Meet Our Officials
Jon Garner, King, Ontario, Canada
Mr. Garner was a member of the British Military’s Royal Horse Artillery prior to moving to Canada in 1991, at which time he became a freelance coach and rider. In 1998, he joined the team at the venerable Spruce Meadows, home of The Masters 5* Show Jumping Tournament. As a professional rider and coach for Team Spruce Meadows, he enjoyed success on many of their horses throughout North America. After retiring from professional competition in 2004, he took on the lead role as Competition Manager for all of Spruce Meadows show-jumping tournaments. In 2016 he made a career move to become the Director of Sport for Equestrian Canada, the national governing body for horse sport. Today, he freelances as a competition manager, online commentator and ‘hired gun’ for major events around the world.
He brings a wealth of information and we are pleased to welcome him to our officiating panel this month.
Progress not Perfection. You can only control what you do each and every day, so ask yourself… What did I do today to get better?
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Christine Reupke, King, Ontario, Canada
Ms. Reupke is a licensed Senior Hunter/Jumper/Equitation official at Equestrian Canada. She has officiated throughout North America and the Caribbean. She is presently the Director of Equestrian & Breed Sport at the world-renowned Royal Horse Show in Toronto, Canada.
Prior to her work at The Royal, she was a successful professional rider and coach with a focus on Junior and Amateur students. Matching horses and riders was a particular passion and source of pride as she qualified students for national championship competition.
Today, along with her work at The Royal, she continues to officiate and freelance coach at various locations in Ontario.
Do your best with what you have. Not every horse or rider will be able to achieve perfection, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to get as close as possible.
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Jay Duke, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
For some people, riding, training, and dedicating their lives to horse sport is a job. For others, it is a passion.
Former Canadian Equestrian Team Member and founder of EquiVault, Jay Duke falls into the latter category with ease. Born into a family of riders and trainers in Calgary, AB, Duke himself is a competitor turned trainer, clinician, course designer, and all-around horseman, who admits that he could never see himself doing anything else.
Words to live by
Ride safely and ALWAYS respect the horse
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