About Beth Underhill
Beth was born September 5, 1962 in Georgetown, Ontario. She started riding at age seven at the local YMCA in Georgetown. When her parents purchased a farm shortly after, her competitive career was underway. As a teenager, Beth earned top honors from the Royal Conservatory for singing, but her love of horses won out.
After winning the Junior Jumper Championship in her final junior year, Beth moved on to the open jumper competitions with Sagan, winning the Ontario Open Jumper Championships in 1984 and 1986. First named to the Canadian Equestrian Team in 1990, Beth has ridden in over 25 Nations’ Cup competitions and, in 1993 was the first women to win the Canadian World Cup League, a feat she repeated in 1999. With her retired partner, Monopoly, Beth earned more than $1 million in the show ring.
A veteran of Pan American, Olympic and World Equestrian Games, Beth has claimed the Canadian Show Jumping Championship title on three occasions – in 1994 and 1996 with Monopoly and in 1999 with Altair. With Monopoly, Beth won double silver medals at the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba. They represented Canada at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and were placed 14th individually at the 1995 World Equestrian Games.
Having represented Canada at the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome, Beth and Altair were part of the Canadian team bronze medal effort at the 1999 Pan American Games. The same year, they finished second in the richest show jumping event in the world, the $800,000 du Maurier International at the Spruce Meadows Masters tournament, where Beth was also named the Leading Lady Rider.
Beth is now enjoying grand prix success with Magdaline, the mare she rode to victory in the 2004 World Cup qualifier in Bromont, PQ, and the $25,000 Collingwood Grand Prix as well as many other Grand Prix wins across North America.
Quote from Beth:
“I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I love not only as a career but as a profession. The thrill of competition is exhilarating, but also the symbiotic partnership of horse and rider unique to our sport.
The years spent developing a top caliber Grand Prix horse to its full potential are challenging and ultimately hugely rewarding. The special bond created between these two athletes is tangible to fans of show jumping and I feel it is a great part of the appeal of our sport.
The opportunity to compete in World Cup Finals, World Equestrian, Pan American and Olympic Games and over 25 Nations Cups has allowed me to realize my personal dream by representing my country as a Canadian Team Rider. “