Board Of Directors

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President - Blair Reid

After 35 years of service, Blair retired from the Fire Service in 2001 and now continues to spend his time ranching. He was also a Hockey Scout for the Boston Bruins! Blairs background with horses is extensive, extending back to grade one when he rode his horse to school and by the age of 10 was driving a team picking up oat sheaves. Blairs Dad and Grampa both hayed and farmed with horses, giving him a vast amount of time to learn.Blair Reid is the President and founder of the Dunmore Equestrian Center.

 

Here’s Blairs story on what influenced the creation of Dunmore Equestrian Centre and some setbacks they have incurred:

“I was a volunteer with the Medicine Hat Stampede board since I was 11 years old, feeding & roping calves with Warren Cavan for his Grampa Henry and sleeping in the mangers watching that city kids didn’t come and turn the calves loose in town which was a common prank each year. We got .25 cents a day so we could ride the bumper cars and buy a pop. After sitting around the branding corral and watching the number of quads increasing in the gather it bothered me that we were starting to lose our western heritage and kids were leaving the ranches to work in the oil patch.

In 2012, after about 60 years working with Murray Leonard trying to get an Indoor Arena and being told that the Stampede Board would not be able to build on their site, I started researching the possibility of building a Facility at a different location than the Stampede grounds and if there was enough interest. I stopped in and talked to managers of approximately 150 different facilities across western Canada and the USA to find out what worked and what didn’t for them. With this knowledge in hand I started pursuing a location and Highway visibility was a must.  After knocking on countless doors, I stopped to talk to Lance and Dan Cavan and after a couple of informative meetings, they decided it was something that their Dad (Warren) would approve off as well. The Cavans offered to donate 5 acres for the building site and we made a lease to purchase agreement on another 20 acres.

 At this point it got traction in the community,  the Federal Government build 150 million fund become available and we were offered 3 million dollars by the Feds from (MP Lavar Payne) at the time and the provincial gov said they would match 3 million (Drew Barnes) and I was to raise 3 million.  The oil patch was going strong and I was getting offers to donate from everyone that had a horse.  So we started getting building designs put together. Advance Design, Roderman Construstion, Meuller Construction, Pad Car mechanical all donated a lot of time on the $9,000,000 project. We were about 6 weeks away from ordering Steel when I got a text (not even a phone call) from Lavar Payne (Fed Gov)  saying the grant was pulled off the table which turned into a chain reaction and we lost all the grant money.

 The saying goes you can knock a Cowboy down but when he dusts himself off he comes back more determined than ever and I guess that would be me for the last number of years with a great group of directors and volunteers we are determined to make this project succeed. We have had to down grade our vision because of the finical circumstances lately so not sure what year but it will happen, with the overwhelming interest increasing each year I know the community will get this much needed event facility and hopefully I will get to see it completed.”

Vice President - Justin Kraft

Justin Kraft is the HSE Manager for Pine Cliff Energy and lives on a farm west of Redcliff with his Wife, Janet, and 2 boys (Mason 10 & Levi 8). Justin grew up on a community pasture north of Medicine Hat, giving him the experience of roping and riding since an early age as well as being responsible for raising horses. As well as raising his boys, one of Justin’s favorite hobbies is team roping. He has been a Chinook Rodeo Association Team Roping Champion (Heading and Heeling) as well as a CCA Final Team Roping Qualifier.

Justin became director if Dunmore Equestrian in early 2018 and understands the longstanding need for a year round agricultural facility in the Medicine Hat area. He enjoys the challenge of trying to make it happen as well as engaging with the users and groups that attend functions held at DES. In the next decade Justin envisions that DES will offer southern Alberta a multiuse agricultural event center for all area residents to enjoy.

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Treasurer - Joyce Stuber 

Joyce Stuber lives with her husband, Darwin on a ranch north of Redcliff where they raised their sons, Austin & Wyatt. She taught home ec and spent 29 years teaching at Crescent Heights High School where she would bake a cake for all her students’ birthday (sometimes being the only birthday cake they ever saw). Now, Joyce loves to garden and has a small embroidery business in her home. Joyce’s family does team roping and rides horses on the ranch to manage cattle, however she does not personally ride. Joyce prefers her small animals; her favorite being her donkeys (Envy and Ivy), a pot-bellied pig and dogs.

Joyce has been on the Dunmore Equestrian board since they started, recognizing the need for the community to have a public riding facility. She loves how each one of the board members bring a talent or skill to the group and together maintain a dedicated, hard-working team. Joyce would love to see DES have an indoor arena, a general manager, and regularly scheduled events.

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Secretary - Corie Schock

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Director - Catherine Schnell 

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Director - Eugene Erick

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For Information

Please Call : 

1-403-502-6308

192 Charles Street, 

Dunmore Alberta, T1B 0L5

(across Hwy from Co-op Gas Bar)

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