Paul Halpern

Paul Halpern

Paul Halpern

Paul Halpern grew up in Halifax, NS, riding at a small riding school in the city. He won his first Grand Prix at 15 years old with his horse Prince of Thieves.

At 17, on a recommendation from George Morris, he moved to New Jersey to work as a working student for Nona Garson who at the time was on fire with her great horse Rhytmical attending world Championships and Olympics.

To continue and expand this training, Paul spent two years in Europe, training with Hank VanderBrook in Holland, and working in a Selle Francais Facility in Geneva. While there, he finished fourth in the six-year-old championships of Switzerland.

Paul returned to Canada in his early 20’s to work for Mill Creek stables, training with Eric Lamaze and Yann Candelle.

Paul was hired by Jill Henselwood as a rider and trainer for her students and horses and during this time was put in charge of developing Special Ed from the beginning of his career up to the 1,40m level, and who went on to be her Olympic mount in 2008.

His main mentor, Ian Millar, hired him in 2002 and he stayed five years with countless opportunities competing and training students in Florida, Spruce Meadows and many horse show across the US and Canada.

Paul ran his own business for six years in Ontario and Quebec, bringing as many as 25 horses to horse shows in Canada and the US, and qualifying seven different riders for the Royal Winter Fair in the equitation and jumper divisions. During this time he was the Chef d’equipe of the Ontario Young Riders team when they competed in Colorado.

Paul brought three different students to Young Riders including when Billie Derouet, who was on the Quebec silver team.

In 2012 Paul closed his business to take advantage of the rare opportunity with a sponsor in New Jersey, to focus solely on his riding, training with another Olympian Chris Kappler.

Paul is happily back in Canada now with his young family.

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