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Liza Towell Boyd: The Lucky One

by Ann Jamieson When Jack and Lisa Towell were starting out, Jack served as a farrier as well as a trainer. "He did a little bit of everything, probably dictated by the finances of the...

Fran and Joe Dotoli Part III – Success at the Top

by Ann Jamieson When Peter turned 16, Joe and Fran decided it was time to start his jumper career. They began looking for potential jumpers but Peter was one step ahead of them. Researching the...

Neal Shapiro: Aim High – Part II

BY ANN JAMIESON Going Professional When Neal was competing, the team was structured so that the riders were selected, trained, prepared, and had horses to ride, whether they were lucky enough to have a great horse...

Neal Shapiro: Aim High – Part I

BY ANN JAMIESON A Walk in the Park As a child, Neal Shapiro liked to draw. There were two things, in particular, he enjoyed drawing: horses and airplanes. Neal's father first lifted him up onto a...

Dianne DeFranceaux Grod: “I Just Like All Things Horse” – Part III

BY ANN JAMIESON Foxfield Jumping Derby The Foxfield Riding School was founded by Bill and JoAnne Postel and Nancy Terrill. Legends in California, they ran a huge program starting little kids and bringing them along to...

Dianne DeFranceaux Grod: “I Just Like All Things Horse” – Part II

by Ann Jamieson Saving Her Son Dianne and Steve got divorced. Tired of moving all the time, Dianne built a farm in San Marcos in order to stay in one place. It was a 10-acre, 40-stall...

Laura Chapot: Carrying it Forward Part II

By Ann Jamieson Little Big Man Little Big Man (Pony), a Dutch warmblood, was probably Laura's "horse of a lifetime. He was solely mine; I was the only one who rode him. He was such a...

Laura Chapot: Carrying it Forward Part I

by Ann Jamieson You certainly couldn't get a better start in the show jumping world than by being the daughter of Frank and Mary Chapot. Laura has the genes, the talent, and the work ethic...

Wendy Chapot Nunn: Choosing a Different Path

by Ann Jamieson Wendy Chapot Nunn first sat on a horse when she was two. The horse was one of the most famous in the world, her father's jumper, Good Twist. Frank was away in...

Celebrating Frank Chapot’s Legacy

BY ANN JAMIESON Laura Both Frank and Mary taught their daughters Laura and Wendy to ride. "We were so lucky with our kids they took instruction really well, we were always grateful for that," says Mary....

Frank Chapot: It’s All About the Team and the Country

BY ANN JAMIESON Early Life Born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1932, Frank Chapot began a life centered around horses with a small pony which he drove around a local park, selling soft drinks. One might...

Aiva Gamelin Connects with Quirky Horses to Shine in the Show Ring

By Ann Jamieson Six-year-old Aiva Gamelin had a choice—to get a fancy show pony with a great record or… Cosmo, a tiny (at 11.1 hands) grey chunk of a cranky pony known for lying down...

Marnye Langer: A Lifelong Obsession Part I

BY ANN JAMIESON Baby Steps As a new baby, Marnye Langer, like most kids, slept in a crib. But unlike most kids, that crib was located in a tack room.  Her mom, an assistant to Barbara Worth...

Willie Jaret: Born a Horseman

by Ann Jamieson Born during the revolution that took place in 1986-1987 in the Philippines, and spirited to safety from the iron hand of Ferdinand Marcos, Willie Jaret almost didn't make it out. With his...

Betty Oare: It’s Been A Good Life, So Far – Part I

by Ann Jamieson Starting Out Betty Oare first entered a horse show when she was about four. Her father, legendary Arthur Reynolds, Sr., ran the Metamora Hunt Club stable, that hosted the show. Riding a pony...

From Another Lifetime: Katie Monahan Prudent Part I

BY ANN JAMIESON One of the most successful riders in U.S. Show Jumping history, Katie Monahan-Prudent was a member of the 1986 gold-medal-winning World Championship show-jumping team, took part in six World Cup finals, won...

Laura Kraut: Talent and Timing – Part II

BY ANN JAMIESON Cedric Cedric immediately captured Laura's attention, yet she never dreamed he would go as far as he did. She picked the green seven-year-old out of a crowd of horses being shown for sale...

Armand Leone: Family Life

BY ANN JAMIESON An Extended Childhood Armand, Team Leone's senior brother, is the only one who didn't go into the horse business as a professional. It wasn't so much a choice, he says, but the fact...

Peter Leone: A Lifelong Passion

by Ann Jamieson Jumpers Peter stepped up to the jumpers with the Thoroughbred Catch the Win, a small bay gelding formerly ridden by Rodney Jenkins. "He was very brave. You could ride the biggest course any...

Mark Leone: The Luckiest Leone

BY ANN JAMIESON The Luckiest Leone "I was the luckiest Leone,"  says Mark. "I was the youngest of three. I learned from my brothers. I learned what they did well, what they didn't do well, and...

Always a Team: The Leone Brothers – The Beginning

BY ANN JAMIESON Starting Out Horses were in their blood. One of their grandfathers was in the cavalry. Their mother, Rita, loved horses and exploring the trails winding through Central Park. It all began long before...

Judy Richter: Then and Now

BY ANN JAMIESON The Beginning Judy Richter's parents literally met on horseback. Philip Hofmann and Mary Kain were frequent guests at the Saddle & Sirloin in Kansas City, Missouri, "where the fast young crowd would go,"...