Evolution of Myrddin

 

Myrddin came into being in 1978. At its creation, Myrddin was a combination of a riding school that catered to a vast number of pony clubbers and ‘A’ Circuit hunter and jumper show clientele. Its founder, Margaret Godson, continued to event, riding her own horses and those of CW Wylie. During this time, Myrddin created a riding program with the YMCA, the first of its kind in Ontario.

The 1980s

In the 1980s, Myrddin moved to a larger property in Georgetown which enabled it to change its focus from the show ring to eventing. The more expansive facilities also enabled the start of a residential Working Student Program. During this decade, Myrddin introduced its clientele to Alternative Therapy Treatments for horses and the principles of centered riding.

In the mid 80s, Myrddin hosted its first horse trial and two years later was host to the OHTA Championships. By the end of the 80s, Myrddin had expanded from the original 19 horses to over 70 horses and added a second indoor arena.

The 1990s

In the 1990s, there was an increase in the adult clientele at the barn. The lesson program and clinics expanded to take in more recreational riders. Myrddin’s eventing team had far surpassed the show riders in numbers. It was not uncommon for Myrddin to attend a horse trial with 20 horses and riders.

The Working Student program had expanded and was now training young race horses, as well as turning race horses into eventers. As Margaret’s family grew older, the equestrian world was shifting away from large schools to more specialized facilities. Myrddin downsized and moved to Erin in the fall of 1999.

2000 – 2010

From 2000 to 2010, Margaret’s focus shifted to making better connections and relationships with the horse. Energy Medicine and Natural Horsemanship were blended into the activities at Myrddin.

Myrddin created its annual Short Course Competition to benefit the War Amps and the Myrddin riding school focus became more centered around the Equine Canada’s Rider Level system.

2010 to Present

From 2010 to the present, Myrddin has opened its Working Student Program for riders wishing to pursue certification or increase their personal knowledge. Myrddin continues to be on the leading edge of equine therapies with the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT.. also known as ‘tapping’) for horses and riders.

Our instructional program is second to none, offering the opportunity for riders to work with dedicated ‘horsemen’ with decades of experience and an enlightened understanding of the energy world.

In 2015, Myrddin hosted “The Grass Roots Showcase” which included presentations relating to all facets of the eventing competitions. It was a wonderful experience for everyone at Myrddin and those who participated to see a kaleidoscope of activities demonstrated by all the coaches who have influenced the sport over the last 30 years.

Myrddin continues to be a unique entity and a leader in the industry!