Tamarak Equestrian

The history, the philosophy, and the people involved

Training Board - $800/month + HST

Includes: Minimum 3 training sessions per week, customized training program, box stall, daily turnout individually or in small groups, quality grain 2x daily, supplements given (at owner's expense), and blanketing.

Consignment Board - $800/month + HST

Includes: Minimum 3 workouts per week, box stall, daily turnout individually or in small groups, quality grain 2x daily, supplements given (at owner's expense), and blanketing. Will be included on our website, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube, as well as a customized listing on BigEq (at owner's expense). Pony will be properly maintained, prepared, and presented for any trials. Flat rate of 10% commission on all sales/leases.

Tamarak Equestrian aims to find talented hunter prospects, polish them, and match them up with the right rider. We are always watching the market carefully and if we don’t currently have what you are looking for, we gladly offer our services to help you find it. Though located in Ontario, our horses and ponies both come from and go to other provinces and the US. We search only for A circuit quality and potential at a wide variety of price points. Our training and sales grads have earned ribbons at top shows all over North America, including the Royal Winter Fair, USEF Pony Finals, WIHS, Devon, and HITS.

Tamarak Equestrian believes in taking the time to properly develop both pony and rider, with an emphasis on a quality foundation transitioning to show ring success. We believe every horse is different and deserves a personalized program and one-on-one attention, so we keep our numbers manageable and tailor our approach to each athlete, its temperament, and the owner's goals.

Though Tamarak Equestrian is a relatively new endeavor, the Traver family has been involved with horses for 22 years, from the schooling level all the way to the A circuit. Tamarak Equestrian is based out of Dream Quest Stables in Smithville, ON.​ Our current Tamarak Equestrian junior riders are Ellah Dubeau-Kielty, Julia Hudon, and Avery Phelan, under the tutelage of coach Jackie Tattersall.

If you're interested in working with us or coming to see any of our available horses and ponies, please feel free to contact us.


Debbie Traver

Debbie brings a background in accounting and retail, as well as previous entrepreneurial pursuits - including her successful business Gold Medal Skatewear from Kelly’s days as a figure skater.

Debbie is committed to the business side of Tamarak Equestrian as her top priority and will be your sales liason. She also oversees the training of the ponies, handles the day-to-day operation of the business, and manages all of our social media.

As a show mom and former rider herself, Debbie understands what both the riders and the ponies need to feel confident and competition ready.

Julia Hudon

Julia joined our team in early 2018. A successful trillium competitor in the small ponies, modified ponies, and equitation, she is now working her way up the ranks and honing her skills on the A circuit. Julia is very adaptable and the kind of rider who gets along with nearly every horse/pony. She also has a great attitude and work ethic, and is quietly confident and calm under pressure. Despite her age, she already has considerable experience with green ponies. We are very excited about being part of her future.

Kelly Traver

As a junior, Kelly worked her way through the ranks first in the pony hunters and then in the children’s and junior working hunter divisions. During this time, Kelly was coached by some of the top A circuit trainers, including Dee and Scott Walker and Wayne McLellan, and earned 4 appearances at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, 2 consecutive RAWF reserve championships, 2 RAWF class wins, and a win at medal finals.

As an amateur, Kelly briefly returned to the trillium and A circuits before deciding to take a step back from competing herself and instead assist with the ponies. She is our resident braider, clipper, and line show handler.

Kelly is soft and patient and particularly excels in handling anxious horses and ponies. She is also our chief talent scout, with a keen eye for quality prospects.

Avery Phelan

Avery is the most recent addition to the Tamarak crew, having just started with us near the end of the 2018 season. Avery has shown to much success in the small pony division on both the A circuit and Trillium, and competed at the Royal Winter Fair with her pony in 2017. Avery is a quick study and very adaptable. Currently she is helping bring along our newest small green, she helps work the ponies at home, and she is a valuable new asset to our program.

Ellah Dubeau-Kielty

Ellah is our lead junior rider. She has been with us from her days in the small pony hunters right through to the present. Ellah is a hardworking and extremely versatile rider who quickly adapts to a variety of horse types and sizes. She is a triple threat who can ride all 3 rings well. She is confident and brave, and has a knack for getting lead changes on even the trickiest rides. Ellah has competed everywhere from local trillium shows to the Royal Winter Fair and USEF Pony Finals. 


Ellah currently shows in the junior hunters, equitation, and hunter derbies, in addition to pony catch riding and continuing to help with a couple of our greens. As she transitions away from the pony world and into horses, she is certainly leaving some big shoes to fill. 


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 ​​5869 Young St., R.R. #3, Smithville, ON

Tel: 1-905-646-3146


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