In the Press: We BC
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I am so thankful for programs such as WeBC to help women of all chapters of life make their business dreams become reality.
WeBC’s unique funding program differs from traditional financial institutions, allowing broader eligibility criteria to meet the needs of women entrepreneurs. Alongside business loans of up to $150,000, women are also supported with complimentary services aimed at empowering women to develop and strengthen as entrepreneurs.
As a self-proclaimed ‘tack nerd’, Samantha Matsuda brings her love of horses, their welfare, and training alive with Evolution Equestrian, a local horse care and riding equipment store in Courtenay. Founded in 2021, Evolution Equestrian equips horse enthusiasts with saddles, bridles, and grooming supplies—both locally and nationwide.
Evolution Equestrian was Samantha’s long-held dream that started in her garage and was almost extinguished by the pandemic.
“I was working for a different tack store for about seven years before starting my own business, Samantha explains. When COVID hit, I had to step away from that dream because the risks were just too high. After the birth of my child, the world slowly opened back up again which gave me the opportunity to try again.”
Samantha came back stronger and successfully set up her horse equipment storefront for the local riding community in Courtenay.
With a burning passion for learning everything there is to know about horses, and sharing insights with her community, Samantha regularly posts educational content on social media, alongside a weekly blog named ‘Tack Tip Tuesday.’
“I’m really passionate about providing learning opportunities for my community on all things horse-related,” Samantha says. “It’s a great way to build a relationship with my customers and connect with them on a more personal level.”