Edward E. "Denny" Emerson

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Denny originally taught high school English and sold real estate in his native Vermont.  A lifelong fascination with horses led him to eventing, and with his small, tough, part-Morgan, Victor Dakin, Denny was selected to represent the United States in the World Championships in 1974.  He was part of the victorious U.S. team that won the gold medal from the British on their home ground. Since then, Denny has been an active competitor with several other horses.  In 1972, he won Rider of the Year.  In total, he has ridden in 53 seasons of competition, including 45 consecutive seasons of eventing at preliminary or above.

Denny is a dedicated professional who passes on his knowledge to students. He and his wife, May, run Tamarack Hill Farms in Strafford, Vermont and Southern Pines, North Carolina, as an eventing training center.  He and May have two sons, Rett and Jamie.

Many of Denny´s students have been successful in both the junior and national open competitions. A man of great energy, Denny is in demand for clinics all over the U.S. His gymnastic jumping exercises have become gospel to many eventers.  “I can definitely say that I would not be an international level competitor,’ said Kelli Temple, one of Denny´s former students who went on to be named USEA Lady Rider of the Year, represent Canada with two horses in the 1996 Olympics, and again represent Canada at the 2006 World Equestrian Games.  “His motivation, work ethic, and commitment to the sport are truly inspirational.’

Denny has been recognized by a number of associations.  A partial list of his honors includes:  the USEA´s Wofford Cup for lifetime service to eventing, the American Riding Instructor Certification Program (ARICP) Lifetime Achievement Award, and the inaugural Ayers-Hammett Award by the American Medical Equestrian Association “in recognition of his outstanding contributions to promote safer horsemanship.’ In addition, Denny received the inaugural “Equestrian Land Conservation Resource Leadership Award.’ His passion for land conservancy is demonstrated by his service as trustee and President of the Green Mountain Horse Association in Vermont, as trustee of the Carolina Horse Park in North Carolina, and as trustee of the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource.

Denny served as President of USEA from 1982-1984 and again from 1991-1992. Under his able leadership, the sport experienced much growth and needed change, including the recognition of the Novice (formerly Pre-Training) level and the realignment of competition guidelines at all levels.  He also served as the USET´s Vice President of Eventing for seven years, and was a member of the USEF´s Executive Committee, and the Chairman of the Breeder´s Committee of the AHSA.

Denny has now adopted endurance as a passion and has competed in 100-mile rides and The Tevis Cup.

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