Ontario Equestrian (OE) is excited to announce the 2021 GRIT team. Now, in their second year of GRIT (Great Riders Intensive Program), OE is eager to be able to execute the program fully.

2020 proved to be an interesting year to launch a new high-performance initiative but the 2020 team was up for the challenge. Despite a global pandemic, a great deal was accomplished both virtually and in-person. The 2021 GRIT athletes will be incredibly busy. 

Their schedules will include: 

  • Two Full Team Training Camps
  • One Monitored Competition (Per Discipline)
  • Completion of Foundational Riding Skills Assessment 
  • Functional Movement Screening
  • Daily Training Environment Visits
  • Weekly Strength and Conditioning Sessions with 
  • CSIO’s Kiri Langford
  • Competition Tracking
  • Regular Training Updates
  • Creation of Individual Athlete Performance Plans
  • Creation of Yearly Training Plans
  • Monthly Webinars with Industry Professionals
  • Online Learning through Equestrian Canada’s ECampus
  • Social Media Campaign

When asked what her experience was like as a member of 2020 GRIT, Lindsay Beer-Drury commented, “Since being selected as a GRIT athlete I’ve noticed that my skills as both a rider and competitor have greatly improved. I credit this to the incredible training opportunities provided by [OE] for athletes such as myself. It has been a privilege to train under the tutelage of head coach Christilot Boylen and consultant Ian Millar this past year. Furthermore, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to continue to participate in this ground-breaking new program for equestrian sport in Canada. Thank you, [OE], for encouraging your developing athletes and providing them with a great sense of community.

"Through GRIT I have had access to training that is more often than not out of reach for young professionals, support from the people behind the sport, and because of the integration of the disciplines, insight from individuals I would have otherwise never met.”

GRIT’s Head Coach Christilot Boylen was encouraged by the exceptional talent of the 2021 applicants.

OE is committed to working closely with Equestrian Canada (EC). Dayton Gorseline, EC’s National Advisor for the Jumping Youth Development Program and Jumping Talent ID Program, will be consulted and involved with the review of the jumping athletes.

Introducing the 2021 GRIT Team


  • Zachary Marshall 
  • Anna Swackhammer
  • Kiara Williams Brown


  • Lindsay Beer-Drury
  • Elise Hicks 
  • Lexy Lawryshyn
  • Makayla Rydzik
  • Nicole Reynolds


  • Olivia Blaber 
  • Kaylah Carruthers 
  • Rayne Dubois 
  • Rachael Howard
  • Carson Lewis 
  • Sasha Maniaci
  • Charlotte Mclaughlin 
  • Mackenzey Nadeau 
  • Rylee Poole-Kohli
  • Nicole Roach 
  • Emma Saunders 
  • Samantha Saunders
  • Mackenzie Solomon
  • Katrina Stanfield 
  • Reece Tobin 
  • Jessica Wang

Please CLICK HERE to see profiles on each of the 2021 athletes and to find out more about the program. 

In 2020 the GRIT program was fortunate to have included Zara Buren. Zara will always represent the gold standard of a GRIT athlete. She was a true horse woman and competitor. In memory of Zara and her incredible spirit and love of equestrian sport, the GRIT team Ogilvy pads permanently include the burgundy ribbon to honour Zara.