In 1975 Dee 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 moved on to professional horseman and Judge Brian Henderson where he schooled for 12 yrs. Dee 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. Catching rides, 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. 1992 -2002 was an incredible run of 10 years that saw thousands of show miles travelled, hundreds of shows, and dozens of Royal, National and Zone Champions. In 2002 after the birth of their son Sam, they made a family decision to move north. They have recently completed the construction of their brand new training facility on the border of King and Caledon, only 8 minutes from EMG in Palgrave, the site of 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, we have developed a highly successful system of achieving success at all levels of riding, showing and investing. Our results of numerous weekly, circuit, zone and Royal Champions, are evidence of the methods we successfully employ.
9579 Castledurg Road. Caledon, ON
TEL. 647 .688.4155
Determining the timing and intensity of training is the true skill of the professional horseman. With so many 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; and, we make a concerted effort to provide those people with some insight to 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 the season and also through the off-season. When considering an entire Canadian show season of around 22 weeks culminating with the Royal Winter Fair in November, plus the winter Florida Circuit of around 10 weeks, there are intense periods of training and competition; mixed with periods of rest. Likewise, 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!