About Megan Shea

About Megan
Canadian Grand Prix Dressage Rider

Megan began her riding career at the age of 11 at Sunnybrook Stables located in the heart of Toronto, ON. She quickly focused her efforts on dressage, and at 16 she was riding under the instruction of Canadian Olympian Megan Lane at Deer Ridge Equestrian in Loretto, ON. She purchased her first horse, K2, in November 2010 and thus began their partnership. With the help of Canadian rider and trainer Nick Utman, Megan and K2 achieved scores of up to 76% at Third Level and continued to develop and school the Prix St. Georges movements.  In the summer of 2014 she began training with Canadian Olympian David Marcus and Australian Grand Prix rider and trainer Nicholas Fyffe in Campbellville, ON, with hopes of making the Canadian Young Rider team for 2015. She travelled to Wellington, FL with them in the 2014-15 season and obtained qualifying scores to make her the top rider for Team Ontario and third in Canada. Megan and K2 travelled to the North American Junior Young Rider Championship in July 2015 and remained the top Ontario rider with an Individual 7th place finish in the Team test, bringing Team Ontario to an 8th place finish overall. 

After the excitement of NAJYRC wound down, Megan went to Europe in search of a young, up-and-coming mount. With the help of Nicholas Fyffe, she purchased her second horse, Davero. Megan spent the winter 2015-16 in Wellington, FL training with and working for top Canadian riders out of Stillpoint Farm. In Ontario, Megan, K2, and Davero were based out of Leah Wilkins' Aislinn Dressage for the remainder of 2016. 

Megan spent the winter season of 2016-17 in Wellington, FL training with American Grand Prix rider and trainer Jessica Jo (JJ) Tate. JJ's foundation in the principles of classical dressage brought a new view of the sport, and made many new skills and techniques available to Megan, as both a rider and a trainer.  Throughout the season, Megan had the opportunity to ride under the guidance of knowledgable trainers and clinicians such as Charles de Kunffy, Belinda Trussell and Michael Klimke. Under JJ's guidance, Megan and K2 showed up to the Intermediate A with top placings. 

Back in Ontario and through the 2017-18 Wellington winter season, Megan worked with Canadian Olympian Belinda Trussell and continued to develop K2 in the Grand Prix movements. Under Belinda's guidance both K2 and Davero brought home many top placings in the Medium Tour and 1st level respectively. 

Following the 2018 winter season, Megan was hired on as the Assistant Rider at the Dutta Corporation's Dressage stable in Wellington, FL. Under Susan Dutta's guidance, Megan trained horses for competition and sale that were anywhere from 3 and 4 years old to grand prix horses. The winter 2019 season was one of many highlights for Megan and K 2. In January 2019 the pair made their U25 Grand Prix debut, earning the necessary scores for the Wellington CDIOU25 Nation's Cup team for Canada in their first 3 outings. The pair represented Canada in the Nation's Cup with the an exciting team 3rd and individual 5th place finish. The pair continued on to a 2nd place finish in the last CDI of the winter season at the Medium Tour at the Global Dressage Festival. 

With a great season behind her, Megan was approached with an exciting new employment opportunity. Now based out of Stillpoint Farm in Wellington FL, Megan is the assistant rider and trainer at Beatrice Marienau Dressage. Under Beatrice's guidance Megan continues to campaign her personal horses, while assisting in the daily training of Beatrice's horses ranging in age and ability from 5 years old through to international Grand Prix.