Jamie Gardy

Owner, Head Trainer & Coach at Gardy Training Centre.

Jamie has over 15 years of experience in the industry, starting out her riding and showing career from a very young age!
Jamie started out showing within the Quarter Horse circuit and excelled in her youth show career winning multiple year-end awards in both Area 3 and Ontario, and placing 7th at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Novice Youth Hunt Seat Equitation.
After finishing her youth show career, Jamie attended Georgian College and completed her certification for Veterinary Technician, all while apprenticing under Kelly at Kelly Simpson Training Centre. Jamie worked alongside Kelly as her assistant for several years and progressed to a Head Coach position; gaining a wealth of knowledge and experience in multiple disciplines. In 2017, Kelly announced her retirement, and at this time Jamie, along with her husband Chris, took this as an opportunity to open their very own training centre.
Fast forward to the present, where Jamie and Chris own and operate Gardy Training Centre, located on beautiful private acreage in Severn, ON.  Home to over twenty horses of varying breeds and schooling, GTC prides itself on top quality care for their equines and professional training. The fun and thorough riding lessons provided by Jamie and her team cater to the complete beginner to advanced riders. It has been an incredible journey thus far, and Jamie is excited to continually share her knowledge of horses and riding through teaching young minds and helping others achieve their goals.

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Drew Cowie

Barn Manager & Assistant Instructor

Drew has had a passion for horses for as long as she can remember. She has been riding for over 15 years and purchased her first horse when she was 17. Drew has been coached from Jamie from a young age, learning the basics of foundation riding to starting and training her own personal horses. Working around horse farms from a young age, she learned much about quality horse care and currently oversees GTC as the Barn Manager. 
Becoming a riding instructor has always been a dream of Drews, and that dream became a reality when she began her Assistant Coaching position here at Gardy Training Centre! Drew loves coaching and especially enjoys teaching the kids’ lessons and seeing all her riders improve and enjoy their riding experience.
Outside of the barn, Drew is also Mom to a 1-year-old girl named Paisley. Even at only a year old, Paisley already shares Drew’s love of riding and even has her own horse Storm. Drew currently has two horses named Zeppelin and Cally, who enjoy snacking on decadent treats such as Pop Tarts and Nature Valley Bars!

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Emma Charpontier

Assistant Instructor & Junior Trainer

Emma has loved horses for her entire life and doesn’t remember ever not being around horses. She began her riding journey at Kelly Simpson Training Centre when she was 5 years old. She started riding under Kelly’s assistant coaches with many lessons in the saddle, and has been riding under Jamie Gardy’s coaching for many years!
Emma began her showing journey at the age of 8, where she has had many great Accomplishments, including multiple Ontario awards, ranked 8th internationally among AQHA, a ROM (Register of Merit) with AQHA, and achieved many top placings and Champion awards.
Currently, Emma owns a 3 year old Quarter Horse named Marco (Radical Rodder). They are developing a very close relationship and Emma looks forward to many years of showing and riding with him!
When Emma is not riding and showing, she spends the majority of her time hard at work coaching riders and learning to train horses under Jamie’s guidance. She has a passion for both and loves every minute of her job!
While she’s training, Emma enjoys being able to sync with the horse, and finds reward in the satisfaction of being part of owners and riders having better rides on their horses as a result. When she’s coaching, she finds it very gratifying to be able to help people achieve their riding goals. She loves being able to help people learn as much as they can and helping them to not only learn and develop skills, but to enjoy their experiences with their horses along the way!
Emma desires to stay on a career path of coaching and training and is looking forward to being part of Gardy Training Centre for many years to come.

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Allison Charpontier (aka Ally)

Auxiliary Barn Staff

Ally began her horse journey when she started riding at just 5 years old. She first started riding at Kelly Simpson Training Centre under Jamie Gardy’s coaching, and has continued her riding at Gardy Training Centre since its opening.
At a young age, Ally shared ownership of her first horse Stella with her brother and says it was the best way to start off owning a horse. The two were able to have a horse to call their own, being able to ride and show, while learning responsibility of horse ownership. Currently, Ally owns a 2 year old Quarter Horse named Coal.
She began her showing journey a few years after she began riding with many awards and accomplishments! She went to The All American Quarter Horse Congress in 2019 and did very well in all of her classes. That year, she also received many awards in the Ontario shows she attended. Throughout her riding and showing career, Ally has been very successful under Jamie’s teaching and guidance.
When Ally is not riding or showing, her time is spent working around the barn at GTC. She has been a staff member at Gardy Training Centre for 4 years, assisting lesson clients and the day to day caring for the horse family.
Ally loves her job and spending time at the barn! Her barn time is her time to escape from everything and de-stress. She loves that her barn family is always there for her and that there is always someone around the barn to laugh with. She loves being part of the Gardy Training Centre barn family and is looking forward to many more years with them.
 

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Lauretta Reid

Camp Counsellor & Auxiliary Office Administrator

Lauretta has had a passion for horses all her life and has always dreamed of a career and life with horses. She got on a horse for the first time when she was just 5 years old as part of the STRIDE Program. She rode a Paint horse named Cookie.
She has been riding at Gardy Training Centre since their grand opening in 2018. Her riding experiences here at GTC marked the first time she had been able to ride and interact with horses on her own and she loves every minute of it!
Lauretta was born with a disability and uses a walker or wheelchair for mobility. Riding has always been her freedom and the only place she can escape her disability. Being on a horse, she is not limited by the mobility of her own body. Her horse becomes her legs and gets her anywhere she’s ever dreamed of going.
Lauretta has created a special bond with all of the familiar horse faces in and around the barn, but there is one horse in particular that stole her heart!  Cody is just one of the famous lesson horses here at Gardy Training Centre; Lauretta has developed a close bond with him and couldn’t be happier to be able to ride this great gelding! In May 2020, Lauretta was presented with the amazing opportunity to part board Cody! This has been such a dream come true and has given her so much more independence than she’s ever experienced.
Since starting at Gardy Training Centre, she has also been involved in running the barn’s summer camps. It has been a great learning experience and she loves getting to see the kids get excited about riding and being around the horses. She finds it so rewarding to see how much they can improve, even in a week of camp!
Outside of her barn time, after high school Lauretta attended Georgian College and completed the Business Marketing Program. She enjoyed the program, but never lost her passion for horses and riding. This passion, and some encouragement from some very supportive people, got her started on a journey taking courses online through University of Guelph and she is currently working towards a Diploma in Equine Studies.
Lauretta feels so very blessed to be in an Administration position here at Gardy Training Centre and to be able to use the skills she’s learned in school, while still being able to pursue the passion for horses she’s always had.
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