About Stonewood Riding Academy
We are committed to taking our students to their highest potential in equestrian sport through a structured system using high coaching standards and exceptional school horses. Our Academy team is comprised of experts in their field who can't wait to share their love of horses and deep knowledge of correct horse riding skills.
Owner & Director
Tennille has been an avid equestrian since before she could walk, riding with her mom on their family farm. She began competing at the young age of five and has been an avid competitor in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions on the Trillium and “A” circuits ever since. She has ridden with and worked for numerous top trainers as a teenager giving her a well rounded base of industry experience.
Combined with her extensive experience and love for riding, Tennille comes from an impressive business background. Her experience includes operating multimillion dollar businesses and managing hundreds of employees. Tennille’s goal and intention is to combine her love for the equestrian sport with her passion for business. Her vision is for the Stonewood Riding Academy in Pickering to become the top facility in the area with outstanding instructors, exceptional horses and a top curriculum.
Julie has been involved in the horse industry since the age of 8, showing for many years in the hunter/jumper discipline on the Trillium Circuit. Her family owns both hunter/jumpers and Standardbred race horses. She have worked extensively with race horses, riding horses and polo horses as well as training several hunters that are currently showing on the Trillium and A circuit. In 2011 she had the pleasure of backing and training a 3 year old warmblood gelding, placing 8th in the Lieutenant Governor's cup at the Royal Winter Fair. Again in 2014 she was very lucky to have had the chance to go to the Royal Winter Fair again with a beautiful 3 year old mare and placed 5th in the Lieutenant Governor Cup.
After spending several years working part time as a veterinary technician for McKee-Pownall in Millbrook, Ontario (while attending University) she decided to turn her passion for working with horses into a career as an Equine Massage Therapist, trainer and coach. She graduated from the D'Arcy Lane Institute School of Equine Massage Therapy in July 2012 with the Academic Achievement Award, as well as an Ambassador Award.
Brandon’s passion for horses, like most, began at a very early age. Starting at a local riding school in Ajax, he rode with many coaches who developed him through the riding-school program to the Trillium circuit. Brandon moved on from the Trillium circuit after winning champion in the 1.10m jumpers at the Provincial Championships in 2006. From there, he rode for owners in the hunters, jumpers and equitation classes on the A-circuit, leading him to his passion of developing young horses for horse owners.
Brandon turned professional in 2016 and started his own training business, Hall & Co. Equestrian. In 2016, Brandon acquired two young horses, Butters, a pony who resides here at Stonewood Equestrian, and Fairmont, a yearling who was the 2016 Canadian Sport Horse (Yearling) Champion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Outside of the barn, Brandon works full-time for Ontario Equestrian as the Marketing and Communications Manager. Brandon also holds his Provincial course designer’s certification and is currently enrolled in the National Coach Certification program.
Amelia Gartner has been coaching riders on the Trillium and A circuits to great success for many years now. Whether a riders goals are to simply have a positive experience with a green horse in its first year showing or to compete at Trillium Championships or the Royal Winter Fair, Amelia lends the same amount of support.
We are fortunate to have Amelia’s support here at Stonewood multiple evenings per week as well as at numerous horse shows.
A reputable trainer who has already worked with some of our students in the past at Audley Road Stables, Dylan comes to us with a successful track record of producing students with an excellent foundation in the sport. His riders have gone on to enjoy great success in the show ring and he continues to ride and train for several other show barns.
Lexi, much like Stonewood’s instructor Dylan, has worked in the past at Audley Road Stables with our students and has also been a familiar face showing on the Trillium Show Circuit. Lexi’s experience working with various professionals in the industry through working student positions to taking part in several clinics hosted by top riders and trainers allows her to pass on the foundation of true riding and horsemanship to our students.
Lexi continues to show and train, aspiring to develop into one of the educated equestrian professionals she works with.