Coach. Competitor. Trainer. Breeder and Business Owner

Riding became my passion early on in life, and from the age of 6 years old I have been working with horses specializing in the discipline of dressage.

My horse career started in the discipline of jumping.  I had been jumping for about 2 1/2 years when it was suggested to try dressage as well, in order to enhance my jumping skills. And as much as I liked jumping, I loved dressage, and the rest as they say is history.

The next 12 years were spent training in the Classical Art of dressage , but I craved to compete against the best in the world and hopefully one day make my way to the Olympics.

Immediately upon graduation from college, I was presented with an opportunity to become a working student for Gary & Jeannie Vander Ploeg. For the next 5 years I worked and trained under the talented and very experienced eye of Gary Vander Ploeg.

During those 5 years I was also afforded the opportunity to participate in numerous high-level clinics with world-renowned judges and coaches such as: Wolfgang H. Michaelis, Stephan Clarke, Dieter Schuele, Albrecht Heidemann , Libby McMullen and many more which allowed me to hone my skills even further.

I have since that time competed successfully at Grand Prix, Intermediere 1, and Prix St. George levels.  In my Grand Prix season I was also a member of an Inter-mural team at the Tournament of Champions.  But as life should have it I found myself on a different path a few years later, and struggled to find that one thing that would allow me to remain working with horses, in some aspect, and yet not have to train and compete full time.  I knew that I wanted to spend some time with my other great passion, breeding young horses and to do that I needed to have a flexible schedule.

I more and more started to think to myself, “Gen you need to own your own business.”, but the question became “What?”

In 2006 that opportunity that I had been looking for came along.  The ribbon company High Point Awards which had been servicing the ribbons and awards industry for over 17 years became available for sale.  I jumped at the chance to try my hand at creating the awards that not that long ago I myself had so proudly won.

Since that time High Point Awards has grown from being solely a ribbon company to a full blown trophy store servicing not only the local community but, also reaching as far away as BC, AB, MB, NS, NB, USA and even Mexico.

Like my time in the competition arena, I am extremely dedicated to perfecting our craft and making sure that we are truly one of the best awards stores you will ever come across. I take great pride in every award that leaves our building and make sure that my customers are as excited as I, about giving the award they have purchased.

At High Point we now specialize in the following products and services:

  •  Handcrafted Award Ribbons, Rosettes and Sashes for any occasion
  • Trophies, Plaques and Awards
  • Engraving, Sublimation, Silk Screening and Embroidery
  • Promotional Items
  •  Logo Creation and Re-draw

Do you like to do business with a company that has great prices, service, selection and works diligently to meet your individual needs, budget and timeframe?

Do you like the idea of dealing with a company that believes excellent customer service still means something?

Do you like the idea of having all the great selection that the large corporate stores have to offer but, prefer to do business with classic country warmth and hospitality?   Then you are definitely going to love doing business with High Point Awards & Ribbons.