Linda Hale, owner of Old Orchard Farm with her husband George Daunt, has been a full time trainer for more than 30 years bringing numerous students and horses through the ranks of competition and to many championships including top honours at the Royal Winter Fair.
Linda began her own riding career as a child taking every opportunity to work with horses; going through the Canadian Pony Club and competing in both the Hunter-Jumper and Eventing rings. Her first industry jobs were with thoroughbred trainers at Woodbine Racetrack and The Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program where she worked as Head Instructor and Executive Director.
Old Orchard Farm was purchased in 1987 and Linda returned to training full time in 1989. Since then Linda has grown Old Orchard Farm into a cornerstone of the equine industry in the Halton and Wellington Regions, supporting the Ontario University Equestrian Association as coach, venue host and home barn for the University of Guelph team; the Canadian Pony Club and Pentathlon Canada as coach, events coordinator and venue host; and helping to launch the show careers of countless young riders through the Old Orchard Schooling Show Series which have been running for more than 20 years.
Career highlights include the Yvonne Collard Award for contribution to the sport.