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Sharon Merkel – Beattie

Certified EC Dressage Coach

Formal training

  • 1984 Working Student for Bonny Bonnello Sherwood Park , Alberta

  • 1986 Working Student for George Theodorescu in Sassenberg, Germany

  • 1993 Four months Training with Cindy and Neil Ishoy Hamilton, Ontario

  • 1996 Three Months Training with Cindy and Neil Ishoy Hamilton, Ontario

  • 2008 Two and a half Months Training with Gina Smith Brockville, Ontario

  • 2009 Two months Training with Three Time Olympian Gina Smith Brockville,


  • 2010 Spring Training in California with Dirk Glitz.

  • Currently attending clinics with Jaimey Irwin


Riding Highlights

  • Provincial and National Level Championships from Basic( Level 1 )

       to Grand Prix on various horses: Frowind , Donaufurst , Tramino and Monet.

  • Personally Short listed and Long listed for the Canadian Team several times.

  • 1996 and 1997 Reserve Grand Prix Champion for Canada on Frowind.

  • Represented Canada at two Can- Am Challenges. Devon ,

       Pennsylvania and Del Mar, California 1993 & 1995

  • 1999 Represented Canada at the Trivett Classic CDI in Sydney,Australia

       2nd place Individual and 2nd place Team result.

  • 2008 Grand Prix Champion Beaulieu Dressage Classic, Quebec on Essence of Glory .

  • 4th place finish in the National show at the New England Fall Dressage Festival, New York

  • 2009 Grand Prix Champion Beaulieu Dressage Classic Quebec

  • 7th place Grand Prix finish at Saugerties New York

  • 6th place finish at Dressage at Devon

  • 2010: Long Listed with Essence of Glory .

  • 2010 Competed for a spot on the Canadian Dressage Team attending the World Equestrian Games held in Kentucky in September of 2010

  • Attended several CDI 3* held in California Placing 4th in the GP at Burbank and winning the GP Spec

  • 2011 Retired Essence of Glory

  • 2013 Lost up and coming mount Loyalstar

  • 2018 Current mount: Donatus a very talented 11 yr old Hanoverian Gelding out of Don Crusador.

Coaching Highlights

  • Students to several National and Provincial Championships over the years

  • Coached rider to Canadian Champion Status in Arabian Dressage

  • Coached two riders to Young Rider Dressage Championships in Chicago , Illinois 1999 and 2001

  • Coached Jr rider to Jr. FEI Dressage Championships in Batavia , Ohio 2001

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