GRIT – Great Rider Intensive Training

Welcome to Ontario Equestrian’s exciting NEW athlete development program for riders with GRIT – Great Rider Intensive Training! GRIT athletes are between the ages of 13 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 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:

Athlete ApplicationGRIT Athlete CriteriaPress Release – GRIT

GRIT Press

GRIT Team 2021

Lindsay Beer-Drury

Olivia Blaber


Kaylah Carruthers

Rayne Dubois

Elise Hicks

Rachael Howard

Lexy Lawryshyn

Carson Lewis


Zachary Marshall


Sasha Maniaci

Charlotte McLaughlin


Mackenzey Nadeau 

Rylee Poole-Kohli


Nicole Roach


Nicole Reynolds

Makayla Rydzik


Emma Saunders

Samantha Saunders

Mackenzie Solomon

Katrina Stanfield

Anna Swackhammer

Reese Tobin


Jessica Wang

Kiara Williams Brown

GRIT Support Team

Christilot Boylen

Head Coach

Hilary Gregory

Program Coordinator

Funding Generously Provided By

Coaches Association of Ontario
Quest For Gold