Jason Canton Makes the Move Back to His California Roots

Jason Canton emerging from the surf near Santa Cruz
Jason Canton emerging from the surf near Santa Cruz

Over the past fourteen years Jason Canton has enjoyed training, showing, and teaching students in the eastern United States with many highlights in his career. But a California boy from the Bay Area, Canton and new wife Jessica Blackmon an accomplished Dressage equestrian from her parents Blackstar Sport Horses in Rockwell, Texas, Canton has returned to his roots, setting up shop Canton Dressage at Dutch Dreamhorses in Aromas, California. Bringing his super stallion Supramat OLD to the west coast will give Florida competitors a break from his presence where he took the 2012 Global Dressage Festival by storm earning multiple High Score honors.  “We will miss our friends and family we have met along the way. But we are very excited about our new beginning together as a working team in life and work on the West Coast." Already settled into his new digs, Canton waxed his surfboard and took to the west coast waves joining other California surfer boys Guenter Seidel and David Blake. Canton’s resume spans his lifetime with horses in America and throughout and is a regular name on the National Championship order of go, as well as being long listed for the team. All of this translates into his ability to share his knowledge with his students. And oh yeah, the guy is a lot of fun too.

Jason Canton and Supramat OLD enjoying their new view
Jason Canton and Supramat OLD enjoying their new view

Canton had the opportunity to work at some top farms including Collecting Gaits Farm, Alpharetta, Georgia where he was able to train and show exceptional horses in the United States and Europe for Jeff and Shereen Fuqua. Canton was a student of Melle Van Bruggen and has trained with Conrad Schumacher in Germany, and been a longtime student of Michel Poulin in the United States where he was a participant in the North American Dressage trainers’ Club Symposiums.

Jason Canton and Grandioso
Jason Canton and Grandioso

In 1992 he was long-listed for the Olympic Games on the Stallion St. Tropez. Canton has had success with multiple horses in Regional and National Dressage Championships. With the stallion Grandioso (Grosso Z – Popocatepetel by Palisandergrund) Canton won the Six-Year-Old Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships in 2007. The horse was later sold to Cesar Parra, and with his earnings he returned to Germany to purchase another top stallion, Supramat OLD by Sando Hit, dominating the  2012 Global Dressage Festival in his divisions.

See more photos and read more about Jason Canton on DressageDaily’s Directory of Dressage Professionals

Jessica and Jason Canton photo: Lisa Blackmon
Jessica and Jason Canton photo: Lisa Blackmon



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