Waylon’s passion for riding developed growing up at Dreamcrest.Farm with his Olympian parents Kelly Plitz and Ian Roberts. At age 14, Waylon gained his first international competition experience at the 2002 FEI Children’s Jumper Championships in Brasilia, Brazil, where he was a member of the gold medal team. In 2007, as the youngest member of the Canadian three-day eventing team, he brought home a silver team medal from the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He represented Canada five times at the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships without incurring a single cross country penalty; he won a team bronze medal at the NAYRC in 2006.
In 2008, Waylon and Paleface, a Thoroughbred gelding owned by his mother Kelly Plitz, tackled one of the most challenging cross-country courses in the world at the Rolex, Kentucky CCI**** and were one of only 10 horse and rider combinations to jump clear with no time faults. He has trained with top international riders including British show jumper John Whitaker and, more recently, spent two years in England working with renowned British event riders Oliver Townend and Tiny Clapham.
During his time in the UK, he competed against some of the world’s leading riders on some of Europe’s finest courses. In 2009, he and his horse Myrddin’s Sebastian posted double clear rounds at the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire, England. In 2011, he competed at the CIC** Greenwich Park Eventing Invitational at Greenwich Park in south-east London, held as a test event for the 2012 Olympics. Waylon, riding Chloe Machin’s Blockbuster III, finished in 13th place and was top North American in the competition, which had riders from 16 countries.
In November 2013, Waylon thrilled the crowds again at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair by claiming the Indoor Eventing Championship title riding gelding Bill Owen, owned by Kelly. Waylon has won the championship six times in seven years. At the end of an outstanding 2013 competitive season on the Ontario Horse Trials circuit, Waylon was honoured with the OHTA’s Leading Male Rider Award for 2013. He is currently developing his mount Yarrow (Yogi), a Canadian Sport Horse gelding. His goals are to continue to compete internationally, with his sights set on representing Canada at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and at the 2016 Olympics.
Alongside his competitive career, Waylon also specializes in breaking and training young horses and doing remedial work with difficult horses. He offers coaching to an exclusive number of riders.