In 1975, Dee Salter and Scott Walker started riding at the famed "Silver Acres Riding Academy" in St. Catharines, ON. under the tutelage of the Boyt Family and Rosemary Milne. Soon after, Scott joined professional horseman and judge Brian Henderson, where he schooled for 12 years. Dee became a top student of International Judge, and top professional horse-woman, Bobbie Reber. An illustrious junior career saw success in the pony, hunter, jumper and equitation rings. Catch-riding and training with Bobbie Reber, Doug Hood and Randy Cole, Dee set her sights on the USA and trained with Missy Clarke, herself a product of the famed US Chef d'Equipe George Morris.
After formally meeting in 1991, Scott and Dee started Forest Hill Farm in 1992 in the beautiful Niagara Region. The years 1992 -2002 was an incredible run for the team which produced dozens of Royal, National and Zone Champions.
In 2002, after the birth of their son Sam, they made a family decision to move north. The Walkers purchased the current location in Caledon, on the border with King, and constructed their brand new training facility on Castlederg Sideroad. Their barn is located only 8 minutes from EMG showgrounds in Palgrave, the site of the jumping competition for the 2015 Pan American Games.
Scott and Dee Walker strive daily to maintain the championship level at which Forest Hill operates. As one of the premiere "show barns" in Canada, they have developed a highly successful system of training, achieving success at all levels of riding, showing and investing in the development of their clients. The results speak for themselves. Weekly Circuit, Zone and Royal Champions are evidence of the succesful methods they employ.
9579 Castledurg Road. Caledon, ON
TEL. 647 .688.4155
Determining the timing and intensity of training is a true skill of the professional horseman. With numerous shows to attend, maintaining fresh, sound and happy horses is crucial to the success of the barn. It is also vital for the complete satisfaction of each "riding family". Similarly we understand and appreciate the level of commitment required by those who support their riding family members. We make a concerted effort to provide those people with some insight into the finer points of horse showing.
Preparing for, and completing, an entire show season successfully is a very challenging task. It is the responsibility of the trainer to manage both horse and rider from the start of the show season, through to and including the "off-season". An entire Canadian show season of around 22 weeks, culminates with the Royal Winter Fair in November, with the addition of the winter Florida Circuit of around 10 weeks, results in intense periods of training and competition, alternating with periods of rest at the farm. The program for very experienced horses and riders will differ from that of 'green' horses and riders with little show experience.
Dee and Scott strive daily to maintain the championship level Forest Hill riders are accustomed to while keeping a fun, family atmosphere. Make yourself at home!