Our Mission

Jump Alberta will effectively serve member athletes and horses participating in hunter, jumper and equitation in Alberta.

Our Vision, Objective, and Goals:

  • 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 services.

Board Members

Chantale Entz

President

A summer spent at horse camp was the start of Chantale’s love of horses! Chantale obtained a BSc in Animal Science and continued to develop her involvement with horses including the re-conditioning and sale of ex-racehorses. Time spent in the US grew her love of the Hunters and in 2010, purchased ‘Spotless.’ This duo successfully competes through western Canada and the NW US in the A/O division and the hunter derbies.

Caroline Jones

Vice-President

With a deeply rooted passion for the sport of show-jumping and years of actively competing, Caroline is a true horsewoman in every sense. Currently, Caroline is the Tournament and Facility Manager at Rocky Mountain Show Jumping in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to this integral role, Caroline continues her judging career throughout North America including such tournaments as the U.S. National Medal Finals, Capital Challenge, West Palm Beach, and the Los Angeles Medal Finals.

Shannon Haney

Secretary

Shannon’s love of horses developed at a very young age and has continued to be a central component of her life. Taking time away from the industry following her junior years to pursue a business degree, Shannon returned to the sport professionally as a competitor and trainer in 2000. Shannon owns and operates Trilogy Farms located in southwest Calgary.

Lynne Burns

Assistant Secretary

Lynne Burns has called Calgary home since 2003. Spruce Meadows prompted her move here, but the people and horses have kept her here. Currently she rides her daughter Holly’s first jumper Brio (Lux Z x Columbus) at Grayton Farms. While growing up in Ontario Lynne rode competitively, and for several years she also drove Standardbreds; these experiences have ingrained in Lynne a strong appreciation for people and animals who try their hardest. She has a Journalism Certificate from SAIT and is a sometime writer and proof reader for Alberta Show Jumpers magazine. Lynne now works as an Executive Assistant in the credit union system. She supports Jump Alberta as the assistant secretary for this engaged and productive team.

Ann Laing

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Alexander Grayton

Board Member

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.

Andrew More

Board Member

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.

Beda Wachter

Board Member

At Wachter Horses in Innisfail, Alberta, owner Beda Wachter continually develops all areas of the equestrian/show jumping world and currently manages breeding operations and stallions, young horse training, competition training, retirement horses as well as having a full rider training program.  Beda has served on the board of Jump Alberta since 2014 and has assisted in developing the Alberta Young Horse Development program.  With vast experience from Europe, Beda contributes innovative ideas to Jump Alberta.

Lynne Stephenson

Board Member

Lynne is the founder/owner of Concorde Stables in Cochrane Alberta. She competes as a professional in the Hunter and Jumper rings while offering training to up and coming riders in all rings (hunters, jumpers and equitation). As a rider, coach and chef de quip, Lynne has experienced many areas of competition (national and internationally), and brings ideas of program development and training to Jump Alberta.  With a secondary education in business and human resources, she also contributes to Jump Alberta acting as a liaison with the members and stakeholders.

Dayton Gorsline

Director at Large

Dayton has enjoyed all aspects of show-jumping including FEI competition internationally both as a rider and a coach, and currently actively supports the North American Young Rider program. Dayton and his wife Lisa Carlsen operate Trademark Stables in the Calgary area.

Gillian (Trimbee) Wilson

Northern Alberta Media

Having been bitten by the writing bug young, Gillian was first published in an international breeder’s publication at the age of 16. She has continued to write about the sport of show jumping as a contributor to Heels Down Magazine and Horse Junkies United. Gillian competes as an amateur on the local A circuit with her speedy jumper mare, Ariel, and also manages the Jump Alberta website and Northern Alberta content.

Talia Wells

South Alberta Media

Originally from Canmore, Alberta, Talia spent her Junior and Young Rider years successfully competing at the FEI levels of three-day-eventing in the US and Canada. Returning to Alberta in 2006, she pursued her BA while turning her focus to coaching and the development of young horses for both eventing and the hunter/jumper rings. She is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Political Science and is the owner/operator of TWEquestrian.

History Of Jump Alberta

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.