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Larry Ella

Larry Ella

 and Par Excellence 
Larry Ella was born and raised in Woodbridge, Ontario.  He was first introduced to ponies by his parents, Howard and Doreen Ella. By seven years of age, his interest in ponies was developing, and at the age of ten he was working with his parents helping with the care and training.

During the evenings and when on summer vacation, Larry worked with the Ella ponies in addition to training for other exhibitors.  He spent time learning from many trainers including George Henderson, Lawrence Carss, Denny Lang and Skip Shenker.
Larry finished school and started into the  insurance business where he managed a local brokerage.  Larry and his wife Diane started their own insurance agency based in Woodbridge.  At the same time, Larry ventured  into the training full time and began to work for the Lewis family of Kleinburg, Ontario.  George and Mildred Lewis and family showed Morgan horses.  While working for the Lewis', they added some very nice ponies.  Mark of Success came to Canada and to the Lewis farm.  Larry showed him to many wins and started his breeding career.

When the Lewis' closed their barn, Larry moved to a new property, where he could continue raising and training ponies.  The addition of Mark of Excellence as a breeding sire and show pony added to his influence on the Hackney breed in Canada.

Larry has judged in Canada, the U.S. and Burmuda, as well as serving on the board of breed associations in Canada and the U.S.

In 2005 he was voted UPHA Trainer of the Year Award for the Hackney division as well as the 2005 UPHA Hackney Breeder of the Year.  Larry, Diane, and daughters Amanda and Shannon have been great supporters to the show horse industry in Canada and the U.S.
(I nducted March 2008)
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