Denise Stoddart was raised on a rodeo farm in the Kitchener-Waterloo region during the 1970’s . Growing up amongst “bull doggers, bronc riders and barrel racers”, instilled a sense of adventure and a “need for speed” into her horsemanship.
During the 80’s Denise attended the Humber College Equine Studies Program where she had the great fortune to meet, ride under and work with the amazing Pat Carter. Under Pat’s tutelage Denise concentrated on her western pleasure and horsemanship skills. Over time she became a certified CEF Level 1 and 2 western Coach and later specialized to become one of the 1st accredited Speed Event Coaches in Canada. While working at Humber College as an instructor Denise met Brad Roe and they married in 1992.
Denise and Brad bought a farm in Grey County and opened BradDen Stables, a horse boarding and training facility where Denise also taught riding lessons. Coaching became a passion for Denise and over the years she has had students race successfully all across Canada, the United States and even as far away as Italy and China, in both rodeo and horse show arenas. While weekly lessons with local high school rodeo and club show barrel racers made up the greatest portion of her business, 1 and 2 day clinics were a great way to connect with riders who were not local to the Grey County area.
In 2012 the couple moved to Huron County where Denise started concentrating more heavily on training horses and coaching competitors. She has had the great fortune to have coached many of the leading rodeo barrel racers and pole benders in both the Ladies and Junior divisions. While enjoying her work with high level competitors, Denise excels at introducing riders to the sport of barrel racing and setting them on a course to learn the skills needed to safely enjoy their own “NEED FOR SPEED”
Denise and Brad are both very active competitors on multiple rodeo circuits in Ontario and have qualified for numerous ORA, Dodge Ram and CCA East finals. Denise also races across Ontario in the NBHA and OBRA.
Denise has sat on many Association boards over the years living under the belief that you should always give back to the sport you love and is currently NBHA District 2 Director.