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donate There are 3 ways to donate:
  1. Donate Online

    Go to EBLES Membership Online, click Register > Individual > Donate to EBLES

  2. By etransfer to

    Please include a note indicating it is a donation. For donations of $20.00 and over, also note whether or not you would like to receive a tax receipt.

  3. Send a cheque to our membership secretary
    Claire Vessey
    EBLES Membership Secretary
    3498 Maureen Terrace, Victoria, BC V9C 3P7
    Email questions to

Why does EBLES need donations? As a non profit society, EBLES can not carry a debt so work must be paid from funds available. Membership fees and the Annual Poker Ride cover basic operating costs such as insurance, HCBC membership, water and hydro expenses, which amounts to about $2000 per year. Major projects are funded in part by user fees charged at horse shows held at the ring but do not cover all the costs.

Kristin dragging the ring.

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Peninsula Co-op Number

Do you shop at the Peninsula Co-op or the Co-op Gas Bars? Please support EBLES by using our Co-op number 71517 at the time of your purchase. Funds raised go towards the maintenance of the rings and surrounding facility.


We meet the 7:00 pm, the second Thursday of every month (except July, August and December) on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. Please contact if you would like to attend. The AGM is held at the beginning of the January meeting.

The next meeting is: Thu. January 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm.

Meeting Minutes

Our History

The Elk-Beaver Lake Equestrian Society (EBLES) has been around for over 20 years.

With its inception as a Not-For-Profit Organization in 1986, the first meeting with the Regional Parks Department of CRD took place on January 22, 1986, with 50 riders from different horse clubs from whom EBLES was formed.

On March 25, 1986, EBLES presented a concept plan for a building project as well as a 3-stage building program to the CRD. At the same time requests for support were sent out to the 17 known horse clubs. The plan was approved by the CRD on April 7, 1986.

On January 27, 1988, the CRD signed the 'License of Occupation' granted to EBLES for the first 5-year period to January 27, 1993. This was intended to cover Stage 1 of the Initial Development.

July 16, 1989, was the Grand Opening Day with opening speeches from: the Honourable Mel Couvelier, the provincial Minister of Finance; Wayne Watkins, Chairman of CRD Parks; and Mayor Howard Sturrock of Saanich. Minister Couvelier cut the opening ribbon after entering in a pony driven buggy.

Many countless hours of work from the club's past and current directors and members have made the club and the riding ring site what it is today, a one-of-a-kind facility on lower Vancouver Island for the use and enjoyment of horse riders and enthusiasts. We are very proud of our site and are forever thankful for the dedication and hard work of its founding members.


  1. The name of the society is “Elk/Beaver Lake Equestrian Society.” Hereinafter referred to as the ‘Association’.
  2. The purposes of the Association are:
    1. To promote and advance the educational and recreational benefits of horseback riding for members of the community of all ages.
    2. To estimate the current and future equestrian use of Elk/Beaver Lake Park.
    3. To identify the recreational needs and interests of the equestrian users of Elk/Beaver Lake Park.
    4. To identify the current equestrian facilities and their condition in the park.
    5. To develop a comprehensive plan and schedule for upgrading and expanding the existing equestrian facilities in the park to correspond with the identified needs and interests of equestrian users.
    6. To obtain and manage funding and organize volunteer labour and equipment to carry out the development plan on schedule as indicated in e).
    7. To finance, organize, administer, and coordinate recreation opportunities for the equestrian facilities for users of all ages in the community.
    8. To maintain the equestrian facilities for all park users.
    9. To assist other recreation groups in achieving similar goals throughout the Greater Victoria area.
  3. The purposes of the Association shall be carried out without purpose of gain for its members and any profits or other accretions to the Association shall be used for promoting its purposes.
  4. In the event of the dissolution of the Association, funds and assets of the Association remaining after the satisfaction of its debts and liabilities, shall be given or transferred to such organization(s) with similar purposes in British Columbia, as may be determined by the members of the Association at the time of dissolution provided that such organization(s) shall be a registered charity recognized by Revenue Canada Taxation as being qualified as such under the provisions of the Income Tax Act of Canada from time to time in effect. If effect cannot be given to the aforesaid provisions then such funds shall be given or transferred to the Capital Region Parks Department.
  5. The Association guarantees access to any recreation facility owned or operated by the Association to any person or persons who wish to used it in accordance with the purpose of the facility, and that the charges for the use of the facility shall be neither restrictive nor discriminatory to non-members.
  6. Paragraphs 3, 4, and 5 of this Constitution are unalterable in accordance with the Society Act.


The Bylaws of the Society are those set out in Schedule B to the Societies Act, with the following variation. Part #4 Proceedings at General Meetings (3) is amended to read: “A quorum is 5 members present or a great number that the members may determine a general meeting.”

Applicants for Incorporation were:

David Morris, President
Anne Widdowson, Vice President
Brenda Burd, Secretary
Sheila M. Skene, Treasurer
Neil Dennis, Director

Dated this 16th day of June, 1986

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