Shelby Geiger
Shelby’s ingrained passion for horses seemingly developed early, perhaps during her
many pony rides taken before even learning to walk.  At an early age it became evident she
was determined to follow the footsteps of her great grandfather, a decorated European
thoroughbred breeder, and a National Steeplechase Champion for three consecutive
years.   At the age of 8, after acquiring her own horse, an off-track thoroughbred, she
quickly learned the need to identify and develop strategies to rectify problems and improve
results.  Shelby began to appreciate the many dynamics that exist between the horse and
rider.  She continues to work on developing the skills and strategies necessary to identify
and resolve issues, as well as, improving horse health, and show performance.  At the age
of 13, Shelby became involved in breeding for the first time and played an active role
throughout the entire gestation and birthing process.  Over the years, Shelby has achieved
numerous Hunter, Jumper and Equitation championship titles.  In Ocala, Florida competing
in a class of over 90 riders and riding a horse participating in only it’s 5th show, she
became Level 1 Champion.  In the following week, riding the same horse she trained, and
competing in a class of over 70 riders she earned Level 2 Reserve Champion.  In recent
years she has been training with her coach in the United States and has shown extensively
throughout Ontario and the United States.  As a rider for Western University Equestrian
Team she became the only rider to qualify for the International Horse Sports Association
zone finals.  Shelby has also been catch riding for others when they are unable to attend a
show and very frequently earns a tri-colour ribbon.  It’s her passion and the love of
overcoming a challenge that drives her to improve both her own riding and the horses that
she works with.  She has trained, restarted, and successfully broke several horses of her
own, producing excellent results, accomplished in part by her theory on teaching and the
riding of each horse as an individual.  The horses trained have all learned to jump
confidently and do full lead changes.