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Lynn has been involved with horses her entire life. She began by riding double with her parents at age three on trail rides through the Shenandoah Mountains. At four, Lynn joined Pony Club and got her D rating, and by five she competed in her first beginner novice event (which she was winning from start to finish until she missed the finish flags in show jumping!). Since then, she has been successful up through the CCI**** level, consistently placing each year at national horse trials, championships and international three day events. She’s won many USEA year-end awards at the Novice through Advanced levels of eventing. Eventing was her passion from the start, but Lynn also got experience at hunter/jumper shows, fox hunting, rode on several dressage teams for CDCTA, competed up to 4th level dressage, and was reserve champion at the BLM championships in Lexington.

Growing up, Lynn moved up through the ranks of the eventing world, and by 18 she was successfully competing at the Advanced level. Before graduating high school, Lynn completed three long format FEI competitions.  Highlights of those years include being the 2nd placed young rider and 8th place internationally at Morven CCI* out of more than 90 starters. She also completed the Camino Real CCI**, and was the top placed young rider and 7th internationally at the Radnor Hunt International CCI**.

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Her well rounded background and horsemanship was also influenced by her experience in the United States Pony Club. She competed at rallies in almost every discipline and gained a wide range of experience at a young age—from dressage, eventing and show jumping, to quiz, tetrathalon and vaulting.  Lynn competed at several national championships and graduated with her “A” rating from Difficult Run Pony Club. Except for her college years, her horses were always kept at home rather than at a boarding barn, and cared for exclusively by Lynn.

After graduating high school, Lynn was certain she wanted horses to remain in her life, but also valued the importance of an education. She went to Washington & Lee University, one of the country’s best liberal arts universities, and graduated Cum Laude in 2005 with a Bachelors of Science in Business.

COTH 1While at school, she managed to find time to compete her long time partner, “No It Tissant” at the advanced level all four years while also bringing along another young project. She successfully balanced school and her competitive career, and in 2003 was named to the High Performance Winter Training list for the United States Equestrian Team (USET). She and “No It Tissant” attended training sessions with Captain Mark Phillips, Sandy Phillips, and George Morris. That summer, the pair was named to the short list for the 2003 Pan American Games CCI***, and rode as an individual alternate where they finished 10th with a double clear cross country round.

Some people may think abandoning law school to make a career out of horses was an unwise and risky decision, Lynn sees it as exactly the opposite. Lynn’s love for horses practically began in the womb, and since the first time she sat on a horse she was hooked. It is precisely that passion that gets her out of bed at the crack of dawn (and often dark!) seven days a week. Training horses and teaching doesn’t feel like a job to her, rather it’s a lifestyle in which she is fortunate enough to be able to do what she loves every single day. While a career in horses may not be a very lucrative one, the everyday satisfaction of working with horses and riders to help them realize their full potential and goals makes her feel wealthier and more blessed than she could ever imagine.