Lucie Lavergne takes to the puddle on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving at Montane Barn attracts hundreds

The event, sponsored by Parastone Developments, was overflowing with happy families.

Celebrating Thanksgiving at the Fernie Therapeutic Horse and Pony Club family day at Montane Barn was close to heaven on earth. Pork, children playing with animals, beer, snowcapped mountains, great music, firepits, sunshine, laughter and crafts. The event, sponsored by Parastone Developments, was overflowing with happy families. Activities included meet the ponies, Mountain Market, chicken poop bingo, horseshoe comp, s’more station, face painting and more. Proceeds went to support the Fernie Therapeutic Horse and Pony Club, “whose mission is to enhance the quality of life of individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, or behavioural difficulties by providing them with affordable equine therapy in a safe environment.”

Patty Seeley, President of the Fernie Therapeutic Horse and Pony Club was happy for another year of the event.

“Parastone is our gold sponsor that helps us, and they let us keep the horses on their property and they let us use the barn,” she said. “Today was a Thanksgiving gathering and a fundraiser but also to give awareness to the Fernie Therapeutic Horse and Pony Club, and to everyone who has been supporting us. It’s all by donation and we had the food tent and s’mores and people could go pet the miniatures or go for pony rides and get involved in the chicken poop lottery.”

Seeley said that “equine therapy is one of the most recognized and successful forms of therapy for children and adults, from post traumatic stress disorder to autism, even for confidence building. Children learn to have social IQ by interacting with the horses.”

Simon Howse, General Manager of Parastone Developments, was eager to share the good news of his Montane residential development, which was launched on a Thanksgiving long weekend.

“Every year since, we’ve done an event on Thanksgiving, and it’s a way of giving back to the community and the local therapeutic horse society,” he explained. “We have lots of people here, it’s a free event that takes donations, which go to the therapeutic horse society.”

Howse said the event is all about the children.

“The community we built was about attracting local families,” he said. “I’ve got four kids myself. So we wanted families living and playing here. This is just an extension of that. The kids are having a ball.”

Howse said the farm will continue being used for educational purposes.

“This is just laying the groundwork for that,” he said. “Plus we have another [development] phase coming on. We are sold out to date. We have another 26 lots coming on.”

Montane is a massive land development said Howse.

“We’ve rolled it out over the last four years,” he explained. “Each phase has sold out very quickly. We’ve built equity into every sale, so the homeowner immediately realizes a rise in the value of their home or piece of land.”

Christine Grimble loved being a part of the community event.

“Thanksgiving for me is about being with all your friends, and I consider this community to be my family,” she said. “This is the perfect day they conjured up. I love the sun, and how they’ve got all the firepits out here. All you want to do is cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and hang out with a nice pulled pork and stand by the fire and chat.”

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Bob Josephison, Campfire Tools, enjoys the sunshine. Photos by James Snell/The Free Press

Several firepits warmed participants.

Just Posted

Ghostriders extend win streak to eight games

The action and energy grew exponentially at Friday night’s Ghostriders game. The… Continue reading

Hands on avalanche training for FSS students

On Thursday, January 9 the day began with a golden sunrise and… Continue reading

Friday fatality at Fernie Alpine Resort

It’s the second person to die in a tree well at a ski resort in B.C. in the past week.

Two weekend rescues for Fernie SAR

Fernie Search and Rescue (SAR) was activated twice this past weekend to… Continue reading

To Australia from Fernie, helping those back home

With her home country going up in flames over 13,000 kilometres away,… Continue reading

VIDEO: Nickelback gears up for nostalgia tour

Canadian band joins Stone Temple Pilots for a summer tour that includes just one stop in Canada

Boy, 13, arrested after alleged assault involving girl at B.C. middle school

Boy alleged to have used ‘inappropriate levels of force’ to injure the girl

B.C. player becomes only second Canadian to enter Hall of Fame of Baseball

Walker received 76.6 percent of the Baseball Writers of America Association vote

PHOTOS: Heavy snowfall breaks window, causing avalanche into B.C. newsroom office

It was a chaotic start to the week for the Kitimat Northern Sentinel

Canadian law firm launches class action on behalf of Iran flight victims

Flight 752 was shot down by Iran shortly after take off

Mission Hill cellarman fired after mistakenly dumping $162K of wine down the drain

The former employee filed a grievance with the West Kelowna winery but was unsuccesful

Protesters block B.C. government building entrance to support Wet’suwet’en First Nation

A letter with four demands was delivered to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources

Hospital patient pleads guilty to dumbbell assault of nurse in Abbotsford

Neale Heath admits to assault causing bodily harm in attack last September

Most Read