Saddle Seat Canada is a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of Saddle Seat Equitation in Canada.
EC Saddle Seat Rider of the Year Nominations
Nominations Due Feb 29, 2024
The International Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup is a bi-annual competition which originated in the early 1980s with an informal exchange of saddle seat athletes in the United States and South Africa. Originally a three-gaited saddle seat equitation showcase, it has expanded to include a five-gaited component, as well. Teams from as many as five nations now compete for the coveted World Cup titles, and the goal is further growth and visibility for the saddle seat discipline on national and international levels.
Carly is 17 years old and is attending her senior year at Vimy Ridge Academy. She attended her first invitational event in Perry, Georgia in 2017, and also attended the previous World Cup event in Lexington, Kentucky in 2018. Carly currently competes in the Show Pleasure and Equitation divisions with her six year old gelding “The Bellmaster”. When she isn’t riding you can find Carly on the soccer pitch or watching an Oilers game.
Catriona is a student working towards her doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She has been riding competitively since she could walk but only started saddleseat in 2014. She has competed in a wide range of disciplines including western where she has claimed the title of the Western Seat Equitation Gold Medal winner. There isn’t much she does outside of horses but she loves to travel and recently picked up a love of scuba diving. She is proud to represent Canada for the second time at the World Cup
A sixteen-year-old who attends Bev Facey Community High School and has been riding for the past 8 years. She currently shows her horse “The Flashpoint” or “Nemo” in Saddleseat Equitation and Show Pleasure. Taylor was a member of Team Canada for the 2017 and 2018 Saddleseat teams. Something you might not know about Taylor is she is a certified lifeguard and swim instructor.
This is Katie Martin, she is 16 years old and has been riding for 8 years. She is in grade 11 and attends Archbishop Jordan High School. She has attended the 2019 invitational in Las Vegas. Katie currently shows in equitation and show pleasure divisions with her young mare “Attaches Heiress”. Katie’s passion is seeing the world. She wishes to travel more in the future.
This is Sara Sheppard. She is 21 years old and currently working as a nurse at the University of Alberta Hospital. She has been riding for 18 years and has been a member of the 2014 World Cup team, 2015 Invitational team and 2016 World cup team. Sara currently shows in the 5-gaited amateur and adult equitation divisions with her gelding Attaches Heir. Some of her other passions are hiking, camping and traveling. Sara is very excited to travel back to South Africa and represent Canada.
Shelby is seventeen years old and is a senior at Harry Ainlay High School. She recently has the opportunity to compete in the 2019 invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is looking forward to the upcoming World Cup in South Africa as it has been her long term goal as a rider. Shelby competes in the Country Pleasure and equitation divisions on her gelding, “Don’t tell mom”. When Shelby is not at the stable you can find her spending time with her French bulldog Winston and studying new things.
2020 WORLD CUP TEAM
The purpose of the Invitational Team is to develop riders aged 13-22 years to represent Canada on future Canadian Saddle Seat World Cup teams.
During years that the Saddle Seat World Cup competition is not held, members of the Invitational Team will be eligible to represent Canada in other international competition.
2017 3- GAITED CANADIAN INVITATIONAL TEAM
Saddle Seat Canada is a non-profit organization and we are continuously looking for sponsors to support the growth of our programs and our athletes.
We depend on your generousity.
Reasons to Renew & Donate!
Saddle Seat Canada has the mission to grow the visibility of the Saddle Seat discipline
Support the development of Canadian Saddle Seat amateur athletes with the goal of fielding highly competitive World Cup Saddle Seat Equitation teams to compete in the bi annual Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Competitions
Execution of World Cup trials and team selection
Support the training of Canada’s World Cup team(s)
The development and implementation of Invitational teams and development programs
The development and certification of Saddle Seat coaches across Canada
Hosting and offering Saddle Seat equitation classes and provincial championships
Supporting awards programs in affiliation with Breed Sport Canada
Saddle Seat Canada is working toward eventually hosting an International Saddle Seat Equitation competition
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