30 Under 30: Samantha St Jacques
High school: Steveston Secondary
Samantha St Jacques (nee Taylor) grew up with a love for horses.
While still in her formative years, she achieved her “A” level in pony club and was a very successful young rider—placing fifth at the North American junior championships in 2003, when she also named to the Canadian Eventing Team Long List with Oslek. She is a member of the Canadian Pony Club Hall of Fame as an “A” graduate and Canadian team member.
Four years later, in 2007, St Jacques and her horse Livewire were named alternates for the Pan American Games and that fall went on to be the highest-placing Canadians at the Wit’s End World Cup qualifier and placed 10th at the Fairhill in Elkton, Maryland. In 2008, the pair was name to the Canadian Olympic team and competed in eventing at the Beijing Summer Games.
St Jacques and her husband Pierre, who was a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. Dressage Team at the 2003 Pan American Games, continue to compete in dressage and three-day eventing while also operating a training and sales business in the Lehigh Valley on Pennsylvania. Their 20-month-old son also keeps the couple busy.
“Spare time is rare, but I really enjoy running and currently training to run my first half marathon this spring,” said Samantha St Jacques, who also continues to train horses with the hopes of competing on the Canadian equestrian team again in the future.
St Jacques also coached the 2012 national show jumping champion at Pony Club Championships, where her student won all six category classes and well as being the overall champion.
Inspiration? “My husband, my son, my parents, and my horses.”
Most proud of? “That I was able to represent Canada, and my family, on an international stage at the Olympic Games.”
Advice? “Smile, and smile often. It makes you and everyone around you feel good.”
What historic figure would you most like to meet? “Someone who really worked to achieve equality for women, Dr. Emily Howard Stowe. She was the first female doctor in Canada and dedicated a lot to helping create equality. I have great respect for what she worked to achieve.”
If stranded on a desert island, what book would you want by your side? “The funny side of me says a book titled something along the lines of How to Get off a Desert Island. I’m pretty sure I would be itching to go somewhere and do something. I do love to read though. The last book I read was Argo. It was a wonderful book and made me very proud to be Canadian.”