Meet Channay Lloyd

Channay Lloyd is Country Lane Farm’s Head Trainer. Channay’s life with horses started at a very young age. She has been honoured with World Champion Hunter Rider Awards and top placings in equitation finals and Grand Prix’s. As a junior rider, Channay had a very successful junior career, dominating the equitation, hunter and jumper divisions with championships all over Canada and the USA. She rode in her first Grand Prix at the young age of 16 and has piloted young hunters and jumpers to year end awards. Channay has been taught and mentored by some of the top professionals in Canada and the U.S. She has a well-rounded education in the hunters, jumpers and equitation ring.

Channay’s teaching style is enthusiastic and positive with an emphasis on building confidence.  She educates, motivates and inspires her students. Whether piloting a performance hunter to a winning round, or working with a wide variety of students and horses, Channay is a very hands-on professional. She conducts regular “Coach’s Corner” meetings to discuss each riders goals and work together to create a plan to achieve those goals.

She takes pride in being able to provide an individualized program for each horse, rider, and/or both that produces results. Riding with Channay is like riding in a clinic, and she places a huge emphasis on detail and correct basics – something very important for a successful equestrian.

Meet Darlene York

Darlene York is the founder of Country Lane Farm and is our breeding specialist with over 40 years experience breeding horses. Darlene hand picks hunter broodmares of superior quality and selects the best stallion for each mare.  She has bred many hunter breeding, Best Young Horse winners at Devon, Sallie B. Wheeler West and East coast champions and International Hunter Futurity winners, Lt. Gov Cup and Gov Cup winners at the Royal Winter Fair.

Darlene is consistently in the top 10 breeders list of both line and performance hunters with United States Equestrian Federation. Her foals have won at Devon, Upperville, and Warrenton, Del Mar, Royal Winter Fair on the line and have been performance winners at Wellington and circuit champions at HITS Coachella. Darlene has an incredible eye for conformation and has hand selected some of North America’s top hunter stallions including Westporte, and Centre Pointe. Her stallions have been named stallion of the year by the international hunter futurity multiple years in a row. Darlene believes to get good results you need to breed like to like and the best to the best.

Meet Meggy De Jong

Meggy De Jong joined the Country Lane team in 2017. She brings a European flavour and connections in both Holland and Germany. As professional in Europe she has piloted young horses to the top of the jumping sport. Her junior career included top placings in International Jumping CSI-1* and Class Z and ZZ at Karpendonk, Brabant and many top shows in the Netherlands.

Meggy’s riding style is soft and patient. Her hunter ring debut produced Championships in competitive professional divisions. Meggy adds a versatile component to our team with experience at the heart of show jumping in Europe.

meggy de jong

Meet Sarah Farrell

Sarah grew up in Toronto Ontario where her riding career began in the pony ring. She competed on the A circuit coming up through the children’s hunters and jumpers, and when her family moved to Calgary, her junior career continued at Gold rated shows throughout the west coast of Canada and United States. With success in the equitation, hunter and jumper rings, Sarah took a break from competing to work as an International Show Groom and travelled the United States and Canada showing horses at some of North America’s most premier competitions including three years at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington Florida.

 

With extensive experience with horses at such a young age, Sarah took a step away to focus on beginning a more traditional career and continued to enjoy horses as her hobby. Now, Sarah joins Country Lane Farm combining two decades of professional development and leadership with her lifelong passion for horses.

 

Sarah teaches all levels of students, specializing in those who are learning to jump and the introductory local show program. Sarah’s approach to coaching puts the rider first, focusing on their strengths, establishing strong fundamentals, and teaching the importance of good horsemanship in and out of the saddle.