Sweetgrass is delighted to announce Loren Hopkins will be joining the team as our Stable Manager.

Owner Jeff Peller understood that a stable of this stature would require no ordinary team. His years of experience in the equine industry led to many choices for the position of Stable Manager. For Jeff, there was one person he had in mind. Luckily for Sweetgrass Equestrian clients, Loren Hopkins was available to take on the position of Stable Manager.

Loren has many years of experience managing stables and takes pride in the quality of care she provides. Each horse under Loren’s care is considered a part of the Sweetgrass family and is treated as though it were her own.

Loren’s passion for horses began at a very young age when her parents enrolled her in riding lessons at a local riding stable. Within a few years, she became a member of the local Pony Club where she participated in a variety of equine disciplines, including eventing, show jumping, and Prince Phillip Games. Loren fell in love with the sport of three-day eventing and pursued her goal to become a member of the Ontario Young Riders team. In her late teens, Loren represented her province at both the CCI* and CCI** levels through the Young Riders program.

Over the past fifteen years, Loren has focused on improving her dressage training. She spent several years under the tutelage of Jill Stedman and one year under David Marcus.  During this time Loren came to appreciate the challenge of upper level dressage as she brought her mount, Heyedee, up through the levels to FEI Prix St. George. Loren continues to better her dressage skills with the help of her current coach, Tom Dvorak. With notable success, Loren is currently competing her very talented mare, Denali, at the FEI levels on the small tour. Loren plans to continue working toward FEI Grand Prix with Denali and hopes to become a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team soon.

Loren has assembled a team of knowledgeable, competent and experienced staff to assist her in delivering high caliber service to all Sweetgrass clients and equine residents. You can be assured that your equine family member is in safe and capable hands.


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