Meet our Staff
Cheralyne Gibson is the head of the VEC Equestrian Program. She has 20+ years of riding and training experience. Cheralyne brings a standard of professionalism and excellence with her long list of accomplishments. Namely, she is a certified Equestrian Canada (EC) Western Instructor, EC English Rider Level 8 with Jump Component, and EC Rookie Rider Coach. Cheralyne is also a Trail Riding Instructor and Evaluator through Ontario Equestrian Federation. Her certificates include: Advanced Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator, a practitioner of the Wilson-Meagher SportsMassage Technique (for horses), Equine Exercise Physiology, Equine Emergency First Aid, Management of the Equine Environment, Horse Behaviour and Safety, and Equine Biosecurity. Cheralyne is an active member of the local equestrian community and each year continues to add to her equestrian resume. She is a forward-thinking coach, bringing an innovative, energetic, and effective coaching style to her students. As a coach, Cheralyne encourages the rider and the horse to improve as one, teaching the rider to not only ride well, but to train well, and while doing so, teach the horse to be better and move better in every lesson.
Not only has Cheralyne filled her resume with equestrian certificates but she has also earned her diploma in Therapeutic Recreation, which has further assisted her interpersonal skills in being able to relate and counsel people across all walks of life. Cheralyne continues to take short courses to advance her knowledge in helping her students through the challenges they may face. She has taken several courses on managing and understanding anxiety, basic mental skills, therapeutic crisis intervention, and more.
Cheralyne currently competes in Hunter/Jumpers, Eventing, and Dressage. In her early years Cheralyne began her career as a Western rider. She held various jobs including guiding trail rides in the backcountry mountains near Banff and in B.C. Her cattle working experience includes growing up on a cattle farm, and then moving to work as a pen rider in a feedlot in Alberta. Her joy of working with cattle even took her to Australia where she worked on several massive cattle stations using horses to muster and process large herds of cattle across the australian outback. Chrealyne has also trained with Western Pleasure, Reining, and Working Cow Horse trainers. She has a wealth of knowledge across the disciplines that she loves to share!
Kim Jungman is a Certified Canadian Therapeutic Riding Intermediate Instructor, Certified Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator, has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and is a Certified Equine Massage Therapist. After 10+ years of teaching riding in all disciplines including therapeutic, western and English, she has focused her last few years on continuing to develop her training with a focus on classical dressage and working Equitation Canada. Kim currently offers a variety of lessons, clinics and seminars for all disciplines and numerous topics through her business Pure Harmony Equine including Horsemanship, working equitation, 4-h clubs, nutrition, asymmetry and many more. She devotes a lot of time to developing equine programs and volunteering in equine organizations. She is currently the President of Working Equitation Canada and works to promote the Andalusian and Lusitana breeds in Canada. Kim specializes in classical-based training principles and empowering riders with confidence and the foundations to create a harmonious partnership between horse and rider.
For as long as Jennifer can remember, she has always loved horses but was only able to experience them through the occasional camp or one-time lesson for most of her childhood. It wasn’t until after high school when Jennifer started riding and taking regular lessons. She has now been riding for about 4 years and is currently focusing on jumping. Under the mentorship of Cheralyne, Jennifer started teaching beginner riding lessons at VEC in the summer of 2020.
Olivia is our resident EC Certified Vaulting Coach!
Olivia grew up on Circle Square Ranch in Wolseley, Saskatchewan, where she helped her family run and manage Circle Square Ranch’s main attraction - the horse program. Oliva grew up among knowledgeable horse people and had the opportunity to learn from the camp’s horsemanship directors. When she was old enough to be on staff at 16, she became the junior horsemanship director, where she worked with young kids (ages 5-10) teaching them how to ride horses. Olivia designed her own curriculum for the junior program, which she ran for 4 years. When she was 20 she became the horsemanship director at the camp, a position she held for 3 years. Olivia managed the horse facility, having the responsibility of chores and caring for about 30 horses. She managed the horse staff and ran the horse program during the summer months of Camp where she taught kids (9-15) basic horsemanship skills. Olivia currently owns 2 horses: Spooner (17) and Reno (7); and has raised them both. She is now working under Cheralyne at VEC as a riding instructor. Olivia enjoys being outside and working with horses and animals. She has a passion to teach others about horses and to develop their horsemanship abilities as a rider. She has a heart for horses and wants to share what she knows with others!