1                             after $250                          Included                            Fee          Fee
                     3-6                         the timetable
                                  deposit)
 1 Lesson or                                    when possible
 Class per
 week

 QMS              EC Rider         $3520          2 Lessons          Required         Optional         Optional     Optional
 Equestrians 2     Level       ($327/month     Scheduled within         &           Additional Fee    Additional   Additional
 EQ2                             after $250      the timetable       Included                            Fee          Fee
                     3-6
                                  deposit)      when possible
 2 Lessons or
 Classes per                                    Half lease with
 week                                            permission*


 *A supervising fee may be required for the student’s safety during practice rides and handling outside of
class time. This would be billed on a monthly basis.


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QMS EQUINE MASTERS 3 OR 4
The QMS Equine Masters Program supports dedicated equestrians on their journey to becoming well
rounded horsewomen/horsemen. QMS Equine Masters will have an average of three or four lessons,
classes or contacts per week, may compete on and off campus, and are required to participate in clinics
and workshops. QMS Equine Masters riders must be riding at Equestrian Canada Rider Levels 3 to 8 (or
equivalent) and board their horse or lease a horse.

 Program       Equestrian    Riding Program    Average Lessons      Rider Level Theory   Horsemanship      Clinics      Horse
               Canada        Tuition per       or Contacts          & Stable             Workshops                      Shows
               Rider Level   School Year       per Week*            Management
                                                                    Program

 QMS            EC Rider          $4725                3                 Required         6 Workshops      1 Clinic     Optional
 Equine          Level       ($447.50/month     Lessons/Contacts             &                                         Additional
 Masters 3                      after $250      Scheduled both           Included         Required &      Required        Fee
                   3-8
                                 deposit)      within and outside                          Included       Additional
 EM3
                                                of the timetable                                            Fee
 3 Lessons,
 Classes or                                     Horse Board, Half
 Contacts*                                         Lease , or
 per week                                          Full Lease
                                                  Required**

 QMS            EC Rider          $6195                4                 Required         6 Workshops      1 Clinic     Optional
 Equine          Level       ($594.50/month     Lessons/Contacts            &                                          Additional
 Masters 4                      after $250      Scheduled both           Included         Required &       Required       Fee
                   3-8
                                 deposit)                                                  Included       Additional
 EM4                                           within and outside
                                                of the timetable                                             Fee
 4 Lessons,
 Classes or                                      Horse Board or
 Contacts*                                         Full Lease
 per week                                         Required**

*Contacts include such activities as training rides, lunging lessons, ground training and other activities that progress the
horse’s training.
**A supervising fee may be required for the student’s safety during practice rides and handling outside of class time.
This would be billed on a monthly basis.




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TEAM QMS 5
Team QMS advances committed riders who demonstrate good horsemanship, leadership and
sportsmanship, both in the saddle and on the ground. Team QMS riders will have an average of five
lessons, classes or contacts per week, compete at the regional, national or international level, and are
required to participate in clinics and workshops. Students on Team QMS must have achieved Equestrian
Canada Levels 4 to 10 (or equivalent) and board or lease an appropriate performance horse.

 Program       Equestrian    Riding Program   Average Lessons or    Rider Level Theory   Horsemanship      Clinics     Horse
               Canada        Tuition per      Contacts              & Stable             Workshops                     Shows
               Rider Level   School Year      per Week*             Management
                                                                    Program


 Team QMS       EC Rider          $7770       5 Lessons/Contacts        Required          8 Workshops     2 Clinics    3 Horse
 TQ5             Level        ($752/month                                  &                                            Shows
                                               Scheduled both
 5 Lessons,                     after $250    within and outside        Included          Required &     Required
                  7-10                                                                                                Required
                                 deposit)                                                  Included      Additional
 Classes or                                    of the timetable
                                                                                                           Fee        Additional
 Contacts*                                    Horse Board or Full                                                       Fee
 per week                                      Lease Required**


*Contacts include such activities as training rides, lunging lessons, ground training and other activities that progress the
horse’s training.
**A supervising fee may be required for the student’s safety during practice rides and handling outside of class time. This
would be billed on a monthly basis




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5.2 Horse Leasing Options
Queen Margaret's School Equestrian Program offers a variety of horse boarding and leasing options for
riders wishing to enrol in the Equine Masters or Team QMS riding programs. Our goal is to find the right fit
for your family, whether you are new to horses and considering half leasing a QMS school horse or your
child is a serious competitor looking to secure a Premium Competition Lease. Our expert equestrian staff is
available to discuss what option will be the best fit for your rider.

QMS Horse Lease: If you wish to lease a QMS horse, the QMS Horse Lease fees listed below include the
combined cost of leasing and the lease horse’s boarding costs.

 QMS Horse Lease     Horse              Total Annual Fee       Included                    Additional Costs
                     Boarding Type

                     Standard           $10,300                    Tack rental             Range from $3000-$8000 per year to
 QMS Lease
                     Horse Board        ($980 per month                                    cover costs such as supplements, farrier,
                                                                   Routine veterinary
                                        after $500 deposit)                                grooming/clipping, equine care and
                                                                   costs associated with
                                                                                           maintenance, unexpected veterinary
                                                                   our QMS Herd Health
                                                                                           treatments/exams and holiday training
                                                                   Program
                                                                                           fees.
                     Premium            $11,050                    Horse Board
                     Horse Board        ($1,055 per month
                                        after $500 deposit)


                     Standard           $5,400                     Tack rental             Range from $1500-$4000 per year to
 QMS Half Lease
                     Horse Board        ($490 per month                                    cover costs such as supplements, farrier,
                                                                   Routine veterinary
                                        after $500 deposit)                                grooming/clipping, equine care and
                                                                   costs associated with
                                                                                           maintenance, unexpected veterinary
                                                                   our QMS Herd Health
                                                                                           treatments/exams and holiday training
                     Premium            $5,775                     Program
                                                                                           fees.
                     Horse Board        ($527.50 per month         Horse Board
                                        after $500 deposit)




 Premium             Total Annual Fee                              Additional Costs
 Competition
 Horse Lease

 Lease of a          $5,000 to $25,000                             According to the lease agreement.
 premium             Plus Horse Board                              Horse boarding as described below.
 competition horse   (see below)
 at fair market
 value may be
 secured




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5.3 Horse Boarding Options

 Horse Board          Total Annual Fee                           Included
 (Horse brought by
 student, no lease)

 Standard             $6,750                                     Hay, grain, bedding, muck out, turn out and blanket changes.
 Horse Board          ($625 per month after $500 deposit)        Horse Board in Lower Barn (Exterior access).

 Premium              $7,500                                     Hay, grain, bedding, muck out, turn out and blanket changes.
 Horse Board          ($700 per month after $500 deposit)        Horse Board in Upper Barn (Access via Indoor Riding Barn).




5.4 Clinics & Workshops
Clinics                             Per clinic                                                  $170–$500
Horsemanship Workshops              Per workshop                                                $25–$75


5.5 Additional Training, Supervising and Contact Fees
Training rides are mandatory over holidays and are not included in the riding program packages. Training
packages will be offered for holidays and will be billed as per below.

Holiday Training Package            Per Holiday Break                                           $350

Contacts, such as training rides, lunging, ground training, and any other activities that progress the horses
training, above what is included in the riding program package, will be billed as per below.

Contacts                            Per Contact                                                 $45

A supervising fee may be required for the students’ safety during practice rides and horse handling outside
of class time.

Supervising                         Monthly                                                     $75




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5.6 Veterinary Care Costs
All horses boarded at QMS must be a part of the regular vaccine, worming, and dental schedule as part of
our QMS Herd Health Program.

(Approximate cost per treatment)
Medical Treatment Fee           As required each day                           $10
Worming*                        Every three months (cost per treatment)        $50
Flu/Rhino Vaccine*              Once per year (cost per treatment)             $100
Six Way Vaccine*                Once per year                                  $140
Strangles Vaccine*              Once per year                                  $100
Titer Level Blood Work*         Upon arrival-first year only                   $200–$210
Dentistry*                      Once to twice per year                         $275-$300
Mineral Panel* (includes selenium test)
                                Once per year                                  $200
Coggins Test                    Once to twice per year                         $150-$200

Some horses may require the following veterinary treatments per veterinary quote:
Legend Injection
Joint Injections
Os Phos Treatment

* These costs are included in QMS Lease and QMS Half Lease as part of the expected annual equine
maintenance and veterinary costs.

5.7 Farrier Fees
(Mandatory—estimated cost, each time)

Shoeing                        Trim every four-six weeks                       $100
                               Trim & two shoes every six weeks                $125
                               Trim & four shoes every six weeks               $185–$300
                               Studs for competition if required               $250-$285
                               Farrier Hold Fee                                $25
                               Thrown Shoe                                     $25-$55
5.8 Grooming Services
Groom’s Service (Partial)      as required (per day)                           $45
Groom’s Service (Full)         as required (per day)                           $75
Sheath Cleaning                One-two times per year (cost per treatment)     $25
Clipping                       Full Clip with legs and face                    $170
                               Hunter Clip                                     $150
                               Trace Clip                                      $125
Mane Pull or Trim              Four times per year                             $30
Trimming                       Per trim                                        $30
Braiding                       Mane (per day)                                  $50–$65
                               Tail (per day)                                  $35–$50




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5.9 Equine Care
Supplements                     Rice Bran, Recovery, Farrier’s Formula, etc.
                                as required                                     Cost + 10%
Prescription Medications        Thrush Buster as required                       $20/bottle
                                Keratex                                         $40/small bottle
                                Bute as required                                $30/course or $2/gr
                                Skin Ointments as required                      $15-$65/bottle
                                Previcox as required                            $80/month
                                Gastro Guard as required
                                Acid FX as required
                                Dormosedan (Dorm) Gel                           $40/tube

5.10 Horse Transportation
Transportation (Return Trip)    Cowichan Valley                                 $60
                                Victoria, Nanaimo                               $225–$300
                                Off Vancouver Island                            Varies

Prices based on pre-planned transportation. Fee may be subject to change for special requests.

If assistance is needed in coordinating the transportation of a student’s horse, please contact the
Equestrian office at equestrian@qms.bc.ca or (250) 746-4185 ext. 117.


5.11 Competition Fees
    5.11.1 QMS Horse Shows
    • Entry fees are $15–$30 per class
    • Entry fees are $60–$100 per division
    • Most riders enter in three to five classes per show
    • Coaching fees are $50 per day
    • Riders using QMS horses will be charged $25 a day
    • A training fee of $35 per ride may be charged

   5.11.2 Off-Campus Horse Shows

    •   Entry fees: $20–$55 per class with a minimum of four classes
    •   Off-campus horse shows are open to riders who own, lease or half lease a horse
    •   Riders in the EQ1 and EQ2 program may also attend based on coaches permission and paying a
        QMS horse use fee of $35 day
    •   Training fees: $35 per ride may be charged
    •   Coaching fees: $75 to $125 day (dependent on the number of students attending the show)
    •   Transportation costs vary (refer to Horse Transportation, section 5.10 above)
    •   Loading/Unloading fee: $25 per load
    •   Feeding fee: $10 day
    •   Chaperone fee: at quoted rates if a parent is unable to accompany their child (dependent on the
        number of students being chaperoned).
    •   Entry Forms fee: $25 includes completion of entry forms, booking tack rooms and shipping
        organization.

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•   Written permission from parents is required for all Off-Campus Horse Shows. Deposits to cover
        entries, transportation, coaching fees and other additional horse show expenses are required.

    5.11.3 Additional Horse Show Fees
    Show Expenses                     Shared cost of coaching/grooming staff
                                      Hotel/meals/tack room                          Varies
    Show Set-up & Packing Fee         Per horse, per show                            $75
    Competition Tack & Equipment      Yearly rental                                  $250
    Miscellaneous Show Materials      Poultice, hoof packing, showsheen, flyspray    $50/show/wk
    Initial Horse Passport (one time) Required to compete in Gold/Platinum
                                      competitions or out-of-country                 $80
    Annual Horse Licensing Fee        Required alongside annual Equestrian Canada
                                      membership and Horse Passport to compete
                                      in Gold/Platinum competitions or
                                      out-of-country                                 $25
    Skype Tutoring                    Arranged through Academic Advisor              $45/hour


5.12 Consultation Fees
Sales & Purchasing Consulting           15% plus all related expenses and travel

All external services arranged through QMS are subject to a 10% service fee.




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6.0 Horse Shows

6.1 Horse Show Preparation
The following information is designed to help QMS riders and their parents plan ahead for the Horse Show
season. All riders will be encouraged to participate in competitions at their level.

   6.1.1 Registration (on-site and off-site shows)
   A schedule of events is posted at the Equestrian Centre and on our website closer to the show date.

    •   The Equestrian office will estimate the costs and distribute information to interested students
        well in advance of the show.
    •   Parent authorization must be received by email (or in person) prior to show entries being
        submitted.
    •   Prepayment for all fees is required in full to the QMS Finance Office.
    •   The Finance office will process the payment and forward a copy of the receipted entry/permission
        form to the Equestrian office for submission of the entry form to the show.
    •   After the show, the expenses will be reviewed and any necessary adjustment will be reflected on
        the student’s School account.
    •   No payments are to be made directly to, or received by, the Equestrian Staff.

    6.1.2 The Day Before The Show
    • Expect to be at the Stables from 12:00pm–5:00pm.
    • If the show is on a Saturday, preparation will be completed throughout the week before the show
        and on Friday after school.
    • Riders are expected to be at the Equestrian Centre on Saturday to groom their horse and clean
        the tack. If riders are sharing a horse, they will share these duties.
    • Braiding is not required for QMS shows or local shows, but riders may braid if they wish for
        practice.
    • Braiding is required for all Summer Series point shows and off-island competitions. There will be
        a charge if riders are not able to complete this task themselves. (Refer to Section 5.8 for fee
        details.)
    • There may be a schooling session the day before a horse show. Riders are asked to speak with
        their coach for scheduled times.

    6.1.3 Show Day
    • For a QMS show, riders must be at the Equestrian Centre at least two hours before their
        event/class (i.e., if a rider is in the first few classes and the show starts at 9:00am, they must arrive
        by 7:00am).
    • For a QMS show, if a rider is in an afternoon class, they must check with their coach to confirm
        what time they are to be at the Equestrian Centre.
    • For off-site competitions, arrival times will be coordinated and confirmed by each student’s coach.
    • Riders are responsible for tacking up, mucking their horse’s stall, ensuring their horse has water
        at all times and tidying up after the show.
    • Stable duties must be completed before competing.




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6.1.4 Clothing and Equipment
    • Riders should be clean and neatly turned out.
    • Hairnets should be worn to keep hair tidy.
    • All riders should wear dark gloves and must wear a properly fitted ASTM/SEI approved helmet.
    • It is recommended that all riders have their own riding crop.
    • QMS students must wear their riding uniform for on-campus shows.
    • Riders who are serious about off-campus competition should have the appropriate equipment.
        QMS branded clothing is recommended, and coaches are available if riders need assistance in
        choosing a suitable riding habit.

6.2 Academic Support for Equestrians
Academic support is an important part of our competitive riders’ success. At the beginning of our School
year, academic and equestrian staff will come together to meet with equestrian student athletes
interested in competing off-campus to discuss an individual support plan. Riders wishing to attend horse
shows are expected to maintain a minimum 65% average in all academic courses. Any exemption to this
minimum will be made at the discretion of the Equestrian Program Director in consultation with the
Senior/Junior School Principal.

Skype tutoring with QMS faculty and tutors is available, and is required for students who will be competing
off-campus for more than two consecutive weeks.

Please refer to Section 5.11.3 to review the fee schedule.

6.3 Memberships Requirements for Competitive Riders
Upon registration, memberships for competitive riders are purchased through the Equestrian Centre
Office. All riders and horse owners must be members of the Horse Council BC. Membership forms are
available from the Equestrian Centre Office. Copies of current memberships must be kept on file at the
Equestrian office.

    •   Riders competing in any Equestrian Canada sanctioned event will need to have an Equestrian
        Canada (EC) membership. The type of membership will depend on the level of competition (i.e.,
        Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum).
    •   Riders competing in Summer Series shows must be BC Hunter Jumper Association (BCHJA)
        members.
    •   Additional memberships may be required for equitation riders or those attending competitions in
        the United States of America.

Horses competing at the Gold/Platinum level or out-of-country will require an Annual Horse Passport.

    6.3.1 Membership Fees
    • HCBC Membership (or Provincial memberships are needed) for all riders—$50 to $60 per year
    • BC Hunter Jumper Association (points show riders)—$25 to $100 per rider per year
    • Vancouver Island Hunter Jumper—$25 to $100 per rider per year
    • Equestrian Canada—cost varies depending on discipline




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6.4 Equestrian Clinics and Show Dates 2018-2019
Clinics and Workshops
Various                                           Throughout the year


Competitions
Maclay Regionals                                  September 2018
Spruce Meadows Masters                            September 2018
*Vancouver Island Hunter Jumper Finale            October 2018
+BCHJA Fall Finale                                October 2018
Royal West Horse Show                             October 2018
Royal Winter Fair                                 November 2018
HITS Thermal Desert Circuit                       February–March 2019
+Kelowna Spring Classic                           April 2019
*SSITS Season Opener                              April 2019
*QMS Spring Classic Show                          May 2019
*SSITS May Classic                                May 2019
+Thunderbird Canadian Premier                     May 2019
+Thunderbird BC Open                              June 2019
Spruce Meadows Nationals                          June 2019
*Westside Stables                                 June 2019
+Thunderbird West Coast Classic                   June 2019
+Thunderbird Western Family                       July 2019
+Milner Downs                                     July 2019
Evergreen Classic                                 August 2019
Rocky Mountain Classic                            August 2019
+Thunderbird Summer Classic                       August 2019


VIHJA Summer Series Shows denoted with *
BCHJA Summer Series Shows denoted with +




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7.0 Equestrian Program Awards and Scholarships

7.1 Equestrian Program Awards
 Assemblies
      Merit Certificates                         Improvement in Riding Skills
      EC Rider Levels                            Pin and Certificate (Final Assembly)
      Horsemanship Pins

 Athletic Banquet
       Dunlop Trophy                             Progress in riding Grade 7/8
       Vernon Trophy                             Progress in riding Grade 9/10
       Burton Trophy                             Progress in riding Grade 11/12
       Timber Trophy                             Highest Dressage Score up to 1st Level
       Woodward Classical Dressage Trophy        Highest Dressage Score 2nd Level or higher
       Most Valuable Rider (MVR)
       Most Improved Rider (MIR)

 Final Closing Assemblies
       Riding Pin                                Junior Riding Pin Grades 4 to 7
                                                 Senior Riding Pin Grades 8 to 12
      Horsemastership Pin                        A Senior rider who has completed a minimum of
                                                 one year in the Equestrian Program, Equine
                                                 Sciences 10 or equivalent and exhibits excellence in
                                                 stable management.
      Riding Colours                             A Senior rider already having received a Senior
                                                 Riding Pin and Horsemastership Pin who displays
                                                 excellence in stable management skills,
                                                 sportsmanship, and a serious commitment to
                                                 equestrian pursuits.

      Stable Management Book Prizes              Junior Prize—Admor Prize
                                                 Senior Stable Management Prize
                                                 Horse Owner/Leaser Prize


 Speech Day
      Glide Trophy                               Awarded to a Deserving Rider
      Erikson Trophy                             Progress in Riding Grades 4 to 6
      Chris Williams “Spurs” Trophy              Outstanding Equestrian Citizen




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