Ian Roberts has represented Canada at international three - day Eventing competitions throughout North America and the world.
His extensive experience includes competing at the Olympics, the World Equestrian Games and the Rolex Kentucky CCI****.
Horses and riding have been a passion for Ian as long as he can remember. His British family had a history of horses: His grandfather, a veterinarian, rode in the British Army and for the Canadian Calvary during War World I, and brought his ‘war horse’ home to Canada.
Ian has been riding since he was a young child and developed a love for three-day Eventing. He spent 1978 as a working student in England for Bertie Hill, a member of the British three-day event team at three consecutive Olympics, and returned Canada to train with Liz (Dr. Elizabeth) Ashton, a Canadian Olympian in Eventing.
Since then, he has continued to develop his experience and skill. He has been short-listed on the Canadian Three-Day Event Team consistently since the 1980s. In 1995, he won the Primer Concurso Internationale in Mexico with Zappa, represented Canada at the 2004 Olympics with Mata Riki and at the 2006 World Equestrian Games with Napalm.
Ian has developed an excellent reputation for his coaching abilities and is a Level 3 Equine Canada coach. He coached Ontario Young Riders teams at several North American championships and many of his former students have gone on to become top Canadian riders. Currently, Ian is Coaching Chairman for the Canadian Eventing Committee. He recently was named coach of Costa Rica’s National Eventing Team and at the team’s first international competition, the Central American Games, his riders earned team bronze and individual silver.
Ian’s current mounts are three talented Irish-bred horses, imported from England, that are demonstrating the potential to advance to the highest levels of the sport. His top horse, the Irish Sport Horse gelding Faolan, was 2012 Ontario Horse Trials Association Horse of the Year. With Faolan, Ian won the Will O’ Wind CIC** in 2012 and finished as Reserve Champion at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Indoor Eventing Competition, among many other placings. Faolan and Ian have been long-listed on the 2013 Canadian National Eventing Team. Ian’s two other promising talents in two younger Irish Sport Horses, Copper Cove and Cnoc.