Tik Maynard is the son of Rick and Jennifer Maynard. Rick Maynard is an international three-day event rider, who later competed as a Grand Prix Show jumper, in the 1970’s. Rick still rides and coaches in Vancouver, Canada. Jennifer Maynard is a Grand Prix dressage rider and four-star Para Dressage judge. In addition, Rick and Jennifer authored a book on horse photography, Horses In Focus, published by Half Halt Press. In Vancouver, the Maynard Family run Southland’s Heritage Farm. Tik’s younger brother, and his family, run Gibson’s Heritage Farm, on the Sunshine Coast, in British Columbia.
Tik was in Pony Club from ages 6 to 21, where he achieved his ‘A’ level certification in 2002. He was Canadian National Champion in Tetrathlon (2000) and part of the National Champion Team in PPG (1997). In addition, Tik was part of the Canadian Team that won gold in Kentucky in 1998.
Tik received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2005.
For much of his twenties, Tik competed full time in the sport of Modern Pentathlon (running, swimming, shooting, fencing, show jumping). Tik was on the Canadian National Team and a two-time National Championship. He has also competed at multiple World Cups, World Championships, and at the 2007 Pan-Am Games in Rio.
Since 2008, Tik has been training horses full time. After spending three years as a working student, he became assistant trainer to Anne Kursinski, then the head trainer at Bow Brickhill Stables in New Jersey. After marrying Sinead Maynard, Tik started his own business, then in 2016, after Tik and Sinead bought Copperline Farm in Citra, Florida, they merged their businesses into one.
Tik has evented at the Advanced level and been long-listed and short-listed for Canadian National Three-Day Event Team.
Tik is a two-time freestyle winner (2015 and 2018) at the Throughbred Makeover and has also judged the competition (2017).
Tik serves as an on-line instructor for The Horseman’s University and for the Noelle Floyd Equestrian Masterclass. He is a regular guest on podcasts, and a contributor to the Practical Horseman, Noelle Floyd, Chronicle of the Horse, Horseman’s Journal, and others. Tik was a columnist for Off-Track Thoroughbred Magazine for six years.
Tik is the author of In The Middle Are The Horsemen, published by Trafalgar Square Books, in 2018. The book was then published in German, 2020 and to an audiobook in 2021
Tik is married to Sinead Maynard, a USA Three-Day Eventing Olympic Team member, and host of the popular podcast In Stride, by Ride IQ. Together they have two children, aged 1 and 4. Tik and Sinead regularly teach eventing and horsemanship clinics. Learn more at www.copperlineequestrian.com.
“RTTH is a one-of-a-kind competition. Truly the World Championships of Colt Starting and I’m honored to be chosen to represent Canada next year. I’ll see you all in March of 2024 at the Kentucky Horse Park”Tik Maynard