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Kimberly Prince

KIMBERLY PRINCE
Home: Hume, VA
Born: May 19, 1965

Kimberly Prince 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.

The next year she was named to the USET Developing Rider Tour and she helped the United States win seven classes at CSIO Drammen, Norway, including the Samsung Nations' Cup. Earlier in 2001, she placed 10th in the $300,000 American Grandprix Association Championship in Wellington, FL and then followed that with two Grand Prix wins including an impressive win in the American Gold Cup in Devon, PA.

Her 2002 performances included a third place finish in the $75,000 Grand Prix of Devon and a win in the $50,000 Budweiser Upperville Jumper Classic Grand Prix in Upperville, VA, aboard “Bergerac”. The win moved Kim into first place in the standings for AGA Rider of the Year and her mount “Bergerac” into second place standing for AGA Horse of the year. She ended up in seventh place standing for AGA Rider of the Year for the 2001/2002 season.

In 2004, she claimed three Grand Prix wins, including a win in the American Gold Cup. In April 2005, Kim had a phenomenal month. She won the $150,000 Grand Prix of Charlotte and then was the highest placed rider in the FEI Budweiser World Cup Final finishing fifth overall. Overall she placed in the ribbons 17 times in 2005.

In 2006, Kim came in second in the $60,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale Cup CSI *** at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.

In 2012 and 2013 Kim had several top-ten placings at Live Oak International in Ocala, Florida followed by several top placings in 2015 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina where she debuted her new mount “RMF Bella Baloubet.” The pair finished twice in the top ten at the FEI World Cup™ competitions at the American Gold Cup and Washington International Horse Show.

Prince actively competed at the 2016 Winter Equestrian Festival and was named as a member of the U.S. team “Miami Glory” as part of the new 2016 Global Champions League Team competition. Team members include top American riders Kent Farrington, Georgina Bloomberg and British riders Scott Brash and Jessica Mendoza. Overall the team finished in 11th place in the League. Prince continued to earn top placings across the world, including 5th place in the Ommen Grand Prix in The Netherlands.

Prince is continuing to be a member of the 2017 “Miami Glory” GCL team again, reuniting with Scott Brash (GBR) and Georgina Bloomberg (USA) for a consecutive year on the squad, and this year are joined by top Irish rider Cian O’Connor (IRL) and U25 rider Paris Sellon (USA).

In addition to her busy schedule as a rider, trainer and mom, Kim has served as an on-air analyst for show jumping telecasts on Animal Planet. In 2016, Kim’s daughter Lydia was honored as the Best Junior Handler at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.