HealthEquine Therapies wanted to get on board with our clients show season & is proud to follow along the journey of three riders and mounts in their chosen discipline as they compete in the 2019 show ring.
Chelsey Overell & Hickory - Jumpers
Nicole Deline & Willow - Dressage
Nicole’s love of horses started from a young age, and after receiving riding lessons for her eleventh birthday, they became a permanent part of her life.
In order to progress in the industry and gain as much knowledge as possible, Nicole sought out opportunities to work under established professionals whenever possible. This drive has allowed her to work with two Olympic level riders, both in Canada as well as on circuits in Florida. It is through these experiences that Nicole was first formally introduced to dressage.
Currently Nicole competes at Gold/Silver rated dressage shows in Ontario under Jill Steadman, with her personal horse, a full Clydesdale named Willow. Willow is an 18 hand mare who is always willing to give it her all. Willow is currently competing at first with scores of mid to high 60's and is hoping to be competing second by the end of this year.
Touch of Class has been established with a firm belief in the importance of “schooling the flat”. Whether a rider is simply looking to ride in a weekly lesson, or progress to the highest level of competition, each horse and rider team has a flat work program developed to fit their individual needs.
Nicole’s array of knowledge in multiple disciplines has allowed her to develop several competitive teams through Touch of Class. Teams range from schooling level, to the Ontario A Circuit, in both jumpers as well as dressage.
Katie Sormaz & Donovan - Jumpers
While my initial introduction to the equestrian world was through the hunters, I have been fully committed to the jumpers for about 10 years.
My goal for the 2019 show season is to begin moving up through the jumper divisions on the Ontario “A” circuit with Donovan, as well as introduce my young horse to the excitement of horse showing. While training at home, the focus will continue to be building on the necessary flat and technical jumping skills required to succeed.
Donovan is a 2007 registered Canadian Warmblood by Rio Grande, and is the true embodiment of the phrase “puppy dog personality”. He has experience in the hunters, jumpers, and dressage, and while he clearly enjoys being in any of those 3 rings, he definitely shines in the jumpers.
This season we would like to build on our experience showing in Ohio at the World Equestrian Centre and develop the skills needed for the 1.10m ring.
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