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Top of the Hill riders shine at provincial championship

'I am incredibly proud of the hard work and perseverance,' says trainer/coach


Top of the Hill Farm is celebrating the end of a very successful 2018 show season after eight riders and their equine partners shone at the provincial championships of the Trillium Hunter Jumper Association at the Caledon Equestrian Park (August 29 – September 2). 

Trainer/coach Erin Amos was thrilled to have so many of her talented riders qualifying for championships. 

“I am incredibly proud of the hard work and perseverance that all of these riders have put into this season,” said Amos.

The riders, who ranged in age from 10 to their early 30s, were a true team united by their love of the sport.  

“I am so impressed with how Erin and all of the riders and their families support every member of the team,” said Jessie Smellie, a fairly new addition to the Top of the Hill show team who showed in the .9 Metre Jumpers and came home with a 10th place ribbon.

For Savannah Scott, this was her first time participating in the provincial championships. She put in some great rides on her pony Gwendolyn in the Short Stirrup division. 

The same can be said for Lindsay Elliott, who competed in the Modified Adult (2’9”) Division with Erin Amos’ horse Chicago K. Lindsay and Chicago K earned a 6th place ribbon. 

Ayela Wright, attending her second championship, competed in the Large Pony Division with her pony Fox ‘n’ Sox and was thrilled to receive a 12th place ribbon in the Large Pony Derby.

Emily Lombard showed in the Hunter Development Division and Bradi Moore, who won the Adult Amateur Division for the Georgian Bay zone, were there with horses Solar Eclipse and Nera and put in rounds that made their coach proud.

Seventeen-year-old horse show veterans, Anna Ayers and Nicole Donovan, competed in their seventh provincial championships. 

Ayers showed her horse, La Czaritza S, in the 3’ and 3’3” divisions. Despite an injury to Ayers on the first day of competition, she was still happy with how her horse competed.

Donovan competed in the 1.1 Metre Jumper division with her horse Wanderlust taking home a fourth place prize and she also placed second in the equitation on the flat division. This is also the seventh season on the Top of the Hill show team for Donovan and Ayers and they credit their coach Erin Amos for their continued success. 

Top of the Hill Farm is located just outside of Orillia and is accepting riders of all levels of experience for lessons and/or boarding.  

Top of the Hill also has a number of horses/ponies for sale or lease. Please contact Erin Amos at 705-826-3895 for more information or to arrange a tour of the facility.