Dr. Marian Moats spoke at the dedication of the ‘Dr. Moats Memorial Arena” at PRDA. Black Press photo

VIDEO: Arena dedication honours Langley veterinarian

Dr. Robert Moats was a long-time supporter of Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities

Dr. Robert Moats was remembered as a long-time supporter of Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA) in Langley at a dedication ceremony that named an arena at the Pacific facility after the late veterinarian.

He was also affectionately remembered for his unique turns of phrase, known as “Bob-isms.”

Among them, “never too far to drive for a loyal client,” “never let the sun set on a colic,” and the “Saskatchewan twitch,” a way of safely controlling a large animal by holding it by the nose.

“He was a wonderful man who looked after our horses like they were his own,” said PRDA executive director Michelle Ingall.

His wife, Dr. Marian Moats, spoke at the unveiling of the sign over the entrance to the covered arena on Sunday.

“Bob would be truly honoured,” she said.

“Veterinary medicine was our passion.”

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PRDA is a therapeutic horseback riding facility that provides “equine facilitated activities” to children and adults with developmental,physical, cognitive and emotional challenges.

Dr. Moats, who passed away in August was described by Bill Hendricks, PRDA donor relations and events coordinator,as a “friend of and a big part of PRDA” over its 45 years of operation.

He served on the board of directors, was also a contributor to PRDA over the years, and was the vet for the therapeutic horses and some of the staff’s personal horses as well.

Hendricks said naming the Dr. Moats arena was “an ongoing memoriam for this great man, to continue in his memory for what he has done in providing equine care, his friendship, compassion and knowledge he has shared with so many people within our equine community. “

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PRDA executive director Michelle Ingall spoke at the dedication. Black Press photo

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