Amanda exhibited a love of animals from a very early age, turning that that love into a successful career as a show jumping athlete. Born in Toronto, Canada, Amanda trained with coach, Mark Hayes, and went on to compete at the FEI International Children’s Jumping Final against young riders from all over the world for two consecutive years.
At age 14, Amanda received the title of Leading Equitation Rider as well as riding for Ontario at the North American Junior Young Riders Championship, the youngest rider at the competition. That same year, Amanda also won the prestigious Jump Canada Medal Finals as well as both phases of the CET medal finals at the Royal Winter Fair- an accomplishment only made once before.
Amanda competed at the North American Young Riders Championships again the following year, this time on Mill Creek Marco Taere, a mount she had for only a week prior to the competition. As a junior rider in Canada, Amanda received input from Canadian Team members Erynn Ballard and Ainsley Vince, before heading to Greenwich, CT to join the team of American Olympic medalist, Peter Leone, at his Lionshare Farm.
Rounding out her junior career, Amanda competed with great success at the USEF Hunt Seat Equitation Final at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show and ribboned in the George Morris Excellence in Equitation night class at the Winter Equestrian Festival. That summer Amanda and her horses traveled across Europe alongside the American Developing Riders Tour, competing as a Canadian Individual in Nations Cups and taking home ribbons from three different countries.
Amanda worked directly with Peter Leone during the winter months, learning first hand about the ins and outs of the highest level of show jumping. Challenging herself, Amanda set out on her own with a talented team of horses gaining not only experience, but wins at venues such as the world renowned Spruce Meadows, Wellington and Kentucky.
Teaming up with Luke Tokaruk, Amanda hopes to channel her love of the sport into a successful training center based outside her hometown of Toronto. Amanda finds training others who share her passion rewarding but gets the most out of working with talented young hunters and jumpers who show potential in their discipline.