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Date of Birth: 14/06/57
Place of Birth: Hartford, Connecticut
Hometown: Cheltenham, ON
Years on National Team: 16
 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 intercollegiate polo.

  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.

2000 Games
Sept. 28: Team jumping: Ian Millar, Perth, Ont.; Jay Hayes, Cheltenham, Ont.; John Pearce, Stouffville, Ont., and Jonathan Asselin, Calgary, finished ninth in final.
Sept. 28: Individual jumping: Hayes, on Diva, was 63rd in qualifying, eliminated.
Sept. 25: Individual show jumping: Jay Hayes, Cheltenham, Ont., was 56th on Diva.


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