About the Coach

Qualifications

  • Certified Equine Canada English Competition Coach – Since 2005 / formally known as English Level 1
    (This means I am fully insured, and have gone through our National Association to achieve the highest standards of safety in our sport).
  • NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program)
  • Eventing, Jumping + Dressage
  • Current First Aid Certification
  • Trained Early Childhood Educator
  • HCBC Certified Hunter / Jumper Course Designer

Brandy’s Bio

My name is Brandy Saunders. I grew up near Smithers, in Northern BC. I was six when I got my first pony, joined Pony Club, and began a life and passion of all things equine. I have ridden and competed on a variety of horses in a variety of disciplines. During my Pony Club years, I had shown in Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage, and then fell in love with 3 day eventing.
After finishing school, I spent a year working in England at a hunt stable in Somerset, followed by a training facility in London, and then to a riding stable in Portugal.
I moved to the West Kootenay in 2000 with my 3 horses, husband, and son on the way. While beginning my new life as a young mom, I started my business (Ride-On Ent), and also completed my Early Childhood Education certificate. Shortly thereafter, I opened Crescent Valley Stables and started boarding a few horses, as well as training and developing horses for sale. I then completed my EC English Coach 1 in 2005.
Introducing the sport of eventing to the West Kootenay’s and establishing a successful eventing program in the area has been a dream come true! Developing our CVS property into an Eventing training facility has been, and continues to be my passion. At CVS, I coach full time and I organize and coach Adult Getaway Camps, and the very popular, annual 5 day Eventing Camp.
I also travel and coach at Horse Trials Events throughout BC, and into the US from Starter to Preliminary level. I have coached many students to BC Year End Champions at levels from Starter to Preliminary over the last few years. I am the Chairperson of the HTBC Young Rider Program, and I love developing programs for riders of all ages and levels. I have a wide range of students, from completely recreational to competitive, and love teaching everyone in between. I teach with an emphasis on developing a solid foundation for horse and rider, using a positive approach with safety first, and of course lots of fun!