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More about Lee Tubman

Born and raised on his parents' ranch in Saskatchewan, Canada, Lee is no stranger to farm life and hard work. His family had both a grain farm and cattle ranch, raising polled Hereford cattle and, of course, horses for ranch work. Lee's first pair of shoes was a pair of  Cowboy boots!


As a child, Lee gained a lifetime of experience riding many different breeds of horses in different disciplines, both english and western. It wasn't until his early teens that he was introduced to the sport of Dressage. In 1976 Lee watched the Olympic Equestrian events, held in Montreal, Canada, on TV. This sparked an interest that would lead to a lifetime of dressage.


In 1981, Lee relocated to Ontario to become a working student for Christilot Boylen who had her training barn with the Pracht family in Newmarket (International Equestrian Sport Services).


Throughout his career Lee has trained with some of the top trainers in the world, including Neil and Cindy Ishoy, Walter Zettl, Willi Schulteis, Johann Hinnemann, Uwe Sauer, Rudolph Zeilinger, Siegfried Peilcke, Goetz Weber-Stefan, Wolfgang Michaelis, Guenther Festerling, Robert Dover, Dr. Joseph Neckerman and Hans and Evi Pracht.

Just a few of the highlights of his 4-decade-long competition, training and judging career include:

  • In 1981 and 1982 Lee represented Canada at the NAYRC, winning Team Gold and Bronze medals and placing fifth individually.  Lee has coached six young riders at NAYRC to two team medals and five top ten placings. To date Lee holds the distinguished title of being the only person in history to ride, coach and judge the NAYRC.


  • Once he finished Young Riders, Lee began taking Judges courses and, after receiving his first License in 1985, he began judging Dressage.


  • In 1987, he competed for Canada at the North American Dressage Championships in the small tour on a self-trained horse.


  • From 1989-1990 he trained in Germany, taking two horses to train with a German Riding Master, Guenter Festerling. During this time Lee was named to Equestrian Canada short and long list.


  • In 1996 Lee competed at Grand Prix in the Canadian Olympic qualifiers for Atlanta and was long listed.  Just two years later, In 1998, Lee won the title of Canadian Grand Prix Dressage Champion. 


  • In 2000 he took Judges training in Germany with Dieter Schule, Katrina Wuest, Uwe Mechlem and many other German FEI judges.


  • In 2006 Lee was both FEI Young Horse 5 and 6 year old Champion. In 2006 and 2007 he won the FEI Young Horse 6 year old title. Also in 2007 Lee recieved his "S" judges card in Canada and USA.


  • In 2012 and 2013 Lee represented Canada at the Nations Cup in Wellington Florida.


  • In 2015 Lee recived his FEI 3* Judges card and began judging CDI's in Wellington, Florida, as well as other shows in USA and South America.

  • In 2017 Lee passed his FEI 4* exam and has judged such prestigious shows as CDI and CDIO "Nations Cup" in Wellington, FL, Dressage at Devon, Del Mar National CDI, Adequan West Coast Dressage CDI, Tryon World Equestrian Games Trial Event, and Pan American Games Trials in USA, Colombia, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Argentina.


Lee has also taken an active interest in supporting the Dressage community. He has been a member of Equestrian Canada Competitions Committee, Dressage Officials Committee, High Performance Coaching examiner and Pan American Games selector.

Lee presently resides in Wellington, Florida, where he trains and coaches a small number of horse and rider pairs with his wife, FEI rider Sarah Tubman, at Donato Farms. He judges and teaches clinics throughout USA, South America and Canada.

News and Articles

Lee has been featured in many publications throughout his successful career.  Read some of what has been written about this highly accomplished dressage rider, trainer, coach and judge.

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