Having grown up on a farm, Adam Stapley sees nothing noteworthy about being placed in the saddle at the tender age of 2, but the Toronto-area mortgage agent does admit that his teenage passion for steeplechase was a bit unusual. His obsession ran so deep that Stapley crossed the border to spend several months working with a trainer who specialized in steeplechasing before ultimately relocating down south for several years to further his training.
Since then, Stapley’s passion for riding has taken him around the world, including stints in Australia, Hong Kong and England, where he spent two years based in Newmarket, the birthplace of horse racing. Riding is still part of Stapley’s daily life, thanks to his part-time gig exercising horses at a local racetrack in the early morning hours.
“Riding horses is what I love to do,” he says. “I love the speed and the ability to control so much power.
Age at which Stapley appeared in his first horse show: 5
Approximate pace of the weekly speed workout known as a ‘breeze’: 37mph
Number of fences in a typical steeplechase course: 18–20