I first fell in love with horses at the age of 11 at Sunnybrook Stables located a few minutes from my family home in the heart of Downtown Toronto, ON. I quickly focused my efforts on dressage, and at 16 moved my riding to a stable outside of the city to ride under the instruction of Canadian Olympian Megan Lane on my first horse, K 2. Together, K 2 and I continued to learn the ropes of dressage, starting at training level and working our way up.
I set my sights on the Young Rider Championships, and in the summer of 2014 began training with Canadian Olympian David Marcus and Australian Grand Prix rider and trainer Nicholas Fyffe. I made my first trip to Wellington, FL with them for the 2015 winter season, where K 2 and I qualified for the Young Rider Championships as the third ranked combination for Team Canada, and the top combination for Team Ontario. We travelled to the Championship that summer and remained the top Ontario rider with an Individual seventh place finish in the Team test, bringing Team Ontario to an eighth place finish overall.
I bought a handsome 4 year old gelding shortly after the Championships with K 2, and spent the next few years continuing to develop my horses, competing in Wellington in the winters and growing my training and coaching business in Ontario during the summers. I was very fortunate to train under a number of accomplished riders and clinicians in this time, including Canadian Olympians Belinda Trussell and Christilot Boylen, JJ Tate, Charles de Kunffy, Michael Klimke, Scott Hassler, and most recently Mikala Munter. I have learned so many valuable lessons from each of these masters while K 2 and I continued to flourish and moved up to the Medium Tour with great success.
In 2018 I took the plunge and accepted my first job working as a rider at Dutta Corp. in Wellington, FL. I had the opportunity to ride a number of horses at all stages of training, and continue to learn and grow under Susie Dutta's guidance. The following winter, K 2 and I achieved every goal that I had dreamed of reaching with him. We made our U25 Grand Prix debut, and qualified for the Wellington CDIOU25 Nation's Cup in our first three outings. Fulfilling my dream of competing on a team for Canada once more, K 2 and I represented Canada in the Nation's Cup, and achieved a team third and individual fifth place finish.
Following the 2019 winter season, I moved into another wonderful riding position in Wellington with Beatrice Marienau Dressage. While working with Beatrice, I was able to learn from her and her international Grand Prix horses, clinic regularly with FEI 5* judge Lilo Fore, assist in daily training of her horses, and continue to develop my own. It was here that I was able to get back into a coaching role, and was reminded of how much I enjoy being a part of the journey, helping horses and riders work together to improve and achieve both training and competition goals.
In the beginning of 2021, I officially opened my business Megan Shea Dressage in the US. This was a very exciting step forward, and it marks yet another beginning in my journey here in Wellington. I am very lucky to have the support of my incredible mentors and fellow trainers who continue to guide me and develop my skills as a rider, a trainer, a coach, and most importantly, as a horsewoman.