An avid rider from an early age, Kristin Schmolze has been fortunate to train with some of the best coaches the equestrian world has to offer, including longtime trainer and friend Marilyn Payne, a world renowned judge who officiated the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and Olympians Stephen Bradley, Kim Severson, and Phillip Dutton. Through an unwavering sense of commitment and discipline to her sport, Kristin enjoyed eventing success from an early age. In 2003, she was named the US Eventing Association’s Young Rider of the Year, winning individual silver and team gold medals that same year at the North American Young Rider Championships. In 2004, she was awarded the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Memorial Trophy — an annual award presented to a Young Rider, age 16-21, who best exemplifies the ideals of horsemanship and sportsmanship. And at her very first 4-star outing, Kristin made a distinct impression in the eventing world by placing 7th nationally and 12th internationally at the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in 2005.
Kristin built on these early successes with a long list of impressive accomplishments thanks to her competitive mounts and new prospects imported through her partnership with Kedrah House Stud in Ireland. To date, she has successfully competed at international events throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. She has been named multiple times to the USEF Developing Rider List and was named an alternate member of the US Eventing Team for the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. In 2012, Kristin rode one of her top mounts to the PRO Advanced Horse of the Year title, and followed that up with successful CCI4* results aboard her longtime upper level partner Ballylaffin Bracken in 2013, 2014, 2015, and most recently again in 2017 in her return to the Rolex Kentucky CCI4*. Kristin is excited to continue her success this season with her string of very exciting horses, as well as to continue developing her thriving teaching and coaching business based out of The Academy at High Point in Watkinsville, GA.
Kristen received her first horse, Bayberry at the age of 10, and started showing by the age of 11. Not until later in her riding did she discover eventing. Kristen was an active member of Pony Club from 1995 until she graduated from RedlandHunt Pony Club in 2009. She credits her breakthrough into eventing to her horse A Deck Above. Kristen climbed the levels of eventing with Decker and successfully competed up to Training level in Eventing.
In 2007, Kristen and A Deck Above were awarded 3rd in the Nation for Adult Amateur Training Rider, and 4th in the Nation for Adult Training rider. Decker set the bar high for Kristen's first home-bred No Halo Here, "Briley". Briley is now successfully competing at the Preliminary level and started off the 2011 season by winning their first CIC1* at Fair Hill International on their dressage score of 51! They capped off the season with a 1st Place win at the Preliminary Championships at the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington, VA.
Kristen's other competition horse, Lord Ivanhoe "Ivan" moved up to Training in May of 2011 and in the 7 trials they competed at Training level, they placed in the top 5 in all but 2 events. They capped off 2011 by winning the Area II, 3-Day Training Event at Waredaca with a score of 29, the best in all 3 Divisions competing that weekend!
Kristen was also ranked 36th (out of 188) and 39th (out of 1,355) in 2011 on the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) Leader Boards for Eventing in "Leading Breeders" and "Leading Owners" respectively. A huge accomplishment for Kristen and her team which clearly demonstrates her drive and talent in eventing.
Kristen breeds and trains her own horses, Briley since birth and Ivan since 6 months of age. Kristen broke her other homebred, Flirtin' with the Truth "Bailey" in November 2010 and she will officially start competing in the spring of 2012. Bailey was born in 2008, and was sired by Salute the Truth, out of her own broodmare Flirtin' with my Daisy Dukes "Daisy". This filly has exceptional conformation and a temperament that is so sweet.