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About Us

Jenny Payne, Equine Canada Certified English Instructor

Jenny Payne, Equine Canada Certified Coach

Jenny Payne, Equine Canada Certified Coach

Jennifer Payne loved horses at an early age, starting English riding lessons at ten years old at a riding stable in Toronto, quickly progressing into jumping. At age 16 she went to work grooming and exercising Thoroughbreds at Woodbine Race Track in Toronto. From there she went on to manage a large 60 horse boarding and trail riding business for 8 years.

In 1983 Jennifer moved out west with her horse, dog, and cat and started a trail riding and lesson barn on Gabriola Island. A few years later she moved to Tofino, starting a trail riding and lesson barn there.

While in Tofino, Jenny met Howie Thomas. They moved to Nanoose Bay and started a stable at the Rocking Horse. Jennifer became more involved in the Hunter – Jumper discipline and in 1991 she obtained her Equine Canada Instructor certification. Jenny and Howie bought a 5 acre property on Saddle Drive in Nanoose Bay in 1992 and started Pyramid Stables.  Jenny became very busy teaching riding lessons and traveling with her students to shows on Vancouver Island, the lower mainland, Washington and Oregon.

The stable on Saddle Drive  flourished so they decided to move one last time when they fell in love with a 25 acre property in Lantzville.  Jennifer and Howie built Pyramid Stables Equestrian Centre and are settling on their dream property. Jenny vows never to move again.

Howie Thomas, Farrier

Howie Thomas, Journeyman Farrier hot shoeing a horse

Howie Thomas, Journeyman Farrier

Howie Thomas  got his start in horses at the age of eleven  when his Dad bought his first horse. Howie spent most of his teenage years traveling with his Dad to shows competing in western games, performance, trail and the Rodeo circuit. In 1981 he went to work as a groom at Exhibition Park Race Track. He met Hank McEwan, Farrier instructor at Kwantlen College, and attended Farrier School in 1983.

Howie spent 15 years competing in Farrier Competitions, traveling with other local farriers to Alberta, Washington and throughout BC. He obtained his American Farriers Association (AFA) Certified Journeymen Farrier Certificate in 1996. In 2008 he became an AFA Certification Tester for the AFA certification program and continues to travel to Farrier conventions and clinics.

Howie specializes in providing basic proper and correct shoeing methods learned and perfected over many years in order to keep horses sound. Today he keeps very busy shoeing in the mid-Island area from Nanaimo to Qualicum with his apprentice, Carrie Daviduk, and developing and maintaining Pyramid Stables Equestrian Center with Jennifer Payne.

Cherish Thomas, Coach

Cherish Thomas, equishape cross-training for riders instructor

Cheris Thomas, Assistant Coach

Cherish Thomas has spent her entire life around horses. From an early age she traveled with her Dad Howie while he was shoeing and she spent many hours in her early teens watching Jennifer teach riding. She grew up through Pony Club, competing in Regional and National Quiz, Camps, Rallies, PPG’s / National PPG’s, and Championships.

Cherish has trained and attended clinics all over Vancouver Island, mainland BC and California, has ridden many horses in the Hunter /Jumper divisions including Medal and Equitation classes and has earned multiple championships.

An avid learner, Cherish holds certifications in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), B.C.R.P.A certification (BC Recreation & Parks Association), all rider prep level certifications (Equine Canada) and is certified in Red Cross fitness first-aid A level with CPR. She has expanded her education into personal fitness and is achieving her Personal Trainers Certification specializing in cross-training for equestrians.

At the age of ninteen Cherish moved into a full time coaching position at Pyramid.


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