The Selkirk Saddle Club celebrates a real milestone
By David F. Rooney
The Selkirk saddle Club celebrated a true milestone on Saturday, September 13, with the official opening of its new indoor riding arena.
“This is an exciting day for us and we are more than thrilled to be able to share it withe the community,” Club Secretary Tanya Secord said as she welcomed guests to the event. “Through extreme focus, dedication and a whole lot of hard work we have been able to pull off this huge structure — a dream that some of our members have been waiting decades for.”
The arena cost about $150,000 to build including $70,000 that came through the club’s own fundraising efforts. Other funding came, on the recommendation of City Council, from the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Economic Opportunities Fund, the Columbia Basin Trust, the Ministry of Tourism and the Revelstoke Credit Union.
“This is a really exciting cooperative venture,” Mayor David Raven said after the opening.
He noted that the arena’s existence makes it possible for the club to not only train equestrian athletes year round but to hold certain kinds of equestrian competitions in Revelstoke and even provide ” safe haven” for horse owners who need to stop while transporting their animals along the highway.
Secord said the facility may also spur membership in the club, which has about 35 adult members and close to 50 youth members.
“It’s exciting to see families becoming involved n the horse world,” she said.