Langley Thunderbird Show Park rated best in Canada for encouraging young talent

When Dayton ranks Gorsline Langley’s Thunderbird Show Parks as one of the best places for young rider development in Canada, that is the opinion of the Jumping Youth Development Program Advisor for the Equestrian Canada (EC) Jumping Talent ID Program.

“It’s a wonderful venue,” Gorsline told the Langley Advance Times.

“I would say Thunderbird is the best place in Canada [for developing new riders]. If it’s not the best, it’s in the top two.”

Gorsline suspects many Langley residents are unaware that they have a world-class equestrian facility.

“She [tbird] run their shows to standards that people like me need to see,” summarized Gortsline.

“I don’t know if everyone out there appreciates how good it is in their backyard.”

Aspiring drivers at tbird have the opportunity to compete against top drivers from the US and Mexico, he noted.

“There’s good competition out there,” noted Gorsline.

“Thunderbird does a great job.”

A horse stable at Langley's Thunderbird Show Park.  The facility is ranked as one of the top places for young rider development by Dayton Gorsline, Jumping Youth Development Program Advisor for the Equestrian Canada (EC) Jumping Talent ID Program.  (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

A horse stable at Langley’s Thunderbird Show Park. The facility is ranked as one of the top places for young rider development by Dayton Gorsline, Jumping Youth Development Program Advisor for the Equestrian Canada (EC) Jumping Talent ID Program. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

He said the pandemic has handicapped some young riders and created what he called a “strange gap” for the youngest competitors in the 12-14 year olds category.

“This age group is lagging behind [in competitive experience],” he said.

With the gap there are fewer riders ready to compete, he said.

“A lot of people were a little reluctant to travel,” commented Gorsline.

Read  CADEX vs Roval vs Enve: the best wheels for your bike

“It gives you a smaller pool.”

Gorsline will have the opportunity to see some of the younger riders in person at tbird, where he and his wife will be competing.

“We brought about 20 horses with us,” he estimates.

ALSO READ: Langley’s Tiffany Foster Is World’s No

Each year the George and Dianne Tidball Legacy Foundation Scholarship at tbird aims to provide access to sport for young people.

Thunderbird Scholars have their Thunderbird stable and show fees covered for the year, as well as other items such as VIP passes, riding attire, signature stable guards and other Tbird promotional gear.

ALSO READ: VIDEO: Aldergrove’s Kassidy Keith wins BCHJA Fall Final at tbird

A previous grantee, Kassidy Keith of Aldergrove, said having the additional costs covered was a huge help when she was ready to improve her competitive game.

“A fund like this is very important to our sport because it allows juniors with limited funds to compete at Thunderbird and gives them a head start on a career in the sport,” noted Kassidy, who is a 2015 Legacy Foundation graduate.

“The year I had the scholarship, I shared it with Taylor McManus. We’ve both turned pro and we’re doing really well. There have been a number of daughters of horse trainers who have received this grant and it has helped them cover the costs.”

This year, Georgia Fyre, Aren Ozker and Emma Smith are recipients of the George and Dianne Tidball Legacy Foundation grants.


Do you have a story tip? Email: [email protected]

Like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter.

Read  Poll: What's The Best Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game?

Equestrian Langley


Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.