A native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Angela Covert began riding at the age of six in the pony, hunter and equitation divisions before entering the junior jumper ranks at the age of 14. A successful competitor throughout her teenage years, Covert was awarded the prestigious Gillian Wilson Trophy as the 1994 Canadian Equestrian Federation’s ‘Junior Equestrian of the Year’. She further developed her skills working for two years as a trainer at the world-renowned Spruce Meadows show jumping facility in Calgary, AB, before moving back to eastern Canada in 2000.
A stellar season in the 2003 Jump Canada National Talent Squad Series with Lord Byron Z resulted in Angela being nominated for one of two Development Cards under the Sport Canada Athlete Assistance program, identifying her as one of the country’s top up-and-coming riders.
In 2004, Angela enjoyed her first grand prix victory in the $35,000 Otter Creek Grand Prix at the Vermont Summer Festival riding Tomboy Major and consistent results have followed ever since. In 2009, Angela rode Unica to victory in the $40,000 Grand Prix du Quebec in Blainville while Utan won the $25,000 Grand Prix of St. Lazare. The St. Lazare win marked a home victory as Angela bases her training business at the legendary Pepiniere Stables in St. Lazare, QC.
Angela’s dream of representing Canada in international competition was realized in 2010 when she rode as a member of the Nations’ Cup team in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Canada finished second. Angela and Utan posted the best score of the entire competition, with one time fault in the first round and a clear second round. The following year, the pair again competed in Buenos Aires, leading Canada to victory in the 2011 Nations’ Cup and placing second in the World Cup Grand Prix.
Also in 2011, Angela won the $60,000 Grand Prix of Rockwood, ON, riding Utan while Unica was her partner in claiming the Reserve Canadian Show Jumping Championship title at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto, ON.
A familiar face on the international show jumping scene, Angela regularly competes throughout North America as well as Europe. In addition to her busy riding and coaching schedule, Angela is a Rider Representative for JustWorld International, and contributes prize money to fully fund a medical clinic in Guatemala run by the not-for-profit, humanitarian organization.
Angela is married to Guilherme Jorge, course designer for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and recently gave birth to the couple’s first child, Lucas.