I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jay O’Jay, the celebrated Canadian horseman. He has just launched his Horsemanship Program and Cowboy Challenge in South Langley, British Columbia at Reign Ridge Stables. Continue reading
Some regard round penning as a controversial technique in horsemanship. Indeed a Google search on round penning has a critical opinion as the number one choice.
If you have been hoping to see Jay O’Jay in action in Langley, where better than at the new and impressive High Point Equestrian Centre just south of Campbell Valley Park. He is giving a Horsemanship Clinic on Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th 2011 and it runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. The exact address is 658 200th St, Langley, BC.
The Langley Horse Federation is taking on a new lease of life as a vehicle to boost the horse industry in Langley. In this it is supported by the Township of Langley and by its Mayor, Rick Green, who is a well-known horseman.
Its most visible and well-known presence up till now has been the "Spirit Of The Horse Memorial Garden", which is situated in Campbell Valley Park at 1200 208th Avenue, Langley, B.C. That was started by Joy Richardson, one of the key movers and shakers on the Langley horse scene.
Now the Langley Horse Federation will be holding a “Team Up For Success” workshop from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday September 18th, 2010 in the Banquet Room at the Langley Events Centre. It puts forward the following challenge:
Langley, “the Horse Capital of British Columbia”. Factual statement or idle boast? With approximately 6000 horses and an estimated $125 Million annually in direct, indirect and imputed economic benefit, great credence can be attributed to that statement. Almost every sector of the economy is impacted: tourism; retail; hospitality; horse facilities; agriculture; and the list goes on. What would you like to see happening in the horse community in Langley?
The workshop will suggest a number of initiatives for the horse industry to consider and encourages members of the horse community to get involved. Two in particular caught my eye.
Public relations and marketing initiatives
Can we raise the public and political profile of the horse industry by:
Can we educate members of the horse community by encouraging the development of:
Can we educate members of our community about horses by:
One sector of the industry that can play an important role in both of these initiatives is that of therapeutic horseback riding. There are several fine centres offering such services in Langley including VTEA and PRDA. As an example, VTEA is hosting a free horsemanship demonstration by Jay O Jay on Saturday August 28 that will help on both of these initiatives. (Details are on the VTEA website.)
As the Horse Capital of BC, where better to learn about connecting with horses than in Langley.
Mark your calendar because there is a free demonstration of how to start connecting with your horse. The details are as follows:
It will be given by Jay OJay, the celebrated horseman, now based in Langley who helps fine riders and their spirited horses get connected. He will be demonstrating just what is possible with his own very young horses, Casper, Junior and Grace.
|When||Saturday August 28th from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm|
|Where:||VTEA Riding Center (Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association)
3330 256th Street
Aldergrove, BC V4W 1Y4
|Schedule:||1:30 - 1:50 Working with Casper
1:50 - 2:10 Working with Junior
2:10 - 2:20 Intermission
2:20 - 2:40 Working with Grace
2:40 - 3:00 Q and A with Jay O’Jay
The demonstration will be given in a round pen in the arena, which is being generously provided by a close neighbour, Dare’s Country Feeds, 25236 Fraser Highway, Aldergrove (Telephone: 604-856-1611)
If Jay OJay is a new name to you, you can find all about him, his training methods and his training DVDs on the Jay OJay website:
Jay O’Jay is a horseman who specializes in developing a respectful relationship and connection between horse and rider. His passion is the Western discipline of Reining, but through his clinics, videos and demonstrations, he aspires to teach “transferable skills” to riders and horse owners of all disciplines and experience. Those skills, based on the ability to earn respect and gain control of the horse, are the central elements in Jay’s “common sense” approach to his training program.
Jay has nurtured the natural gift he has for working with and connecting with horses – as well as people. With a personal mission to improve everyone’s relationship and experience with their horse, he shares his respect for the horse with enthusiasm, patience, and passion.
To contact Jay OJay, call 778-686-9115 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a show not to be missed, so make sure to be there on Saturday August 28.
As the Official Tourism Site of British Columbia points out, Langley is known as the “Horse Capital of BC,” and the Township has a population of some 7,000 horses to back up that claim. The setting is ideal with greenery and endless acres of rolling farmland. You can get involved or watch horseback riding, show jumping, dressage competitions, hayrides and much, much more.
One unique place to visit is the Spirit of the Horse Memorial Garden located at 1200 208th Avenue in Campbell Valley Park. It is just on the right as you turn into the main equestrian parking lot in the Park. There are more than 300 plaques commemorating beloved, deceased horses, and equestrian statues and granite benches help create a tranquil, contemplative atmosphere. Given the great pleasure that so many experience through riding, it is fitting that their faithful friends can be so remembered.
Another very worthwhile activity is the Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association. They provide therapeutic horseback riding or hippotherapy for children and adults with special needs. If you want to savour how empowering for a person with special needs that can be, just read the poem, I Can! It will open up a whole new perspective for you.
There is always something going on in the horse world in Langley. Two useful websites for more equine information are the Langley Horse Federation and the Horse Council BC, which is located in Aldergrove, in the south-east part of Langley Township.