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16845 Jane Street. King City. Ontario. L7B 0G8
Phone: 416-254-8506

Please drop me an email with any enquiries or questions you may have.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Someone may have already asked a question you would like to know the answer to? Below we have some “frequently asked questions” You can also Search Beth’s site.

When searching for a potential GP horse I like to see the horse without tack and get an overall impression of his stature and natural movement jogging in hand. Good conformation and a natural elastic way of moving is ideal as I know that means he has a greater potential for longevity in the sport.

Under tack a willing attitude and desire to please makes a riders job much easier! Perfect jumping technique is not essential as that can be improved with training but braveness and natural carefulness is important as is a good work ethic and a willingness to learn.

I always consider an alternative career for a young investment horse such as an equitation or amateur horse so there is always another option if he does not end up having all the qualities required in a GP horse. A good temperament and desire to please often goes further than a horse who shows a lot of ability but lacks heart or character.

Wearing a lot of different hats! Our sport has become very sophisticated and it is essential to be well versed in all aspects of the industry. It is important to be an educated horseman or woman and be able to manage and deal with not just the riding aspect but the management of the horses and how best to develop each horse to his best potential. A “good eye” for a horse so that the right horse/rider combination is found for your students that fits their riding ability, is suitable for the division they ride in and is within budget.

A good business sense is necessary to understand the costs involved and the overhead you will carry. It is essential to build a strong support team around you that each play a key role which includes loyal, experienced staff, blacksmith, vet, mentors and be able to articulate any changes in your horses behavior or health so that potential problems can be identified early.

Nowadays it is important to be pro-active in encouraging people to be involved and help you whether that is developing relationships with potential sponsors or investors or mentors, friends and family who can help you achieve your goals. Building as many positive relationships as you can and staying current in the sport is vital. It takes a village!