Meet Our Instructors
Founder & Owner of Meadowlarke Stables
Horses are part of Jessica’s DNA, Jessica has been hopping on horses since she was just 4 years old.
Paula’s horse obsession started with her first lessons at the age of 4 in Cheshire, England. As she got older she rode at a multi discipline barn and had lots of lessons and hacking on the field hunters, race horses and jumpers until moving to Canada at age 14. As new Canadians life got in the way for a while but Paula got back in the saddle with the University of Waterloo Equestrian Club for a couple of years.
After graduating and getting her career and family started her next venture began when she put her then 7 year old daughter in camp and lessons at Meadowlarke. Not to be left out Paula started taking lessons again and talked to Anthea about buying a horse and doing “a bit of showing”. Bam, next thing she knew she had bought Calvin (a.k.a. Cavalcade) a beautiful chestnut hunter and leapt into Trillium shows and then the “A” Circuit culminating in competing at the Royal in 2005 finally fulfilling a dream she had since she was 15 years old. Unfortunately Paula lost Calvin during colic surgery in 2009 but would do it all again in a heartbeat.
Paula says “These experiences drive my passion for teaching riders of all ages from 4-74, you’re never too young or too old to start. Riding is a pure sport allowing people and horses to become friends and partners. As an instructor there is nothing more satisfying than helping horse and rider achieve something for the first time or perfect a skill they’ve been struggling with! The best decision I ever made was leaving the frenzy of the boardroom for the peace of the barn.”
Maddie began riding at 8 years old and as a young rider had the opportunity to compete across Canada and the US with success in the big equitation ring and the junior jumpers. Maddie began teaching at Meadowlarke in 2016, she taught for two years while she was finishing her degree at the University of Guelph. After graduating Maddie decided she would like to work in horses full time, she then traveled to Ireland where she worked riding and competing young horses for a very successful breeding operation. After returning to Canada she began to work for Canadian Olympian Jay Hayes riding, competing and managing his stable and clients. A few years later Maddie now operates her own training facility and has returned to Meadowlarke to continue to share her knowledge and see riders reach their goals.
Stefania (or Stef) has always had a love for animals, but it wasn’t until she was around 9 that she started horseback riding. Stef’s mom rode horses and competed when she was younger so she was very supportive when Stef first mentioned wanting to try riding – they actually started riding at Meadowlarke together! As Stef got older her love for the sport continued to grow, and she began taking every opportunity possible to learn more about horses and riding. Through teaching Stef is able to become a better horse person and apply what she has learned into her own riding. Stef also love being able to pass down her knowledge onto other riders and share their successes. “There is truly nothing more rewarding than being able to witness riders grow and progress!”
Agnes started collecting horse experience at the age of 15 through a co-op at Sunnybrook stables and spending summers riding in Poland. After a year of formal lessons, she began to gather saddle time and experience by riding other peoples horses and eventually training horses for a riding school. Wanting to perfect her equitation and knowledge of the sport, she spent a year as working student at a eventing facility, where she became the well-rounded rider she is today. Agnes started teaching at Meadowlarke in June 2017 and finds herself looking forward to teaching just as much as she does to her own riding.
Rachel started her riding journey in 2017 at Meadowlarke Stables. Rachel thought she was just taking lessons to ride but soon after becoming more involved with her community Rachel found her second family.
Rachel loves the engery the kids and horses bring to Meadowlarke. Meadowlarke is one of the most important things in her life and she doesn’t know where she would be without it. Future goals for Rachel include competing off property at Meadowlarke North.
Marissa Sputore has been riding horses since she was as young as four years old. At the age of nine she was introduced to formal lessons centred around equitation and hunter disciplines. This soon lead her to compete in the hunter ring on many ponies. Marissa is now a graduating student from York University where she competed on the university circuit catch-riding, equitation on the OCEA. She was able to qualify into finals each year and placed reserve champion overall in the 2016/2017 year. During her second year on the circuit, she lead her York University team as captain. She currently is focussing on developing her young thoroughbred to compete with this summer in the jumper ring and is beyond excited to see how far they can go together. Marissa has a passion for the Equestrian sport, and is eager to share her knowledge with new developing riders at Meadowlarke Stables.
Hannah started riding when she was 6 at a summer camp. Hannah immediately fell in love with horses and started riding in a lesson program when she turned 8. Initially taking Western lessons, Hannah soon switched to English and began riding at Meadowlarke in 2017. Hannah hopes to further her abilities as a rider and learn as much as possible about horses. She likes teaching at the barn because it combines her passion for animals and helping people. Hannah loves being able to share the knowledge that she have about horses with others.
Meet Our Barn Workers
Ever since Audrey was little she had a love and unique passion for animals! Audrey first started at Meadowlarke as a Co-Op student, she is motivated to learn as much as she can and share her knowledge with other people. Audrey can’t wait to improve her riding abilities and knowledge of all things animal related so she can help as many as possible. Audrey says the following about her future “I don’t know what the future has in store for me, but I know I’ll be following the path with with the most hoof, paw, and other animal prints!”
Kimmy began riding in 2011, starting at the March Break Camp, and very quickly falling in love with the animals and barn atmosphere. Kimmy then began weekly lessons, and has been doing them ever since! Eventually she started competing off property starting with The Challenge Series and then the Meadowlarke North Series. Kimmy began Barn Working in 2017, and enjoys being around all the animals and spending time at the barn! Kimmy says “Meadowlarke has easily become my second home, and I have formed many great friendships, and created many great memories and hope to have many more!”
Olivia has loved horses all her life and have been riding since she was about 7 years old. Olivia has come a long way in riding, but would still like to improve with some habits that she has when she rides. Meadowlarke has helped a lot with her riding and she loves continuing to ride here! Some of Olivia’s personal goals are to build more confidence and go more outside of her comfort zone. Olivia loves working at Meadowlarke for many reasons, a couple being the animals – since she is a huge animal lover, the people who she gets to work with as they have also helped Olivia with some goals she has set for herself.
Olivia started riding at the age of nine, she had always wanted to ride horses and when coming across Meadowlarke it was like a Dream Come True!! Starting off with the summer camp Olivia just couldn’t get enough and signed up for lessons – there has been no stopping her since then.
One of Olivia’s biggest riding goals is to eventually qualify and compete at The Royal Winter Fair or go to Florida to compete at the Winter Equestrian Festival. Horses ownership is a definite box to check on Olivia’s list. Olivia loves being a barn worker because she knows it will give her a huge advantage in the future with horses and other farm animals on how to take care of them and their needs. Olivia just loves being around all the animals and helping the students in the barn learn more and more about the animals. It feels good to Olivia knowing that she is helping the students for a better future in riding!