Esmee Ingham: talented Canadian fulfils dream

How it began

Esmee Ingham grew up in West Vancouver. Her love of horses started at a young age and was further encouraged on her aunt’s farm in Pemberton.

As a child, Ingham rode many different ponies and horses at her aunt’s and attended various Summer Camps at Aspengrove Equestrian Academy. When she was 12 she came into contact with the sport of dressage at Dreamcatcher Meadows.

Normy

As the families knew each other, Ingham was given the tremendous opportunity to train with Wendy Christoff in Ladner. Her schoolmaster, Canadian Sport Horse bred Caboose, introduced her to the world of warmblood horses. After a while, Ingham’s family bought the horse Norseman, (nickname Normy), for her, a Swedish warmblood. Together with Normy she rode to international level, representing Canada several times at Junior, Young Riders and Small Tour level.

Sporting successes

  • 2012 2nd with Team Canada during the Sydney CDI 3* Derby
  • 2011 Team Silver during the North American Junior Young Rider Championships
  • 2011 2nd in the PSG during the Pacific Regional Championship
  • 2010 Team Gold during the North American Junior Young Rider Championships
  • 2010 Bronze during the Freestyle North American Junior Young Rider Championships
  • 2010 Canadian Champion in the FEI Junior Technical and Freestyle sections
  • 2009 Canadian reserve Champion in the FEI Junior Technical and Freestyle sections
  • 2008 Individual Silver during the de BC Summer Games
  • 2008 Team Bronze during the BC Summer Games

Wendy Christoff and Jacqui Oldham gave Ingham the chance to take part in Bert Rutten’s clinics. She has been riding in the clinics since she was 16. When the opportunity arose to move to the Netherlands, she enthusiastically accepted this tremendous challange. A drastic change was in store for Ingham in her way of riding, stable management and interaction with horses: Ingham is grateful for the great wealth of knowledge she has acquired through working at Dressuurstal Rutten.

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