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Meet Jess & Lindsay

We're a powerhouse team with a genuine, personal interest in helping you reach your goals.

Jess and Lindsay merged their separate successful businesses into Hayes Cofell Performance Horses not long after getting married. 

Jess is known for his incredible skill on the back of a horse. He’s always ready to help someone out and can identify the problem a rider is having with their horse quickly and effectively.  His goofy sense of humour adds to the friendly atmosphere around the barn. Lindsay is the communicator who excels at illustrating concepts and ideas to her students. She’s recognized for her own beautiful equitation. She’s also known for empowering her students with knowledge of their own body parts as they relate to communicating with their horse. 

Want to know a little more about our backgrounds? Here you go!

Jess Cofell

Jess grew up riding and showing horses of all breeds and all disciplines under the tutelage of his parents, Doug and Cathy Cofell. He apprenticed under Peter Van Eerd for a number of years. He then extended his knowledge as an assistant reining trainer in both Minnesota and Italy.

Jess started Cofell Performance Horses in 1995 and has been actively training, showing, shoeing and coaching for the last 20-plus years. He’s earned over forty year-end titles with the Ontario Reining Horse Association, Ontario Quarter Horse Association and with Reining Canada. He’s piloted horses to multiple futurity and derby championships and Congress Finalists.  Jess has also earned three Top Ten NRHA World standings. His NRHA lifetime earnings exceed $67,500. 

Jess’s students and horses have gone on to earn countless honours including provincial, national and world titles. They’re regular finalists at notable shows including the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the North American Affiliate Final. 

Jess Cofell
Lindsay Hayes-Cofell

Lindsay Hayes-Cofell

Lindsay grew up taking riding lessons and working in a local lesson barn as a camp counselor and group lesson coach. After high school, she went to Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre. 

Majoring in Western riding lessons and taking Equine Science classes including: Horse Health, Horse and Barn Care, Riding Theory, Western Showing, Dressage Showing, Classical Dressage Riding and Training, she graduated with Honours and on the President’s List. She is certified in Teaching and Equine Massage Therapy and has taken an Equine Theriogenology course through Ohio State University. 

After graduation, Lindsay was an assistant trainer at two prominent breeding and training facilities in Southwestern Ontario. She then worked as a business manager, head coach and camp director before starting Hayes Horsemanship in 2007. 

Lindsay has earned multiple championships through the Ontario Reining Horse Association and Michigan Reining Horse Association. Her show ring success includes three Top Ten NRHA World standings, a Top 5 Limited Open Reining Finalist at the All American Quarter Horse Congres, a multiple time Eastern Canada Affiliate Final Champion and a Top Ten Finalist at the North American Affiliate Final in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Meet Our Family

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Mackenzie, Katelyn, Jess, Lindsay, and Addison

"I would recommend Hayes Cofell Performance Horses to anyone who wants to be able to understand, communicate with, and ride horses all day long!"
Rida Mirza

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