Ainsley Vince

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Oakville, Ontario
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Linden Ridge
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Ainsley Vince began her competitive career at the age of 10. She was one of Canada’s top equitation and hunter riders for many years, capping off her junior career with the CEF Medal and Hunt Seat Equitation Championship at the 1994 Royal Horse Show as well as a second place finish in the prestigious AHSA Maclay Medal Final at the 1994 National Horse Show.

In 1992, Ainsley began training with Eric Lamaze and competed in the junior jumper divisions as well as the hunter ring. As a rookie, Ainsley had outstanding success with Hocus Pocus, placing consistently in World Cup Qualifiers in the summer of 1995. As a result, she was named to the Canadian Show Jumping Team Short List and was awarded the Firestone Development Scholarship.

Ainsley's top mount has been Catch 22, a gelding purchased in 1996 from American competitor McLain Ward. In 1999, they topped the Pan American Games Selection Trials and traveled to Winnipeg as the Canadian Team alternate. Ainsley made her international debut riding for Canada at the 1999 Washington International Horse Show and received a homecoming at Toronto’s Royal Horse Show by helping Canada to win its second consecutive Bank of Montreal Nations’ Cup.

In 2000, Ainsley and Catch 22 made their first of three World Cup Final appearances competing at the Budweiser World Cup Final in Las Vegas before representing Canada at the 2003 and 2004 World Cup Finals. Remarkably, Ainsley and Catch 22 are also two-time Canadian Show Jumping Champions, having claimed back-to-back victories in 2001 and 2002.

From 2004 to 2005, Ainsley had the privilege of training and apprenticing with United States Team member and Olympian Laura Kraut.

In spring of 2006, Ainsley opened and now operates a training and sales business from the family farm in Burlington, Ontario. Her two younger sisters, Courtney and Sydney, are also successful show jumping competitors. Courtney develops young horses and operates a sales business, operating in both Europe and North America.

Ainsley currently is riding and training students in the hunter, jumper and equitation divisions throughout North America. She has been named Ontario Hunter Jumper Association Jumper Trainer of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012.