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. 

During her six years in California, she learned from, and worked for, a number of renowned horsemen and horsewomen.

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

Cheryl Keith
Head Coach, Competition Program
EC Level II - Hunter/Jumper
Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Cheryl Keith has a distinguished background in all aspects of equine study. In 2000 Cheryl came to QMS bringing her broad knowledge and experience in the Hunter Jumper disciplines. Under Cheryl’s guidance, the QMS Equestrian Team continues to dominate at competitions throughout Canada and the United States, winning many Championships. In 2016 she was recognized by the BCHJA with the Coach of the Year award. 

Cheryl coaches riders in all divisions from Green Hunter and Jumpers to the Grand Prix level. 
Shandelle Mathusz
Head Coach-Equestrian Program
Shandelle is a lifelong horsewoman who holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. As a young rider she competed in the hunter, jumper and three day event disciplines. Shandelle is the co-founder and previous team captain of Lakehead University Equestrian Team Thunder Bay and has also successfully competed in the Intercollegiate Horse show Association (IHSA) hunter equitation circuit, in the USA.  

While attending university, Shandelle taught riding lessons to beginner and intermediate riders and coached at local horse shows. Her professional career with horses has taken her throughout North America and Europe working for, and learning from, top show jumping riders and trainers.

Shandelle is passionate about continuing education. She is looking forward to coaching the young riders at Queen Margaret’s School and helping to create well-rounded equestrian athletes.

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. 
Victoria Parsons
EC Instructor of Beginners Certification
Victoria Parsons is an Equine Canada Certified Instructor of Beginners, who graduated with Distinction with a Diploma of Equine Studies from the University of Guelph. Her passion for horses and learning will be a great asset to the QMS team.
Indiana Wynne-Smith
EC Level 1
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. 

Since returning to Canada in 2008, Indiana has been focusing on the discipline of Dressage as well as raising her young family.  
Leora Gibson (on leave)
EC Level I
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. 
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.
At QMS, I have developed my independence and discovered the importance of self-motivation. It feels like a small university here which is helping me prepare for post-secondary life.
- Carina Zhong, Class of '18