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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

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 1

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

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

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 George stepped Peter 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...

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,"...

Unstoppable Margie Goldstein Engle

BY ANN JAMIESON Like so many of us, Margie Goldstein Engle's love for horses came from out of nowhere. Although her family is athletic and enjoys sports, no one else had ever fallen in love...

For Candice King Partnership is Key

BY ANN JAMIESON Candice King was only six months old when her parents, Al and Marlo Schlom, placed her in front of them on their western saddles to take her on trail rides.  At two, she...

Barbara Johnson: Growing Strong Women

BY ANN JAMIESON “There will probably never be a way for anyone to know just how many lives she touched,” says Jolene Laughlin, one of Barbara Johnson’s students. These words are echoed by scores of others....

Patty Stovel: Honoring the Individual

BY ANN JAMIESON Born into the horse business, Patty Stovel grew up in a family-run lesson barn in Connecticut, Patty's routine as a child was to wake up, care for the horses, attend school, and...

Mary Mairs Chapot

BY ANN JAMIESON "I've always loved animals," says Mary Chapot. "We always had dogs in the family. And horses were another animal to love, to pet, to hug." While Mary's mother loved horses, and wanted to...

Michael Page: It’s About the Ride

BY ANN JAMIESON A sign in Michael Page's tack room reads "It was never about the ribbon; it was about the ride and the horse that got me there."  The list of his accomplishments easily covers...