9th Annual war horse symposium

SEPTEMBER 20-22, 2019

Please register before September 16, 2019

Please note that seating is LIMITED and registration will be based on first come, first PAID basis.


The War Horse Symposium will be held at the Bear Creek Ranch

Located: 3061 Macaulay Road, Black Creek,and B.C.

The purpose of the symposium is:

  1. To gather individuals from a variety of organizations to discuss and share information about operational stress injuries.

  2. To discuss programs and resources available for frontline service providers and their families to help address operational stress injuries.

  3. To interactively work together to develop strategies for moving forward in addressing operational stress injuries and build resiliency to promote longevity.

  4. To experience how working with horses can assist those who have been exposed to trauma.

Tentative Symposium Schedule

Facility Location:

For more information about the Bear Creek Ranch, please visit www.bearcreekranch.ca or click here. The ranch is located 3061 Macaulay Road, Black Creek, B.C.

Refreshments, Meals and Other:

Refreshments, lunch and supper will be provided on all three days. That means you get three days of no cooking! (Breakfast and other meals will be at the expense of the participant).

Note: Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle for themselves.


If individuals would like to bring their personal recreational vehicles (i.e. campers, RV’s, etc.) there is space; however, there are no electrical or other shower facilities available at the site. For hotel/motel accommodations in the Black Creek area, a few suggestions are provided below. Individuals are responsible for their own accommodation and travel.

Note: You are encouraged to book your accommodation as soon as possible.


Space is limited; therefore to ensure your attendance, please complete your registration and purchase your ticket(s) prior to September 16,2019. Those who have registered but are unable to attend, please contact Deanna at warhorsefoundation@icloud.com. No registration fees will be returned after September 19th, 2019.



The War Horse Awareness Foundation would like to thank the following people for helping to make this symposium a reality:

  • Kris Robins – Grande Prairie, AB

  • Dave McKenna – Edson, AB

  • Stephanie Brossard and Will Galick – Nanaimo, B.C.

  • Severin Pederson and Jackie Mercer – Black Creek, B.C.

  • All attending participants

Cost of registration is $200.00 per participant.  This includes all activities and lunch and suppers during the three days. (Optional trail ride not included in registration price)


Registration fees must be received prior to September 16, 2019


Participants are encouraged to bring clothing to be outside and closed toed shoes. Long pants (jeans preferred) and anything else you may need to feel comfortable in nature (hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc)


If you are flying into the area – the closest airport is Comox or you can fly into Nanaimo and enjoy the beautiful mountain views on the drive up.

Bear creek ranch

Set in the heart of the Black Creek countryside, Bear Creek Ranch is one of the best-loved training and trail riding centres on Vancouver Island.


Located at 3061 Macaulay Road – Black Creek B.C.  Our hosts for this event will be Severin Pederson and Jackie Mercer.

Severin Pederson of 3R's Training Program has been helping horses and riders develop a true partnership for over 20 years. Severin began his formal training in steer wrestling, calf roping and team roping after earning a full scholarship to Odessa Junior College in Texas. He eventually went on to win the Junior World Timed Event Championship. Severin is a three time winner of the "Trainer of the North Challenge", an accomplished barrel racer and has qualified for the World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas on multiple occasions. He also works in the television and film industry as a stunt rider and wrangler. Some of his projects include: Strange Empire, The 100, and Legends of Tomorrow. 


Severin holds many clinics throughout the year at his family's ranch in Black Creek, as well as surrounding areas. He is known as "the go to guy" when horse owners and trainers have a problem they cannot solve. As a result of his focus on feel, timing, balance, and release, Severin is a truly multi-discipline trainer. His natural talent for horsemanship is reflected in his passion to educate, motivate, and inspire riders and horses.


Jackie - I have loved horses for as long as I can remember.  After graduating high school, I became a small animal vet tech, but working with sick and dying pets soon had me in a deep depression. My horses helped pull me out of it. I became a groom for a Professional Jumper before earning my Western Coaching certificate. While working for a National Champion horse trainer I was convinced to try horseshoeing. After the first few weeks of Farrier school I knew I had found my calling! I got so busy so fast that my body couldn't keep up and tendinitis turned into arthritis and crept from my hands up my arms and into my neck. Two years ago I suffered from my first blinding migraine. I had them constantly for a few months and they rendered me unable to work.  Again my horses saved me. I started learning about alternative therapies for me and my horses and practicing my Horsemanship skills at liberty. Gradually I've come back to teaching riding lessons again and helping horses and people through mine and Severin's training program.


Oyster Bay Resort – (less than 10 minute drive to Bear Creek Ranch) All our chalets have an ocean view of Georgia Strait where you can see cruise ships passing by in the summer. Enjoy sunrises and sunsets while relaxing on your private deck. Each chalet offers

  • a living room with TV, gas fireplace and picture window,

  • a full galley kitchen with full-size refrigerator, microwave, and in-room tea and coffee service,

  • your very own gas BBQ on your deck,

  • a private bedroom with queen size bed and duvet,

  • L shape couch that can convert to two twin or one queen size bed and

  • a huge bathroom with separate shower plus a 2-person/70-jet hydro spa tub.


Reserve today! 1-888-518-9555 

Mention “War Horse Symposium” for an incredible rate of $129 a night!

Pacific Playground Resort and Marina (about 9 minutes to the ranch)

9082 Clarkson Avenue, Black Creek, BC V9J 1B3, Canada.


Our cottages have been recently renovated and modernized with stainless steel appliances, new flooring, paint, and furniture. The kitchens have been thoughtfully stocked with all of the basic cookware and dining ware needed to ensure our customers’ comfort. Each cottage has two bedrooms; a master bedroom with queen bed and dresser. The second bedroom includes two single beds and a dresser, plus a queen sofa bed in the living room that sleeps two. Bathrooms are 4-piece with basic towels and face cloths provided.

Many other options in the area! Such as Edge Water Motel - $85.00 /night. (250) 923-5421.

RV’s and tents are welcome at the ranch – there are no hook ups and space is limited. Please advise if you would like to reserve a spot!


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