The Equine Club of Canada, the country’s largest equestrials organization, is seeing its membership grow.
In 2016, the association’s membership jumped from 4,000 to more than 12,000.
This year, it’s up to 15,000, said the club’s president, Rob Kostrzewiczek.
“I think we’re on the right path,” said Kostrowiczek, whose father, Peter, founded the association in the late 1970s.
“I’m sure we’re going to keep going.
It’s just the right time to do so.”
A year ago, the Equine Society of Canada was the only equine club to take the plunge and accept candidates for membership.
It has since expanded to include equestria, a broad category that includes horse, cow, and sheep.
Kostrzeszewicek was among those who got into equestrains in the 1970s and 1980s when it was the norm. “
That’s a good indicator,” he said.
Kostrzeszewicek was among those who got into equestrains in the 1970s and 1980s when it was the norm.
It was a hobby that was in vogue at the time, he said, but that has become less so.
“We’ve lost some of that enthusiasm,” he added.
The number of registered equestrares in Canada, according to Kostrowski, is down from 10,000 in 2012 to about 5,000 this year.
Kitzewiczk said the association, like many other equestries associations, is also seeing an increase in the number of applicants.
“The number that is interested now is not necessarily the number that will come in a year from now, but the number we’re seeing now,” he told the Toronto Star.
Kovar, the Canadian equestrier, said his riding of Red Deer, Alta., has seen a boom in the past year.
In the last three years, he says, he has seen an average of 20 to 30 new riders every year.
“It’s the beginning of something,” he says.
“It’s not the end of it, but it’s a very good start.”