THIS Rider Profile: Shannon Davidson

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Shannon Davidson is always on the go, traveling from coast to coast juggling her two passions: riding and fashion. She sat on her first pony at age two and began her riding career taking western lessons at five before switching to the hunter-jumper discipline two years later. Davidson spent her junior years riding with Hap Hansen in Rancho Santa Fe, before taking a break from the sport for almost 10 years. 

“For 30 years, I have been producing fashion events,” says Davidson. “My work is completely detail-oriented; it’s a service business I’m in, so when I’m able to ride it just quiets my mind, [and] it’s a huge part of my well being. It makes me happy, [and] it’s where I find my joy.”

Photo © Shawn McMillen.

Today, Davidson lives in Texas and rides with Matt Cyphert of Woodhill Farm. In 2021, she finished fifth at the THIS/ NHS Adult Equitation Championship in Lexington, KY. As an amateur, Davidson has developed a profound passion and appreciation for the equitation. 

“This past year was my first time going to the THIS Adult Medal finals in Kentucky, and I loved everything about it,” says Davidson. “I finished fifth in the finals, and I remember how I felt after my second round, because I moved up [in the standings.] It was so much fun having the placings called back in reverse order. I’m excited to go back and compete again this year. I love showing there. The facility is great, it’s super organized, [and] I love the format: It’s just like competing in the Maclay Finals.”

Photo © Shawn McMillen.

“I love everything about the equitation,” she continued. “I love the finesse of it; I love how exact a rider has to be; I love the subtlety of the equitation. To me, it’s like watching ballet, when you see a really good dancer on point or see a girl with a beautiful arm as a dancer. I look at riders that way.”


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