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.
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.