My name is Terry Coulombe, I am the owner of T&T Power Sports Ltd., a dealership in Bonnyville Alberta. I have owned this buiness for 20 yrs, selling Arctic Cat , Yamaha and Suzuki, on and off road motorcycles, atvs, snowmobiles, and side by sides or UTV's. Over the years I have seen many changes in the industry, mainly technological advancements in engine , suspension and design changes to enhance rider comfort and increase ease of operation by all users. The industry was intially a "boys club" but slowly over the years with the addition of creature comforts, like more suspension and electric start, it was more of a pleasure to get our ladies involved.
Always looking for new ways to enjoy the industry and meet like minded people, I was referred to a website called " SNOW AND MUD " .... nice name.... when I got onto the site and started to learn my way around the forums I found several user groups and the ladies group was one of them. I was pleasantly surprised to see atv, motocross, and snowmobile riding females that had zest and addiction like us guys did. After a brief introduction to the "Boondockers" sled ride in Elkford BC., again with a huge mass of outdoor enthusiasts, I met more ladies who were called Betties. I thought I was a die hard rider, but these girls had the bug for sledding and quadding big time. I was drawn to this group as their passion and drive to bring more ladies into the sport and "get them out of the kitchens" as one girl put it, was admirable and I wanted to get involved.
The Bettie I first met online was JC (Rhonda) who had invited me to my first Boondocker ride. Rhonda mentioned to me about The Betties and their quest to get the ladies more involved in the sport, and with a wife and two daughters, I more than understood their thought process. She mentioned some of the girls were getting sponsors and/or help from different companies to make it easier 'accessory-wise' and a bit 'financial-wise' to get into the sport. My wheels starting turning... and over the next few days I saw how the newcomers were taken under the wings of certain girls and their desire to teach them so they could learn the safe/ right/ easier way so they would enjoy the sport more. It was then I decided it would be win/win situation for me to offer to help the girls out with some sponsorship, so I started with one girl, even though she was riding a Polaris and I sold Arctic Cat and Yamaha. It was such a positive cause this group was undertaking and I was impressed with the dedication and organization of them - I couldnt not 'step up to the plate' so to speak, I had to be a part of this as it was such a positive venture. As a dealer with 20 yrs in the industry it was so refreshing and so inspiring to find a group that was dedicated to promoting the positives of outdoor recreation and whose goals were to attract the ladies both 'young' and younger to get involved, and to promote family outdoor recreation as well.
The second year of the project we were able to provide four of the Betties with new M 800cc 153 Arctic Cat snowmobiles, and again for 2012 we were also able to get 2012 new 800 Proclimbs for the their use. It has been a very memorable experience over the past 3 years and we have made lots of friends and exposed alot of people to the Betties group. The Betties are a 12 month group, they use atvs, dirt bikes, side by sides and of course, snowmobiles. I have enjoyed the rides and get togethers that the Betties put on throughout the year and the great friendships that I have developed with the group and their spouses. The spouses and supporters are a key part of their endeavors by helping behind the scenes, filming, being the mechanics, support team...you name it, they do it.
I look forward to continuing my support with the Betties, and hopefully expanding it to summer months as well.
T&T Power Sports Ltd
Members of the Betties Power Sports Club & Friends