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Home: Wellington, Florida
Born: June 19, 1985
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.
With the help and training of Linda Hough, Stephanie Simmonds, and John Wohr, Ramsay had a very successful junior career consistently qualifying for the national finals in equitation, hunters and jumpers. Jumper highlights included earning the individual Gold and team Silver at the 2001 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships, followed by the individual and team Silver medals in 2002. With the young hunter “Step by Step,” he earned the Grand Hunter Championship at the 2000 Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg. At the age of 17, Ramsay earned his Gold medal (20 wins) in the USET Show Jumping Talent Search.
After graduating from high school, Ramsay withdrew from the horse world for 5 years while he attended Colby College in Maine. During those years he focused on his studies and only took on ‘catch rides.’ While his skills in computer science earned him a research grant in robotics culminating in co-authoring a paper and presenting in Seoul, Korea, his attachment to the horse world won him back. He graduated college in 2009 and went to work for Stephanie Simmonds.
In 2010 he went to Lauren Hough’s for the winter circuit in Wellington, Florida, after which he set off to Europe to be a working student at Alan Waldman’s stable in Putten, The Netherlands. In 2011 he opened up his own business reclaiming the name of Shalanno Farms, and by the summer of 2013, he completed the construction of his own 8 horse stable. Since 2012, Andrew has been traveling between Europe and America to advance his professional show jumping career while continuing the business purchasing, developing, competing and selling top quality international sport horses. His Shalanno Farms has bases in both Wellington, FL, and Putten, The Netherlands.
Since the start of his international competition career, Ramsay has been highly competitive on the U.S. and European circuits, earning victories and top placings on both sides of ‘the pond’ including the Samorin CSI4* in Slovakia, Bethune CSI3* in France, Assen CSI2* in The Netherlands, Bromont CSI3*-W, Spruce Meadows CSI5*, and Langley CSI3*-W in Canada, just to name a few. He also clinched the FEI World Cup qualifier in Las Vegas in 2013 aboard “Adamo van’t Steenputje.”
In 2017, Ramsay had several top-ten placings on the winter circuit at the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) followed by a decisive victory in the $35,000 Sovaro CSI3*, a Longines World Ranking Competition, at the Live Oak International in Ocala, FL. Ramsay bested a starting field of 58 entries from10 countries to claim the win.
At the Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Shows in New York, he and “Stranger 30” captured the $35,000 Old Salem Farm Jumper Classic CSI3* and he also took fourth place in the $35,000 New York Welcome Stake CSI2*. Ramsay piloted “Cocq a Doodle” to a double-clear effort and second place finish in the $50,000 Old Salem Farm Grand Prix CSI2* before they led the victory gallop in the $130,000 Empire State Grand Prix CSI3*.
At the historic Devon Horse Show, Ramsay and “California 62” took 10th place in the highly competitive $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4* in the famed Dixon Oval, where he also scored eighth place with “Cocq A Doodle” in the $40,000 Devon International Speed Stake CSI4*. That summer Ramsay and “Cocq A Doodle” also won the $86,000 Tryon Resort Grand Prix CSI 2*, the final international grand prix of the 2017 Tryon Summer Series.
At the Hampton Classic, Ramsay took fifth place in the $10,000 7 & Under Jumpers aboard “Gerlos” and third place in the $50,000 Longines Cup with his long-time partner “California 62” before heading to the American Gold Cup where he and “Cocq A Doodle” won the $35,000 Don Little Memorial Welcome Stake CSI4*. The pair also took fourth place in the $86,000 Fidelity Investments® Classic CSI4* against a top field of equestrian athletes.
Later that fall at the Split Rock Farm CSI3* in Columbus, Ohio, Ramsay scored two victories, capturing the $35,000 CSI 3* Hollow Creek Farm 1.45 Meter Speed Cup and $130,000 Split Rock Farm CSI 3* Grand Prix, both with “Cocq A Doodle.”
Ramsay earned several top placings at the National Horse Show in Kentucky, finishing ninth in the $250,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Lexington CSI4*-W with “California 62,” as well as 4th in the $35,000 International Open Jumpers Welcome Speed CSI4* and 2nd in $35,000 Palm Beach Masters Series International Open Jumpers Speed CSI4*, both aboard “Cocq A Doodle.”
Ramsay felt nothing but love from the masses of spectators at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, which hosted the inaugural 2018 Kentucky CSI3*, after he and “California 62” took the victory gallop and blue ribbon in the Invitational Welcome Speed Cup. Ramsay then headed to Europe where he took many top-ten placings at shows including the Madrid CSI2* in Spain, Lisbon CSIO3* in Portugal, and Fontainebleau CSI2* in France where he and “California 62” won the Grand Prix.
Ramsay’s 2019 season kicked off in Spain where he competed at the Vejer de la Frontera CSI2*, CSI3* and CSI4*, at all of which he scored top placings aboard seven horses. Back on U.S. soil, Ramsay and “California 62” clocked the fastest round to win the $36,000 Welcome Speed 1.45m CSI3* against a field of top FEI competitors at the Kentucky Spring Horse Show. The pair also placed 10th in the $134,000 Kentucky Spring Grand Prix CSI3*. Just down the road, at the Split Rock Jumping Tour’s Lexington International CSI2*, “Stranger 30” took Andrew Ramsay to the head of the class in the $9,000 HorseFlight 1.40 Meter FEI Speed Cup, besting a field of 36 international competitors for first place honors.