Welcome to our blog section! Here you’ll find guest bloggers covering a variety of equine subjects to entertain and enlighten. Be sure to check back frequently to see what our bloggers are up to.

Ask BFL

Sara RunnallsHave an equine related insurance question? Sara Runnalls has the answer. The vice-president and associate at BFL Canada, the official insurance provider of the OEF, helps our members better understand and navigate the world of insurance. Go ahead, ask her a question!

Sara Runnalls is vice-president and associate at BFL CANADA Risk and Insurance Services Inc. in Toronto. Sara grew up in the horse business. Her parents purchased their first commercial horseback riding establishment in 1977 and retired in 2008. Sara ran the riding school aspect of this family business and competed professionally from 1991 to 1996, including two years named to the National Talent Squad for Show Jumping. She has experience in various other riding disciplines, including Hunter, Three-day Eventing, Dressage, Western, and most recently, Reining. Sara is an Equine Canada certified coach and a national examiner with Canadian Pony Club. She also holds the Fellow Chartered Insurance Professional and Canadian Risk Manager Designations. Her lengthy and varied equestrian background, combined with her more than 16 years of experience in the insurance industry and commitment to continuing her insurance education, make Sara a valuable resource to OEF members.

To ask BFL a question, e-mail OEF@bflcanada.ca

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It’s A Coach’s Life

Helen Richardson

Thinking of becoming a coach but don’t know where to begin? Perhaps you were once certified, but have let your coaching status lapse? Or maybe you are certified and want to find out more about the programs available to coaches? Just ask Helen Richardson!

Helen is an Equine Canada Certified Level 1 Equestrian Coach (English) working out of Oakhurst Farm in Ashton, ON. Growing up riding in the Ottawa area, Helen was active in Pony Club, Eventing and Dressage, also competing in Hunter, Jumper and Equitation on the “A” circuit for many years.

Certified in 1992, Helen coaches students who are entering the world of competition up to Training level Eventing. She is also an Evaluator and Evaluator Mentor for the Equine Canada Rider Levels Program.

Follow along as she works to demystify the certification process and offers her thoughts and tips on how to navigate the coaching program and make the most of your certification.

To ask Helen a question, email helen@oakhurstfarm.com