About

Instructor & Coaches

Jeff McKessock

Co-owner/Head Coach


Jeff is a certified High Performance Competition Coach. His students compete in jumper, equitation, hunter and dressage. He loves to teach any student with a desire to learn whether they ride recreationally or competitively.

With his base of education ranging from an early start in western rodeo games and steer riding, to national level dressage and jumper, and international level eventing competition, Jeff is able to use training techniques from all disciplines to produce well-rounded equestrian athletes.

Stephanie Wark

Instructor/Coach


Stephanie is a certified competition coach and has been a teacher at Westar for 7 years, and a competitive rider for 18 years. She is respected and admired by her students and peers for her professionalism as well as her enthusiastic and welcoming nature.

Though she loves to ride and compete with her own horse, as well as those of her students and those owned by Westar, Steph’s biggest sense of pride comes from seeing her students progress in their learning and achieving their goals.

Shawna Carlton

Instructor/Coach


Shawna has ridden since she was 5 years old, grew up doing Pony Club and earned her C2. She graduated from the Kemptville College Equine Program and is also a qualified therapeutic riding instructor with her CanTRA Intermediate Level as well as NCCP Instructor.

Mackenzie Whitman

Instructor


Kenzie is a certified instructor and comeptitive rider. She teaches our beginner and novice lessons as well as summer camp.

She has been a horse owner and competitor in both hunter and jumper for many years.

Ally Seinsch

Instructor


Ally is a certified instructor and dressage competitor. She teaches our beginner and novice riders and is a summer camp instructor.

In addition to going to school and teaching, Ally has her own farm with 7 horses to care for.

Staff

Bridget McKessock

Co-owner, office manager


Bridget looks after the administrative duties of the farm – organizing lessons, camps and student activities as well as the many horse shows hosted at Westar.

She has a Master’s degree in physiological psychology, is a certified Competition Coach and has had a long competitive career, all of which add to her broad base of knowledge of the industry.

Karen Steadman

Barn Manager


Karen has been our barn manager for 30 years! She knows everything there is to know about the care of horses. She is respected and adored by all the horses and by us as well! Karen’s vast experience dates back to the days of Dwyer Hill Farm.

Brian Fisher

Grounds Manager


Brian keeps the whole farm looking trim – mowing grass in the summer, blowing snow in the winter and doing all the maintenance jobs in and around the barn. He’s always busy somewhere on or off the tractor. Brian has been with us for about 8 years and is liked by the horses for his gentle nature and by staff and students for his helpfulness and sense of humour.

Our Horses

Our 16+ wonderful school ponies and horses come in various sizes to pair with young riders to adults. We carefully select these partners to suit the wide range of experience of our riders from beginner to advanced.

Our horses are a part of the Westar family and loved by a long list of riders as well as our staff. They are each individuals with their own personality and something to teach every rider lucky enough to have them assigned as lesson partner. Once they retire from regular work in the school, almost every one of our faithful friends lives out their days here at the farm with their paddock pals.

School Horse of the Month

Each month we’ll feature one of our amazing school horses and tell you a bit more about why we love them so much

This month: Abby (Huggs ‘N Kisses)

You can read more about Abby in the 30th Anniversary section below. She is our longest serving school pony at Westar, coming to us as a green pony in 1994. She has introduced hundreds of young riders to the love of horses and, as ‘Huggs ‘N Kisses’ (her show name), has been part of the foundation of many who have gone on to be competitive champions in hunter, equitation and dressage.

Morgan M, Small/Med Pony 2010

Julia M, Trillium Championships 2012

Carmen B 2013

Katie L Development Show 2017

Volunteers

Volunteers are the backbone of many of the activities and shows we offer at Westar. Many have been offering their time and efforts since Westar was born. We are grateful to all who lend a hand whether for the first or the umpteenth time!

We invite students, 12 or older, family members and friends of Westar, to volunteer for any of the many activities and events hosted at Westar. Members of the Westar Volunteer Team help set up for shows, assist with Developments shows, gather in the McKessock kitchen to make lunches for horse show staff & volunteers of the Trillium/Bronze shows or organize prizes and ribbons for show day, paint jumps, helps with camp, judge in-stable shows, groom at shows and many other welcome acts of sharing. If you have other talents you think might be of benefit, let us know about them!

We welcome enthusiatic, positive individuals to become members of the team and represent the great cooperative family atmosphere of our farm.