The Chronicle of the Horse Blog: Why Waste Winter?

Lynn Symansky makes the most of the off season.


While some people detest the off season or quiet work, I really love it. My goal is that every horse I have coming back into work after vacation from a long season or big three-day comes back stronger and more mature than before. In my training, I use this time to stay away from physically strenuous training and instead focus on filling in holes. To someone who hasn’t experimented with the progression of bringing horses back into full work after a long season, or hasn’t ever had to do any rehab work, the time in the saddle can be mind-numbing, and the time until they are back competing can feel like an eternity. But this time, used wisely, can produce a horse that is stronger, better trained, and more mature than ever before.

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Lynn and Donner Named to the 2014 Eventing High Performance Winter/Spring Training List

Lexington, KY – The USEF Eventing High Performance Committee has approved the following High Performance Winter/Spring Training Lists for the 2014 season. The following riders will participate in Training Sessions with U.S. Eventing Team Coach David O’Connor. Training Session dates and locations will be announced at a later date.

Global Talent
Combinations that currently possess the ability to win anywhere in the world.

Phillip Dutton (West Grove, PA) and the Mr. Medicott Syndicate's Mr. Medicott
Mr. Medicott is a 1999 Irish Sport Horse

World Class
Combinations that currently possess the ability to be competitive anywhere in the world. 

Tiana Coudray (Ojai, CA) and Jatial Inc.’s Ringwood Magister
Ringwood Magister is a 2001 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Buck Davidson (Unionville, PA) on Cassandra Segal's Ballynoe Castle RM
Ballynoe Castle RM is a 2000 Irish Thoroughbred gelding

Buck Davidson (Ocala, FL) and Carl and Cassandra Segal’s Park Trader
Park Trader is a 2002 Irish Thoroughbred gelding

Will Faudree (Hoffman, NC) and Jennifer Mosing’s Andromaque
Andromaque is a 2001 Irish Thoroughbred mare

Sinead Halpin (Oldwick, NJ) and Manoir De Carneville Syndicate’s  Manoir de Carneville
Manoir de Carneville is a 2000 Selle Francais gelding

Marilyn Little (Frederick, MD) and Raylyn Farms and Team Demeter’s RF Demeter
RF Demeter is a 2002 Oldenburg mare

Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Jessica Montgomery, Kathryn Kraft, and Holly and William Becker’s Loughan Glen
Loughan Glen is a 2003 Irish Sport Horse gelding

Clark Montgomery (Wiltshire, UK) and Jessica Montgomery, Carole Montgomery, Janet Higgins, and Elizabeth Smith’s Universe
Universe is a 2001 Dutch Warmblood gelding

Meghan O’Donoghue (Carbondale, IL) and her own Pirate
Pirate is a 2002 Thoroughbred gelding

Lynn Symansky (Middleburg, VA) and her own Donner
Donner is a 2003 Thoroughbred gelding

Fergus Featured on Eventing Nation

From Eventing Nation

Thoroughbred racehorses that go on to second careers are unique in that they have two retirements in their lifetimes: the first from the track and the second from the show ring. Thoroughbred Legends, a new EN series presented by Cosequin, seeks to honor off-track Thoroughbreds that went on to accomplish great things as upper-level eventers and now enjoy a second retirement in their golden years. If you know of a great Thoroughbred for this series, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Lynn and Fergus at Rolex. Photo by Dana Voorhees.

2013 in Review

What a year for Team LSE! Although it was very busy with Lynn competing at events in 9 different states and 2 countries, 2013 was definitely a great success thanks to our wonderful team of supporters and sponsors. Interested in joining Team LSE for 2014? Don't hesitate to contact us!

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Lynn and Donner Finish 13th at the Pau CCI4*

SD 177 2607Since the fall season is winding down we wanted to use this opportunity to update everyone after Lynn and Donner’s competition in France at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI****. Donner arrived back at Handlen Farm this past weekend so the Pau CCI**** journey is officially complete. It was an amazing experience that couldn’t have been accomplished without all of your generous support.

After dressage, Lynn and Donner were mid pack out of 76 starters heading into cross-country. Lynn and US coach David O’Connor were quite happy with the test that Donner performed, but unfortunately their score did not quite reflect the test Donner put in.  The cross-country course definitely shook up the standings, and once again Donner showed his cross-country prowess and finished his second 4* of the year with a double clear round. SD P77 0746

He ended up being the fastest of the day as well, and moved up 26 places into 12th.  The final phase, show jumping, was very tough and only seven of the 50 pairs to tackle the course managed to jump clear. Donner had two rails down but jumped a great round to finish in 13th place – pretty impressive for their first European competition. 

The final results are available here:

Lynn blogged about the Pau trip for The Chronicle of the Horse and all of the blogs can be read here: The  blogs were the most-read articles on the Chronicle website each day they were published.

Eventing Nation also did quite a bit of coverage that often featured Lynn which can be seen here:

SD 177 5337Interview with Lynn following dressage:

Interview with Lynn following cross-country:

Lynn and Donner’s Dressage can be viewed here:

Show Jumping can be viewed here:

Donner is spending the next few weeks hacking out before getting back to work (he isn’t such a fan of vacations!). 2013 was an unforgettable year and we can’t wait to see what 2014 will bring! Thanks again so much for all of your support – it is GREATLY appreciated!!