Directly from the Board Members of the Elk/Beaver Lakes Equestrian Society:

“Dear Riders of Elk/Beaver Lake Park,

Imagine if horses were not allowed in Elk/Beaver Lake Park.

Without your involvement, this could become reality.

Until now, the Elk/Beaver Lake Equestrian Society (EBLES) has been the primary advocacy group for horses in the park.  However, EBLES membership has fallen to the point that the society may disband.  If you are a park user who believes horses should be allowed please read the rest of this letter, pass it on to others, and consider getting involved immediately.


We are a non-profit organization of volunteers that advocate for equestrian use of Elk/Beaver Lake and maintain its Equestrian Centre.  If the Equestrian Centre is not maintained, it will fall into disrepair and will eventually be closed due to safety concerns. At that point, it is likely the CRD will remove the facility and the land will go back to natural parkland. To other user groups, the presence of an equestrian centre is an obvious reason for horses to be in the park.  Without it, competition from other user groups with ever increasing populations will eventually push horse riders out of the park. Read more about EBLES at

We urgently need your help!

There are only 5 members on the executive, and we are spread so thin that the society cannot operate effectively.  We need support in several roles, including: leadership, maintaining the rings, and being a voice for equestrians in the park. The time commitment varies from minimal to heavily involved. There are 9 meetings a year as well as a one or two work parties, maintenance of the equestrian centre, and the annual Poker Ride.

It’s not too late

We are seeking motivated, passionate and dedicated individuals for the following roles:

  • President;
  • Vice President;
  • Secretary: records minutes at meetings, sends the meetings to the executive for review in a digital format, finalizes the minutes for webmaster to post on website;
  • Membership: receives memberships in person and in the mail, forwards membership fees to the treasurer, promotes EBLES membership, keeps electronic records of membership online on a Google Sheets spreadsheet;
  • Facilities: oversees general maintenance and maintenance projects;
  • And members at large that are willing to lend support with: ring dragging, leaf raking in the fall, fundraising coordination and volunteer coordination

Contact us by November 1, 2016

Lara Wear ([email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> or 250-686-4898) will be receiving inquiries and applications until November 1. Our next meeting to decide the future of the Society is on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Community is everything – together we can ensure the preservation of equestrian activities in the park for decades to come.”