WHO WE ARE
Jump Alberta (JA; 2012) is a ‘grassroots’ not-for-profit charitable Alberta corporation. Founded in 2012, Jump Alberta is the result of a successful amalgamation of the Alberta Show Jumping Association (ASJA; 1982) and the Alberta Hunter Horse Society (AHHS; 1986).
Jump Alberta is dedicated to the sport of equestrian show jumping in Alberta by providing support for JA members and JA hosting venues, and offering opportunity for athlete development through the facilitation of special programs & events, ‘development scholarships’ and travel bursaries.
Jump Alberta is committed to equal promotion of all show jumping events.
OUR VISION & OBJECTIVES
- To support the development of new and existing programs for members;
- To assist in the development of Alberta members to compete locally, nationally and internationally;
- To provide educational and funding opportunities, such as clinics, seminars, symposiums, bursaries and sponsorship;
- To work closely with our stakeholders and venues to develop, implement and promote Jump Alberta programs and service
- Jump Alberta will effectively serve member athletes and horses participating in hunter, jumper and equitation in Alberta
Shannon Haney lives in Calgary, AB and owns a successful hunter/jumper/equitation training program. When she’s not at the barn or a horse show, she also consults for procurement for oil & gas service firms.
Shannon grew up on a farm in Southern Alberta, checking cows and racing ponies before she took up show jumping in junior high. Her dream horse show? Any Olympic venue.
Originally from Vancouver, BC, Andrew moved to Calgary in 2000. Andrew is a UBC graduate and certified EC Level II coach. Through his professional career, Andrew has enjoyed competition success including being a past winner of the Talent Squad Series for Western Canada.
Andrew and his wife Erin Taylor (also a certified EC Level II coach) operate Ironstone Farms in south Calgary.
Based out of Calgary, Haley Ciarla is a consultant and mom to two girls, Giada and Bianca. Haley’s love affair with horses began at age 10 after moving from Edmonton to Calgary. A neighbour’s pony that she was riding bareback took off through the field – Haley survived, and has been involved with horses ever since. In her spare time, Haley loves traveling and watching her girls at horse shows.
Ann Laing is based out of Edmonton, AB and lives on a 50-acre farm just northwest of the city with five horses at home. At her day job, she’s a Director in the Ministry of Labour and Immigration for the Government of Alberta.
Ann now rides with Shauna Cook at Carousel Ridge, but got her start after her godfather, a large animal vet, gifted her sister riding lessons for her birthday. Soon, Ann tagged along – they had no idea at the time how much it would all eventually cost!
Ann’s dream horse show venue is the Hickstead Derby, but holds a special place in her heart for Spruce Meadows, right here in our own backyard. Her favourite movie is Notting Hill, and she has great memories of her vacation to Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda, Africa.
Based out of Airdrie, AB, Michelle James is a horse mom and office manager at Bar J Heavy Mechanical. Michelle was previously a successful instructor and trainer, but took a break in 2016 to raise her family. She still enjoys showing as an amateur and her dream horse show to attend is the Central Park Horse Show in Manhattan.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys any and all comedy movies, and can be found dreaming of vacations to her favourite destination: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.
Board Member, HEAD OF YOUNG HORSE & YOUNG RIDERS COMMITTEE
Alexander is a professional rider and trainer. He owns and operates Grayton Farms Ltd out of his family’s farm in Priddis.
Alexander has been on the board of Jump Alberta since the beginning of 2014, and has served on several committees, including the Competition and Team Selection committee and most notably the Young Horse committee. Together with his fellow committee members, Alexander helped develop the Jump Alberta Young Horse Development class rules and regulations, established in 2015. Alexander contributes to the board of Jump Alberta as an active high performance competitor and trainer.
Caroline Jones lives and works in Calgary, AB as VP of Tournament Operations at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping. She first got involved with horses after her mother signed her up for lessons at age 12, and the rest is history.
Her dream venue to attend is the Olympia London Horse Show at Christmas time. When she’s not busy with horses and tournament planning, her favourite vacation destination is Maui, HI and her favourite movie is The Shawshank Redemption.
Cody Peach is a Jump Alberta board member.
Dörte McHardy grew up in Northern Germany, but moved to Calgary, AB in 2001. She is a clinical psychologist working in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
She started riding in Germany as a child and now is mostly support staff for daughter Lia, who is quite active in the sport. She’s a big fan of Downton Abbey and loves trips to Southern Italy, or anywhere away from the cold, for that matter.
Josephina Kadarabek is a Jump Alberta board member.
Rebecca Graham is a Jump Alberta board member.