The Coveside Team

Life at Coveside depends on the commitment and talent of a great group of dedicated horsepeople.

Under Jackie Rusaw’s leadership, the team at Coveside strives to ensure the horses thrive under educated and caring management. Each horse benefits from individualized nutrition and exercise programs. The full time team are long term employees who know each horse’s personality and needs, and they have individual high standards that meet Jackie’s vision for a first class facility where the horses come first.

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The team here at Coveside attends to the horses with care and experience. I have absolute peace of mind knowing that my horses are in the best possible place and are loved by everyone who is responsible for their health and well-being.   Donna Neave

Our People

Jackie Rusaw

Jackie Rusaw
Owner and Coach

Jackie is a lifelong rider, coach and dedicated athlete and she oversees the development of all horses and riders at Coveside. She was raised by the Avon Pony Club. Well, not really, but she grew up with the Club, one of the oldest Canadian Pony Clubs in the country. With her teammates, Jackie represented Canada in the International Prince Philip Games, and won against Great Britain, the USA, and Australia. Throughout her junior years, Jackie was coached by Level IV Coach Jen Hamilton and rode in the hunter and equitation rings.

As a young adult, Jackie rode and worked with Marni Von Schalburg for four years and competed on the Ontario, Quebec and Florida hunter and jumper circuits. She and husband Brad Rusaw returned to Nova Scotia in the late ’90’s to establish Coveside Stables and raise their family, and now have three children, Quynn, Jakob, and Rhyan.

Brad Rusaw

Brad Rusaw
Equine Chiropractic Doctor

Brad owns Chester Chiropractic and is also a highly-regarded equine chiropractor. He attends to the horses at Coveside, but also travels throughout Nova Scotia to treat horses.

Jaime Harper

Jaime Harper
Stable Manager

Jaime Harper has dedicated her life to horse management. Jaime’s dad was a racing trainer, and she literally grew up in a barn. She knows how to care for horses, particularly horses in active competition. Before joining Coveside, she looked after mounts for Beth Underhill, a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team. Now, she tends to all aspects of horse and stable management at Coveside and has been part of our team for six years.

Dana Bremner

Dana Bremner
Stable and Facility Foreman

Dana Bremner is second in command in the barn, and he is our resident horse whisperer. He just gets it. Our horses love Dana, and therefore we love him too. Dana can be counted on to ensure all is right in the barn no matter what is going on outside. He maintains the rings and pastures, and also takes up residence when we are on the road at competitions and events away from the barn.