WCP Equestrian Instructors
Meet our team of skilled and experienced instructors.
KAREN SPARKS, Executive Director
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Karen is not only the Executive Director of Wesley Clover Parks, she is also an accomplished equestrian and horsewoman. Karen started riding in the Ottawa Valley at the age of 6, and began training with the Millar family at 16. Karen has been successful in the show ring from a young age, competing at the Royal Winter Fair in the Large Pony and Junior Hunter divisions. Since then she has enjoyed a number of career highlights, winning the High Amateur division with Victoria at the Royal Winter Fair, and competing at the Canadian Championships with Quervo Gold before having her first child. Karen was named Equestrian Canada’s Rider of the Month after a unique double victory in Spruce Meadows’ prestigious final four competition in both the 1.30M and 1.40M Jumper divisions.
Today she competes at the Grand Prix level across Ontario, and in Florida during the winter months, with mounts Teddy du Bosquetiau and Calvin Klein. In 2017, Karen placed 5th in the 1.40M Open Welcome at the Ottawa National and was the 1.35M Champion at the Ottawa International. Karen’s passion for equestrian sport is apparent both in and out of the ring, and is what sparked her vision for Wesley Clover Parks!
ASHTON BELCHER, Head Trainer & Show Team Coach
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As a professional, Ashton won her first Grand Prix at age 21 at Brownland Farm in Franklin, TN. She qualified for championship events such as International Hunter Derby Finals in Lexington, KY and the Inaugural $500,000 Hunter Prix Finals in Saugerties, NY. In 2012 while competing in California Ashton consistently placed at the Grand Prix level aboard her horse Willis. In California she rode top level hunters, claiming many Championships during HITS Coachella, qualifying her to compete in the World Champion Hunter Rider Finals. Stationed in Calgary for 2014, Ashton and her students qualified for the Royal Winter Fair. In 2015 Ashton rode Contifax as the top ranked combination in the Canadian Hunter Derby Series. Contifax was honored to be named the Jump Alberta Hunter Horse of the Year of 2015. Ashton’s students have enjoyed great success in all 3 rings at top events and venues in North America, including the Washington International, World Champion Hunter Rider Finals, The Royal Winter Fair, and Spruce Meadows.
Returning home to Ottawa in the spring of 2016 Ashton joined the team of instructors at Wesley Clover Parks. Ashton is an Equestrian Canada Certified Competition Coach, and she looks forward to continuing to develop and mentor students of all levels. Ashton manages our training and competition programs at Wesley Clover Parks.
ROBIN BROCK, Instructor & Show Team Coach
MAEVE ROWE, Instructor & Show Team Coach
MANDI DUPUIS, Instructor
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Mandi Dupuis has been riding and training horses in the Ottawa Valley for over 40 years. As a young rider, she was an avid member of Pony Club and showed on the Trillium and A-Circuits. Her early coaches and major influences included Sandi Patterson, Jill Henselwood, Dorothy Langman, Vicki Andrews and Cara Witham, and she has carried their principles with her throughout her own riding and training career. For years Mandi trained horses and coached young riders throughout the Valley, many of whom went on to national levels of competition.
Mandi has been an Equestrian Canada Certified Competition Coach for 25 years. She teaches all levels from beginner to competitive in hunter, dressage, and western disciplines, as well as teaching therapeutic riding programs. She joined our team of instructors here at Wesley Clover Parks in 2014, and along with our regular lesson program, Mandi also teaches our Equestrian Canada Rider Level Courses and is a Level 1-4 evaluator here at The Parks.
As a coach, Mandi focuses on developing good communication and a successful partnership between horse and rider, while prioritizing safety and education in all aspects of horsemanship. She believes that regardless of a rider’s ambitions, they should understand and practice true horsemanship at all times. She shares her years of experience generously and fosters a love of horses in all her students while always maintaining a positive attitude and having fun in the process.
Interested in competing? In addition to lessons, WCP Equestrian offers Hunter, Jumper and Equitation showing opportunities at all levels of competition. We provide a wide range of showing options for everyone, from those entering the show ring for the first time to highly experienced competitors.
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