Welcome to Rebecca Howard Equestrian

Rebecca Howard
High Performance Sport Advisor
High Performance Coach
International Event Rider
Canadian High Performance Athlete

Rebecca is an Olympic event rider, coach and HP sport advisor.  She has competed for Canada at two Olympic Games, World Equestrian Games, Pan American Games as well as at the big European and North American courses with impressive results.  She was deemed Canada’s top equestrian athlete of 2013 and her 10thplace finish at the 2016 Rio Olympics made her the top female rider there.

A current member of Equestrian Canada’s (EC) High Performance Advisory Group  (HPAG) Rebecca served as UK based selector and then as Team Chef d’ Equipe at the 2022 World Championships in Patroni.  She will continue in this role for the Canadians through to the Olympics in Paris 2024

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Rebecca has been an integral part of the Canadian High Performance Eventing Program beginning with her days in the North American Young Riders program.  She made the move from Canada to the US in 2011 to work with David & Karen O’Connor; then a decade later to the UK in 2012 where she soon landed with Tim and Jonelle Price at Mere Farm.

Team Canada

Representing Canada in international competition since 2005 and in team competition since 2010 some highlights included:

2016 Rio Olympics – 10th individually. Highest-placed female rider

2013 Canada’s Equestrian of the Year

2013 Burghley CCI5*-L (12th)

2013 Badminton CCI5*-L (12th)

2012 Blenheim CCI4*-L (11th)

2012 London Olympic Games

2011 Pan American Games (Team Silver, 6th individually)

2011 Rolex CCI5*-L (10th)

2010 World Equestrian Games (23rd individually)







Riddle Master

Stable name: Rupert
Owner/breeder: Caroline and Jean Watson of Blithe Hill Farm & Rebecca
Canadian Sport Horse
Sire: Rodero
Dam: Legacy 3rd
DOB: 2001

Rupert hit the ground the same year Rebecca was expanding her own horizons. He is the horse that would take her around the globe. Throughout their 11-year competitive career, punctuated with antics and quirks, Rupert also made Rebecca, his owners and Canada a name on the world stage.. Rupert taught Rebecca what a top athlete in eventing truly feels like.  He is adored and admired for his character, toughness and many achievements….oh and for being so clearly “handsome” of course.

Over his career, Rupert roared around every 5-star event in the world (Adelaide notwithstanding). At the end of 2013, Riddle Master was named Canadian Bred Horse of the Year – and Rebecca received Canada’s ‘Equestrian of the Year’ title. In 2016, Rebecca and Rupert were partners at the Rio Olympics, finishing 10th individually and securing Rebecca position of top female rider in eventing at the Olympics.

21 year old Rupert is now enjoying a retirement he thoroughly approves of – thanks to the skill and attentions of Angela Molson


Young horse development

This is the sector Rebecca is heavily focused on.  Sourcing, training, competing and marketing future and current athletes destined for the upper levels.

  Clinics & coaching

Rebecca has been developing coaching and clinician skills since her days in Pony Club (Level A graduate). She now draws on decades of “in the trenches” alongside the sport’s top professionals.

She is a thoughtful, creative coach whose priorities are for horses and riders to have a clear understanding of what’s being asked. She aims to help riders develop a system and philosophy, while developing exercises to build confident, happy partnerships. Rebecca is there to support her students in competition and help produce the best, most consistent results possible. She works with those starting out in eventing up to Advanced level competitors.

Lessons and clinics can be arranged abroad, out of her home facility, off-site at client yards, or at regional facilities for XC schooling and jump days.

For more information on lessons with Rebecca or to book a clinic click here.