Sarah Stewart is the ideal example of a true horseman. Her life has been spent in the equestrian industry learning, teaching, competing and perfecting her talents.
Having been brought up on a family farm in BC, Canada, Sarah learned at a very early age how to care for the needs of horses. Her family took a hands-on approach, and Sarah worked from the ground up, from mucking stalls and feeding, to grooming and horse care, to riding whatever was available to ride or needed exercise.
It is from this early work with many young, green horses that Sarah developed the rare gift of understanding the mind of the horse and the relationship between horse and rider; two of the most important pieces of the puzzle that so often are missing in trainers and riders today.
While Sarah was perfecting her riding and horse training techniques with her family’s show horses, she realized she also had a natural affinity for teaching and competing. A gifted instructor, Sarah can communicate with her students to bring out the best in them. She is a hands-on teacher, and is always ready to demonstrate a lesson if needed.
Her unique skill at finding and bringing out the best in each horse she works with has been a tremendous advantage to her in the show ring. She has had numerous successes at all levels of horse shows, and has a particularly strong gift for showing Hunters.
From the west coast of Canada to Europe, Sarah trained with such notables as Annie Dotoli at Stephex Stables in Belgium, Olympian Hugh Graham in Toronto, Olympian Nona Garson in New Jersey, and Claudia Cojacar in British Columbia. She has also worked and trained at international caliber show jumping barns in Europe, Canada and the United States.
Most recently, Sarah completed the highest level of trainer certification that the CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) program offers. She earned the Level 4 CHA and is now a Certified Instructor for Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe.
After leaving her position as Head Trainer for Hidden Ridge Stable in Canada, Sarah came to the United States where she is successfully freelancing as a trainer, coach and professional rider.