Hugh Cann 1130 Faith Rd., Salisbury NC 610-310-2486
Simply Training, LLC
Over the last five years, Mr. Cann has focused on training show jumpers and equitation riders. As a result, his riders have won more than 50 Championships and Reserve Championships at USEF-rated shows, including USHJA Stirrup Cup Champion and Reserve in Low Junior Jumpers, USHJA Pony Jumper Champion Zone 2 in 2014 and 2015, and the prestigious Jumper Style Award at Devon, USEF Pony Jumper Championship, and Zone 2 Jumper Championship.
Hugh Cann is a third generation horseman with more than 30 years of experience riding and training show hunters and jumpers with a great deal of that time spent on Thoroughbreds. Raised in the traditions of racing and foxhunting Thoroughbreds, Mr. Cann was active in the local Pony Club during his early years, but turned to showing hunters and jumpers after High School. Riding for such notable trainers as Bernie Traurig, Jimmy Kohn and Vince Dugan, Mr. Cann developed a sound base in Hunt Seat Equitation.
For more than two decades, at a time when Thoroughbreds ruled the show ring, he trained show horses and their riders to compete at the regional and national levels. Mr. Cann has taken his junior riders to both Medal and Maclay championships, and has had amateur riders competing successfully at Harrisburg, Washington, and New York.
Over the last 10 years, Mr. Cann spent time riding racehorses, both on the flat and steeplechase. During this period, he rode for nationally recognized trainers, such as Michael Matz and Jonathon Sheppard at tracks and training facilities in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Florida. Applying his show riding skills to training racehorses helped Mr. Cann to understand the similarities in balance and forwardness needed for all competitive equestrian disciplines.
In 2009, Simply Training, LLC was created to bring the knowledge and experience of all that exposure into one training effort, and focus that effort on bringing Thoroughbreds back into prominence in the American show ring once again.