Jay owns and operates North Ridge along with his wife of 33 years, Shawn Hayes, in Mono, Ontario. The Hayes Family moved to the area 8 years ago after falling in love with the 50+ acres surrounded by trees.
In between rigorous show and training schedules, the farm lends itself beautifully to the ever so rare downtime. With sprawling fields and groomed paths through the forest, the farm can only be described in Jay’s words as “another day in paradise.”
After marrying Canadian horsewoman Shawn Carpenter, Jay Hayes promptly moved from Rocky Hill Connecticut to Kettleby, Ontario, gaining citizenship, and a place on the Canadian Equestrian Team. The young couple started North Ridge, training clients and young horses to take on the road!
A member of the Canadian Equestrian Team since 1985, Jay has represented Canada at several major events, including the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona with his white stallion, Zucarlos, who delighted the crowds with his signature buck. After winning the first 2000 Olympic Selection Trial at Spruce Meadows, Jay and Diva led the standings from start to finish, resulting in a ticket to Sydney. The two time Olympian has also represented Canada at six World Cup Finals, two World Championships, and over thirty Nations Cups! As well as representing Canada in international competition, Jay is the President of the highly successful Show Jumping event management company, Hayes Co. With 21 years at the Collingwood Horse Show, 4 years in the Nations Capitol, and going into the third year at the Orangeville Show Jumping Tournaments, Hayes Co. is well versed in running top quality equestrian events.
Currently, Jay is bringing Riva up the ranks to be a top Grand Prix horse. Riva is a nine-year-old Canadian homebred mare, bred by the Hayes family. She is out of Jay’s 2000 Olympic mount Diva, and sired by Rio Grande, a former Grand Prix horse of Canadian Olympic show jumping Gold Medalist, Eric Lamaze. While Riva has proven in her short career to be a very promising mount, Jay continues to look to add strength to his small string of horses, to ensure success in the coming years!