You can get close to the horse-jumping action at Southlands Country Fair. Photo by Noriko Tidball.
Vancouver may be a cosmopolitan city, but this weekend, it’s a little bit country.
The Southlands Country Fair happens this Sunday (September 14) in Southlands, an area that many Vancouverites don’t even know about. In this leafy residential neighbourhood, it’s not unusual to see people leading their horses along the quiet streets and on the trails of Pacific Spirit Park.
In addition to the people who live there, the upscale area is home to about 300 horses, housed in three major boarding barns and stables on private property.
The centre of the action is Southlands Riding Club, where riders bring their horses for training and practice in jumping, racing, and more. The annual Southlands Country Fair is a rare opportunity to check out what goes on at the club and spend a crisp fall day in place that feels like the country yet is in the heart of the city.
Southlands Country Fair rolls out some old-fashioned fun