Category Archives: Rider Connect

Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Dawn Nelson

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Dawn Nelson, an adult amateur eventer and mother who is working towards competing at the AECs next year. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Dawn I am 47-years-old and from West Chester, PA. I currently live in Unionville, PA with my husband Michael and 2 children Rylie 14 and Brady 9. My husband is a corporate pilot and travels frequently so I left my career in insurance to…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Laura Leitch

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Laura Leitch, a University student who only began Eventing two years ago and is already successfully competing at the Training level. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Laura I am 24-years-old and have been riding since I was nine – sometimes I wonder how different my life would be if my parents had said “no” when I first asked if I could go to horse camp. Outside of…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Robyn Hardy

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Robyn Hardy, a U.S. Marine who has produced numerous OTTBs and is now working her way up the levels with her warmblood mare. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Robyn, her horses and her story I am a 39-year-old amateur, originally from WI. I currently live on a little 16-acre farm in Milton, FL. I started riding “English” when I was 14 and rode mostly Quarter Horses showing…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Abby Retzlaff

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Abby Retzlaff, a young rider who is working her way up the levels with a horse she rescued while also attending college. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Abby I am a 19-year-old college freshman from Westmoreland, KS. My love of horses started when I was a toddler, and our neighbors had a horse. I would always want to give her treats, and I sat on her a…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Katerina Garcia-Chope

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Katerina Garcia-Chope, a junior rider who is working towards competing at the one-star level. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Katerina My name is Katerina Garcia-Chope, I am 15-years-old, and I am from Westborough, Massachusetts. I do not have a job yet, but most of my time spent away from the barn is at Bancroft School, the high school I currently attend. The first time I sat on…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Grace Peters

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Grace Peters, a young rider from Kansas who is producing her Irish Sport Horse up the levels. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Grace I am 17-years-old and live in Louisburg, Kansas. I started riding when I was five on my little Quarter Horse named Rosie. My mom grew up riding horses, so that’s how I got into it. I didn’t start really learning to ride and jump…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Gabrielle Ortiz

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Gabrielle Ortiz, a junior rider who is working her way up the levels with a new horse. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Gabrielle I am 15-years-old and I live in Germantown, WI. I started riding at the age of 10. I am a sophomore at high school I have a software high school. I got involved with horses in a very interesting way. When my parents divorced…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Olivia Caspers

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Olivia Caspers a junior rider who is learning as a working student for one of the top riders in North America. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Olivia I am 19-years-old and I am currently a student at the University of Minnesota, working towards my Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry. I am currently competing at the Preliminary level with my 6-year-old OTTB, Cereus Contender aka Stratus. With horses,…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Paige Beliveau

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Paige Beliveau, an adult amateur from Massachusetts who competes at the T. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Paige I am 24 and from the Northshore area of Massachusetts. This past May I completed graduate school, earning my M.A. in psychology, and since then I’ve been navigating the Eventing world as a newly minted amateur with a 40-hour work week. I currently work as a researcher at a…

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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Katy Raynor

   Rider Connect sponsor: Bit of Britain has been a trusted source for quality horse tack and equestrian clothing since 1987. Today’s featured rider is Katy Raynor, a full-time vet and a new mom who is working her way up the levels with her OTTB. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Katy I am an Equine Veterinarian and I started riding at age six because I loved animals and it never went away! I am currently riding Training level on an OTTB that I trained myself up the levels. My goal is to…

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