Cointreau Stables & tack

EC Certified Competition & IOB Coach

Head Coach

Ashley is an Equine Canada (Canada’s highest governing body for horse activity) and NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) double certified coach. She is a Competition Coach, certified to coach and prepare students for competition as well as an Instructor of Beginners, who is qualified to correctly develop introductory students.  She is Canada’s youngest Mentor, someone who is qualified to teach and develop coaches, as well as being a professional rider. Ashley has been nominated for several Excellence in Coaching awards.  Ashley additionally has her Bachelor of Business Management with a certificate in Community Service Learning. 

 Ashley’s background is primarily in Hunter/Jumper and Dressage, where she has over 15 years of national level competitive experience in these disciplines.  Ashley has won numerous championships on various horses for Hunters, Equitation & Dressage at various venues.  She has also competed on the Alberta Junior Young Rider team for Dressage and competed at the Western Canadian Championships for Dressage.   She additionally has her Equine Canada Rider Level 8.  Ashley’s students have gone on to win championships at Spruce Meadows, Amberlea Meadows, Rocky Mountain Show Jumping & Alberta Dressage Provincials, to name a few.  Her students have gone on to pursue equine post secondary education, train horses & complete their rider level testing.

 Ashley is in the process of completing her Equine Canada Hunter Judge license and hopes to also pursue her Dressage License in the next 5 years.  She continues to show various horses and continue her own professional development through clinics, Equine Canada conferences & lessons.  Ashley aspires to compete and coach her students to the highest level possible.


Head Trainer

Rocky is an Equine Canada Rider Level 5 and is in the process of obtaining his Equine Canada Hunter Judge license, Instructor of Beginners certification and Equine Canada Course Designer certification.  He holds a current First Aid certification and has had EMR training. Rocky also took college veterinary courses and apprenticed under a veterinarian.

 Rocky’s has a diverse horse background and grew up riding Western in the mountains of BC. Upon moving to Alberta, he began training horses and developing his English riding. Rocky has competitive experience in Dressage & Hunter/Jumper, with many successes. As Cointreau’s head horse trainer, Rocky trains many different breeds of horses including American Saddlebreds, Quarter Horses, Welsh ponies and Warmbloods, with heights ranging from 11 – 18 h.  His classical training methods ensure he produces quiet and correct horses, capable of being child or competitive mounts. 

Junior Instructor

Shantelle is an Equine Canada Rider Level 5 and our Junior Instructor.  She has competitive experience in Hunter/Jumper and Dressage.  In 2015, Shantelle was the Alberta Provincial Reserve Champion for Dressage and had a Top 5 placing at Spruce Meadows February Classic.

 As one of Ashley’s most senior students, Shantelle assists with lessons and training horses.  She has trained several horses of her own and developed them in the disciplines of Dressage and Hunter/Jumper. Shantelle aspires to continue her showing and development of training horses.  She is currently working on her Rider Level 6 certificate. 


Dianna is an Equine Canada Rider Level 3 and a retired Principal.  Dianna managed several schools during her teaching career, including a high school of over 1000 students.  She has worked with at risk youth as well as special needs students.

 Dianna is an experienced breeder of horses.  She has bred Champion American Saddlebred horses and more recently, Canadian Warmbloods & American Miniatures. Her horses have sold across Canada and the United States. She also has competitive experience in Dressage and Halter with various horses.  As owner of the stable, Dianna cares for the horses on a daily basis and manages our boarders.  She ensures the horses have top quality care and a safe facility.

 Dianna aspires to continue showing her horses in Dressage as well as excel in her regular riding lessons.