About Janine Little
Janine Little competes in Florida during the winter seasons, and bases Little Dressage just south of Brockville, near Canada’s capital of Ottawa, for the rest of the year. She is also a highly sought-after clinician who enjoys teaching across the continent — and even via online lessons.
Janine is currently developing a string of horses at the FEI level as well as youngsters in the earlier stages of their careers, earning numerous victories and high scores at major competitions in Florida, Tryon, Bromont, and Devon.
Above: Billionaire, Demitra, and Finley are three of the horses excelling in the Little Dressage program.
Janine Little is all about wholehearted dedication, hard work, and doing everything it takes to go after what you believe in, as expressed in the Dressage Talk article Show Your Grit: Janine Little Talks Big Dreams on a Budget.
Raised in a “non-horsey” family, Janine’s love for horses and riding inspired her to work her way up the Pony Club levels. By age 16 she realized dressage was her passion. Partnered with an unconventional mount she brought along herself – and driven by willpower and diligence – she was named Canadian National Junior Champion in 2000.
After pursuing university studies in psychology – as a background to benefit her as a rider and coach – she earned her Equine Canada coaching certification and began training and coaching professionally.
In 2005 and 2006, Janine trained in the Netherlands with three-time Olympic gold medalist Anky van Grunsven.
At Anky’s, she had the opportunity to ride Grand Prix horses such as Krack C, Gere, and Nelson – and to learn from some of the world’s best.
Upon her return from Europe, Janine received the ride on Dominic LHF, a then five-year-old whom she developed from Training Level to Grand Prix. The pair were FEI Advanced Level Champions at the 2010 Western Regionals, the Alberta Provincials, and the Pacific Regionals, and declared for the 2012 Olympics.
Janine Little is actively developing numerous horses of all levels to considerable success, with the goal of representing the Canadian Team in the future.
Committed to ongoing learning and skill development, Janine continually expands her knowledge base and experience by benefiting from clinics with Olympians such as Charlotte Dujardin, Robert Dover, Steffen Peters, and Leslie Reid, as well as with Juan Matute Senior. Janine trained for many years with internationally-renowned trainer Albrecht Heidemann and is dedicated to continually advancing her skills.
“There is a difference between interest and commitment.
When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only as circumstances permit.
When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” – Kenneth Blanchard
“Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone;
it’s walking into a room not having to compare yourself to anyone at all.” – Unknown