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Aaron Vale

With more than 185 Grand Prix wins and over three million dollars in prize money, Aaron Vale’s position as one of the most successful riders in American show jumping is secure and well earned.

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Adrienne Sternlicht Masters $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby, presented by Sotheby's International Realty, at Hampton Classic

Lauren Fischer Wins $10,000 T & R Development Junior/Amateur-Owner Welcome Stake The student surpassed the teacher when Adrienne Sternlicht beat McLain Ward's clear round time by nearly a second to win the $15,000 Merrill Lynch Speed Derby, presented by Sotheby's International Realty, at the 41st annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. "Mclain told me before the class that it was essentially my class to lose," said the 23-year-old resident of Greenwich, CT. "I think he wanted me to beat him, so I was really happy that I was able to execute it." Adrienne Sternlicht and Raia D' Helby Win Merrill Lynch Speed Derby Photo credit: Shawn McMillen Riding Raia D' Helby, owned by Starlight Farms, LLC, Sternlicht mastered

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Anne Kursinski

She was a member or alternate member of four consecutive U.S. Olympic teams, including the 1988 Seoul and 1996 Atlanta squads that each won a team Silver Medal. In October, 1998, she became the first American and first woman rider to win the $450,000 Pulsar Crown Grand Prix in Monterrey, Mexico.  

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Beezie Madden

Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Beezie Madden has been riding since the age of three and made her Grand Prix debut in 1985. Four years of continued success followed, including participation on winning U.S. Nations Cup teams, leading to her being named the 1989 United States Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian of the Year.

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Brianne Goutal

She lives in New York City and attended Brown University, started competing at age 7. Her record as a junior and Young Rider will go down in history as one of the all-time best.

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Callan Solem

She is one of the nation’s leading grand prix show jumping riders. The rider has represented the United States Equestrian Team, internationally, on numerous occasions. She has ridden on four Nations Cup Teams, including competing in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Rotterdam, Holland; Lummen, Belgium; and Falsterbo, Sweden, and, in 2005, she was part of the winning Super League Team. While abroad, Solem also won the Derby qualifier in Falsterbo and took home top ribbons in Rotterdam and Lummen.

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Candice King

She has performed consistently well both in the U.S. and abroad for more than a decade. She won the Adequan Grand Prix World Cup Qualifier at the Hampton Classic in 2004 and in April, 2005 rode in the FEI Budweiser World Cup Final. In 2003, she placed second in the Derby at Falsterbo, leading some of show jumping's top stars including three-time World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil, 1996 Olympic double Gold Medalist Ulrich Kirchhoff of Germany, and other Olympic veterans such as Michael Whitaker of Great Britain and Peter Charles of Ireland. She also had three grand prix wins in 2003.

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Cara Raether

She started riding at the age of six and began show jumping six years later under the guidance of her mother. She participated in the North American Young Riders Championships in 1997 and 1998 winning Team Silver and Bronze medals, respectively.

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Charlie Jacobs

He has spent nearly his entire life around horses. From short stirrup to Grand Prix, he has experienced success in every major aspect of the sport and is a member of one of riding’s most active equestrian families. Jacobs views horse shows as a great way for his family to stay connected and enjoys the support and enthusiasm he and his family provide for each other.

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Charlie Jayne

He grew up on his family’s farm outside of Chicago and horses were always part of his life. Aside from a brief respite during his five-year-old year when he played soccer, Jayne has been in the saddle ever since. Along with his parents, Alex and Linda, and his sisters, Maggie and Haylie, Charlie is deeply involved in the Jayne family business.

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Chris Kappler

Chris Kappler has a long a successful career highlighted by his performance with “Royal Kaliber” at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games where they won team Gold and individual Silver Medals.


Kappler's grand prix career began in 1984 when he placed fifth in his first major show jumping event at the age of seventeen. His achievements in the junior ranks include reserve championships in both the ASPCA and U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) horsemanship finals in 1985.

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Christine Tribble McCrea

She is a graduate of Suffield Academy and was an accomplished junior and amateur-owner rider. In 1996 she won the Capital Challenge Cup Equitation Finals and competed on the Zone 1 Young Riders Team. In 2000 she tuned up for her first full season at the grand prix level by earning the Amateur-Owner High Championship at the Palm Beach Classic during the Winter Equestrian Festival. McCrea placed in 4 out of 5 grand prix during the 2000 season and finished 4th in the $50,000 Grand Prix of Tampa, CSI-W, a World Cup qualifying event, with “Fleurance”.

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Danielle Torano

The American Grandprix Association’s 2001/2002 Rookie of the Year, Danielle Torano has proven that she is not only a strong competitor in the hunter ring, but also a fierce contender in the jumper ring as well. A hot contestant in the amateur-owner jumper division, she won the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Jumper Classic Series title in 2001 aboard “Lojana” and finishing in second place in 2002 with “Von Pilot”. She won the Series title with “Lojana” again in 2004. Her 2004 season also included two Grand Prix wins on “Quinault”, one in Vermont and one at Sussex, NJ. In 2007, she finished in the ribbons in Grand Prix competition 16 times.

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Darragh Kenny

Darragh Kenny hails from County Offaly in Ireland and comes from an equestrian family. He started competing on ponies when he was ten. He rode at the Junior European Championships and the Young Rider European Championships. He won a training bursary at the RDS Dublin Horse Show in 2007 to come to the U.S. and work for Missy Clark and John Brennan at North Run Stables in Warren, Vermont. He returned in the winter of 2008 to compete for them on the Florida circuit.

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Debbie Stephens

An Illinois native and University of Syracuse graduate with a degree in sociology, Stephens began riding at a young age. When she was just 10 years old, she showed at Madison Square Garden’s National Horse Show. She made history in 1982 when she rode “Spindletop Rocky Raccoon” to an outdoor high-jump record, tying with Dennis Murphy at 7’8” in Cincinnati. Stephens has a keen eye for selecting talented young horses and an astute ability for developing a horse’s innate talents. Her Centennial Farm is among the nation’s most successful show barns.

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Federico Sztyrle

Originally from Argentina, Federico Sztyrle moved to Sagaponack, NY, to train with Joe Fargis at Sag Pond Farm. Since moving to the United States, Sztyrle has had great success in the grand prix ranks. The highlight of his career to date came in 2004 when he rode for Argentina in the Athens Olympic Games.

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Georgina Bloomberg

She has become a solid foundation on the show jumping circuit. Getting her start in the saddle at age 4, Georgina has gone on to compete in some of the world’s top equestrian competitions, successfully making her way from the pony hunter division all the way to the pinnacle of the sport, the Grand Prix.

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Jeffrey Welles

He began riding at the age of 6 in his native North Carolina. He has had success riding both hunters and jumpers. He was runner-up to Margie Goldstein for the 1989 AGA Rider of the Year Award. In 1991 aboard "Serengeti"' he won the Grand Prix of New York at the National Horse Show. This successful partnership continued in 1992, winning the $100,000 Crown Royal Grand Prix at the Hampton Classic and the Grand Prix of Devon.

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Jessica Springsteen

She started out her jumper career at the junior level. As she has gained more experience, her talent on the jumping circuit has reached new heights. She represented the United States in the FEI World Cup Final and the 2012 FEI Nations Cup.

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Jimmy Torano

He has been on the grand prix tour for more than 10 years having ridden in his 1st Grand Prix during the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL in 1989. Following his marriage to his wife Danielle, he spent several years building up his show barn JET Show Stables, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In recent years, he achieved great success with “Lancier 4” owned by Sir Ruly Group out of Key Biscayne, FL. In 1998 the pair placed 2nd in the Sugarbush Grand Prix, 3rd in the Monmouth Grand Prix, 7th in the Budweiser Grand Prix De Penn National and 10th in the Grand Prix of New York at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden.

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Kent Farrington

He began riding at the age of 8 in Chicago where, as he notes, all they had were carriage horses. He became interested in equestrian sports when he was only seven years old and saw a picture of his mother riding a pony. He then began to ride horses and soon his sister also took an interest in the sport. Kent rode in his first Grand Prix at the age of 16 and won his first class in 2004 aboard “Madison” with a win in the Grand Prix of Saugerties in New York. In 1998 he won the AHSA Medal Equitation Finals and in 1999 won the WIHS Equitation Finals and team Gold Medal at the North American Young Rider Championships.

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Kevin Babington

A native of Tipperary, Kevin Babington began riding in Ireland before moving to the United States where he had his first taste of international success, earning the Leading Rider title at the CSIO National Horse Show in New York. That was the same year he began riding Saly Glassman’s Carling King, by the legendary Clover Hill, and together the pair became a consistent combination on the international show jumping scene.

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Kimberly Prince

She had a great two weeks at the Lake Placid horse shows in 2000. Prince, who won the Swedish Hill Winery Speed Stake, placed second in the $50,000 Budweiser Grandprix of Lake Placid out of a field of 37, and fourth place in the $35,000 I Love New York Grand Prix.

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Kylie Schoelen and Phoebe Topping Take Top Honors in $2,500 Marshall & Sterling Children's Hunter Classics at Hampton Classic

Schoelen won the 15-17 division riding Capone Z and Topping captured the blue ribbon in the 14 & Under division on Perfektionist, owned by Tracey Topping   Kylie Schoelen and Capone Z Photo credit: Shawn McMillen Schoelen, of Toms River, NJ, received an 82 in the first round and an 89 in the second to secure her victory in the 15-17 division. The second round score caught her by surprise. "I was amazed. I never received a score that high before," said Schoelen. "I started out in third after the first round and I ended up winning. It feels great." Schoelen has only had her 8-year-old Zangersheide for two years, but she has really enjoyed the experience. "My horse is so awesome. I have had so much fun with him. He

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Laura Chapot

One of the most active riders on the Grandprix circuit, Laura Chapot has followed in the footsteps of her parents, U.S. Olympic veterans Mary and Frank Chapot, with a successful show jumping career nationally and internationally.

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Leslie Burr Howard

A member of United States squads that won team Gold and Silver Medals at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, “Leapin' Leslie” Howard entered her first show at age 6. As a junior rider, she won the 1972 ASPCA Maclay Finals, the United States' top competition for riders up to age 18.


In 1983, riding her eventual Olympic mount, Albany, Howard was the American Grandprix Association Rider of the Year, and Albany was Horse of the Year, a feat he repeated in 1984. In 1986, she won the FEI World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden on McLain and was voted the American Horse Shows Association's Equestrian of the Year.

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Lisa Tarnapol Deslauriers

Lisa Tarnapol Deslauriers is an accomplished Grand Prix rider who has competed internationally for the United States and on the U.S. circuit. As an active Grand Prix rider in the 1980s, she was on winning Nations Cup teams in the U.S. and Europe.

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Ljubov Kochetova

She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. She began riding when she was only five years old, when a friend put her on a horse and the horse ran away with her. Kochetova said while everyone else was scared she would get hurt, she enjoyed the gallop across the field. Kochetova started competing in the jumper arena when she was 12 and made her international debut in 2000.

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Margie Engle

She is one of the most accomplished riders in U.S. history. She rode “Hidden Creek's Perin” to a 10th place tie in the Individual Show Jumping competition and a 6th place team finish at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She was the highest placed woman and the highest placed U.S. rider in the individual competition at those Olympic Games.


 

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Mario Deslauriers

Although he now rides for the US, Mario Deslauriers is a native of Canada who began riding at a young age, coached by his father, Roger. In 1984, the 19-yearold Deslauriers became the youngest rider ever to win the FEI World Cup Final, a record he still holds today. He was also the first Canadian to capture the title. Later that year, at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, he was involved in a three-way jump-off for the Individual Bronze medal.

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Mark Leone

He is the youngest of the three Leone brothers. A graduate of Drew University, he won the AHSA Medal Finals in 1979, and two years later he began riding Grand Prix level jumpers. Mark has been competing on the grand prix circuit since 1981. In 1982 he won the USET's Lionel Guerrand-Hermes award given to a top Young Rider after placing eighth in the FEI World Cup Final on Tim.

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McLain Ward

One of this country’s most accomplished riders with two Olympic Gold Medals, McLain Ward first made history with two impressive wins in 1990. At the tender age of 14, he became the youngest rider to win the USET Show Jumping Talent Derby. Ten weeks later, he became the youngest rider to win the USET Medal Finals and in so doing, also became the first rider to win both titles in the same year. He also made his Grand Prix debut that same year. Ward was part of the Gold Medal Team at the North American Young Riders' Championships in, 1991. That year he was named American Grandprix Association Rookie of the Year.

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Molly Ashe-Cawley

She didn’t start off as a jumper rider. She made her name as an accomplished hunter pro in Tennessee. So when she joined Leslie Howard’s grand prix tour in the late ‘90s, her skyrocket up the USET ranks was all the more impressive. In 1999, Ashe Cawley captured her first major grand prix victory, the $50,000 Grand Prix of Lake Placid, aboard Resolute.

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Nick Dello Joio

Despite having an Olympic medal-winning show jumping rider as a father, Nick Dello Joio didn’t have his first riding lesson until he was in high school. Nick participated in hockey, football, golf and soccer in high school, but had never been moved to try riding. After an impromptu lesson with his father while at a horse show in Europe, he decided he liked it and was soon on his way to continuing the family success in the sport.


 

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Peter Leone

He has been competing successfully on the grand prix circuit for two decades. He achieved a lifelong dream in 1996 when he represented the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) in the Atlanta Olympic Games and helped the U.S. win the team Silver Medal. Leone made the 1996 Olympic team, and was co-winner of the Cosequin/USET Show Jumping Championship, despite riding with a broken collarbone.

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Peter Wylde

Peter Wylde worked his way up in the junior rider ranks, earning the United States' highest junior honor when he won the Maclay National Equitation Championship at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden in 1982.

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Philip Ernst Richter

He grew up with horses and has been actively competing on the “A” show circuit his entire life. Philip began riding in the short stirrup at age six and he later competed in the pony hunter divisions, equitation, junior hunters, and junior jumpers.

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Quentin Judge

Quentin Judge is a professional rider at Double H Farm, which is a world-class competition, sales, and breeding operation based in Ridgefield, CT, and Wellington, FL. Double H Farm strives for the best in equestrian sport, with goals of producing quality offspring through their stallions, providing exceptional sales horses, and aiming to win at the best horse shows in North America and the world by supporting talented riders. 

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Richie Moloney

He began riding at age six as his whole family was into horses. His family owns and runs the Warrington Top Flight Equestrian Centre in Kilkenny, Ireland. Richie's four siblings have all jumped in the European Championships for Ireland.

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Rodrigo Pessoa

Simply put, Rodrigo Pessoa is one of the most successful riders in show jumping history. He won the individual Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome. He also won team Bronze Medals at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. He also won team Gold and individual Silver Medals at the2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro and team Silver at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara.

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Shane Sweetnam

Spurred by the encouragement of his horsemen parents, Shane Sweetnam began riding in his native Ireland at age 5. Born in Cork, Ireland, he attended the University of Limerick where he received his degree in computers. He began his Grand Prix career at age 16 and has since participated in classes in both North American and Europe.

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Todd Minikus

He positioned himself among the world’s elite riders with standout performances in 2000 and 2001. He rode “Oh Star” to a fourth place finish in the $250,000 American Grand Prix Association Championship and tied for sixth at the FEI World Cup Final in 2000. His fifth place finish at the U.S. Olympic Selection Trials earned him the spot as the Alternate for the 2000 Olympic squad in Sydney, Australia.