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ALISON (FIRESTONE) ROBITAILLE
Home: Upperville, VA
Born: November 25, 1976
Alison (Firestone) Robitaille was born to ride, endowed with horsey genes from her parents, Bertram and Diana Firestone, and driven by her passion for jumping competitions. She started riding when she was 3 and competing when she was 10. When the Firestones moved to Upperville, VA she started foxhunting with Piedmont Foxhounds, renowned for jumping really big fences, which advanced her equestrian education. She trained during her teen years with George Morris’s protégée, Katie (Monahan) Prudent.
In 1997 Robitaille harvested great success and accolades such as being named Leading Rider in the Samsung Nations Cup World Series. She was also honored as the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year and the Virginia Horse Shows Association’s Horseperson of the Year. She was the top-placed U.S. rider at the 1998 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Rome, Italy, was part of the Silver medal-winning U.S. Team at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, and named the first alternate for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
From 2010 – 2015 Robitaille she took a hiatus from the international competition circuit to spend more time with her daughters, Ava and Zoe, but kept her hand in the business teaching a large clientele. Robitaille’s re-entry into the top of the sport took place in May 2017 when she and her horse Ace contributed to the U.S. team’s silver medal in the Nations Cup in Coapexpan, Mexico.
In 2018, Robitaille made her fifth appearance in the FEI World Cup Final, this time in Paris. It was her first World Cup appearance in more than 10 years and she finished in 14th place aboard Ace. She also competed at the 1996 and 1997 Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden; the 1998 Final in Helsinki, Finland; and the 2006 Final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Robitaille’s 2019 season has already earned top results. At the Upperville Colt & Horse Show, always a meaningful show for Robitaille as it’s her hometown, she scored third place riding Flairvona in the $30,000 Upperville National Grand Prix, as well as 12th place in $208,200 Upperville Jumper Classic CSI4* with Ace.
Summer success was in the cards for Robitaille at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, where she and Ace galloped to victory in the $134,000 Horseware Ireland Grand Prix CSI3*. She also took third place with Sensation 21 in the $35,000 1.50m Suncast® Classic.
At the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, Robitaille earned several top-ten results with Ginger Pop, including fourth place in the $133,700 CaptiveOne Advisors Great Lakes Grand Prix CSI3* and fifth place in the $35,700 NetJets Classic CSI3*.