Keya Milaire, of
British Columbia, has been involved with horses her entire life. Her family has
owned and operated a riding stable for over sixteen years which has had, on
average, thirty horses since it opened in 1994. Keya has assisted in the stables management doing activities such as, customer service, teaching, horse care, and marketing.
Keya joined 4H
when she was ten years old and stayed a member with her horses for just under a
decade. She helped organize numerous club events, fundraisers, as well as organized donations and sponsorships for competitions and year end awards. She was
also the president for two years and won many awards for public speaking and
her overall achievements. Keya competed in both English and western disciplines
and always did exceptionally well in her equitation winning at both the
District and Regional levels. She was also a member of a drill team which
performed at many events like the Mane Event in Chilliwack BC, and the Pacific
National Exhibition in Vancouver BC.
In high school,
Keya maintained an average of above ninety percent and graduated as the top in
her Business Program as well as with four scholarships for her academic
the fall of
2008, after a year break from her education, Keya pursued Business
at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in BC. Since her enrollment, she has
maintained the highest GPA in her program and has received first and
year achievement scholarships to continue her education at Kwantlen. In
2011, Keya graduated with Distinction receiving her Diploma in Business Management.
In 2009, Keya started
basic dressage with one of her geldings, scoring over seventy percent on her
first test and winning multiple Champion and Reserve Champion Awards. Keya has
also excelled in her western horsemanship which is her favorite discipline so
far. She has always been recognized for her horses clean and eye catching
turnout and receives many compliments at the events that she attends.
In the summer of
2010 Keya started braiding professionally and received a job braiding for Jean-François
Santerre. Keya then
accepted an opportunity to groom for Mr. Santerre while he was competing at
Thunderbird Show Park in BC and Spruce Meadows in Alberta. Keya is now helping Jean-François
manage Santerre Show Stables in Langley BC and organizes the businesses activities in addition to making videos and photos of the SSS horses.