Jaimey Irwin

Jaimey was born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and grew up in Lakefield, Ontario on Stoney Lake, on his family’s resort the Irwin Inn. He began riding at the young age of 6 and his competition career began by competing at local fairs with his first horse. He later went on to do some eventing and hunter/jumper shows. It wasn’t until Jaimey was 16 years of age that he decided to commit himself fully to dressage. Jaimey competed very successfully at the Young Rider level on a mare named Picarda. In 1999 at the NAJYRC Jaimey and Picarda placed fourth individually just missing out on the Bronze Medal. Shortly after his Young Rider years, Jaimey went on to train in Germany with Holger Muenstermann, with whom he continued to train for 15 years. While in Germany, Jaimey found a flashy chestnut gelding by the name of Waldano that he brought back to Canada with him. Waldano and Jaimey were short and long listed for the Canadian Team for many years winning many titles at the small tour level, including the Silver Medal at the Can Am Challenge at Dressage at Devon. Jaimey then sold Waldano to an American girl and he returned to Europe, but this time to take a job as the head trainer of a stable in Luzern, Switzerland. He continued on his training career in Europe by returning back to Germany and becoming Holger Muenstermann’s head rider. After his return from Germany, Jaimey competed the Dutch Stallion, Jacardo at the small tour level and Grand Prix, where he was again listed for the Canadian Team. Jacardo was not his only mount, Jaimey also competed White Socks at the small tour internationally, Primo Sony up to Intermediare 2 and Fidelio up to the Prix St. George. Fidelio and Jaimey won every Championship at every level as he developed. He was then sold to a Canadian Young Rider who took him to the NAJYRC. Dover was another mount that Jaimey successful competed at the Grand Prix level. The pair were also listed for the Canadian Team on numerous occasions and competed throughout Canada and Florida Internationally. Dover was sold to an American rider and continued to compete in the United States at the Grand Prix level. When Tina became pregnant, Jaimey took over the ride of Tina’s mount, Winston and qualified with him to be a contender for the Pan American Games in 2011. However once Tina had recovered from giving birth, she took over the ride on Winston to qualify for the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico as well, and it was decided that Tina would have the ride. Jaimey played a huge role in coaching Tina and her fellow teammate Roberta Morris to the Pan Am Team Silver Medal.

Jaimey has coached many Young Riders to medals and he and Tina provide an excellent program for matching the Young Riders with the right horses and top coaching to achieving their dreams. Some of the Young Riders that he and Tina have coached are, Megan Lane, Maura O’Sullivan, Camille Frechette, Emily Ferguson and Alexandra Meghji.

In 2013, Lindor’s Finest was given to Jaimey to ride by his mother in law, Ute Busse and Sally Carlton. Lindor and Jaimey qualified for the FEI Reem Acra World Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden and made their debut over seas representing North America. Lindor and Jaimey had many excellent results at the Grand Prix level throughout North America, including Wellington, Florida. In 2014 American Dressage rider, Susan Jones purchased Lindor and started her partnership with the Dutch gelding. Jaimey continued to be part of Lindor’s life as Susan trained with Jaimey throughout the years. The pair have now competed at the small tour level in Florida with over 68%.

Jaimey’s most recent star in the stable is Donegal V who was purchased by a syndicate for Jaimey to ride as a three year old from Holland. In 2016 Donegal made his International small tour debut and received many top placings with over 70%. In 2017, he won International classes in Wellington, Florida and was a member of Canada’s Gold Medal winning Nations Cup Team.

The pair also won the Individual Silver Medal right behind his wife, Tina and Laurencio. This was the first time in history that Canada had won the Nations Cup in Dressage and also the first time that a husband and wife duo were on a team together. Rosche Flor is an exciting up and coming talent that Jaimey has generously been given the ride on. This Oldenburg mare will be following in the footsteps of her older competitors soon. Roberto Cavalli is another young Westfalen star that will be moving up the ranks. Donegal will soon be making his Grand Prix debut! Future goals include, World Equestrian Games, Olympics and World Cup. Jaimey teaches many clinics throughout the year throughout North American and Barbados.