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Home: Chester Springs, PA
Born: November 22, 1978
Callan Solem 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.
Prior to her 2010 relocation to Chester Springs, PA, to open Callan Solem Show Stables, Solem had been the professional rider at Quiet Winter Farm, Colt’s Neck, NJ, for former US Olympian Carol Thompson. Solem originally came from her home in Atlanta to Quiet Winter as a junior student competing in equitation. In 1996 Thompson invited Solem to be a working student for the summer. Following a winter stint with trainer Louise Serio at the Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, Solem was offered a full-time position as a professional rider in 1997, working for Quiet Winter Farm.
Over the past decade, Solem has won numerous grand prix classes at HITS Saugerties, HITS Ocala, HITS Culpeper, the Fairfield Hunt Club and Old Salem Farm. Recent accomplishments also include earning the top Grand Prix rider following the 2010 HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, and achieving the Leading International Rider title at the 2008 Syracuse Sport Horse Invitational/National Horse Show.
In 2013 Solem and “VDL Torlando” won the $25,000 SmartPak Grand Prix at HITS Ocala, Florida. In 2015 she won the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix in Ocala on “VDL Wizard.”
In 2015 she won the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix in Ocala on “VDL Wizard,” followed by a second place finish in the $125,000 FEI World Cup™ qualifier in Washington. The pair went on to help Team USA win the third leg of the FEI Nations Cup™ series in Coapexpan, Mexico, followed by two additional top ten placings at FEI World Cup™ qualifiers at the National Horse Show in Lexington, KY and in Toronto. These helped earn Callan a spot in the 2016 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she and Wizard were the best placed U.S. combination with a seventh place finish.
Shortly after the World Cup Final, Solem and “VDL Wizard” were named to the short list for the U.S. Team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio this summer.
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 philosophy on effective theories and philosophies on good riding, training, and horsemanship. She has a tremendous respect for the horse, and believes that when a horse is treated with understanding and proper management, it is able to reach its true potential.