GRIT – Great Rider Intensive Training

Welcome to Ontario Equestrian’s amateur high-performance program, GRIT – Great Rider Intensive Training! GRIT athletes are between the ages of 13 and 27, reside in Ontario, are current OE members, and compete in any one of the following three Olympic disciplines – Show Jumping, Eventing, or Dressage.

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 Head Coach Christilot Boylen, with the assistance of additional discipline advisors who will provide their expertise to build the program. 

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

GRIT Athlete Application & Criteria

GRIT Press

GRIT Team 2023

Olivia Blaber

Ashlynn Crowley

Rayne Dubois

Eva Kennedy

Poppy von Maltzahn

Mackenzey Nadeau

Allie Schmidt

Ruby Stringel

Becca Turnbull

Kyleigh Whitwell

Taylor Wood

Lucy Zhang

GRIT Grads

Grit Grads

The GRIT Grads archive is a collection to celebrate the graduates of the program. Search or browse the directory to read more on their success stories and connect with them through social media.

GRIT Support Team

Christilot Boylen


Hilary Gregory


Ruth Allum


Funding Generously Provided By

Coaches Association of Ontario
Quest For Gold