Christine Turner first laid eyes on Tsetserleg, or “Thomas” as he is known in the barn, at a Trakehner inspection being held at Dr. Timothy Holekamp’s New Spring Farm. Thomas wasn’t being inspected that day, but he caught Turner’s eye. The now 12-year-old Trakehner gelding was bred by Holekamp and is sired by eventing stallion Windfall.
Mai Baum, the 13-year-old German Sport Horse gelding by the Holsteiner stallion Loredano and out of Ramira, bred by Gunter Gerling in Germany and known in the barn as Lexus, will be making his U.S. Team debut at the 2019 Pan American Games next month in Lima, Peru.
Mr. Medicott, sired by the famed show jumping stallion Cruising, was bred by Dr. Donal Geany and born in Ireland in 1999 with the name Crag Cave Slieveluachra. Produced as a young horse by Francis Connors, the traditional Irish Sport Horse was acquired by Hermann Horst from Nigel Taylor in England at the age of six for German rider Frank Ostholt and set on the path that would lead him to compete at the highest level of the sport with three different riders.
“He is the sweetest.” That is the response all the girls that work for Lynn Symansky gave when asked about her Pan American Games mount, RF Cool Play. Coolio, as he is known in the barn, is an 11-year-old German Sport Horse gelding by Condor’s Champion and out of Roxana (by the Trakehner stallion Radscha).
Seven medals, over 20 wins, a horse that’s taken five riders to their first Preliminary or FEI event, and is now teaching his seventh girl the ropes to eventing, Clifton Peekachu is the USEA July Horse of the month! The horse with a heart of gold most recently won the Junior Novice Rider division with Kaylianna McMorris at Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials in Barrington Hills, Ill.
Tune into this special episode of the USEA Podcast for an exclusive interview with Major General Jonathan R. Burton. This interview was recorded in 2011.
Twelve-year-old Pryce Chrisman first sat on a horse at Mill Creek Riding School in Topanga, California. Pryce’s mom, Jennifer, had ridden horses as a girl and thought her daughter might want to try it out. “One day I made the huge mistake of asking Pryce, ‘Would you ever want to try it?’” Jennifer joked. “Then my entire life changed.”
For many aspiring professionals, time spent as a working student is an invaluable stepping stone on the way to running one’s own operation. After eight years spent as a working student, 23-year-old Danielle Poulsen took a leap of faith and decided to take a position as the head trainer at Myopia Hunt Club Stables in Hamilton, Massachusetts.
In 2007, upper level eventer Jennie Brannigan was working for Mike and Emma Winter when she called good friend and fellow Californian rider and trainer Dayna Lynd-Pugh and said there was a horse in the Winters’ barn that Dayna might be interested in.
Nineteen-year-old Alexandra Tett has dual citizenship with the African country of Zimbabwe, courtesy of her father’s side of the family, which gives her a unique opportunity – the chance to represent Zimbabwe at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, a chance many people only ever dream of.
To say that Lainey Ashker has a busy schedule is an understatement. In addition to competing at the international level in both eventing and dressage, Ashker is also a sought-after clinician who can be found jet-setting around the country to share her knowledge and experiences with riders of all levels.