Angela Covert and Cassis shown competing in the Talent
Squad class at the 2003 CSI-W Blainville International Show
Jumping Tournament in Quebec.
Photo credit Cealy Tetley
Pepiniere Stables to Continue Under Young Forces
Lazare, Quebec Thanks to Mike Lawrence and Angela Covert,
the legendary Pepiniere Stables in St. Lazare, QC, will continue
to operate as one of Canadas premiere equestrian training
and show facilities.
the spring of 2003, the equestrian community was saddened
by the loss of Gladys Adam, 69, who, for decades, had developed
and coached some of Canadas most prolific show jumping
athletes and offered world-class show jumping competitions
at Pepiniere Stables. By purchasing the 38-stall facility
on December 8, 2003, Lawrence and Covert have ensured that
the equestrian facility will live on through the operation
of their business, Eastwood Equine Inc.
had a lot of respect for Gladys as a horsewoman and want to
continue the strong tradition that she established,
noted Lawrence. One of her greatest legacies is the
horse show that she established and we intend to carry on
that tradition by using primarily the same management team.
Both Lawrence and Covert are originally from Nova Scotia and
were married on September 6 in Chester, NS. A certified member
of the International Association of Equine Dentistry and a
member of the American Veterinary Dental Society, Lawrence
began riding in his native Amherst, NS, and enjoyed great
success in the junior jumper division before turning his attention
to his education. After attending Carleton University in Ottawa,
ON, Lawrence went on to the London School of Economics in
England before settling on a career in equine dentistry in
1992. At only 33 years of age, Lawrence is considered one
of Canadas top equine dentists and has a large practice
throughout the country.
27, hails from Dartmouth, NS, and began riding at the age of six
in the pony, hunter and equitation division and entered the junior
jumper ranks at the age of 14. A successful competitor throughout
her teenage years, Covert was named the 1994 Canadian Equestrian
Federations Junior Equestrian of the Year and was awarded
the prestigious Gillian Wilson Trophy.
first job as a professional trainer came in 1995 working for former
Canadian Equestrian Team member Alan Brand in Calgary, AB, and led
to a position as Trainer at the famed Spruce Meadows show jumping
facility where Covert worked for two years as a rider and instructor.
After moving back to eastern Canada, Covert managed a private facility
near Bromont, QC, for four years. In 2000, she and Lawrence founded
Eastwood Equine Inc. in partnership.
her competitive career, Covert won the hotly contested Combined
Working Hunter Stake at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON, riding
Jackie. In 2003, Covert competed in Florida throughout the winter
then focused on the eastern Canada and United States show circuit,
winning the Saratoga Cup at the Saratoga Horse Show, NY, in May
and being named Open Jumper Champion at the Vermont Summer Festival
in July. Riding Lord Byron Z, Covert also won the Coca-Cola Modified
Grand Prix at the CSI-W Bromont International, QC, in June.
the final event of the 2003 Jump Canada National Talent Squad Series,
a program designed to identify athletes with the potential to become
future members of the Canadian Show Jumping Team, Covert was leading
the standings and finished second overall with Cassis. As a result,
she was nominated by Jump Canada to receive one of two Development
Cards under the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance program that gives
athletes a monthly allowance to assist with the costs of training.
addition to her own competitive accomplishments, Covert is a gifted
trainer and teacher. Her successful students include 18-year-old
Jennifer ONeill of Montreal, QC, who placed eighth individually
in the junior division at the 2003 North American Young Riders
Lawrence and Covert look forward to the continued future success
of Eastwood Equine Inc., the couple is also busy preparing for the
Pepiniere Horse Shows that will take place over the two weeks of
May 20-24 and May 26-30, 2004.
more information on Eastwood Equine Inc. or the, please call tel:
(450) 455-9722 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.eastwoodequine.com.
For more information on the Pepiniere Horse Show Series, please