Fire Fly Stables is a riding academy, dedicated to the well being of the horse and rider. We work with each other as individuals and as a team. Our specialty is lessons and training, for anyone from the beginner to the advanced rider. Our coaches, Jenn Bruner and Katerina Papadakis, work together to deliver a program suited to all students passionate about riding.
Jenn Bruner – Head Coach
Jenn is a licensed coach under Equestrian Canada. Her style of coaching and training is both supportive, and competitive. The balance between learning new skills, achieving goals, and having fun in a safe environment creates a formula for success. She specializes in dressage, but has ridden hunter/jumper and also competed in western disciplines. Jenn is an enthusiastic riding coach who encourages students to reach their goals.
Left: Jenn and horse Molly competing in dressage.
Jenn has completed the University of Guelph Horse Management Certificate as well as the Coaching and Horsemanship program offered through Kemptville Campus. Wanting to know more, Jenn then joined Tommie Turvey’s gang for a winter internship where she learned more about horse training, running a horse business, and about being a clinician. Jenn aspires to become a well known clinician. In 2013 Jenn had the opportunity to represent Horse Dancer at the Can-Am Extravaganza in Orangeville ON. Below is a clip of them performing Liberty. In the following year Jenn was able to entertain at the 100th annual International Plowing Match, and then had the privilege to join the Knights of Valour as the opening act.
Katerina Papadakis – Coach
Hey guys I’m Katerina, or Kat! I’ve been riding for ten years and moved to Fire Fly in June 2020. I am in my second year at the University of Guelph studying animal biology with the hopes of becoming a vet. This past year I had the opportunity to work as a foal watch volunteer at OVC where I helped provide 24 hour care to neonatal foals. I hope to show SOCTA next year when shows finally open again, hopefully with some of you! I’m super excited to get to know you guys and be a part of the Fire Fly family!
Below: Kat jumping with horse Lena