Equestrians @ Large

Buck Davidson

Buck Davidson has dominated the United States Eventing Association leaderboard the last few years, earning the top rider honor, four out of five times including 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Each year he competes between 30 to 50 different horses in the USA. In 2016, in the FEI World Eventing Rankings, Buck was ranked as 30thBuck has rode many horses in his life, but one horse stands out among the dozens he has competed. Buck and his long time partner, Ballynoe Castle RM, (Reggie is owned by Cassandra and Carl Segal) rode into the history books in 2014. Reggie became the USEA’s highest scoring horse of all time and retired at 2017 Rolex in a ceremony fit for such an incredible partner. 
Buck has rode for the USA at the 2010 Lexington and 2014 Normandy World Equestrian Games and the 2011 Guadalajara Pan Am Games. 
He has won the Pinnacle Trophy for Highest Placed US Rider at Rolex KY CCI**** in 2013 on Ballynoe Castle RM and in 2009 riding My Boy Bobby. 
Buck has another big year coming up in 2017 with plans to compete some of his three and four-star horses overseas. While in the USA, he will compete over 40 horses throughout the year all over the country at many different levels as he brings up a continuous string of talented mounts.
Buck lives in Florida for the winter months and spends his summer months in Pennsylvania. He is currently underway with his plans to expand his father Bruce Davidson’s legendary summer base, Chesterland, with his own purchase of an adjacent 60 acres. He is married to Andrea Leatherman-Davidson and they have a baby daughter, Aubrey Brook who was born in March 2016.
Kristin Schmolze
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 Parris
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.
 
 
Niki Clarke
Now a Grand Prix level dressage rider and trainer, Niki Clarke originally began her riding career as a three-day eventer, training with eventing greats such as Amy Barrington and David and Karen O’Connor. Her passion for horses and incredible work ethic led Niki to numerous eventing accolades at a young age, including being long-listed for the Sydney Olympics. 
In 2004, Niki decided to make a career change to pure dressage and began her path up the ranks of the dressage world, spending a year in Holland to concentrate on developing and refining her understanding of the sport under the instruction of Bert Rutten. In 2005, Niki moved back across the pond to work with Kathleen Raine and David Wightman in California, and a year later launched Dressage Unlimited, a full service dressage training barn with an emphasis on developing talented young horses for competition and sales. 
Today, Niki is a highly respected FEI level competitor. Her career accolades to date include USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, and a Centerline Scores 5* rating, a Reserve Championship and third place finish at the 2007 and 2010 Brentina Cup, and multiple wins with a variety of horses throughout the FEI levels. She is currently campaigning several horses through the levels, debuting her top horse Quincy at the Intermediare I level this past spring after considerable success at the Prix St Georges level and being named the USDF Fourth Level Champion in 2015. She is looking forward to seeing this exciting horse continue to progress along with the rest of her competitive string!
In addition to her accomplishments as an FEI rider, Niki is equally passionate about her clients’ success, coaching eventing and pure dressage riders at all levels of both disciplines. Her students enjoy her positive approach and love of the equestrian sport, complimenting Niki’s teaching and training abilities in producing end encouraging success in horses and riders from beginners through the Grand Prix level.
Photo Credit: Terri Miller
 
 
Dawn Powell
"I have been using Saratoga Bandages on Ham for several years and they are the only wraps I will run him in!  In my opinion, they offer more support than a standard polo and keeps his legs cooler than a normal neoprene boot.  It's a win-win product!!" ~Dawn Powell, Professional Barrel Racer
Dawn Powell got her start in the equestrian world showing English, Western, and Hunter horses as a child. Looking for an equine career with an adrenaline rush, Dawn started actively barrel racing in rodeos 8 years ago. Dawn attributes her success to her training program that stems from her diverse horse background growing up.  When she found her main mount, Honest Ambition “HAM” as a 3 year off the Quarter Horse racetrack, she knew she had something special. Dawn trained Ham herself and the dynamic duo currently travels all over the US and Canada to compete in rodeos, mostly focusing on the IPRA (International Professional Rodeo Association) and APRA (American Professional Rodeo Association) sanctioned events. 
Dawn and Ham are two time International Finals Rodeo Qualifiers, National All Region Qualifiers in 2015, and HPBR Finals Qualifers and American Finals Rodeo Qualifiers for 7 consecutive years. The team also holds extensive wins in rodeos as far north as Quebec and as south as Georgia. When Dawn and Ham are not on the rodeo trail you may find her hauling and competing on colts and training horses at local jackpots and barrel.