Equi-SMART is supported and represented by many amazing people in the horse industry. We are proud to have ambassadors that utilize Equi-SMART’s massage therapy programs for their horses, and share their great experiences with friends and people that they meet. Meet our ambassadors, follow their pages, and check out their testimonials of success with Equi-SMART’s programs!
Alexa and Max have only been a team for a little under a year. This coming 2019 season they are taking on the OBRA, RAM, and potentially Rawhide rodeo circuits. Max is a little red QH cross that has an abundance of personality and looks! Not only does Max enjoy speeds events, but he also loves to jump and go for long trail rides.
Alexa competed in many disciplines in the appaloosa breed circuit, primarily specializing in halter and showmanship. Later she followed her love for speed and found herself training and competing in barrel racing and pole bending. While competing with Max, she will also be getting her young TB mare Ballistic ready to compete in the same circuits either next year or in the years to follow.
Alexa’s Ambassador Code: BA04AC
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Kayla Jakobsson and her 10 year old rescued mare Wanderlust have been working hard in the jumper and dressage rings the past few years with ultimate sights on the eventing field. This summer the pair plan to compete at their first sanction event, and will continue to dabble in the dressage ring (training level) at Dressage Niagara.
Kayla started riding in high school and has been riding for 8 years, mostly hunter/jumper. Upon buying Wander from an auction 2 years ago, then completing a working student position with Jenny Jelen in the Niagara region she was converted to the “dark side” of eventing and hasn’t gone back. When they aren’t training they can be found supporting the OCEA circuit, playing in the jumper ring, hitting the trails, sorting cows, or swimming. They are super excited to have Equi-SMART as a part of their team!
Kayla’s Ambassador Code: BA01KJ
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Melia has been riding horses for 20+ years. She started in the APHA circuit riding western pleasure, horsemanship, and showmanship. Then she dabbled in the pony hunters before spending a great chunk of her riding career on reining horses. For the last four years she has both competed in and volunteered with the Retired Racehorse Project at the Thoroughbred Makeover in Kentucky. Her makeover horses competed successfully in a variety of disciplines including competitive trail, foxhunter, hunter, jumpers, and ranch work.
When Melia is not riding horses, she can be found at work teaching English online to children in China as well as working as a speech therapy assistant at an elementary school in Rama Ontario.
One of Melia’s makeover horses this year will be featured as her “ambassador horse” and is named Piazza time (known as Noni). She is a 5 year old big bay mare that Melia met in October of 2018. She is owned by a close friend of Melia’s, Alexis. There is still some time before Melia and Alexis need to decide what Noni will compete in down in Kentucky this October, but so far Noni is showing a strong affinity to jumping!
Melia firmly believes in all methods of therapy for her competing horses, and has a great relationship with her vet, chiropractor and massage therapist to keep her horses’ newly developing muscles functioning at their peak.
Melia’s Ambassador Code: BA07MB
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Laurie has been riding horses since she was a little kid. She owns a hobby horse farm in Waterford where she has her two OTTB geldings and a retired Percheron X mare. She shows the hunters, enjoys the occasional wine ride, and last year competed in Kentucky in the Thoroughbred Makeover and the Royal Winter Fair. Her horses are named Doughnut (Rising Dough) and Tappy (Tap Show). Laurie works full time as a Mounted Officer.
Laurie’s Ambassador Code: BA05LB
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Kaeleigh is 19 years old and has been riding horses her whole life. She is a youth representative for her local horse club, North River Riders. Her main ride is an 18 year old QH chestnut mare named Sizzle. She is quite the spunky little red head that loves to run. Cash is a 7 year old QH Buckskin gelding. He is in his third year of showing. Chex is Kaeleigh’s black 5 year old QH gelding, off the track. He is just starting up his new journey into the barrel racing world.
Together, all Kaeleigh’s horses compete in barrel racing and pole bending. They compete across Ontario and the United States. Sizzle and her currently hold the youth 2D championship of OBRA. Kaeleigh can’t wait to begin show season with all of her hard working horses!
Kaeleigh’s PROMO code is: BA06KL
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Ashley was first introduced to horses at 8 years old when she was sent to horse camp to get over her fear of animals. Since then she has participated in a number of disciplines from rodeo, hunter/jumper, eventing, fox hunting and has travelled North America with the Canadian Cowgirls drill team to events such as Equine Affaire and the Rose Parade in California. Her current discipline is endurance, where she has competed up to FEI and was the 2016 Provincial Champion in the sport of ride & tie. This year she will be introducing her 5 year old, Hot Realz (aka Harley) to the sport.
Ashley’s Ambassador Code: BA02AT
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Julie has been riding on and off for 15+ years. She originally started off in the hunters, but recently switched to Western. She hopes to do barrel racing with her 9 year old QH gelding, Chevy. Chevy and Julie hope to get out to a few club shows this year. When Julie isn’t riding, she can be found at the local tack shop where she works full time.
Julie’s PROMO code is: BA09JK
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Robyn is the owner and operator of Triple R Ranch Equine Assisted Learning Centre in Priceville Ontario. This is an equine facility with special equine education and a riding program for people with special needs of all ages. Robyn is the author of the children’s book “The Adventures of Tuffy…A Little Bay Horse”. She works as a leader for Weight Watchers in Flesherton Ontario. Robyn devotes herself to helping people with mental and physical needs, brain injuries, PTSD, developmental challenges, etc. all using partnerships with horses, after she herself rallied back from a traumatic brain injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident in 1991. Robyn is competing with her horse Angus in the reining and reined cow horse arenas. Showing again and learning how to memorize and ride patterns has been a big accomplishment for Robyn. She holds the Canadian Pro/Am freestyle reining champion title, as well as many other top awards in reining and performance horse disciplines.
Robyn’s PROMO code is: BA12RM
Taylor has been riding since she was 4 years old. She started riding English, but switched to try riding Western and took off from there. When she tried barrel racing in 2006, Taylor found that she loved the thrill of riding fast, and in 2008 discovered the sport of cutting and knew it was going to become her focused discipline.
This year Taylor will be mainly showing in cutting and sorting. Her mounts are all AQHA horses: she has a 14y/o mare “Sweet Frecklena” (Kat) and a 25y/o gelding “Maderas Dandy Jewel” (Danny), as well as 23y/o mare “Hot Stepping Lacy” (Lacy) for the odd barrel run.
As an RMT herself, Taylor understands how good it can feel to have a professional massage performed, so she is looking forward to see how combining chiro and massage together will aid her horses’ performance and comfort.
Taylor’s ambassador code is: BA13TW
Alysha started working with horses when she was gifted a TBx. She worked with this horse from the ground up using natural horsemanship and Reiki (an energy healing modality that improves a horse’s mental, emotional and physical wellbeing). She has been working through her business to help horses with her talents as a Reiki Master and animal Reiki practitioner since 2017.
Alysha currently owns a 16 y/o QH named Ted, and takes part in barrel racing, pole bending, and hacking, and is looking forward to becoming an endurance rider in the near future.
Alysha’s ambassador code is BA10AS
Kathleen started riding at the very young age of 2, and has been obsessed with horses ever since she can remember. She loves every aspect of riding and has dabbled and succeeded in a number of disciplines – from bulldogging to hunters. She currently has a young 3 year old QH named Presley that she is bringing along. Due to a streak of concussions Kathleen is slowly taking her time and is hoping to eventually be competitive with Presley, but enjoys the slow process of getting to know him – he’s such a character!
Kathleen’s Ambassador Code: BA06KL
If you would like to join the team of ambassadors, click HERE to apply!