BARN MANAGER AND HEAD INSTRUCTOR - ANGIE HOLT
Angie is a former Lancer and an Equine Canada Competition Coach. She was a member of Lancers in the 1980's and 1990's and while at Lancers she competed at the Royal Fair in Toronto with her legendary horse Prince of Thieves (Robin). Angie spent a number of years developing her equestrian skills as a working student in Holland, Germany and Denmark. She also managed a barn of 80 horses while in Holland. Before going to Europe, she held riding and/or coaching positions in Florida, Quebec, and New Jersey at top level Hunter/Jumper facilities. Angie has been coaching in HRM for over 12 years.
Instructor - Pat Steele
Pat has been an adult rider at Lancers for 10 years and is a Coach Level 1. Pat has an extensive Pony Club background and was head instructor at the Rothesay Pony Club and the Fredericton Pony Club. Pat achieved the highest rider level attainable, Pony Club A Levels and has competed in three National Pony Club Rallies in the Three Phase Event (Dressage, Cross-Country, Stadium Jumping) Preliminary Level.
INSTRUCTOR - Melissa Reid
Melissa is a former Lancer instructor and a Coach Level 1. After leaving Lancers, Melissa obtained a Bachelor of Education. She eventually moved to England where she was a barn manager and instructor for 7 years. She managed a taught at a stable that had 80 horses, 40 of which were school horses. Melissa returned to Canada three years ago and we are very happy that she is back teaching at Lancers.
INSTRUCTOR - ALEX BRISSEAU
Alex is a trained NCCP instructor and has been riding at Lancers for 11 years. She began riding at the age of 8 and when she was 17 she moved overseas with her family and rode in Qatar. After graduating high school she moved back to Halifax to attend university and came back to Lancers to ride and teach. She particularly likes teaching beginners but enjoys teaching many different levels. Along with teaching in the regular lesson program she also teaches the beginner summer camps.
STABLEHAND - Elizabeth Melvin
Elizabeth Melvin is Lancers full time stable hand who has worked here since 1989. She has an extensive background in caring for horses having grown up in a “horse family” that raised and trained standard bred horses. Elizabeth looks after the horses daily needs as well as playing a vital role in maintaining their overall health and wellness.
Elizabeth is acutely aware of all of our horses quirks. This is important because she is able to note any change in behavior that could affect the horses health and happiness.
STABLEHAND - KEVIN MELVIN
Kevin Melvin, brother of Elizabeth has been a stable hand with Lancers for years. Like Elizabeth he looks after the horses daily needs as well as playing a vital role in maintaining their overall health and wellness.
Stablehand - Saskia Felderhof
From an early age, Saskia had a love for all things animal. But when she saw her first horse, that was it! And so it began...From books about horses to riding lessons, it was clear she had found her passion.
Saskia’s first job at a large hunter/jumper boarding and lesson facility came along in her early 20’s. Here, she found not only an employer, but a mentor. Like a duck to water, she quickly accumulated knowledge of horse care and gained essential hands on experience. Soon, she was promoted to barn manager, and became a groom for one of Nova Scotia’s top professional jumper riders. With compassion, work ethic, and attention to detail, Saskia excelled, not in showing horses herself, but in the work that was required behind the curtains. She had found her niche!
Saskia has been fortunate to have managed some of the top equestrian facilities in and around Halifax, and has been a horse owner herself. With over 20 years of experience to her credit, she continues to work in the equine industry with the same passion she started with as a child.