Having been born and raised in the Kawarthas, Amber Anderson has always had a passion for all things equestrian, particularly the thrill of competition. She started riding at a very young age and has never gone a day without horses in her life.
Amber started eventing in the early 1990’s and very quickly fell in love with the sport. She competed up through the levels with many horses over the course of that decade. She honed her training and riding skills alongside Percy Robertson – a very successful and prominent CSHA breeder. Amber competed with Percy’s stallions, most notably “Citation”, obtaining his stallion performance approval in record time at eventing venues across Ontario.
In the late 90’s Amber worked for former Canadian Chef D’Equipe Tom Gayford, where she learned a great deal about training hunters and jumpers and managing an international calibre facility. Amber returned to her eventing roots in the early 2000’s and can still be found coaching students and competing young horses at OHTA events. Her belief is that nothing makes a more well-rounded horse or a more talented rider than preparing for a horse trial.
Amber and her husband Travis have owned and operated Small Victory Farm for the past 8 years. The 86 acre SVF has grown into a very successful and well respected boarding, training, and lesson facility boasting a brand new indoor arena, 3 outdoor rings, hunter/jumper courses, cross-country course, and metered galloping field. It is home to 25 horses ranging from school ponies, to eventers, jumpers, dressage horses, Hanoverian broodmares and quality Warmblood young stock. The first Hanoverian filly to be born on property qualified for both the Lieutenant and Governor General’s Cups at the Royal Winter Fair in 2013, and began her eventing career at Grandview Horse Trials in 2014.
Small Victory Farm and the Andersons have hosted a hunter/jumper show for the Kawartha Hunter Jumper Association for the last 5 years and a Combined Test show for the Trilogy Combined Test Series for the last 4 years.
Travis Anderson also grew up with horses in Windermere, Ontario where his family raised riding horses and a few race horses. Travis has a knack for bringing out the “puppy dog” personality in every horse that joins our family.
Logan Anderson is a young man with many interests, but who has a special love for the horses of Small Victory Farm. Logan is honing his horsemanship skills, he helps out a great deal with chores and loves to trail ride with his friends and family on the trails and fields of the farm.
The name ‘Small Victory Farm’ has a special significance to the Anderson and Lawson families and is derived from a very fitting song by Garnet Rogers called “One Small Victory” that if heard by any horse owner is surely to bring a tear (or ten) to their eye.
Everyone involved with Small Victory Farm is considered family, and a peaceful enjoyment of our wonderful beasts is our main focus. High quality care is of the utmost importance, and the horses of SVF enjoy a healthy, happy lifestyle.