With 30 years of riding and training, Duke has extensive first-hand knowledge of the show jumping industry and now showcases and shares his methods as a clinician. Clinic packages range from one to four-day sessions with no minimum skill requirements.
Canadian Equestrian Team veteran Jay Duke, originally from Calgary, AB, is currently accepting bookings for 2017 and 2018 show jumping clinics throughout North America and beyond.
Jay Duke competing Grappa in CSI2* competition. Grappa, renamed Mindful, went
on to a very successful high performance and hunter derby career.
Photo courtesy of Jay Duke
“I truly enjoy working with riders and horses at every level of training because the basic principles of correct riding are the same whether you are a beginner or training for competition,” said Duke, who retired from the show ring in 2014 to focus on teaching and course designing. “Seeing improvement at every level is what is important, and I hope to help riders achieve just that with their horses, no matter what their end goal is.”
Duke grew up immersed in the horse business as his mother, Cheryl Anderson, is considered one of the top hunter/jumper trainers in Western Canada while his father, Fred Duke, is a national champion in roping and a member of the Canadian Cutting Horse Hall of Fame. Beginning his own riding career at the age of four, Duke quickly climbed the ranks and won four Canadian Junior Championship titles.
Internationally, Duke represented Canada on Nations’ Cup teams throughout North America, including at Toronto’s iconic Royal Horse Show as well as the Washington International Horse Show and the National Horse Show. He also earned top individual honors throughout his career, including the title of Leading Rider at the 1994 Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ tournament.
“I enjoyed a lot of success as a rider and my goal is to take the knowledge that I have gained after many years in the ring and utilize it to help the next generation of riders be the best they can be,” said Duke, 48. “I love the sport of show jumping whether I am in the ring or on the ground.”
A former medalist himself, Duke has coached several riders to medal-winning performances at the North American Young Riders’ Championships. In addition, he has had many top horses come through his program, including top high performance and hunter derby horse Mindful (formerly named Grappa), who Duke produced as a young prospect before U.S. competitor Kelley Farmer took over the reins.
Duke is currently accepting clinic bookings for Fall 2017 through Summer 2018 at locations in North America and Europe. For more information on booking a clinic, please click HERE.
Upcoming Jay Duke Clinics:
Prince George, British Columbia – August 12-13
Bozeman, Montana – September 9-10
Seattle, Washington – September 30 – October 1
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – November 10-12
About Jay Duke
Jake Duke is a show jumping rider, course designer, clinician, and Canadian Equestrian Team veteran. Having made his ‘A’ circuit debut at just eight years of age, Duke went on to become a four-time Canadian Junior Show Jumping Champion and Leading Rider at the 1994 Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ tournament. Duke retired from competition in 2014 to put his extensive background training riders and horses of all levels to work as a clinician. Duke is also a popular course designer, holding his senior status with Equestrian Canada.
For more information about Jay Duke, visit jayduke.com.