The history, the philosophy, and the people involved
Basic Show Board - $750/month + HST
Includes: One lesson per week, customized program, box stall, daily turnout individually or in small groups, quality grain 2x daily, supplements given (at owner's expense), and blanketing.
Training Board - $850/month + HST
Includes: Minimum 3 training sessions per week (can substitute a lesson for a training session if desired), 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 - $850/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, and Instagram, 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 (both human and equine), their temperament, and goals.
Though Tamarak Equestrian is a relatively new endeavor, the Traver family has been involved with horses for 24 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.
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.
Owner and Operator
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 liaison. She also oversees the day-to-day operation of the business, organizes logistics and scheduling, and manages all of our social media.
As a show mom and former rider herself, Debbie understands what the riders, parents, and ponies need to feel confident and competition ready.
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. She already has considerable experience with green ponies and can handle any type of ride. We are very excited about being part of her future. Inquire about catching riding.
Coach and Trainer
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 change directions and begin developing green ponies. Since then, she has benefitted from working with Olivia Golden, Mark Hayes and Jackie Tattersall.
Kelly is soft and patient and particularly excels in handling anxious horses and ponies. She also has a minor in psychology, which she integrates into her teaching and training approach.
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. She helped bring along a small green for us in 2019 and had a short, yet successful, season with Kingsland in 2020. We are looking forward to helping her develop an exciting large green for next year. Inquire about catch riding.
Mentor, Junior Coach, and Rider
Ellah 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 hunters, equitation, derbies, and 1.20m jumpers, in addition to occasional pony catch riding and continuing to help with a couple of our greens. As she transitions away from the pony ring and into horses and coaching, she is certainly leaving some big shoes to fill. But she is always there to give our younger riders a helping hand and share her knowledge.