Meet Our Team!
Owner / Coach
I have been teaching and training horses and students for many years and since 1993 as a certified Level 1 English Coach. My involvement with horses has been a lifelong passion.
I began my riding adventures at the Rothesay Pony Club. I progressed from beginner status to one of the senior members responsible for barn chores on the weekends.
I went to Wilfrid Laurier University for my business degree. I was not long in realizing that I could help pay for my horse hobby through barn chores and teaching a few lessons. I was lucky enough to mentor under a fabulous lady who helped me to my completion of the Level 1 certificate.
Throughout the years I have shown in many English disciplines such as dressage, show jumping, eventing, Pony Club Rally, long distance judged pleasure rides and hunter paces. I have met some incredible horse people along the way.
- Certified English Coach since 1993
- Took the top 4 Pony Clubbers in Canada to compete in Hong Kong- we came 2nd overall!
- Trained 3 yr old mare to NB Provincial Champion in eventing.
- Judged shows from English equitation, jumper classes, western trail, pony club rallies and cross country events.
- Past president of Zone 4 of the New Brunswick Equestrian Association
- English Coaching coordinator for NB for many years
- Organize 8-10 horses shows per year at my facility
- Third level dressage champion
- EC Rider Level 9- first in Canada to complete
- Home of the Hampton Pony Club since 2008
I have the best group of students and parents that make my job not feel like work at all!
Iyesha began taking riding lessons at the age of 12. Although she grew up around many different farm animals, Iyesha knew from a young age that being around horses was a passion. This led her to having 4 different horses of her own in her teenage years. It was two years after she graduated from High School that she went to Aesthetics School. After completing school in 2014, Iyesha started working in a Day Spa in Hampton part time. A few months after she started working in the Day Spa she started working at the Hampton Riding Centre
part time. Now after three years, Iyesha is working full time at the Hampton Riding Centre and has now begun her training to become a Certified Riding Instructor. While at HRC Iyesha has been able to participate in several Cross Country Clinics, Dressage Clinics and HRC’s own Annual Fun Show and plans to continue to compete and participate in Clinics. Iyesha is looking forward to more teaching at HRC and will continue to grow her knowledge and experience with horses and teaching.
Jessica began riding in 2007, after being a horse lover forever. Though she started out riding western she quickly found her love of jumping and made the switch to English in 2009. Since then she has never looked back, participating in clinics and shows throughout Ontario. In 2012 she made the move to PEI where she began her work in equine therapy and studying under various mentors to learn the ins and outs of the equestrian world. Her primary focus has been dressage and hunters, with a strong love of eventing as well. In Jan of 2020 Jessica made the move to Saint John to complete her Master’s, starting at HRC in February. She loves working with riders of all ages and levels to help them fine tune their skills and enjoy all that horseback riding has to offer.
Makayla has always had a love for horses and has been riding since the age of six. She began riding at Hampton Riding Centre and joined the Canadian Pony Club in 2008. During these years she started eventing and developed a strong passion for dressage. Makayla has competed at numerous Pony Club events and even attended the 2015 National Dressage Championships in Alberta, where she placed 4th at the Training Level. She has been coaching since September 2015 and is working towards her Instructor of Beginners. Makayla loves educating her young students and takes pride in watching her students progress.
Sloan Gillis began riding at the age of 5 in Nova Scotia. Moving to New Brunswick in 2003 she continued to ride in weekly lesson and summer camps. In 2008, she realized she wanted more time in the saddle and leased her first horse over the summer. The following summer, she decided she wanted to put a competitive edge on her riding.
Sloan joined the Hampton Pony Club, she competed in multiple rallies, dressage shows and as many clinics as possible. At Hampton Riding Centre, Sloan was exposed to many clinicians and worked with a variety a professional in the sport. Through Pony Club, Sloan was able to ride a wide variety of different ponies and horses, it also led her to another lease horse, on which she successfully showed at Training Level and First Level Dressage and qualified twice for Pony Club Dressage Regionals. Pony Club also brought out another passion, teaching new and upcoming riders and Pony Clubbers. In 2010, Sloan began to apprentice and teach under Jennifer as a working student, from beginner to intermediate riders, she enjoys seeing progress and that moment where everything clicks between horse and rider. She continued to show, participate in clinics, groom for other and teach until she left for University in 2012. Sloan returned to Hampton Riding Centre in 2017 as an instructor and is now working to complete her Rider Level 6 in the Equine Canada Learn to Ride Program and to become a certified Equine Canada Instructor by June 2018.
Tyra began riding in 2011 at the Hampton Riding Centre. She quickly realized that she had a love of horses and good skills as a rider. She since has gone on to do achieve her D2 pony club level. She has taken her stable management knowledge and developed it to become one of 4 members who were part of the 2015 NB/PEI Quiz team that travelled to Alberta. Tyra has competed in dressage shows, hunter jumps show and rallies. Tyra has purchased her own horse – Quest. He is a big part of her life. Her family support is so strong that they have recently has purchased 26 acres, perfect for horses, where she hopes to open her own barn. Tyra has been an Instructor at HRC since 2014. She has been able to share her knowledge and love of horses with many students so far.
Do you have teaching experience? We are often looking for substitute Instructors when our regular staff are away. We have a roster of our regular “subs”.
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