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HI Spy: Who is your equestrian hero?

Tell us about the person who inspires you in your equestrian life.


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Beezie MaddenIf you were lucky enough to grow up on a horse farm or in an equestrian family, you may have been inspired by your parents or older siblings.

If you started riding at a lesson barn, maybe it was your instructor or the resident trainer who served as a role model. Perhaps another student at the barn was influential.

On the other hand, maybe you found your equestrian role model on TV or in the pages of magazines. Did the Lone Ranger inspire you to seek out your own Silver to gallop across the range, or did watching Beezie Madden (or perhaps William Steinkraus, depending on your age) bring home the Gold motivate you to pursue your own Olympic dreams?

While riding can be a solitary sport, most equestrians find inspiration from others at some point in their career. Whether your hero was a famous international rider, the talented backyard trainer next door or a fictional character from your favorite novel, we want to hear about them. Tell us about the person who has inspired you in your riding career.

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Hannah    Woodbury, CT

2/1/2013 7:21:05 AM

Lis Hartel is my equestrian role model. Lis was diagnosed with polio and was paralyzed from the knee down. During her riding career Lis won 2 silver medals in the Olympics for Dressage even with her disease in 1952 and in 1956. At the time military men dominated the equestrian sport, Lis was one of the first women to ever compete and win a medal in the Olympics. Lis never gave up on her dreams and became one of the most amazing equestrian stars int the world. This is why Lis Hartel is my horsey role model.

Andrea    new holland, PA

8/13/2012 9:38:42 AM

The people that I admire most in the horse world, and want to be like someday, are Pat and Linda Parelli. Visit to find out why.
Another person i admire is my friend's older bro (no, its NOT a crush LOL) he trains horses and is a cowboy and a great christian.

Marie    Brentwood, CA

8/8/2012 8:56:55 PM

I have two equestrian heros. Stacy Westfall and Shawn Flarida. They both ride flawlessly and their reining is breath taking. I could only wish to ride like them someday.

Ashley    Pleasantville, NY

6/21/2012 6:19:30 PM

My equestrian hero is my old instructor. I don't ride for her anymore, but we are still close. She is a model equestrian. She is an amazing rider and knows what she is talking about when it comes to riding (and horses). She also is a great horsewoman and a huge horse lover. She simply has a big love for horses and is always happy when I see her.

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