Horses are part of Mission’s long and rich history, from the days when they were a major form of transportation, to their contribution to our local industries including forestry and agriculture. Today they have become lifelong companions, a main leisure pursuit and a means of bringing the community together through a shared interest.
Thanks to the Mission Horse Club, horse owners of all ages and abilities have access to arena facilities and opportunities to participate in shows and events whether riding western, english or participating in games, including barrels and pole bending.
Established back in 1940 they have had many locations and can now be found at 9457 Stave Lake Street in Mission, where they have converted an area of swamp land into several riding arenas with stalls, plenty of parking, an announcers booth, viewing area and a concession. So whether you are riding or coming as a spectator (the club welcome the community coming to watch an event) this is a great facility that anyone with a horse can utilize free of charge from dawn until dusk.
This non-for-profit organization hosts events and charges a minimal membership fee to help keep the facility running, starting at an associate membership of just $10.00. With one or two shows a month from March to September it offers beginners the opportunity to compete in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, while giving serious competitors the ability to practice and improve their skills; attracting Mission locals along with riders from surrounding areas including Maple Ridge, Langley and Aldergrove.
To thank the local community and District of Mission for its continued support the club organize a Community Day each September with free pony rides, demonstrations, crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, carriage rides and refreshments. The day is always well attended with 500 – 600 joining the fun, make sure you look out for this year’s event!
The club have also played an important role in consultation, fundraising and volunteer time with the development of the Kearsley Creek Campground at Stave West, which now houses 7 paddocks for equestrian camping and will see the development of equestrian trails as the project progresses.
If you are interested in volunteering the team can always use extra hands at the concession, horse shows, bottle drives and for general clean-up. Contact email@example.com for more information.