Feb 04, 2009

Inspirational Event Trainer Battles Illness

Everyone who knows Lynn Klisavage considers her to be one of the most inspirational and most remarkable people they know. They say that the rider and trainer from Parker, CO has an incredibly deep passion for the sport of three-day eventing, which is only surpassed by her love of her horses and her boarders’ horses. And they are all asking for your help, as Lynn currently finds herself in critical care due to a staph infection that is raging through her blood.

“As a person, she is the epitome of strength and persistence,” said Lynn’s friend and fellow event trainer Rochelle Costanza. “She has been partially deaf since childhood and wears hearing aids, but it does not slow her down one bit. She is always on the move and never stops no matter what. She rides and teaches no matter what the weather or her personal health is."

“The first thing that I can tell you about Lynn is that horses come first in her life,” said Lynn’s good friend and student Jennifer Boggs. “She takes exquisite care of her own horses, her students’ horses, and those she has in training for clients. Her commitment to each individual horse also carries over to her teaching. She is constantly coming up with new and interesting challenges for horse and rider.

“She sees the strengths in every horse and rider combination,” Jennifer continued. “There are times when I’m looking at a horse and thinking, ‘I would never want to ride/teach that horse/rider’. But Lynn would say, "Well, he needs to work on his balance and jumping form, but he’s got such a brave attitude. Isn’t that just great? You always know he’s going to go over the jump’.”

Lynn’s skills as a trainer were rewarded in 2008 as she was named ‘Trainer of the Year’ from the Central Colorado chapter of the Mountain States Eventing Association, thanks to the accomplishments of her students. One of those students, Sarah Bradford, left Lynn’s farm early this year to take a position working with renowned eventer Sharon White, but truly believes that without Lynn’s guidance, she wouldn’t be in the position she is in today.

“I first met Lynn in 2002 when I asked her to help me with a three-year-old Thoroughbred I had owned for a few months,” Sarah said. “He was a total lunatic, and the barn owner (where I had him boarded and also worked) told me that Lynn was a genius with young horses and would likely be able to help me with him. I was beyond intimidated the first time I met her. But I knew I would learn the world from her. After six months of taking lessons with her, I got badly hurt and sent Oliver to her barn since I couldn’t ride. Within two months, she had that horse going like a star.

“Over time, Lynn and I became amazing friends. We had an understanding. I’ll even call her my best friend. I’ve never met anyone else who I have such a deep respect and love for. She just got the ‘Trainer of the Year’ award, but she deserves a ‘Trainer of a Lifetime’ award. She has the respect and admiration of hundreds, maybe thousands, of people. Everyone who meets her feels her strength and love coming from her. She inspires us all to be better, whether it’s at riding or just living.”

“Anyone who knows Lynn would never doubt that she will pull through this life-threatening ordeal,” Rochelle added. “She is the type of person who would never let anything or anyone take her away from her passion of riding.”

“Even though what has happened to Lynn has been a tragedy for her, the one positive thing I can say is that it will show her just how much people care about her,” Jennifer said. “The amount of work, time, services and money that boarders, students, and friends have contributed to keeping her business running has been enormous. This includes riding, longeing, doing the daily feeding and supplements, donating supplements, donating beet pulp, donating to her expense fund, teaching lessons, and so much more.”

“The hardest thing now will be Lynn’s physical recovery from the three back surgeries and several ankle surgeries to remove abscesses caused by the staph infection, as well as the expenses that she will have to cover. Even though she has insurance, she has to pay two $5000 deductibles because she was in the hospital for the last week of 2008 and then into 2009. She also has to pay 20% of her total medical bill. Right now they are estimating that her medical bills will be $15,000 to $20,000.”

Additionally, Lynn has three horses of her own that still need care and have their own expenses. While Lynn’s friends, students, and clients have been helping out immensely, her expenses will be great.

To learn more about Lynn’s progress – visit her Care Page and her own website www.lynnklisavage.com

"I was talking in the barn this morning about how much Lynn does,” Jennifer finished. “A boarder at Mile High named Kim who was helping out by sweeping the aisle said, ‘It takes an army to get everything done around here!’ Lynn’s student Jane replied, ‘Or one Lynn’. That just sums it up.”

May 09, 2021 Eventing News

In Memoriam: Antigua (1989-2021)

Will Faudree shared the news yesterday that his legendary event horse, Antigua, passed away at the age of 32. In a Facebook post he said:

“I always thought I would have something profound to write. A eulogy that would encapsulate the impact you had on my life. And maybe those words will come. You taught me what a work ethic is, how to think in slow motion and how to just keep going. You laid the foundation for a career I dreamed of as a kid. Thank you will never be enough. I will miss you every day- rest easy my friend.”

May 08, 2021 Competitions

Smith Swaps Horses, but Maintains Standings at Jersey Fresh International CCI4*-L

While her two horses swapped places for first and second after cross-country, Tamra Smith maintained both the lead and second place with two clear rounds and minimal time faults at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event Presented by BW Furlong and Associates and Zoetis. The 16-year-old Hanoverian mare En Vogue (Earl x Laurena) is just a little more experienced than her barn mate Danito, also owned by Ruth Bley, so she was also a little quicker around the big, challenging course that twisted and turned through the Horse Park of New Jersey. En Vogue leads on a 27.1 and Danito is second with 31.9, with Boyd Martin maintaining third place with the 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding Luke 140 (Landos x Omega VI), owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate.

May 07, 2021 Competitions

Tamra Smith Tops CCI4*-L Leaderboard After Dressage at Jersey Fresh; Boyd Martin Leads CCI4*-S

California rider Tamra Smith holds the lead and second position in the CCI4*-L at the Jersey Fresh International (JFI) CCI at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. Smith scored 23.9 today with Danito, Ruth Bley’s 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Dancier x Wie Musik), to take the lead from her other mount, the 16-year-old Hanoverian mare (Earl x Laurena) En Vogue, also owned by Bley, who was the overnight leader after scoring 24.3 yesterday. Boyd Martin of Cochranville, Pa. holds third place with Luke 140, a 10-year-old Holsteiner gelding (Landos x Omega VI) owned by the Luke 140 Syndicate, on a score of 25.6.

May 07, 2021 Eventing News

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2021 Cancelled Due To Continued Covid-19 Uncertainty

It is with immense sadness that we announce the cancellation of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2021 which was due to be held later this year from September 2-5, 2021.

Despite the continued easing of lockdown measures, the nationwide vaccination program, and the hope within the Government Roadmap for unlocking the country, there have been and remain too many variables and uncertainties due to the Covid-19 pandemic to deliver this much-loved international event.

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