Jay Hayes was born and raised on a dairy farm near Hartford, Connecticut,
and began riding at age 12. He competed in the highly competitive junior
jumper division, coached by Ronnie Mutch, and went on to play
He has been a member of the Canadian equestrian team since 1985 and has
represented Canada at several major events, including the 1992 Olympic
Games. In Barcelona he rode upon his white stallion, Zucarlos, who
delighted the crowds with his signature buck. In 1996, Hayes won the
Tropicana Grand Prix for the third year in a row aboard Raven, a feat never
before accomplished in Canadian show jumping history.
Hayes won the first of five Olympic trials this summer and topped the
standings from start to finish aboard a 10-year-old Hannoverian mare, Diva.
Hayes is now riding a string of good horses, including the black
Hannoverian gelding, Raven and the Holstein stallion, Flipper.
As well as competing on the Canadian team, Hayes is involved in the
organization of the sport and is president of the highly successful
Collingwood Horse Show.
After marrying horsewoman Shawn Carpenter, Hayes moved permanently to Canada and received his citizenship in 1985. They have three daughters who compete in the junior hunter and jumper divisions.
Team jumping: Ian Millar, Perth, Ont.; Jay Hayes, Cheltenham, Ont.; John Pearce, Stouffville, Ont., and Jonathan Asselin, Calgary, finished ninth in final.
Individual jumping: Hayes, on Diva, was 63rd in qualifying, eliminated.
Individual show jumping: Jay Hayes, Cheltenham, Ont., was 56th on Diva.
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