Date of Birth: February 17, 1991
Hometown: Fenwick, Ontario
Based out of: Waterloo, Ontario
Favourite Inspirational Quote: “Everything happens for a reason”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I hope to be married and starting a family, while continuing to be surrounded by horses through work and competing.
Horse Name (Show name, “Barn name”): Carbon Copy, Cat/Kitty
Date of Birth: July 26, 2009
Breed (Pedigree): Warmblood/Thoroughbred (Cabardino x Driftwood)
Loves: Snorting at everything, cuddling in her stall and jump-offs
Hates: The warm-up ring
If he/she were in high school, he/she would be: The girl that doesn’t really listen to the teachers and does things her own way but still gets straight A’s.
“I first sat on a horse at the age on 2 in Saskatoon at my uncle’s farm. It is an ongoing joke in my family that, “this is all his fault,”. At the age of 8, my parents finally caved and I started taking lessons and eventually began competing at the age of 10. First at local schooling shows, then I did a few years at the Trillium level, which eventually lead me onto the ‘A’ circuit.
On the ‘A’s I started out in the Hunter divisions, which lead me to qualify for the Royal Winter Fair in 2012 with my horse, Armani. After that I wanted to transition into the jumper ring. I purchased my first jumper named Cat in 2013 as a 4 year old, and I purchased Naphea de Coilly in 2014. Naphea was a very seasoned jumper who gave me a lot of confidence and taught me a lot in a short amount of time. She is currently living out her retirement, and hopefully she will be expecting a foal next year! Together we won the OHJA Junior/Amateur 1.10 division in 2014. I was able to go on and win the 1.10 division again in 2015 with Cat, and in 2016 we won the 1.20 division.
My coach, Heather MacInnis competed with Cat’s Mother (Drift Wood) in the High Junior Jumpers. Once she found out one of her babies was available, she convinced me to buy her because Cat reminded Heather so much of her mother (hence her show name Carbon Copy). Since then it has been literally, a wild ride!
Cat is an extremely quirky horse that knows how to keep me on my toes. She is small and fine boned, but don’t let that fool you! If she hears a noise she doesn’t like, sees a big horse cantering towards her, or hears a rail drop; she will spin on a dime and bolt the other way! The warm up ring can be really stressful if it is busy with lots of loud horses, trainers, and grooms. She doesn’t like a lot of people standing by the jumps, and I always need to hold on extra tight if the liverpool is moved.
All that aside, I am so thrilled Heather convinced me to buy her because all is forgotten as soon as we enter the ring. She quickly reminds me why I love her so much and why I put up with her wild side. Once she jumps that first jump, nothing can break her focus. She is extremely careful, quick, and willing. She gives me 110% every time she competes. I swear she just enjoys being the centre of attention.
For the last year and a half, I have been working at BFL Canada on the Equine team as a Registered Insurance Broker. I have been able to put my Business Degree and years of working with Heather MacInnis to good use! I love being able to work in a business environment, but also talk about horses all day. I currently service the bloodstock and farm accounts. I feel very lucky to work with such great people who understand and support my showing career.
The biggest highlight so far with Cat was my second place finish in the Junior Amateur 1.20/1.30/1.40 Pam Am Challenge at Caledon Equestrian Park last September. It was really special to me because not only did I have two great rounds, but I was also competing against riders I really admire.
This year I am hoping to be successful in the Junior/Amateur 1.30 division with Cat. My goal is to also try some 1.35 Modified Grand-Prixs. I am extremely grateful for every champion ribbon we have ever won, and I am really excited to see how far Cat and I will be able to go together!”
Lindsay was the Featured Rider in the March/April issue of ON THE HORSE Magazine. To view the rest of the publication, click HERE
Want to see more articles like this in a beautiful digest sized magazine? Subscribe HERE and we’ll send ON THE HORSE right to your door 6 times a year.