The Laframboise Family Dynasty

A Canadian equestrian dynasty began with a determined red-headed Irish Catholic girl who grew up on Island Park Drive in Ottawa, ON, where her family stabled her ponies in their rear garage. She became the matriarch of the Laframboise family, a name recognized nationally and internationally in the eventing world. Second- and third-generation Laframboises have carried on her legacy. Mary Anne Coulson’s grandfather imported Irish racing and steeplechase horses and her parents and grandparents field hunted with the Ottawa Valley Hunt. So did she, often riding across the Champlain Bridge to Aylmer, QC. When World War II brought hard times, her ponies were sold. Mary Anne went on to become a nurse and married Guy Laframboise, a young doctor she met on a ski hill. After she gave birth to five of their eight children, she bought a horse, then a pony, then another. Initially, the family boarded their horses,…

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