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.
Program Creator & Mentor
Candice began riding at the age of 7 at her Grandparent’s farm on the family pony. Her early equestrian education dabbled in the jumper ring, however, she focused mainly on dressage for many years, having trained with a number of top trainers in Canada and the U.S.A. such as Jean-Paul Pare and Pat Jamieson.
Candice co-founded a highly successful riding academy out of Oakville known as Havencrest Riding Academy. As such she comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and industry specific experience, mentoring us on all aspects of the operation. We are extremely grateful for her guidance and the systems and structure she has provided us with.
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.
Linda was "bitten by the horse bug" when she was just a baby and her first word was 'pony'. It wasn't until late in her teens that she was able to pursue her dreams of taking riding lessons and eventually purchasing her own horse and then showing.
In 1989 her pursuit for knowledge lead to her becoming an Equine Canada Certified Coach 2 with Coach 3 Theory. Shortly after that she became an Equine Canada Evaluator for Rider Levels 1 - 8, Instructor, Competition Coach and Competition Coach Specialist. Her show career included hunter/jumpers, equitation and dressage and she is one of only a small number of coaches in Canada that coaches both disciplines. Linda has also been the coach/mentor of the Toronto Police Mounted Unit for over 23 years.
Linda holds a Provincial hunter/jumper judges card and also judges or scribes at dressage shows and fall fairs and gives riding and coaching clinics across Canada when time permits. Her passion and philosophy is designed to develop polished, accountable riders and coaches who are skilled in all aspects of horsemanship and sportsmanship for the beneficial welfare of the horse. Linda has produced many Champion riders and horses throughout her career.
Tamika’s love for horses started at the age of 8, this was the year she first rode a horse at summer camp. Since then there has been no looking back, Tamika has since dedicated her life to working with these amazing animals. Tamika has ridden many different types of horses and has a strong belief that the most difficult ones can make you a better and stronger rider.
With a horse of her own Tamika competes on both the Trillium and A circuit in the Jumper discipline. Tamika has a passion for training young horses and enjoys watching the progress they make in their training. She has applied the same passion for bringing along beginner and intermediate riders. There is always something to be learned from different horses and top trainers, Tamika will always take opportunities to expand her knowledge to pass on to her students.
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 the Ontario Equestrian Federation 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.