Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Caitlin Romeo

Caitlin & Spirit Of The Outback

 

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Caitlin Romeo

Today’s featured rider is Caitlin Romeo, a professional rider who has produced multiple horses to the upper levels.

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Get to know Caitlin
I’m a 31-year-old who rides professionally. I am from Sharon, VT originally; I moved my business to Southern Pines, NC in 2012. I started riding when I was a little kid, my grandfather would buy my as many pony ride tickets at the fair as I wanted. I continued to pursue riding when my first grade teacher also worked at Vershire Riding School. I have produced multiple horses to Intermediate and Advanced level and look forward to continuing through the levels.

Caitlin’s horse power
This spring I sold my wonderful partner, Go With The Flow, whom I won multiple events with last season, as well as earning my Bronze Medal in dressage and successfully moving up to Fourth level. I have a few really neat horses in the barn right now of all ages and breeds.

Stormy Jason “Alec”, my main guy, is a 5-year-old gelding by Stormy Atlantic and out of South Sea Blues; Alec is aiming for the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover in October at the Kentucky Horse Park. He’s incredibly athletic and a total goof in the barn. #TeamAlec, follow our journey on Facebook and instagram.

Mavericks Northern Hotshot “Schatzi” is a 5-year-old Connemara/TB gelding that was bred by my best friend and Grand Prix dressage rider and trainer Jordan Laplaca. Schatzi has started his Eventing career this spring and is loving the sport.

Strabane “Quinn”, is my newest edition, he’s a 3-year-old gelding by Prospective out of Catoutofhail. He’s currently playing the role of a glorified trail horse a few days a week.

Training
For jumping, I train with Bobby Costello, who is wonderful. Bobby has been a big part of my riding; Bobby has given me confidence and strength when I wasn’t sure I could do it. In dressage, I train with Jordan LaPlaca, of Maverick Hill Dressage. Jordan has helped me move up to Fourth Level this spring and earn my Bronze Medal. Being in the south has been a big change for me. Because of the heat, we compete during the spring and fall. During the summer we have some wonderful local schooling shows that we attend with the younger ones. Around the winter holidays, I try to take some downtime with the horses, I am lucky enough that my farm is located amongst miles and miles of trails so the horses get to have some wonderful trail rides.

 


 

Influence and inspiration
Bobby Costello has been one of the most influential people in my riding. He is an incredible horseman and a beautiful rider (Its tough to follow a show jumping round right behind him) When I was younger I was fortunate to be able to take a lot of lessons with him, as my childhood instructor was a good friend with him. Bobby also taught me a lot throughout my Young Riders career with Area 1, I spent 3 months in Southern Pines with him the spring I was gearing up to travel to CO on the Young Riders two-star team with Spirit Of The Outback.

Most embarrassing Eventing moment
My most embarrassing moment to this day is when I went off course on cross-country on my home turf. I had a fall earlier in the day and got a little off course when I ran my Preliminary horse on her turn.

Most triumphant Eventing moment
Both my upper-level mounts were self-produced, I purchased Spirit Of The Outback “Jake” as a coming 6-year-old who had only competed a couple of times. Both Jake and I moved up to the three-star level together, we had competed in seven two-star events, winning the 2007 Bromont CIC2* and were members of the 2008 Area 1 YR’s two-star silver medal team. Nordic Star “Stella” is a homebred, I had competed her mother North Star through the Preliminary level before sustaining an injury, that’s when I bred her to Aberjack and had Stella. I had produced Stella through the Intermediate level before she sustained an injury in the field that resulted in an early retirement.

Caitlin & Stella

2018 milestones
This season I’ve started out with a couple young horses, they’ve all shown wonderful enthusiasm in learning a new sport which is very rewarding. This past weekend Alec really figured out cross-country and the War Horse Event Series hosted by the Carolina Horse Park, he went around ears perked looking for the next fence, I’m very excited for the Thoroughbred Makeover this fall with him.

Best of luck this year Caitlin! 

 

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