Williams Lake Trail Riders getting new roofs over arena, stable stalls – Williams Lake Tribune
The Williams Lake Trail Riders Association has new roofs over the arena and about 60 stables thanks to provincial funding.
In March 2021, the association learned that it had received a $109,803 grant to the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program to help cover the costs of the project.
“Everyone is very excited about it,” said WLTRA treasurer Barb Stuart. “The arena is 68 years old – it was a big job.”
Stuart was quick to thank Beth Veenkamp, the city’s economic development officer, for telling the association about the grant opportunity.
“She also sent us to Brent Dafoe, a grant writer and he was great to work with,” Stuart said.
Mainline Roofing, a local company, was tasked with doing the work, much of it in the warmer days of the past month, and was nearly finished by Tuesday, July 20.
“I felt bad during the heat wave. The workers tried to beat the heat and started earlier in the day.”
With the new roofs over the arena and the stables, the association will not have to worry about leakage in the coming years.
“Every time it rained, water would come through the nail holes in the arena roof, which had worn down over the years. They would soak all the way to the arena and it would freeze in winter. It’s really nice because the bottom of the can is white, so it helps brighten it up too.”
Stuart has lived in Williams Lake for 29 years and used the facility occasionally during that time.
“It took a long time, but as a non-profit you can only do so much,” she said of the roof replacement. “It really is a gem in the middle of the city.”
Stuart was president of the association before becoming treasurer and said it will be easier to rent out the stables now that they can guarantee they are dry.
“We are a non-profit association and depend on the rental of the stalls,” she added.
In addition to his involvement with the WLTRA, Stuart is also secretary of the BC Cutting Horse Association and the only NCHA certified individual in BC