Interviews & Profiles

Jaimey Irwin, dressage rider, Tina Busse-Irwin, Stoney Lake Equestrian, Grand Prix dressage, Lindor’s Finest, horse trainer

Growing up in Lakefield, Ontario, Jaimey Irwin always knew he would ride and train horses professionally, settling on dressage as his discipline of choice at age 16. Today, at 35, he has become one of the most successful Grand Prix dressage riders representing Canada on the international stage. The highlight of Jaimey’s riding career to date occurred this past April at the 2013 Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. Competing against the best dressage riders from around the world, Jaimey achieved an impressive 16th place finish riding Lindor’s Finest (Lindor), a 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding.

Mark Bolender Mountain & Extreme Trail

If the idea of working in partnership with your horse to navigate obstacles such as bridges, logs, water, and switchbacks appeals to you, then Mountain Trail might be for you. The discipline of Mountain Trail was founded in 2000 and over the last 13 years has skyrocketed in popularity due to its accessibility, the benefits it can bring to horses and riders specializing in other disciplines, and, simply put, because it’s just plain fun.

GreenScene Agritek Inc

2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winner - In 2004, the Canadian government asked soil remediation expert Phil Wilford to help develop a strategy for confronting an outbreak of Avian Influenza in the Fraser Valley of BC. He recalls that, “At one of the meetings, somebody said: ‘If you want to look at something that’s a real problem, look at horse manure because we have no way of getting rid of it and we can’t find quality bedding.’” So Wilford started looking at potential solutions to the problems of increasingly expensive waste disposal and a shortage of fresh bedding material which are affecting the horse community on a global scale. His solution: a revolutionary new technology that recycles horse manure and used bedding (MUB), converting it into clean, dry, odorless, pathogen-free bedding. And so, in 2007, Wilford founded GreenScene Agritek Inc.

Pico - Vancouver Police Department Mounted Unit

2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winner - Last fall, the Vancouver Police Department bid a fond farewell to a friend and retired colleague. Pico, a tall, Dutch Warmblood gelding, served the City of Vancouver for nearly two decades, first as a police horse, then as a therapeutic riding horse, before returning to the VPD stables in Stanley Park in 2011 to live out the remainder of his retirement. He was humanely euthanized on October 21, 2012, at the ripe old age of 31, having enjoyed a long, full life.

Whiz N Tag Chex

2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winner - Sired by the only National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Nine Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz, ridden in his younger days by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Duane Latimer, and owned by the first ever NRHA Million Dollar Owner Lance Griffin, Whiz N Tag Chex seems to have been destined for greatness. And now the 1999 stallion can boast a NRHA Million Dollar title himself – in August 2012 the earnings of his offspring surpassed the $1 million milestone, making Whiz N Tag Chex the fourth son of Topsail Whiz to achieve the NRHA Million Dollar Sire accolade.

Walter White - BC Provincial Wish Trail Ride

2013 Readers' Choice Awards Winner - Seventeen years ago, Walter White had a vision. A lifelong rider, he dreamed of combining his love of horses with his dedication to community service. And so, in 1996, Walter founded the Okanagan Wish Trail Ride in Kelowna, British Columbia, benefitting the BC & Yukon Chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada.

Jane James: Therapeutic Riding & Para-Equestrian Pioneer

2013 Readers' Choice Awards - There are few who have even come close to matching the many and varied contributions Jane James has made to therapeutic riding and Para-equestrian sport in Canada. Her career in the equestrian industry has been long and distinguished, and is best characterized by the unflagging dedication, generosity, and enthusiasm she employs in service of the local, national, and international horse communities.






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