Hometown: Chester Springs, PA
Born: November 22, 1978
Callan Solem is one of the nation’s leading grand prix show jumping riders. She relocated to Chester Springs,
PA from New Jersey in 2010 to open Callan Solem Show Stables with equestrians, and native Philadelphians,
Virginia and Collin McNeil.
Solem, originally from Atlanta, GA, came to Pennsylvania following her most successful HITS Ocala winter
circuit ever. Riding longtime mounts Allison and Mianta, Solem achieved the Leading Grand Prix Rider Award
following the 2010 Florida series, and her partner, Allison, won the Leading Mare Award after a string of
victories and high placings.
The 32-year old 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.
Solem was chosen to compete at these events after having an exemplary winter season with mounts Allison and
Mianta. Her success in Europe proved Solem’s talent and determination. Competing in Europe requires riders to
go outside their comfort zone, where it is crucial to produce results in an environment full of pressure.
Prior to relocating, Solem had been the professional rider at Quiet Winter Farm, Colt’s Neck, NJ, for former US
Olympian Carol Thompson. Solem originally came to Quiet WInter as a junior student competing in the
equitation division. In 1996 Thompson invited Solem to be a working student for the summer. Following a
winter stint with Louise Serio at WEF in 1997, Solem was offered a full-time position as Quiet Winter Farm's
Over the past decade, she has won numerous grand prix classes at HITS Saugerties, HITS Ocala, the Fairfield
Hunt Club and Old Salem Farm. Recent accomplishments also include earning the Leading International Rider
title at the 2008 Syracuse Sport Horse Invitational/National Horse Show.
Callan is currently campaigning VDL Torlando, a 10-year old Royal Dutch Stallion and Magic Cruise, a 10-
year old Selle Francais Mare among her many mounts.
In addition to her own riding, Solem trains equestrians of all ages in the disciplines of jumping, hunter riding,
and equitation. Solem bases her training on effective theories of good riding, training, and horsemanship. She
has a tremendous respect for the horse, and believes that when a horse is treated with understanding and good
management, it is able to reach its true potential.