Equestrian Marquee Program

Our “Equestrian Marquee Program” seeks to optimize every facet of our equestrian operations to ensure students receive world-class equestrian learning, whether it be through riding, horsemanship, equine facilitated wellness, equine science, or equine facilitated leadership. As part of this exceptional initiative students will explore mental and emotional performance, functional strength and conditioning, practical skill building, health and nutrition, and the effectiveness of steadfast physical training.

At Queen Margaret’s School, horses are our co-teachers — valued members of our community who inspire and empower students to be the best version of themselves. Our Equestrian Marquee Program offers something for everyone, from our Equine Facilitated Leadership and Wellness Program to our High-Performance Competition Program. Opportunities abound for QMS students—no matter their age, background or experience with horses—to develop confidence in the stables, the saddle, and the classroom.

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Program Highlights

Students can ride within their weekly school timetable, earn credits toward graduation and work through their Equestrian Canada rider levels.

Students can bring their own horse or ride one of many school horses.

Coaches and trainers are certified in Hunter/Jumper disciplines.

Riders’ goals and competition schedules are supported by their teachers, coaches and staff.

On-campus facilities allow students to balance riding and academics, athletics, the arts, service and leadership opportunities.

Students may wear riding breeches to class as part of their weekly uniform.

Our Senior School academic program offers an exciting range of courses to meet the demands of a diverse equestrian-focused community, including horse training, animal husbandry, and pre-veterinary exploration.

We are proud to introduce our signature program of Equine Facilitated Leadership Development as part of our core educational programming for Preschool-Grade 12 students.


Angela Dobbie

Prior to joining QMS, Angela spent nearly 20 years working for a multi-provincial Canadian aerospace enterprise in various roles, including international aircraft sales and marketing, business development and corporate communications. During this time, she learned the power of diplomacy, the importance of setting strategic direction, and the art of aligning people with a singular vision to optimize results.

Ann Buttner-Danyliw

Ann brings to us an extensive background in administration and business experience. Ann has been a parent and volunteer at QMS for over eight years and began riding in 2020. Ann and her husband are active residents of the Cowichan Valley owning real estate companies in British Columbia and Alberta.

Leora Gibson

In addition to her coaching certification, Leora holds a Bachelor’s of Education and is our Equestrian Teacher at Queen Margaret’s School. With a fondness for developing young horses, she has competed in the jumper ring throughout the Pacific Northwest up to 1.20m. As well as teaching our Equine Science classes and overseeing our Equestrian PHE curriculum, Leora is regarded for her positivity and education based approach to coaching. Leora works with a wide variety of riders, from beginners through 1.10 jumpers and mini medal finalists.

Julia Spreen Balcom

After a successful junior career in Canada competing in hunters, jumpers and equitation, Julia followed her passion for horses and moved to Southern California. While there, she continued to compete in both the hunter and jumper rings, including at the Grand Prix level at World Cup qualifier events. Julia is a seasoned coach who has been an integral part of the success of many riders who compete at the regional and national level in the United States and Canada—from the short stirrup ring, to the equitation ring, to the 1.40m jumpers. After over 30 years of competing, training and coaching in California, Julia is delighted to be back on Vancouver Island.

Indiana Fedoriuk

Indiana started lessons at the age of 5 and enjoyed showing in hunters on Vancouver Island through her teenage years. She then started her professional career in Horse Trials (eventing) and competed to Intermediate level in the UK. After returning to Canada in 2008, Indiana shifted her focus to the dressage ring, where she continues to compete at the regional level. As well as introducing a strong foundation of flatwork to our QMS riders, Indiana’s background as a Registered Yoga Teacher offers her a unique insight in developing the positions of riders in all disciplines. A dedicated horsewoman, Indiana is currently pursuing her Pro-EFW certification as an Equine Professional.

Savannah Leroux

Savannah grew up riding hunters in the Greater Vancouver Area before moving to Alberta to attend Olds College for the Equine Science Diploma program. At Olds she took classes in English Coaching and Riding, anatomy and disease, young horse training and breeding and many others. She also achieved her Equine Canada Instructor of beginners certification during this time. She spent the next few years teaching and running large hunter/jumper lesson programs in the Calgary area and taking her students to local horse shows. She has also worked as a horse show groom for top riders and at a breeding and young horse training farm.

student and celina with horse

Coaches-on-Call and Stables Staff

An invaluable part of the day to day operations of the Equestrian Program is the service provided by our talented coaches-on-call and barn staff. This dedicated group of individuals works daily to provide the highest level of training for our students and care for our horses.

Become a Sponsor

Are you or your business interested in partnering with our QMS Equestrian Program? We offer sponsorship and scholarships opportunities to maximize your exposure and support deserving riders.

Download the information package below, then connect with us at giving@qms.bc.ca.

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Upcoming Events

High Performance Foundations Clinic with Dave Freeze

Queen Margaret's School 600 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, BC

At QMS we believe high performance is a way of life and support our athletes in building a strong, well-rounded foundation to help them achieve their goals and experience success. … Continued


Common Injuries & Performance Impact with Dr. Kaitlin McDonald

Queen Margaret's School 600 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, BC

Dr. Kaitlin McDonald is an equine veterinarian with a special interest in sports medicine and equine chiropractic. During this evening workshop participants will become familiar with common injuries horses sustain … Continued


Inside the Judges Booth with Kristen Johnston

Queen Margaret's School 600 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, BC

Whether you are looking to improve your results in the show ring or learn what the judge is looking for before your first horse show, this evening workshop will be … Continued


Warm-Up Day Judging Clinic with Kristen Johnston

Queen Margaret's School 600 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, BC

While the riders are doing their warm-up rounds for the Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show, Kristen Johnston will spend some time giving them skills to work on from the Judges perspective to … Continued


Hunter/Jumper Clinic with Bill Ulmer

Queen Margaret's School 600 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, BC

Bill Ulmer is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most respected and diverse professionals, who has had an extremely successful career in both the eventing and hunter/jumper industries. He holds two … Continued


IEA Info Session & Prep Clinic I with Savannah Leroux

Queen Margaret's School 600 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, BC

An introduction to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and Hunt Seat Equitation. Learn about the format and requirements to ride on our new IEA team* and how to succeed at … Continued


Dressage Clinic with Gina Allan

Queen Margaret's School 600 Brownsey Avenue, Duncan, BC

Gina is an Equestrian Canada Certified Level II Hunter/Jumper Coach, a Level III Theory Coach and is pursuing her Level III Dressage Coaching Certificate. Gina’s vast experience includes three years … Continued


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