Equestrian Staff
Jodine Buydens
Equestrian Program Director
Born and raised in Nanaimo, Jodine is a lifelong horsewoman. She began as an avid member of the Pony Club and successful competitor in both the Hunter and Jumper disciplines. Her extensive equestrian experience includes a notable career as an Equine Behaviour Specialist, Hunter/Jumper coach, and clinician in both Canada and the United States. 

Jodine is the author of If Your Horse Could Talk, as well as being a leadership coach and speaker.

Julia Spreen Balcom
Head Coach, Competition Program
Julia is delighted to be returning to Vancouver Island in September 2019 after over 30 years of competing, training, coaching and living in Southern California. 

Julia has a long and distinguished competition career which includes winning the CET medal final at age 17. She is a two-time winner of the Foxfield Derby, and has competed at the Grand Prix level in World Cup Qualifier events. Julia’s entrepreneurial spirit helped kick-start her own business in 1993 where she coached all levels in hunter, jumpers and equitation. She has been an integral part of the success of many riders who compete at the regional and national level in the United States and Canada—from the short stirrup ring, to the equitation ring, to the 1.40m jumpers.  

Leora Gibson (on leave)
Head Coach, Equestrian Program
EC Competition Coach Specialist - Jumping
Leora Gibson became a certified coach in 2005, graduated Simon Fraser University in 2006 with a BA, then returned to university to complete the Bachelor's of Education as a second degree in 2014. 

Leora has enjoyed competing and coaching in the disciplines of Dressage, Combined Training, and Jumping. She is proud of the many Equestrian students she has coached over the past ten years, and has also greatly enjoyed teaching on-call for Delta School District since graduating as a BC Teacher. Leora is thrilled to continue her coaching and teaching passions at QMS. 
Carlie Reynolds
Barn Manager
Carlie Reynolds was born in Kamloops and moved to Duncan in 2004. Her passion for horses started in a western saddle, but quickly shifted when she moved to Salt Spring Island in 2000 and joined Pony Cub. At age 16 Carlie passed her Pony Club “B” and started working at QMS as a member of barn staff the following year. Carlie has been the QMS Barn Manager since 2013.
Rhawnie Hankins
Team QMS Manager & Equestrian Centre Administrative Assistant
Bachelor of Tourism Management
Rhawnie Hankins was born and raised in the Cowichan Valley and has ridden horses since she was a child. Rhawnie's love of horses brought her to QMS as a member of the barn staff, yet her education and skills in event and sport management made for a very natural progression into her current role as Team QMS Manager and Administrative Assistant. She is very excited to learn more about the horse industry and is excited to put her degree to good use. 
Indiana Fedoriuk
EC Competition Coach Specialist - Dressage
Indiana was born and raised on Salt Spring Island, where she started riding at the age of three. In fact, she spent her entire childhood on, or around, a horse. 

In 1999 she decided to make her love of horses a career and moved to the Lower Mainland where she completed her Equestrian Canada Level 1. She taught and Evented to Training Level throughout BC until 2004. Opportunity then took her to England to work at a Three Day Eventing barn under a renowned, international trainer.  While in England, she also taught at a local riding school, and competed to Intermediate Level Eventing. 
Victoria Parsons
EC Instructor of Beginners Certification
Victoria Parsons was born in Toronto, raised in Guelph, and  moved to the Island in 2004. Victoria began riding and competing in Hunters, Jumpers, and dressage at the age of 8. She has also ridden in a musical ride, competitive trail riding, cowboy challenges, TREC, and barrel racing. 

Victoria holds a Diploma in Equine Studies, Graduation with Distinction from the University of Guelph. She also completed an internship in natural horsemanship (problem solving both in the saddle and on the ground, liberty and trick training, and starting horses) and has continued to study this approach to training. 
Karlene Neuffer
EC Instructor of Beginners Certification
Karlene Neuffer is a QMS alum who began riding at QMS in 2005. As a member of the QMS Equestrian Team she showed up to 1.15m at horse shows such as SSITS, TBIRD, Evergreen International in Washington and Arbutus Meadows. After graduating Karlene received her EC Instructor of Beginners Certification and began coaching at QMS in 2014. 

In 2016 Karlene went to work as an international groom for Grand Prix Rider Elizabeth Gingras. After travelling the world for two international show circuits in this role, Karlene returned home to the Cowichan Valley, and to QMS. Karlene is working towards completing her certification as an EC Competition Coach and has aspirations to become an EC Competition Coach Specialist-Jumping.
Coaches-on-Call and Stables Staff
An invaluable part of the day to day operations of the Equestrian Program is the service provided by our talented coaches-on-call and barn staff. This dedicated group of individuals works daily to provide the highest level of training for our students and care for our horses.
I feel a debt of gratitude to QMS for the education, teachers & the whole QMS experience that sent me out in the world with a solid foundation. Not to mention treasured friendships!
- Catherine Dunik, Class of '84