Our Coaches

Our Coaches

Michelle Lynnes

Alicia Pagnan

Demetra Shaw

Laura Wainright

Tyler Kinch

Demetra Shaw

Demetra has been riding for the past twenty years and coaching for the past five. She grew up riding locally, in Central Saanich, and got her start in the Hunter/ Jumper community at age 12 when she got her first horse. Demetra has ridden locally under Ashleigh Charity, Cheryl Keith and Joanne Orchard, and has been. She has been lucky enough to ride in several clinics with Claudia Cojocar and Grand Prix rider Gary Brewster. Demetra’s biggest accomplishment as a competitive rider was placing 1st overall in BC in the CET (Canadian Equestrian Team) 3 phase equitation class on her horse Guinness in 2015. With a strong emphasis on equitation (rider's position and a rider's ability to ride correctly with effective aids), Demetra encourages her students to never stop learning, work hard, and most of all have fun!

Laura Wainright

Laura first fell for horses when her parents took her to to go pick up their new family dog from a farm. They had a couple horses that she was instantly fascinated with. Lucky for her (not so lucky for her parents) the owners let her sit on one of their horses and be led around on it. Hooked from day one, everything after that was horse related. She lived and breathed horses. After years and years of begging for lessons, she was able to start riding when her parents gave her riding lessons for a 12th birthday present. Now her childhood dreams have become a reality! Certified through CHA as a level 2 jumping coach, Laura is passionate about helping people become the best riders they can be. She is experienced in teaching all ages and levels, and has taken many students from their first ride to jumping full courses.

Tyler Kinch

Tyler has been riding and working with horses since mid 2012, initially becoming invested in the horses due to his interest in medieval competitions (archery, swordplay, knife and axe throwing). Though his experience with mounted combat sports is limited, he aims to expand his knowledge in all things equine, and is currently learning to coach.

Michelle Lynnes

Michelle has been riding for over 30 years and coaching for more than 15. She grew up in pony club and eventing in Alberta. Over the years she has developed a passion for bringing the talent out of horses who have been unsuccessful in traditional training programs. Her training philosophy is focused on creating a happy, relaxed, and willing partner. Michelle is certified as a CHA Level 3 coach, as well as CanTRA II, and applies her BA in Psychology and Masters in Exercise Science, Physical and Health education in her training and coaching modalities. Michelle teaches a diverse range of disciplines, including dressage, hunter/jumper, pleasure riding, vaulting, and groundwork, including liberty and in-hand work.

Alicia Pagnan

Alicia has been riding for 26 years and coaching for 16 years. She spent her early years riding and competing in hunters competitions in Langley, BC before moving to Vancouver Island to complete her BA in Psychology. She also purchased her first horse at this time, a beautiful chestnut thoroughbred mare named Gia, who taught her about the importance of finding softness and relaxation within the horse first. Alicia believes in a horse-first approach to coaching and training horses, and teaches her students to communicate in the horse’s, not the human’s, language in order to create a soft and balanced horse on the ground and in the saddle. Her goal is to create a safe and positive learning environment for both horse and rider, where riders can develop a relationship with the horse and meet their personal riding goals. Her current horse-partner is a young Canadian Warmblood named Catalina KS (“Ceci”) who she is starting with this summer.