Board of Directors 2017
President: Louise Martin
Board of Directors Role:
All board members donate their time every month to meet to do the important work of directing PRANCE endeavours. Board members also instruct lessons, sponsor horses, and volunteer with riders and events. We thank these people for their dedication to the PRANCE program.
Brenda Beckingham: Brenda joined the Board of Directors in 2016. Brenda is an enthusiastic volunteer in our evening sessions. She is a participant in our Skills Development Program and has embraced the mission of PRANCE! She is also a sponsor of our beloved program horse Beanie.
Debbie Bell: A former secondary Special Ed (and Music) teacher from London, Ontario, Debbie lives with her husband in Southampton and loves horses. Being a permanent beginner in that respect, she wants to help people feel "at home" and accommodated at PRANCE and EFW. Busy with music and other volunteering in the community, Debbie wants to help as much as she is able and is proud to be part of such a great team at a beautiful facility.
Deb Cruchley: Deb has been a volunteer at PRANCE since 2001 and joined the board in 2015. She has witnessed first-hand the many benefits of our fabulous programs, including the development of her own daughter into an accomplished equestrian and horse owner. Deb is also a rider in our skills development program and a passionate advocate for PRANCE and our equine friends.
Ian Cruchley: Ian joined the Board of Directors in 2015. Ian brings 30 years of technical and business experience to PRANCE to assist in developing and expanding program offerings through efficiencies and business principles. As a horse owner, Ian knows and understands the power these majestic animals bring to the health and well being of the people they touch.
Kerstin Essmann: Kerstin has been with PRANCE since 2002 in the roles of horse sponsor, volunteer and board member. In 2012 she passed her CanTRA (Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association) Assistant Instructor exam. She has also completed Level 1 and 2 of Equine Facilitated Wellness programs with Deborah Marshall. Kerstin loves seeing the difference horses make in people's lives, how they help us heal physically and emotionally, and how they give confidence and open our hearts.
Louise Martin: Louise and her two daughters (now OEF level 3 certified riders) are sponsors of Woody and Tippy. They volunteer extensively at PRANCE and love watching the PRANCE riders develop their skills. Serving her third term as President of the Board of Directors, Louise and her family will continue to support everything PRANCE.
Brad Pryde: Brad and his wife Kathy built the facilities associated with Miramichi Farms in 1992. The primary purpose of the horse stables and horse riding arena was to provide accommodation for PRANCE in which Brad and Kathy were the original founders. Brad has been on the Board of Directors since 1993 and assists in the administration of PRANCE.
Darcy Sanderson: Darcy is integral to the maintenance and health of the equine team at PRANCE; he, his wife Jenn Sanderson (who is an instructor for PRANCE) and two children are hard workers around the barn. The facility wouldn't be the same without the hard work and dedication that Darcy puts forward.
Colette Wood: Colette enjoys the benefits and challenge of volunteering with PRANCE both at the Board level and as a leader in the therapeutic sessions.