About Us

The Mission Horse Club was formed in the 1940’s by Ernie Badke, Bill Grieves and Rudy Herdon. It was originally known as the Blue Star Riders Club and in fact the club colours are still white and blue. The club’s shows and activites were held in a field on Cherry Avenue untill the land was needed by the District of Mission for a ball field. This site is now the home of Albert McMahon Elementary School. Mr McMahon himself was a great supporter of the club, and even today Mrs. Betty McMahon continues to faithfully support the club every year as one of our most generous sponsors.

From Cherry avenue the club moved to the west side of the fairgrounds which were located on Grand Street where it remained for a number of years. In May 1970 the Mission Horse Club hosted its grand opening show at the new facilities with Mayor Neville Cox, on horseback, cutting the ribbon to mark the official opening of the new riding ring. Here the club prospered under the guidance of Abe Morigeau and in cooperation with the Fair Board. Together they hosted many horse shows in conjuction with the Annual Mission Fair and Logger’s Sports Day.

In 1975 the Mission Horse Club was once again relocated as the parking lot of the Mission Leisure Centre was in need of expansion. Initially the Mission Horse Club was relocated to an area near the Mission Cemetary and the club set to work preparing the land for its use, however this ended up being only a short term home for the Mission Horse Club and the club was then moved to our current location at 9457 Stave Lake Street.

Even today, 70 years later, the Mission Horse Club is a registered non-profit organization and we are proud to offer the only free public riding facility in the Mission area for all equestrian uses. This facility is also used by other organizations like the 4-H Club and Pony Club free of charge, and is maintained by the Mission Horse Club.

Our show season usually starts around March or April, and runs until the months of September or October. These shows offer a safe and friendly environment for riders of all levels of experience to learn and exchange ideas with each other, and grow and develop their skills in their chosen discipline(s). Our shows are well attended by local riders as well as by riders from throughout the lower mainland. The shows also provide a fun family oriented atmosphere with whole families being involved in the days events.

horse_council_logoWe offer shows in some of the following disciplines:

  • English – classes in jumping, equitation, and hack.
  • Western – classes in trail, reining and pleasure.
  • Gymkhana – events like barrel racing, pole bending, and stake races.

The shows are run by a small group of volunteers and we always welcome more helping hands so if we sound like a club you are interested in getting involved in please do not hesitate to contact us by email. Our address is info@missionhorseclub.org