Excerpt from the August issue of Heels Down Magazine.
Keean White is equal parts entrepreneur and elite show jumper. The Canadian Grand Prix rider from Rockwood, Ontario, began his riding career at the age of 10 and went on compete at five consecutive North American Young Riders Championships. He kicked off his Grand Prix career in 2002, was named ‘HITS Rookie of the Year’ and won the National Talent Squad Championship at the Royal Horse Show that same year.
He has only climbed up the international ranks since, representing Canada across the world in the most prestigious competitions. White operates Angelstone Farms and is part of the team behind the international show jumping venue, Angelstone Tournaments.
Keean, 34, unpacks what he learned during his time training with Canadian Olympian Eric Lamaze, why he overhauled his riding style following a John Madden article, and what horse sports can learn from NBA all-star LeBron James.
Lessons from Mentor Eric Lamaze
“Eric taught me how to put a team around you and how to get people to believe in you and what you’re doing. I think that’s the most important thing in our sport today. It’s not just you, it’s the people in the stable, it’s your sponsors behind you, it’s people who are willing to support your career and sponsor your career and help promote you in the sport.”