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With over 200 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. He currently holds the records for most grand prix wins in a year, most double clear rounds in a year, and most money won in a year.
Amanda Derbyshire grew up in a small town in Lancashire, England. Her mother, Julie, was passionate about horses, and this sparked Derbyshire’s interest. From age five she spent all of her time with her mother helping at the stables and at age six she got her first pony. In Derbyshire’s Junior/Young Rider years she won her first Grand Prix in Istanbul, Turkey, as well as adding a second-place finish in the Young Rider Grand Prix at the prestigious Olympia Horse Show in London. Derbyshire worked hard during her teen years, juggling her academics and show jumping, staying extremely successful in both fields.
Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Andrew Ramsay began riding when he was six years old. He began his equestrian career under the watchful eye of Paul Bennett, then assistant trainer to Gry and Duncan McFarlane of Windfall Farm in Danville, California. As Ramsay’s commitment to horses grew, his family supported his talent and established Shalanno Farms LLC, a private training stable operating out of a leased facility in Pleasanton, California.
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.
She is one of the nation’s leading grand prix show jumping riders, and 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, Brasil; 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.
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.
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.
Darragh Kerins is an Irish grand prix rider who relocated to the United States in 1997 and is now based in Wellington, Florida, at his own Innisfree Stables.
Kerins was born into an equestrian family and been involved with the sport his whole life. His father Francis Kerins represented Ireland in show jumping, and his mother Noeleen Kerins has served as an official for the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) for many years. His brother Richard competed in show jumping at the national level.
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.
Devin Ryan was born in New Jersey and discovered his love of horses while riding as a child at his grandfather's farm in Sussex County. He began his riding career at the age of 13 under the supervision of Delores Hunt. He competed in the United States Pony Club Junior Tetrathlon (ride, run, shoot, swim) winning the National USPC championship at 14.
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.
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.
Jimmy Torano has been on the grand prix tour for more than 25 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. He achieved great success with “Lancier 4” owned by Sir Ruly Group. 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.
She was born in Tokyo, Japan, but raised in New York City. She holds dual-citizenship, and in 2014 made the switch from riding for the USA to riding for Japan with an eye toward competing at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, Asian Games, and, ultimately hoping to achieve her biggest goal of competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In the saddle since she was five years-old, Kelli Cruciotti has developed into an emerging star in the world of show jumping. She is following in her mom Cindy Cruciotti’s footsteps, whom she trains with, as well as godmother Kelli Clevenger, and Peter Wylde at her family’s facility Serenity Farm.
Cruciotti is one of the youngest competitors to win some of the most prestigious awards and classes within the world of American showjumping. With wins at Devon, Harrisburg, Hampton Classic, Capital Challenge, Washington and many more, she is now competing against the world's best on the international stage.
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. 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.
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
Laura Bowery began riding at the age of three, with a dream of becoming a member of the United States Equestrian Team. She started riding in Huntington, New York with the Rice family and competed successfully in the junior ranks, riding in all three equitation finals from age 12-17.
As a professional, she continued to work with the Rice family and had the opportunity to work for Margie Goldstein Engle. At Margie’s stable in Florida, she managed, groomed, and rode some of the top horses in the country, such as Salute and Daydream.
Raised in Barrington, Illinois, Lauren Tisbo began riding as a child, got her first horse at the age of 12, and focused on equestrian sport in her late teens, moving up the ranks and eventually reaching the top level, competing in international Grand Prix all over North America and Europe. She has an impressive list of major accomplishments including riding as a member of the 2013 U.S. Nations Cup Team at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta.
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.
Growing up, Lillie Keenan played almost every sport and a lot of instruments, but had a hard time finding something that she truly loved to do. After months of prodding her mother, who had ridden as a kid, Keenan got on a pony when she was six years old and she hasn’t looked back since.
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.
The daughter of famed international grand prix riders Mario Deslauriers and Lisa Tarnopol Deslauriers, Lucy is an extremely talented rider in her own right. She is carrying on the family’s legacy in show jumping, and has accrued many victories against some of the world’s best competitors – including her father – even as a junior rider.
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.
Mario Deslauriers is a native of Canada who began riding at a young age, coached by his father, Roger. In 1984, the 19-year old 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 America and Europe.
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.