MH Lessard and Steve Ratz

It is with deep sadness that we report the loss of Marie-Helen (MH) Lessard and her husband, Steve Ratz, Sunday night in an automobile accident.

This sudden and tragic passing has left an incredible void in Ontario equine community, as MH has been a fixture in the Eventing and Dressage circuits for decades. MH, besides being a passionate horsewoman and rider, was also a coach, official, organizer and mother.

Outside of the equestrian community, MH taught French at Centennial Hylands Elementary School in Shelburne. Her beloved husband Steve had just begun his new position of Vice Principle at Westside Secondary School in Orangeville in September.

Our hearts go out to their 2 boys, Sebastien and Derek, as well as their entire family.

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