Jill Irving Awarded Dressage Volunteer of the Month for May

Jill is to be commended for creating a Dressage Youth Mentorship Program, which provides up-and-coming youth dressage athletes with the opportunity to travel to Wellington, FL to experience international-level dressage competition at the prestigious Adequan Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) first-hand. Read more>

Dressage Volunteer of the Month, Equestrian Canada, May 2017

Equestrian Canada (EC) proudly awarded Jill Irving the Volunteer of the Month Award, May 2017, for her ongoing commitment to the Jill Irving Youth Equine Mentor Program. Volunteers are integral to the success and growth of dressage, and the entire dressage community celebrates the contributions of volunteers like Jill Irving, through the Volunteer of the Month Program.

Jill was commended for creating her successful dressage youth mentorship program, travelling six Canadian riders to Wellington, FL, to experience international dressage competition at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival.

A proud recipient of this prestigious award, Jill remains committed to her program and to offering invaluable opportunities to young riders, year after year.

Jill Irving

Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Jill Irving has been a horse enthusiast and a competitive equestrian since she was a young girl. Her experience as a child was primarily based in showing ponies and hunters, but in her late teens she began to focus on dressage. In these early years, Jill spent time training with fellow Canadian Christilot Boylen, and became an accomplished rider at the Prix St. George and Intermediare I.Read More

In 1987 Jill married her husband Robert, and relocated to Moncton, New Brunswick, where her focus changed from riding, to raising a family.  Since then, her three daughters (Megan, Meredith and Olivia) have grown up to be leading riders on the hunter circuit in both Canada and the United States. Jill herself spent many years showing hunters with her girls, and has been named the Canadian Hunter Grand Champion three times at the Royal Winter Fair. Now, Jill is fully dedicated to dressage, and competes for Canada at both the Prix St. George/Intermediare 1 and the Grand Prix.  Jill spends the winter months in Wellington, FL where she trains with four time Olympian Ashley Holzer, and divides her time during the summer months between their family farm in Moncton, NB, training with Ashley in New York, and competing in Europe.  Her recent accomplishments include helping Canada to win a gold medal at the CDIO3* Wellington Nations Cup in March 2017, and competing for Canada at the CHIO Aachen 2017 – one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world. Jill is currently ranked as one of Canada’s top seven Grand Prix riders, and is ranked 90th in the FEI World Rankings. Her current competition horses are Degas 12, a 15 yr old, Hannoverian, gelding by De Niro and Arthur, a 12 yr old, KWPN Gelding by Jazz.

Jill is the founder and inspiration behind the Canadian Youth Equestrian Mentorship Program. She is passionate about equestrian sport, and is dedicated to helping young Canadian riders gain exposure and experience to some of the best competitions in the world through the engagement and support of fellow Canadian riders and international competitors.


Jill Irving Named Red Scarf Equestrian Dressage Athlete of the Month for June

Irving competed with two horses at the CDI 4* Achleiten, held in Austria from June 8-11, 2017, earning great scores on both. With Arthur (Jazz x Contango), Windhaven Farm’s 12-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding, she finished fifth in the Grand Prix on June 9, scoring 68.340%. Riding Degas 12 (De Niro x Regazzoni), another Windhaven Farm horse, she finished eighth in the same class with a final mark of 66.420%.  Read more>

Jill Irving Named Red Scarf Dressage Athlete of the Month for September 2016

Irving has had a fantastic fall season, with her recent successes at the CDI-W New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Fall Festival of Dressage in Saugerties, NY and CDI-W/3 * Dressage at Devon in Pennsylvania being definite highlights. Read more>

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Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu

Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu is one of Canada’s top Grand Prix riders. She has had many successes on her current horse All In. The pair recently competed in Europe finishing in the top 10 in Aachen, Germany. Brittany has represented Canada multiple times throughout her career so far including winning a team silver medal at the Pan American Games in Toronto. For the past four years Brittany has been training full time with four-time Olympian Ashely Holzer based out of New York City. Brittany has hopes to compete at the World Equestrian Games next September.


Chris Von Martels

Chris is a 35 yr old, Canadian equestrian, originally from Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada From 1998 – 2003 Chris competed internationally at the Junior and Young Rider levels. Shortly there after he moved his way into the small tour level and ultimately made his grand prix debut in 2007.

Most recently, Chris was a member of silver medal winning Canadian Dressage Team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, and won the individual bronze medal at the same competition. He was the first Canadian in twelve years to win an individual medal in dressage at the Pan Am Games.Read More


Chris was named the 2015 Equestrian of the Year by Equine Canada, and the 2015 Dressage Rider of the Year by Dressage Canada.

In 2016, Chris was named second reserve for Canadian Dressage team for Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero with Divertimento.

Chris owns and operates Von Martels Dressage Inc. a highly successful horse sales business, which buys and sales horses all over the world.


Jackie Tattersall

Jackie started riding at an early age and was soon competing ponies on the A circuit in Ontario. Her first core division mount was Jump Canada Hall of Fame inductee Farnley Melanie, a small pony that her family purchased as a yearling and trained for the hunter show ring. During her Junior and Amateur career, Jackie earned several Ontario Zone Championships and Champion at the prestigious Royal Winter Fair (Toronto).Read More


After completing a Bachelor of Commerce and Finance at the University of Toronto in 2000, Jackie launched her professional career under the guidance of Wayne McLellan. Over the course of her riding career, Jackie has been lucky enough to be mentored by many other top professionals including Jay Hayes, Sue Pritchard, Gary Zook, Ken Berkley and Kim Kirton.

Jackie currently owns and operates a Hunter Jumper training and lesson facility in Beeton, Ontario. Each year, her horses and students have consistently placed in the Provincial Zone Awards (OHJA) and qualify to compete at the Royal Winter Fair. She is very excited to be part of the Jill Irving Youth Equine Mentor program.

Jacqueline Brooks

The two-time Olympian and owner of Brookhaven Dressage in Mount Albert, Ont. is a Canadian fan favourite with her popular grey gelding D Niro.  Jacquie also competes Emmett Top, a half brother to Valegro whom she has been bringing up the levels and will debut at small tour this season in Florida.



Joan Macartney

Joan Macartney is a dressage enthusiast, having trained, competed and judged dressage for a number of years. She is a Senior Dressage Judge both with Equestrian Canada and US Equestrian where she judges throughout Canada, the United States and Central America.

A highlight of Joan’s background is travelling and judging in a variety of countries around the world – South America, South Africa, Eastern Europe are few areas where she has judged and presented clinics.Read More


Working with youth and assisting in their development is always a priority – this past summer she travelled to Australia to judge their National Youth Dressage   Championships.

Joan has worked with the Canadian Youth Mentorship Program in the past and looks forward to meeting the 2018 group of young “up and comers” and providing insights into the “magical world of dressage judging”.

Jordan Laughlin

Jordan grew up with a deep rooted love and passion for horses, and started riding in 2002 at the age of 10. She progressed through the years, experimenting in all the disciplines and methods of horsemanship, starting in western and 4-H clubs before finding her niche in the hunter/jumper world. She purchased her first horse in 2006 and through much trial and error and with a lot of patience found herself and her horse “Trance” training with Canadian eventer Tricia Dahms for several years, with whom she made her first trip to Ocala, FL in 2010. Read More

During her high school years when she was not riding and training she was working in various facilities; learning the ins and outs of horsemanship and stable management from boarding to breeding operations, breaking and starting colts, and even trying her hand at natural horsemanship for a time. After moving back to New Brunswick in 2011, she attended Eastern College and obtained her Veterinary Administrative Assistant Degree, and started searching for a career path that she would be able to apply her combined years of experience and knowledge along with her passion for the horse in one- in 2014 opportunity arose to become a Professional Show Groom and she continues to grow and develop in her career today! Jordan began working for Jill Irving in April, 2015, and is delighted to share her knowledge and experience as a groom and a horsewoman with all of the participants of the Jill Irving Youth Mentorship Program!


Lendon Gray

After a successful competitive career, including two Olympic Teams, World Games, World Cup and numerous national championships on self trained horses, Lendon has been focusing on teaching mostly through Dressage4kids which she started 20 years ago. Among it’s many educational and competition programs is the Winter Intensive Training Program. Fourteen determined riders from age 11 – 21 spend three months in Florida with Lendon. The program consists of lessons five days a week, fitness work six days, a lecture or field trip six days, required reading with tests as well as volunteer work.

Lisa Schultz

Lisa Schultz is an “A” level Pony Club graduate. Currently a Competition Coach/trainer in BC Lower Mainland, working with the Langley School District Equestrian Academy and continues as a Coach to her students in the area at various levels, and types of riding. Lisa has always pursued Dressage with multiple horses but has successfully competed in other disciplines as well and has competed at the FEI/International level in Eventing.

Mike Lawrence

Mike Lawrence is a Nova Scotia native who lives in Milton, Ontario with his wife Emily and daughter Alice. Mike currently sits on the Jump Canada Committee and Jumping High Performance/Selection Committee.

A former competitor, Mike now manages the Ottawa International CSI 3* Showjumping Tournament and was a co-owner of the Pepiniere and Saint Lazare Horse Shows from 2004-2014.

Mike has a large equine dentistry practice based in Milton and Wellington, Florida and his clientele includes several top Canadian and International horses. He is a certified member of the International Association of Equine Dentistry, of which he is currently Vice President.

Sydney Sacre

Sydney is 20 years old, currently a working student for Jill Irving thanks to the Youth Mentorship program. Sydney attended the Jill Irving Youth Mentorship Program during its first year in 2016. She started out competitively riding with former coach, Donna McInnis in Cap-Pele N.B nine years ago after moving from Toronto where she took some of her first horseback riding lessons at the Horse Palace.

She began with my first horse ‘Minnie’ learning the ins and outs of ownership and moved onto her current mount, Valhalla A.K.A Moo. They moved through the levels up to Prix St. Georges, recently attending the North American Young Rider Championships in July of 2017.Read More


Sydney describes the experience of being a participant in the program as more than eye opening and landed her the pivotal opportunity to be a working student for Jill. “During my time spent in Wellington, Florida with multiple mentors I was given the chance to ‘dip my toes’ in the big leagues. The pace during the winter season of the dedicated trainers, competitors, and hard working grooms is something I became extremely interested in. The program gave me a goal to work toward and kept me inspired after consuming every drop of information possible from the incredible mentors. Because of this program I worked hard to stay involved with the sport and kept training while attending my first few years of University.

I can’t thank Jill and the many involved enough for the opportunity to take a step forward with my riding and take time out of the busy days of ‘Welly World’ to give valuable lessons to the youth who are looking to stay involved with their passion.”

Tiffany Dalton

Tiffany has been involved in the Equine Youth Mentorship Program since the beginning. She has assisted with the development of the program, communications, and acted as chaperone. Tiffany lives in Saint John, New Brunswick with her husband and daughter, where she actively competes in Dressage with her Hanoverian gelding Ducati at the Prix St. Georges and Intermediate level. Tiffany is a past board of director for the local dressage organization in New Brunswick that focuses on the development of dressage in the province through overseeing and coordinating dressage activities and competitions throughout NB. Tiffany holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Degree from the University of New Brunswick and a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Tiffany works full time in the field of Human Resources.

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