What began as an after-school activity has blossomed into a successful international show jumping career for Canada native, Karina Aziz.
She first discovered her love for horses at an extra-curricular program offered by her elementary school. From there, she started competing at local shows near her home, learning important, early lessons in the sport while showing her first pony, a wild mustang from Alberta. After competing for two years in the Large Pony division and never ChiefEssays.Net receiving a ribbon, Karina was introduced to the ups and downs of riding from a young age. But more importantly, she saw the value of hard work and in dedicating yourself to the task at hand.
As Karina began showing in the smaller divisions, Iron Horse Farm was named Owner of the Year in 2008, providing mounts for multiple top Canadian riders including Ainsley Vince, Beth Underhill, and Amy and Jonathon Millar.
After graduating from the University of Guelph with a degree in English, Karina was eager to return to the show ring. Once back in the saddle, she began to excel, eventually accomplishing a longtime goal in 2012 when she won all four Junior Amateur classes at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON—a feat, never before accomplished by a young rider.
Coached by 10-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar, she then went on to capture Phase II of the $10,000 Alfred Rogers National Talent Squad Series Championship and the National Talent Squad Reserve Champion title on the same winning mount, Cordia de Laubry. Her record-breaking week was made all the more memorable since it took place at The Royal, a venue that’s particularly close to Karina’s heart.
A year later, Karina and Top Gun earned their first grand prix victory, winning the 2013 Summer in the Rockies IV $30,000 Griffis Residential Grand Prix at the Colorado Horse Park.
Although she’s been a regular fixture in high-level classes since her early twenties, it wasn’t until Karina relocated to Europe at the age of 27 that she decided to seriously pursue show jumping in Europe.
Originally a student of Henk Nooren’s for two seasons when she first moved to the Netherlands, Karina went back american dream paper from the basics at the 1.30m level learning Henk’s approach and training method.
Now a full-time resident of the Netherlands, Karina continues to place consistently in the 1.50m-1.60m divisions while more recently being coached by Italian Champion, Juan Carlos Garcia.
With support in Europe and from the talented professionals at her home base in Canada, Karina’s Iron Horse Farm team works alongside her every day to ensure the brand and business achieve continued success as she pursues her goals at the highest levels of the sport.