Wayne McLellan: Surviving the Winter Show Circuit

Wayne McLellan is one of Canada's most successful hunter trainers. He and long-time business partner, Robert Meilsoe, operated Gimcrack Stables together for more than 20 years, producing a long list of champion horses and riders. McLellan has taken as many as 25 horses at a time to Florida in the many years he has been travelling there for the winter show circuit. He is also an Equine Canada hunter judge (recorded). Wayne recently fulfilled a long-time dream to open an antique furniture store, Boo Boo and Lefty, which he owns in partnership with Stephen Dixon. As the hunter/jumper business continues to grow in North America, the circuits have become more plentiful, and they have got longer. Horses may spend as long as three months at a stretch in Florida or California on a winter show circuit. The Canadian circuit may be closer to home and allow some downtime for the…

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