About the People
About JANICE BYER,
Owner & Photographer
Photography has been one of my passions for as long as I can remember… it runs in my family. My dad and uncle are two photographers I admire. Their work is exceptional and I strive to be as successful as they have been. Thankfully, their talent must be in my blood as my own photography business is quite successful and I love what I do.
I started by making photos of just about anything. All aspects of nature have fascinated me and capturing birds, landscapes, wildlife and sunsets is extremely rewarding.
However, as a horse owner and animal lover, making photographic memories of horses, dogs, cats and other pets, along with their humans, is truly my passion. So, in 2010, I began to focus my attention on the equine industry and started Life With Horses Photography. Whether it’s candid shots of our own horses and pets; portrait sessions with animals and their humans; standing by the show ring to capture horses in competition; or documenting a story with photos for media outlets, I love it all and look forward to each and every time I get to capture a horse or pet in all their glory. More information about what I offer for clients can be found on my Services page.
I have also been a web designer for over 20 years and specialize in equine related websites. I invite you to see some of my work at http://www.equinewebdesign.ca
During my 20+ as a small business owner, I have had many opportunities to write and publish articles and editorials on a variety of business related topics. I now focus most of editorials on the equine industry and now offer Photojournalism for media outlets in need of content for their publications and websites. More info on my media services can be found on my Media page.
On a personal note, I am a wife to a fellow small business owner & mother to a horse-lovin’ daughter. We moved to New Brunswick from Ontario in January 2021 where we plan to build a small barn for our two horses & two minis. We also have 3 dogs & 2 cats. You will see lots of pictures of them throughout this website and on my other websites and social media.
Contact me if you have any questions; want to book a shoot; need content for your publication; or need to arrange for dedicated show coverage for upcoming shows.
About My Ambassadors
I started my Ambassador program in 2015 and am proud to have some amazing young athletes as Ambassadors for my photography. They come from all different disciplines and all have a passion for horses, equine sports and the equine industry. The following are my current Ambassadors and there are more to be added soon. Unfortunately, I am no longer running my Ambassador program since I have moved but may start it up again in New Brunswick.
- Lexi Guzzo
- Adrienne Fader
- Lucy Gilbert
- Emma Samuel
- Karly Snyder
- Hailey Lynch
- Claudia Oppedisano
- Sarah Mainprize
- Natalia Heinke
- Ava MacCoubrey
- Leah Wellard
- Alyssa Smith-Avery
- Rylee Poole-Kohli
3’6″ Hunter & 1.10m Jumper – Trillium & A Circuit
When I was 5, my Mum and I had driven by a horse farm one day, and I immediately started to ask her if we could go horseback riding.
She later found this small western farm that did group trail rides for beginners, and my Mum, sister and I went riding that summer. I remember going on that trail ride and falling off, as my horse got spooked by something in the grass – naturally, I asked if I could take more lessons after that.
Since then I spent multiple years in riding schools at different facilities and eventually leased my first horse in 2015 at Audley Road Stables. 2 years ago I made my jumper debut and now have my own horse, Cassini. I compete on both the Trillium and ‘A’ Circuit.
Follow Lexi on Instagram – @lexiguzzo
Adult Amateur Hunter – Trillium Circuit
I started riding when I was 11 and rode, worked and even taught lessons & camps at my barn until the end of high school. I still part-boarded a couple of horses I met while I was in University in Guelph, but had periods of years where I couldn’t… “adulting” took over, I had my daughter… life!
But then in 2016 a friend introduced me to Shaimus, and I loved him immediately. What started as a casual arrangement turned into a part-board, and in 2017 the universe made it possible that he became mine.
I never had the opportunity to show when I was younger, and so to work together with him over these years and go from 2 out of shape dreamers to living our dream in the show ring has been an experience I can’t put into words!
Follow Adrienne on Instagram – @adrienne.fader
Hunter & Equitation – Trillium & A Circuit
Lucy started riding at the age of 7 at a summer horse camp. She had no prior equestrian exposure, but immediately got hooked on the sport! When Lucy was 9, she finally got her first pony and began showing on the Trillium and A Circuit. Since then, she has never stopped working many incredible horses. Lucy has worked as a groom, rider, camp councillor, and was previously president and executive of the Ontario Collegiate Equestrian Association for 6 years.
Lucy has dipped her toes in the hunter, equitation, and jumper rings. She has shown everything from cross rails, to ponies, to the medals, to the 1.10m jumpers. After trying out many different styles of horses and many different divisions, Lucy finally settled her heart on the hunter equitation ring. Her favourite part about the equitation ring is that there are so many different types of equitation classes and styles.
Lucy’s overall equestrian goal is to always have fun, be safe, and make new friends. She loves to inspire younger riders to be kind and show extreme levels of sportsmanship. Lucy honoured the Michelle Monkhouse award in 2017 and the Senior Sportsmanship award in 2018. For the upcoming season, Lucy’s goal is to finish off her young horse as a polished 3’6 hunter. In her spare time, you can find Lucy playing a plethora of video games until the sun comes up.
Follow Lucy on Instagram – @panera.dj
Jumper – A Circuit
Emma has been riding since 2010. She began in a small group program, and eventually convinced her parents to let her lease her 1st pony and show on the A circuit. Emma has always been surrounded by horses. Her family owns a large racehorse farm and her Dad has been an equestrian his entire life, even competing at the Pan Am games.
For years, Emma has competed in the pony, hunter, and equitation rings. She started competing on the A Circuit at the age of 11 in the short stirrups and moved into the children’s pony division the following year. Following the conclusion of her brief ‘pony career’ Emma began showing with her first horse in the low children’s division in 2016 and won the circuit championship. She then competed in the Children’s Hunters for two years, and most recently showed in the 3’3 Juniors and Junior Hunters in 2019.
Now in her 2nd last year as a Junior rider, Emma is excited to enter the jumper ring for the first time this upcoming season. With her new horse, Zydalgo M, she hopes to work up to competing in the 1.10m jumpers by the end of the season. In her spare time, Emma plays a variety of musical instruments and is also an active member of her school’s tutoring and peer mentorship programs.
Follow Emma on Instagram – @emmasamuell
Hunter – A Circuit
Karly has been riding for over 12 years and has been competing for over 10.
She lives on a small hobby farm just outside of Orangeville where she has a large and small pony. Karly has experience showing on the A’s in the larges and children hunters. This year she hopes to be back at the shows soon, continuing to expand her experience braiding as well as working as a show groom. She attends Wilfred Laurier University where she competes on the OCEA circuit and will be a co-captain for the upcoming 2020/21 season Follow Karly on Instagram – @Karly_snyder
Her goal this year is to compete on her new horse in the Children’s Hunters and also do more classes in the Large Pony Division. She will be attending University in the fall where she will be starting her education to become an Equine Chiropractor.
Follow Karly on Instagram – @Karly.snyder
Hunter & Jumper – CE Trillium Circuit
Hailey grew up on a farm and has been competing her whole life.
In 2019 she competed in the Low Working Hunter, finishing 1st at year end, on the Central East Trillium circuit. Hailey captured the championship aboard her own home-trained horse who was once described as a horse that will never compete again and was eventually given up on.
Hailey has competed in the hunters and jumpers as well as one year in dressage. This year (2020), Hailey is working on bringing another project horse along as she has recently discovered that working with rehab and green horses is where her passion in riding really lies.
Follow Hailey on Instagram – @Hailey_lynch_03
Training – OEA Eventing Circuit
Hi… I’m Claudia and I’ve been riding for 6 years and I’m currently competing at the training level throughout the winter down in Ocala, FL and around Ontario through OEA!
I’m happily showing my two awesome horses Thor (God of Thunder) and Frenchie (Femme Fatale). I hope to start competing preliminary/2* soon with Frenchie and go on to Young Riders!
Follow Claudia on Instagram – @Claudiaeventing_21
Hunters – A Circuit; Equitation – OCEA
Sarah has been riding for almost 16 years, competing on the Central East Trillium circuit for 2 years, and the A Circuit for 8 years. Before that Sarah competed in local schooling shows starting at Cedar Creek, Sunnybrook, and Pause Awhile before making the move to the Trillium circuit and finally the A Circuit.
Riding has always been a passion for Sarah! Before she was allowed to ride Sarah would attend all her older sister’s lessons while consistently begging to ride herself. Some of Sarah’s earliest memories start atop a wooden horse in the tack room with the window ajar so she could listen and practice alongside her sister’s lessons.
Fast forward many years, several exciting thrills and spills, horse show nerves, and learning curves, Sarah surpassed her wildest dreams and competed at the Royal Winter Fair three times where in 2015 she won the Children’s Hunter Under Saddle.
During university Sarah remained passionate for riding, showing, and frankly all things horses. When she wasn’t able to come home from Queen’s University to ride, Sarah practiced with the Queen’s Equestrian Team and watched all available live-streams. During her time with the QET Sarah won the Intermediate Under Saddle at her first OCEA (formerly OUEA) finals. After moving into an executive role on the team Sarah won the Intermediate over fences clinching both the finals championship and top honours overall in the division.
Although Sarah has taken a step back from competing to finish her education and pursue her goals, riding, horses and the horse community remains close to Sarah’s heart.
Jumper/Equitation – A Circuit
Hey! I’m Natalia and I’m a jumper/equitation rider on the Quebec and Ontario ‘A’ circuit. I moved to Montreal for university last fall, and of course my two horses soon came to join me. I currently ride with Vanessa Roberts at Les Ecuries la Montée, just outside on Montreal.
I have competed in many different rings, from eventing, to dressage, and many pony club events before settling in the jumpers. I also joined the McGill Equestrian Team last fall and am very excited to be co-captaining the team this year!
I took a break from showing last year to focus on my dressage training as I believe proper flatwork is essential for a strong show jumper. Although it was strange to not spend every single weekend at a horse show, I rediscovered why I began riding and competing in the first place – for the love of the horse. I’m excited to make my comeback in the 1.20m jumpers this summer with my better half, Cory.
I always love seeing Life With Horses Photography ringside with her camera and encouraging words. She has been a part of my riding journey for many years now, capturing my happiest memories on camera.
Follow Natalia on Instagram – @taliaheinke
FEI Junior Dressage Rider
Ava started riding when she was 7. When she was around 10, she fell in love with dressage. She now trains with Jacqueline Brooks and rides FEI Junior Dressage. She was lucky enough to go to Wellington in 2015 and won her first CDI! This past winter was busy for Ava, working and advancing to be the 25th best Junior Dressage Rider in the world.
Ava has a passion to represent her age group. She wants kids to know that dressage is tough yes; but it is fun and challenging. When she shares her pictures with her friends, she loves that they get to see what she does. It is amazing to her and she just loves what she does.
Follow Ava on Instagram – @avamaccoubrey
Adult Amateur 18-35 Hunter – A Circuit
Leah has been addicted to horses since the young age of 5. She’s done pretty much every English discipline from eventing to dressage to jumpers and now hunters!
Last year she took a sabbatical to travel, but previously she’s shown the 1m jumpers successfully, 2nd level dressage and up to training level in eventing. She feels she has been lucky to have a lot of amazing horses, from schoolmasters to greenies, that she has competed on. 2016 will be her first year doing hunters and she is looking forward to the learning experience!
Follow Leah on Instagram – @leah_wellard
Jumper – 1.20m – A Circuit
Hi! My name is Alyssa Smith-Avery and I’m a jumper rider on the Ontario A circuit! I ride with Christine Smith-Avery at Laurelcrest Stables located in Mansfield, ON.
I have made my way through pony land, into the Childrens, Juniors, and Adult Amateur hunters, the equitation ring and lastly, but my favourite of them all, the jumpers!
I compete in the 1.20m on my little mare I’ve had for 13 years now. I plan to continue through the stages with her and see where it takes us!
I’ve been apart of Life With Horses Photography for a few years now and I always look forward to seeing the encouragement and smiling face of Janice by the ring side!!
Follow Alyssa on Instagram – @alyssasmithavery
Jumper – A Circuit
Hi my name is Rylee Poole-Kohli! I am a 16 year old rider from Oakville, Ontario and ride with Susy Niles at Iron Horse Performance.
I mainly show on the A circuit, and over the years have made my way through the small, medium and larges pony hunters, debuted in the junior hunters and am currently hooked on the jumper ring thrill.
I have high hopes to make the Canadian Junior Team in the next year and with the help of Onatrio Equestrian’s GRIT program, I think my dream can be achieved!
I’ve been an ambassador for Life with horses Photography since 2015 and am so proud to be a part of the team!