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Our Club

Stone Bridge Members are a group of like-minded individuals  who gather together to enjoy both carriage driving and social events. We host clinics, lessons, Horse Driving Trials and a Combined Driving Event (currently the only CDE in Alberta).


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Founded as a nonprofit Society in 2005, Stone Bridge has each year hosted fun, safe and challenging horse driving events. Over the years we have had clinicians and judges from the USA (Muffy Seaton, Jane Anne Merritt, Penny Nicely Sarah Schmitt, Sterling Grabern, Bill Lower, Dana Bright), Europe (Ewood Boom, Anne Okema) and Canada (Francois Bergeron, Doug Orr, Lorraine Hill, Ellen Hockley).

From our Horse Driving Trials, (The Wild Rose Classic) in July and the Eagle Ridge CDE in August, to pleasure drives, derby’s, fun events and barbeques, there is always something to interest everyone, young or not so young!

 

Meet the 2021 Board of Directors

Lynn Johnson – President     seco2000@telusplanet.net

Lynn has been driving for over 20 years. As well as driving her horses competitively she also competes at Breed shows, Fairs and Open Horse shows in Western and English events. She has completed at every level including the World Appaloosa show and Spruce Meadows Battle of the Breeds winning several Hi point titles and year end awards. She right now has 3 horses she drives, a miniature named Mickey, a Warmblood Gelding, Gideon and her 3rd Appaloosa Gelding Taylor. She is also passionate about organizing events and hopes see lots of familiar and new faces during this upcoming year.

Judy Orr – Past President  (land owner rep)     thetoybox5050@gmail.com

Some of my earliest memories, are on the back of one of  my dads work team, as he gathered sap from the maple trees on our farm in Ontario, to make maple  syrup.  Over the years, I have been fortunate to have owned, bred and trained, some of the best horses in the world of Arabian horse shows, miniature horse shows, flat racing, endurance racing, dressage and combined driving.

In the early 1980’s I was instrumental in helping to organize combined driving in Alberta.  A few months later, hosted a driving trial, near Alix Alberta, with 36 competitors from BC, Sask and Alberta.  I am proud to say my dad was the overall winner!  In the 80”s I owned and trained Country Fiddler, the winner of the first Arabian para mutual race –  and later bred, owned and trained News Release, to the top Arabian race horse for 2 years in Alberta, then traveled all over the US, where he set track records in all but one state.  Overall News won 40 of 60 races, never placing less than 4rth.  After retirement he was a great pleasure driving horse. Retiring as a race horse trainer, I returned to Canada and took up the sport of combined driving with my 4 up of miniature horses, single and pair Haflingers, my beautiful pinto mare and tandem with 2 small ponies.

In the early 90’s, I joined the Stone Bridge Carriage Driving Club, near Rosland AB.  During that time, I carved out many trails through the woods and pasture of the now Stone Bridge driving venue, on our property south west of Spruceview Alberta. I hosted the Eagle Ridge combined driving trials at this venue for 3 years, then invited the Stone Bridge club to participate, thereby hosting 2 driving trials each year thereafter.

Stacy Schraber – Vice President     sschaber@xplornet.com

I have been involved with horses my whole life, even riding before I could walk! I started as a volunteer for Stonebridge and progressed to competing. I was introduced to Welsh ponies by a friend and I love the trainability of the breed. As they excel as driving ponies, I then learned how to drive.  I am fairly new to driving and have competed in open breed shows, combined driving events and driving derbies. Some of the highlights of my driving so far are driving in the  Welsh Worlds in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and winning the lady driver award with our club.

Dani-Lynne Rutschle – Treasurer     dd_ruts@hotmail.com

Jody Saarela – Secretary     jsaarela@telus.net

Jody has enjoyed a life long love of  horses from growing up with them, being involved with 4-H, light horse shows and gymkhanas. Relatively new to carriage driving, Jody first started driving their pony Caesar a few years ago and now enjoys driving brother and sister Canadian Fjord horses, Charlie and Belle. Combined driving competitions hosted by the Stone Bridge Club have been fun and very educational – there’s a lot to learn! On her must do list are a few fun camping trips with horse and carriage in the west country. One of the best parts about being a member of the Stone Bridge Carriage Driving Club is the opportunity to meet and have fun with other equine enthusiasts and their equine partners.

 

Leanne Mclean – Director     lmclean2010@gmail.com

Allison Hymers – Director      allisonhymers@gmail.com

Kees Muilwijk – Director     annie.muilwijk@gmail.com

Lee Kroll – Director    okkroll@gmail.com