- Raised by a grandparent after his mother was jailed for drug charges.
- Dropped out of school in the 9th grade because he had difficulty concentrating in the classroom.
- Fell in love with riding at the age of 13 and credits both the sport and the mentorship of stable owner Eddie Creed for helping him escape his family's history.
- Disqualified from the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta after testing positive for cocaine, although the accompanying four-year suspension was overturned.
- Disqualified from the 2000 Sydney Games for testing positive for ephedrine and briefly, banned for life; the ban was lifted in arbitration but he was expunged from the Canadian team.
- Won a gold in individual jumping and a silver in team jumping at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
- Owns Torrey Pines Stables in Schomburg, Ontario where he breeds and trains champion jumpers.
- Won bronze individual jumping at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
- Alexis Stein — Fiancé
- Megan Johnstone — Ex-wife
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