The property originally hosted just the one 10 stall barn that sits on the top of the property looking over the rest of the acreage, known and home to many as “Belle Wood”. Kept up to date over the years and well looked after, the barn is the heart of the property with the years of history it has seen. The “Top Barn” was the original structure at Belle Wood when the La Belle’s acquired the 56-acre property, over the years of owning the property the family has added another 10 stall barn, indoor arena, paddocks and the Grand Prix outdoor ring. Development won’t stop there, being a visionary Belinda and family have big plans for developing the property over years to offer their clients the best equestrian experiences.
Owner/Operator & Head Coach
Belinda started her riding at the young age of 6. What seemed like it would be “just a phase” like her dance and figure skating, a passion was developing for the equestrian sport, it wasn’t long till Belinda was entering the show ring and she was hooked. After taking a short break from riding to pursue her Business Diploma, it wasn’t long before Belinda started back, but this time to begin her coaching career, with much help from her mentor and coach at the time, Belinda achieved her Equine Canada Instructors Certification. Belinda is also an Equestrian Canada Certified competition coach.
Over the years Belinda has been fortunate to work with some of the industries finest to develop her skills and abilities as a Coach and facility owner such as Grace Waynura, Peter Gisborn, Grant Field and Danny Foster to mention a few of the many. Belinda strives to continue her growth and development in the industry as she continues to learn by keeping up her riding, training and coaching current by taking lessons herself with high-performance coaches, attending and hosting clinics, camps, and educational seminars. Belinda is also the Vice President of the Central East Trillium Hunter Jumper Association and sits on the THJA Board of Directors.
As owner/operator of Belle Wood Equestrian, Belinda’s goals are to have happy clients and healthy horses on the property. She strives for long-term clients and horses. Many of Belinda’s clients have been with her since opening the doors April 2008 and continue to develop under her program.
Linda is an Equine Canada Certified Competition Specialist (Coach 2) with High Performance Theory, Equestrian Canada Course Conductor, Evaluator, Coach Developer and Mentor as well as OE Discovery/Bronze level hunter/jumper judges card. With over 30+ years of experience coaching dressage and hunter/jumper, Linda brings to Belle Wood a wealth of knowledge in all aspects from coaching, riding, mentoring and Rider development.
Her show career included hunter/jumpers, equitation and dressage and she is one of only a small number of coaches in Canada that coaches both disciplines. Linda has also been the coach/mentor of the Toronto Police Mounted Unit for over 23 years.
Linda holds a Provincial hunter/jumper judges card and also judges or scribes at dressage shows and fall fairs and gives riding and coaching clinics across Canada when time permits. Her passion and philosophy is designed to develop polished, accountable riders and coaches who are skilled in all aspects of horsemanship and sportsmanship for the beneficial welfare of the horse. Linda has produced many Champion riders and horses throughout her career.
Kady has had a passion for horses for as long as she can remember. She has an extensive showing history in both Hunters, Jumpers, and Eventing. She brings a wealth of knowledge to Belle Wood not only as a coach but in developing programs and camps to further develop students. Kady is a certified Instructor of Beginner Riders with Equestrian Canada. Kady currently can be found in the hunter and dressage rings with her gelding Lumos and in the jumper ring with her mare Five Alive.
By day she works as a high school teacher, but she spends her evenings and weekends riding and helping to share her profound knowledge with the Belle Wood Family.
Kate Briggs has been developing herself as a rider and working student over the last 5 years. She currently has her Equine Canada Rider Level 6, with the goal to obtain her Equine Canada Instructor certification. Kate plays a crucial role in the day to day operations at Belle Wood. Kate currently shows with the Ontario Tech University OCEA team in the entry division and plans to show in the adult hunters with Belinda's horse Parkwood Affair. Kate is also a member of the Central East Trillium Banquet committee.
Besides horses, Kate is passionate about graphic design, photography and social media and website design. Kate is currently completing her diploma for Entrepreneurship and Small Business at Durham College.