Learn more about our history and where we are today!

 

“HIPPODROME” – July 29, 1955 Jockey (Fred Dodge - up), Owner (J.P. Drader), Trainer (Owner)

“HIPPODROME” – July 29, 1955
Jockey (Fred Dodge - up), Owner (J.P. Drader), Trainer (Owner)

HISTORY

Back in the 70's, Grandfather Vern Drader started a cattle sales business called El Centro Sales. In the heart of the prairies the company quickly grew and was known for importing cattle from Europe and the United States. In the mid 90's, Vern partnered with his son to build the successful El Centro Llama Sales in the Fraser Valley. The family business has always had a reputation for raising good, solid livestock and delivering impeccable service. Our motto "Quality with Integrity" has served us well.  


 

El Centro Equine Services

TODAY

Now, almost 40 years later, we continue to deliver the same standard of service in the equine industry of the Okanagan. We specialize in coaching beginner to intermediate riders of all ages in Western and English disciplines. Dustin has a keen interest in the methods of Buck Brannaman, and trains in a similar approach to his and the methods of other great horseman such as Ray Hunt and Tom Dorrance. As a CanTRA therapeutic instructor Dustin also understands challenges riders face such as fear and anxiety. Starting green horses, driving, Horse Council BC General Performance judging, teaching 4H, and coaching has given Dustin the privilege of meeting many great people throughout the Central Okanagan.

 
 
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Meet THE Drader Family

Dustin + Heidi
Dominic
Dylan

They have lived in Kelowna since 2005. When they’re not at a horse show or clinic they enjoy camping, hanging out at a beach, or spending time in their backyard pool. The Draders often share their home with foster kids, international students and individuals with special needs.  

 
 
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