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 life long passion.
I began my riding adventures at the Rothesay Pony Club. I went from beginner status to one of the senior members responsible for barn chores on the weekends.
I then went on to Wilfrid Laurier University for my business degree. There, 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 ralllies, long distance judged pleasure rides and hunter paces. I have met some incredible horse people along the way.
- 23 years coaching
- 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 co-ordinator for NB for many years
- Organize 8-10 horses shows per year at my facility
- First level dressage champion
I have the best group of students and parents that make my job not feel like work at all!
Amanda has always loved horses, and began riding when she was 18. She bought her first horse, Peppy, shortly after and together they have participated in many events including clinics, shows, and the 2016 LTED Eventing program. Along with Peppy, she now also owns Bruno, who she plans to Event when he comes of age, and Farrah, a pony she uses to give riding lessons on to her nieces. Amanda has experience with horses of all ages and abilities, working at a local breeding farm caring for broodmares and foals, as well as a high performance eventing facility as a groom/stable hand. She works closely with dressage, eventing, and show jumping coaches in the area. Amanda has experienced many ups and downs in her riding career and this has made her a very empathetic riding instructor.
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.
Joanne has been passionate about horses and riding for as long as she can remember. This coupled with her joy of teaching, makes her a perfect fit for instructing. Joanne has participated in English riding lessons for the past 20 years with emphasis on dressage and some jumping. She purchased her own horse in 2012 and in 2014 she was accepted onto the elite New Brunswick LTED (Long Term Equestrian Development) dressage team. During the LTED program Joanne took part in weekend training camps and competed in an Equine Canada Gold Dressage New Brunswick show. Joanne is excited to bring her many years of experience to the “teaching ring”. Once she receives her equine Canada rider level 6 she will continue on to her Instructors of Beginners certification. Joanne is excited to bring her passion to new riders and instill that love and passion into others. At Hampton Riding Center, under the guidance of Jennifer Hanson, she has been able to hone her skills in riding and teaching as she progresses towards achieving her instructors certification.
Katie Jardine began riding at the age of 11 after numerous summers doing horseback riding camps. Once immersed into full time riding, she soon found her passion in jumping and dressage work. This led her to the purchase of her first horse, By Special Request, a 9 year old Quarter Horse cross. At the age of 14 she joined the Hampton Pony Club and competed throughout Canada on her own horse, various project horses, and Pony Club horses. Under the tutelage of International Level Eventing, Show Jumping, and Dressage coaches, Katie received her C level in the Pony Club and Rider Level 6 in the Equine Canada Learn-to-Ride Program. Through the pony club Katie competed heavily in dressage and rally events. She represented the New Brunswick/Prince Edward Island Region four times at the Canadian Pony Club National Dressage Championships. Katie was hired in 2010 as a working student for Jennifer Hanson , which gave her a multitude of experience in the show ring, as a groom, and eventually, teaching. Katie’s venture into teaching horseback riding began as a means to better her riding, however she soon discovered it was her true passion. In 2011, she became a certified Equine Canada Instructor. Katie has now taken a step back from competing full time to complete her Bachelor of Education degree at the University of New Brunswick, but continues to teach students of all ages and abilities. Her training in both the classroom and show ring has given her a well-rounded teaching experience , which shows through her coaching.
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.
Come for a tour
Hampton Riding Centre
560 Lakeside Rd, Smithtown, NB E5N 3Y6
We have horseback riders from all over New Brunswick including St. Stephens, St. Andrews, Saint John, Moncton and Fredericton. We are “officially” located in Smithtown but very close to the bigger and more recognizable town of Hampton.
Look for the brown garbage box and the civic #560 on it.
Come on in! The house and barn are in behind.
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”.
If you would like to be added to this list, use the Contact Form.
Please provide details on your riding and teaching experience.