Meet the team at Hylee Training
Hylee Training began operating in 2004 (over 12 years ago!), at a small farm in Richmond. Over the years we have slowly migrated to our current location on the Maple Ridge/Mission border. We have operated as a one of the larger lesson barns in the Lower Mainland and are now focusing on sales and training.
Hylee Training offers lessons in Hunter/Jumper and Eventing for all riding levels. We also offer clinics, leases, training to our clients. We consider our clients part of our team here at Hylee Training. We work together to achieve riding goals in whatever way we can.
For the intermediate rider and advanced rider, we offer twice weekly riding lessons in your discipline, clinics with other instructors, leasing of our intermediate horses (unsupervised) , coach training as well as showing opportunities. Boarding is available if you have a horse of your own and you are riding in our program. Our riders are serious about being an athlete whether its nutrition, fitness or riding we encompass all of it.
For the rider who has their own horse at your own location, we will gladly travel to accommodate you or you are welcome to trailer in.
Alicia Harper – Owner/Program Director
Hylee Training is run and owned by Alicia Harper. Originally from New Brunswick, Alicia brings to the table 20 some odd years of horseback riding experience in many disciplines. Alicia is certified as an EC Level One Coach in English disciplines. She is working on completely her EC Competition Coach in Western General Performance. She is a carded provincial judge as well.
Alicia was a Canadian Pony Club member for most of her younger years, achieving her C2 level. Over the years Alicia has attended clinics with coaches and trainers such as: Beth Underhill, Sue Jack, Robin Hahn, Paula Jacobs, Will Simpson. Alicia rode under renowned coach Stacey Maxwell of Sussex, New Brunswick for many years ,Yolanda Blommers EC Level 2 coach here in B.C, Dr. Susan Thompson and now rides with Jodie Moore APHA Judge and World Champion Trainer.
She has participated in 3 day events, dressage and hunter/jumper. She has also shown successfully in the Arabian, QH and Paint Circuit. Alicia has shown all over BC, NB, NS and PEI. And continues to show around the Lower Mainland and B.C. now.
Alicia is very active in the horse community and prides herself in giving back. She has held positions such as VP Membership & Marketing for Horse Council of BC, Secretary of Delta Riding Club and has been the Vice President for the Mission Horse Club.
Alicia currently teaches dressage focused riders, advanced jumpers and Western riders at our location or elsewhere.
Sam Bates – Instructor & Riders
Samantha has 20 yrs experience riding and competing strictly in Dressage for the first 15 yrs of her career. She has competed all across British Columbia at the FEI level with the BCYR team. When her horse sustained a career ending injury, she expanded her knowledge and started breaking and training young horses to sell for herself and for clients, with great success! She more recently started competing in eventing at the Pre-Training level. She has since decided that teaching is something she loves to do and has been working with Alicia to prep for her testing to become a certified coach!
Jodie Moore – Clinician
Jodie is a regular clinician here at Hylee Training making multiple appearances each month. Jodie has an extensive background in various types of show horses, prior to meeting Chris in 1994 and creating Moore Performance Horses. After a successful youth career, Jodie trained, coached and showed both here and for several American farms, winning regional and national championships along the way. With Jodie’s return to Canada she formed a union with Chris, training stock horses and coaching youth and amateurs, enjoying much success along the way. Jodie is a PtHA, ABRA, APHA and HCBC approved judge. Jodie has produced both riders and horses for the APHA and Pinto Worlds for many years now. Currently the APHA Representative for British Columbia sitting on the Youth Committee.
Michelle Synnot – Guest Instructor
20 years riding and showing in multiple disciplines with a parallel decade of experience in mental health and addictions support work using a strength based approach. Certified first aid, and speciality in non-violent crisis intervention and managing the hostile individual -training from the Justice Institute of BC.
Competing currently in endurance and hunters. Breeding and acquiring quality sport horses and breaking young stock. Advocating the use of positive reinforcement training techniques. Creating the sport horses of tomorrow, sound of mind body and spirit for a solid leg up in life. Available for trouble shooting consultations helping you improve your communication skills with your equine partner. Specializing in backcountry and extreme terrain riding.
Career highlights include 2013 filming with equine partner, Canadian Warmblood gelding Maverick for Telus’ #playwiththebest commercial that shot into the spotlight gaining international attention from the equestrian community with nearly 100,000 views on Youtube. Gained huge recognition for equestrian sport in the extreme and adventure sport community. Worked closely with the incredibly talented production collective, The Solidarity Union, carefully training Maverick to be ‘camera ready’. This includes galloping the horse within several feet of the moving cable cam. Tarp desensitization. Riding at speed through multiple moving cable cams. Riding at speed with camera drone flying overhead. Riding at speed past moving equipment and crew.
See ‘behind the scenes footage here:
Watch the finished product from Telus here:
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