Join us for a day of equine education made possible by our generous sponsors:

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017

Time: 11am – 5pm

Location: Westerly Hotel 1590 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, BC

Cost: Admission by donation at the door to Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association.

Thank you Courtenay for raising $1,664 for Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association!!

Winner of the draw for the free night stay at the Westerly Hotel is Diane Murenbeeld!


Equine Nutrition
“Nutritional Needs for Horses on Vancouver Island”
Ken Wilkinson

Download the Equine Nutrition Needs Power Point here!

Ken Wilkinson graduated from University of Manitoba class of 71’ with a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Animal Science. Ken moved to Alberta after graduation where he spent many years, before moving to BC in the year 2000. He has worked in the feed industry as an equine nutritionist and general animal nutrition for various feed companies in Alberta and BC until his retirement in 2014.

Veterinary Care
“What Your Vet Wants You To Know”
Dr. Andrea Plaxton & Dr. Anne Marie Guillemaud

Download the What Your Vet Wants You to Know Power Point here!

Dr. Andrea Plaxton was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. A life-long horse enthusiast, Andrea has ridden and shown horses since the age of seven. She now enjoys time with her horses exploring the region’s many trails at a more relaxed pace and competing in horse shows.

Andrea attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of British Columbia. She then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine designation from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 2008. Upon graduation, Dr. Plaxton stayed on at the WCVM and became a Clinical Associate in Equine Field Service. While intrigued by all aspects of horse health, Dr. Plaxton considers equine dentistry and lameness to be areas of special interest.

Dr. Anne Marie Guillemaud is also an ‘Island Girl’ and grew up in Port McNeill. Like Dr. Plaxton, Annie has loved horses her entire life.

Dr. Guillemaud did her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, earning a Bachelor of Science in Food Nutrition and Health in 2008. After that, she moved to Saskatoon and completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She stayed on at the College to spend a year working as an Intern in Equine Field Service. She was then a Clinical Associate in Equine Field Service for two years, before returning to the Island to join Epona Equine. Dr. Guillemaud’s areas of interest include reproduction, dentistry and lameness.

Pasture & Manure Management
King Campbell

Download the Grazing Your Horse and Pasture Management Power Point here!

King Campbell has a degree in Grazing Management from the University of Alberta and has worked for the Ministry of Forests (FLNRO), Ducks Unlimited Canada and has been delivering the Environmental Farm Plan program to producers in BC for 12 years. During his employment, he has focussed on grazing management projects that improve the forage supply and also enhance habitat for fish and wildlife.  King and his wife Sonya, run Topline Stables and Show Park in Salmon arm and care for about 30 horses full time. His presentation will review the principals of grass growth and management and will also touch on weed control. King will also include a good selection of various project photos to demonstrate different stock watering techniques and fencing options that support grazing management rotations for horses or cattle.