My goal is to help riders evaluate and answer the technical questions of a modern show jumping course. Hope you will join me.
MICHEL VAILLANCOURT CLINICS
February 6, 2019
The Aiken Horse Park Foundation is pleased to welcome Michel Vaillancourt back to Bruce’s Field this coming February. Michel took up equestrian at the age of twelve and, within a decade, had emerged as one of Canada’s top contenders in the sport. He made his international debut with the Canadian national team in 1975, winning a bronze medal in the team event at that Mexico City Pan American Games. His next stop was the 1976 Summer Olympics where her earned Individual silver, and finished fifth in the team event alongside Jim Day, Jim Elder, and Ian Millar.
Vaillancourt went on to earn team silver at the 1979 Pan American Games. He was selected to participate at the 1980 Summer Olympics, but attended the Alternate Olympics instead after his country joined the boycott of the regular Games. There he attained a gold medal in the team event despite having to use his alternate horse. After retiring from active competition he became involved in coaching and course design and served as the National Coach for the Canadian equestrian delegations to the 1994 World Equestrian Games and 1996 Summer Olympics. He was inducted into the Jump Canada Hall of Fame in 2009 and, as of 2012, remains only one of two Canadians to medal in an individual jumping event at the Olympics (the other being [Eric Lamaze]).
Michel holds a level 4 Coaching certificate and is a level 4 course designer with the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), one of only 5 North Americans that hold that ranking. Revered as one of North America’s greatest course designers, Michel continues to excel at the forefront of his chosen sport.