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Heartland Riders kick-off club season

Looking for a few new members to join their antics this year

The Heartland Riders are tempting other equestrians to come horse around with them this summer.

The Tees-area equestrian club started in November 2021, and is relatively new. They currently have 11 active members but are hoping to recruit a few more for their spring and summer riding seasons.

“Our club has a variety of horses from young to senior. With different breeds from gaited, Tennessee walkers to the stocky quarter horse,” said Lana Goldie, Heartland Riders founder and project leader.

Goldie has been involved with the equestrian and riding world since she was 11 and got her first horse.

“I have been involved in the horse industry for many years, including being a 4-H leader, showing in western classes, competing in gymkhanas (and) trail riding, also breeding, and raising our own.”

She started a riding club in the Wetaskiwin area a couple of years ago. When she moved to Tees in 2021, she started the Heartland Riders Club for that area. Alyssa Tinney helped Goldie get things established and growing.

Tinney herself, involved with horses since the age of six has also been involved with 4-H, gymkhanas and has taken lessons and participated in clinics with top reining, cutting and show trainers.

“Our club was created to develop a family-oriented club committed to growth as an equestrian and strengthening our communities. We strive to keep the love of our industry growing, focusing on building our partnerships with our horses and a club the whole family will enjoy. We want to preserve the ethics of our past creating unity, memories to last lifetimes and building everlasting bonds,” said Goldie.

Going into the spring season the club has weekly gymkhana nights scheduled to run from May to October.

“We also have one structured ride plus one clinic per month. Our clinics are based on member interest.”

She said that the club is looking into scheduling an obstacle and trail course clinic, barrel racing, pole bending clinic, liberty clinic and possibly reining and working cow horse clinics.

More information on becoming a member can be found at Facebook.com/Heartlandridingclub.