The Canadian dressage community is mourning the loss of one of its own, following the passing of Harper Mackenzie on August 22 after a lengthy illness.
Harper was a successful FEI competitor and gifted horse trainer, but his true passion was teaching. Drawing on the in-depth knowledge of classical principles he gained while training with the likes of Robert Dover, Cindy and Neil Ishoy, and Norbert Vonlak, Harper had a rare talent for helping his students understand the most technical aspects of dressage. He coached his wife Esther Mortimer to numerous Pan American Games and Nations Cup appearances, and together the pair founded M2 Dressage in Millgrove, Ontario.
Always ready with a smile and a laugh, and always the first to lend a hand to someone who needed it, Harper was so many things to so many people: Husband, father, son, partner, coach, mentor, friend. However, the role he was most proud of was devoted hockey dad.
Our thoughts are with everyone at M2 Dressage and we extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends, especially wife Esther and son Lucas.