Judge – Wendy Johnston

Wendy Johnston, hales from Norwood, Ontario and is currently living in Mountain View County, Bowden, AB with husband, Bill and her Border Collie Boys.

Wendy has been working as an Equine Science Lecturer and coach for over 30 years. She is currently employed as an Instructor in the Equine Science program at Olds College (14 years) and prior to that she worked for the University of Guelph (Kemptville Campus) and OMAFRA, in New Liskeard, Ontario. Wendy’s role, as an educator, focuses on Equestrian Sport Programming, with specialty areas in Coaching, Rider training, Equine Nutrition, Genetics, Conformation and Conditioning for Performance.

Wendy has been involved for many years, and is certified with Equestrian Canada/NCCP/AEF as a Coach Developer, Competition Coach Specialist (General Performance, Reining and Speed) and High Performance Learning facilitator (LF) and Evaluator (E) in the Reining Discipline. Wendy also has a role in Instructor and Coach Development, programming, training and evaluating in all contexts. Wendy was involved as an LF at the NSEF coaching symposium in May of last year.

Wendy has attained Coach of the Year Awards with Equestrian Canada (Equine Canada) 2012 & 2013 and has just recently become certified as an Equestrian Canada and Alberta Equestrian Federation “General Performance and Western” Judge. Another experience includes in the role of Chef d’equipe, North American Young Rider, team Canada, Reining 2009, 2011.

Wendy is an active competitor in the sport of Reining. Some of her current successes include NRHA Western Canada Affiliate Champion, Ltd Open 2016, and Rookie Professional 2015 & 2016, with “Loveable Nic”, NRHA Western Canada Ltd Open Reserve Champion 2016 with “Miss Play Holly” and NRHA Ltd Open Champion 2015 with “Whiz N Tag Chic”, all pictured below. Wendy currently is working with her own 2 year old, “Shotgun Luv”, and 3 year old, “Playful and Loveable”, and hopes to begin their competition career in 2018.