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Sandy Acres Equestrian Center 

Sandy Acres Equestrian Center spans approximately 50 beautiful acres in Nottawa and boasts both an indoor and outdoor riding ring. The barns are set just back from the farm house and road with plenty of space for parking.

The barn is an old bank barn consisting of ten stalls, a feed room and tack room with an attached six stall barn. There is also an upstairs tack room and hay loft. In addittion to the main barn, there is also a "pony barn" housing just three stalls and small tack room.

We have 6 large grass paddocks and turn all of our horses out in small groups of 2 - 4 to ensure that they all have enough space and grazing in their paddocks.

Behind the paddocks there is acess to our hay fields and some hacking trails as well as a playground area for our camp kids.

Sara Edwards
​Beginner Instructor

Sara Edwards is the owner of SE Equestrian and instructor and rider at Sandy Acres Equestrian Center. She has been in the horse industry since the age of 10 and loves nothing more than being at the barn and with the horses. Sara teaches beginner and intermediate lessons as well as students showing at the local schooling shows.

Sara Edwards has worked as a working student for numerous summers at Gladstone Farm pwned by Scott Ottewell (originally located in Kingston, ON) and then worked as the barn manager there for two years. Sara is looking forward to working with Scott again now that he and his family have relocated back to Nottawa and he is also based at Sandy Acres Equestrian Center.
She has groomed for Foothills and Monterra Farms at the Royal Winter Fair and in Florida during the winter circuits.
Sara has gained lots of coaching experience and has helped train many young horses at both Gladstone Farm and Sandy Acres Equestrian Center. Sara has been braiding horses since she began showing at the age of 13 and has lots of experience on both the trillium and "A" circuits. She also started clipping both her own and other clients horses when working at Gladstone Farm in Kingston.

Sara has obtained her rider level 8 certificate and has her Equine Canada Instructor Certification.

Sara Edwards enjoys volunteering and is a mentor through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Georgian Triangle and volunteers at many of the Great Northern Exhibition events as well as helping to run the fair horse show.

Sara freelances throughout the Nottawa, Collingwood and Stayner areas as a coach, clipper and braider.
 

Scott Ottewell
"A​" Circuit Hunter/Jumper Coach
Dressage Coach

Scott teaches all of the advanced level riders that wish to compete on the Ontario "A" Circuit.
He has many years of experience coaching and training for the hunter, jumper and dressage rings.

Scott has just recently moved back to Nottawa after owning and running Gladstone Farm in Kingston, ON.

Scott has been involved with horses since the age of four. He competed on both the provincial and national circuits in the hunters and the jumpers as a junior. He spent six years in Germany working as an apprentice for the Hannoverian Riding and DrivingSchool (Hannoversche Reit-und-Fahrschule). During his time in Germany, he gained valuable experience training young horses, re-training problem horses, teaching in the riding school as well as competing up to the Intermediate Level in both the jumper and dressage rings. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, Scott obtained his Professional Trainer of Young Horses and Riders Qualifications (Pferdewirt).

Scott further expanded his equine skills upon return to Canada. He worked as general manager of two prominent show facilities in Collingwood, Ontario. Scott coached national level riders in the dressage, hunter and jumper disciplines, competed sales horses, managed breeding operations of warmbloods and prepared and showed young horses at Canadian Hannoverian Inspections and Canadian Warmblood Inspections. Additionally, Scott worked as a free-lance trainer, traveling to numerous farms training and re-training many horses and riders. His unique qualifications and experiences combined with his contagious enthusiasm are essential to the success of Gladstone Farm. 
 
Scott was the South East Trillium Zone Vice-President and show manager for a number of years. He worked with the other members of the Executive Committee to plan, organize and manage the Zone’s Equine Canada recognized shows.

Dorothy Ottewell

Dorothy is the owner of Sandy Acres Equestrian Center.

Dorothy has been an avid horse enthusiast since she was a young girl on the family farm and still enjoys being envolved with all of the daily activities at the farm.

Dorothy received the Trainer of the Year award on the Georgian Bay Trillium Circuit at the Year End Banquet in 2012.

Dorothy is happy to lend any wisdom she has to everyone she meets.