Gone too soon. - photo courtesy, Katie Mortimore

Gone too soon. – photo by Katie Mortimore

Horse Trials BC published this wonderful tribute to Jordan on their Facebook page. “Jordan was a talented horseman, a gifted rider and a genuine human being who truly cared about all he came across.”  He was indeed and will be missed by so many.

~ Remembering JORDAN MCDONALD ~

It was very sad news that came to us on June 14, 2014 that a Canadian rider had suffered a fatal accident while riding X-country at Nunney Horse Trials in England. We would like to pay tribute to Jordan and share with you his riding history which all began in BC.

Jordan started riding at a young age in Richmond BC at a small eventing barn named Unicorn Stables with Sarah Bradley. Sarah recalls those early years for us – he and his sister wanted to learn to ride and jump and that they did. His first horse was a chestnut mare named Airwalk. He joined Pony Club and began his journey as a horseman and a rider. In 1998 Unicorn stables moved to Surrey, Jordan and Airwalk moved as well and in 1999 they qualified for and attended NAJYRC at Tempel Farms in Wadsworth, Illinois. That fall they also attended Galway Downs in Temecula, California achieving their second CCI* which they needed to qualify for the CCI** at Chase Creek. Jordan and Airwalk moved up to Intermediate successfully but tragically at Chase Airwalk suffered a serious injury while competing. Jordan then started a green TB mare named Abbey Rode who he brought up through the levels and in 2002 he again competed at NAJYRC.

Through those early years Jordan met and rode with another BC teenager, Shandiss Wewiora. When Jordan was ready to move onto the higher levels that BC could not offer he and Shandiss moved to Ontario to work in Peter Gray’s barn as working students. Eventually they set up their own barn in Ontario and Jordan also attained his pilot’s license and worked as a commercial pilot. In November 2012 they were married and soon after through generous support of their sponsors both he and Shandiss had promising horses and made the move to England where they continued competing at the higher levels, striving to represent Canada at the International level. Jordan was named to the last Pan Am Games team but had to scratch due to a slight injury to the horse.

Many of our BC Coaches had the pleasure of working with Jordan in his early days of riding – “he was a remarkable person, all he wanted to do was ride and fly and he was more fortunate than many in that he got to do both. I am proud to have known and taught him” says Sarah Bradley. Lynne Larsen shares “Jordan always struck me as someone who knew his path in life and wasn’t afraid to go after it, which is what he did – from the trek east at a young age to the move to England more recently. Jordan was a talented horseman, a gifted rider and a genuine human being who truly cared about all he came across. He was a “bright spark” of my coaching career and I’ve always cherished the connection I had with him.”

HTBC thanks Sarah and Lynne for their kind words.

We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident – Jordan was an inspiration to our sport and his loss will be mourned throughout the nation. The HTBC Executive, Board of Directors and membership extend our heartfelt condolences to Jordan’s wife Shandiss and their families.

Julie Johannson, President Horse Trials BC