Athlete Development

Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) is a framework for the development of programs in every stage of coach and athlete development.

These programs are athlete-centered, coach-driven and supported by an integrated sport system. This roadmap provides a clear age and stage appropriate pathway for success whether it’s a child or adult wanting to learn how to ride, an athlete on the verge of high performance or an individual or family participating for the pleasure of being with their horse and involved in the equestrian world.

Equestrian Canada’s LTED 2.0 pdf


GRIT – Great Rider Intensive Training

Welcome to Ontario Equestrian’s exciting NEW athlete development program for riders with GRIT! We are looking for athletes between the ages of 11 and 30, who reside in Ontario, are current OE members and compete in any one of the following three Olympic disciplines (Show Jumping, Eventing or Dressage).

We are truly looking for riders with “GRIT” –  the drive and desire to work hard, train hard, willing to dig deep to achieve their goals. GRIT is targeted at podium bound athletes with successful competition experience, whose goal is to represent Ontario in one of Equestrian Canada’s National Team programs.

Entry into the program will require the athlete, their parents and their coach to commit to participating in a series of cross-discipline training camps, led by top international discipline experts. This program will also include sport-specific training in partnership with CSIO (Canadian Sport Institute of Ontario) located at the Pan Am Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

GRIT will be led by OE’s Director of Sport, Pam Coburn and Head Coach, Christilot Boylen, with additional discipline advisors such as Ian Millar and Chris Sorensen (Show Jump) and Rob Stevenson and Ruth Allum (Eventing). This group of amazing sport leaders have provided their expertise to build this program and have agreed to be available to support us through the implementation.

For more information regarding eligibility, applications and deadlines to apply, please click on the links below:

Athlete Application

GRIT Athlete Criteria

Press Release – GRIT



The Quest for Gold: Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (QFG-OAAP) is a program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS).

Quest for Gold’s overarching goal is to improve the performance and number of Ontario athletes competing at the highest national and international levels, contributing to the improved performance of Canada at international competitions. The program supports Ontario’s amateur athletes through direct financial assistance, enhanced coaching, and enhanced training and competitive opportunities.

This program funds up to 10 Ontario Equestrian athletes between the ages of 11 and 35 in the 3 Olympic disciplines including Show Jumping, Eventing and Dressage, as well as Para-Dressage.  Athletes are invited to apply and selections will be made by the Ontario Equestrian Quest For Gold Selection Committee.

The deadline for receipt of the 2018-2019 Quest for Gold application is January 29, 2019 at 12-Noon.

2018-2019 FINAL List of Ontario Card Nominations

2018-2019 Quest for Gold Selection Criteria

2018-2019 Quest for Gold Application

Yearly Training Plan (YTP) Template

Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport – Quest for Gold


Past Recipients:

2017-2018 FINAL list of Ontario Card Nominations



Equestrian Canada’s Under 25 (U25) Program for Jumping  

Created as part of the Young Riders Development Program, the U25 series was introduced to increase participation and improve performance at the FEI Children, Junior and Young Rider level. Athletes between the ages of 16 and 25 are eligible. By providing youth with a pathway to become involved in the sport of jumping from an earlier age and to pave the way for a strong pool of future Canadian Equestrian Team athletes to represent Canada on the world stage.

Explore more about the U25 Program Criteria on the Equestrian Canada Website.