Strafford Saddlery Sponsored Riders

ARIEL GRALD

Hometown:

Born in Minnesota; grew up in New Hampshire and Vermont
Photo Credit: Leslie Threlkeld for Shannon Brinkman Photography

Currently based in...

Southern Pines, North Carolina

Discipline:

Eventing

Ariel was fortunate to grow up caring for an riding horses at her family's farm in New Hampshire. After riding her Pony Pinocchio at local hunter/jumper shows, she tried eventing and rapdily developed a passion for the sport. Training with Laurie Hudson and Sue Berrill, Ariel competed through the one-star and intermediate levels while in high school. After graduating from the University of Vermont, Ariel moved to Southern Pines, NC in the winter of 2012 to train and compete full-time in pursuit of her upper-level eventing goals. She began riding horses for Annie Eldridge and is currently the head trainer at Annie's Setters' Run Farm. Ariel has produced several horses through the advanced and three-star levels. With a talented string of horses and a supportive group of owners and people behind her, Ariel looks forward to pursuing her goal of competing at the four-star level.

Current Equine Partners:

Leamore Master Plan ("Simon"), Monbeg Nola ("Nola"), Monbeg Game Face ("Lofty"), GHF Gosling ("Jimmy"), Caballe ("Tinkerbell")

What is the best part of your typical day?

"Arriving at the barn around sunrise to tack up and ride horses while the farm is still and quiet."

What's your life motto?

"Life is short. Always choose happiness."

DARYL KINNEY

Hometown:

Rochester, Michigan
Photo Credit: Nicole Severino

Currently based in...

Southern Pines, North Carolina

Discipline:

Eventing

Daryl is originally from Michigan, but moved to the east coast to attend college and then started working for Denny Emerson, upon graduation. Darly graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in November of 2007. Daryl also rode with, and worked for, Tom and Joan Davis at Flatlands Equestrian Center. While there, Daryl started her teaching career, and was able to become a Massachusetts Certified Riding Instructor. She also worked with Karin Donckers, a top FEI event rider, in Belgium. Daryl says, "Union Station,my first advanced horse, had done a couple prelim events before I started riding him. We struggled with the jump to Intermediate but eventually, with a lot of work and determination, became an advanced pair. Rosie's girl had never competed before I started riding her. She took some time in the beginning but is now a successful Advanced horse. Most recently, Rosie won the CIC** at Virgina."

Current Equine Partners:

Rosie's Girl, Punch It, and a new horse, Remagen

Favorite Place in the World?

"My favorite place I have visited is Vienna, Austria. Seeing the Spanish Riding School was amazing and the city is just incredible

Tell me about your first horse:

"My first horse was a paint mare named Patty. She was a surprisingly nice mover and had a pretty nice jump.We didn't quite hit it off in the beginning, but the more I rode her, the more I liked her. She eventually went up to training level, but was sold when I was in college."

ANNA LOSCHIAVO

Hometown:

Bradford, Vermont

Currently based in...

Bradford, Vermont and Ocala, Florida

Discipline:

Eventing

Anna Loschiavo operates Anna Loschiavo Eventing out of Chase Hallow farm which is based in Bradford, VT in the summer and Ocala, FL in the winter. "My horse education started with my mom who continues to help me with the horses and my business. At the age of 7 I joined the local Pony Club and achieved by B-rating at 15 years old. Over the years I have been lucky to have learned from some of the best equestrians. I started as a working student with area professional Jane Hamlin. I later was able to work for Olympian Phillip Dutton before working as a rider at Ann Kitchel's Huntington farm working under Grand Prix Dressage rider Deb Dean-Smith who I still train with. After developing my own business I have primarily ridden with David O'Connor who I am fortunate enough to train with extensively through the winter months. I have now produced three horses from scratch through the CCI** level earning my first FEI win this year at the Jersey Fresh CIC**. I continue to strive to bring each individual horse and rider to their full potential as I continue on my endeavor to be a competitive CCI**** rider."

Current Equine Partners:

Prince Renan ("Renan"), Spartacus Q ("Spartacus"), Fernhill Turbo ("Patch"), Fernhill Hole Shot ("Allen"), Fernhill Quinsey ("Quinsey"), Joe Money ("Joe")

What is the best part of your typical day?

"The moment each day that either a horse or person teaches me or makes me realize something that I didn't know when I started the day."

Must have/favorite equine product or piece of equipment:

"My Charles Owen helmets, nothing is more important than having an approved helmet to protect our heads when we ride. Charles Owen has a beautiful, comfortable design and I love all of the customization options available."

LORI BERGER

Hometown:

Newton, Massachusetts & Goffstown, New Hampshire

Currently based in...

Tunbridge, Vermont

Discipline:

Dressage and Western Dressage

I love coaching and teaching, and most of my accomplishments when I first came to the Upper Valley in 1991 revolved around my students' successes. Starting in 2002 I brought several GMHA Juniors teams to the Northeast Young Rider Championships ("Lendon's Show") where they earned team and individual medals and where Georgi Girl earned the Crown Juel award for High Score Mare. Many of my students have earned year-end awards in everything from schooling shows to USDF programs. In 2007 I was invited to assist with the creation and implementation of the Vermont Tech Equine Studies program, where in addition to coaching the dressage team I teach equitation and Riding Instruction I & II and advise the equine club. For the last 10 years I have been training and competing Lexi, first in traditional dressage then, after a several year hiatus, in western dressage. The last 4 years have been very exciting for us: 3 consecutive CDSS overall High Score championships and 3 High Score Western championships (2015, 2016, 2017), and 3 WDAA World titles in 2016. We recently received two WDAA Lifetime Achievement awards, the Register of Merit and the Register of Achievement.

Current Equine Partners:

"Lexi (Calyxa), is my western dressage partner. She is a 16 hh black Saddlebred/Shire/TB cross. Georgi Girl, who is retired, was a wonderful lower-level dressage and eventing partner who went on to be my primary lesson horse. Many Strafford folks will remember George, who was foaled at Huntington Farm."

When did you start riding?

"Summer camp when I was in 4th grade."

If you could have any job you wanted, what would it be?

"One that combines my two strongest interests: horses and history!"

WILLIAM JARRELL

Hometown:

Lincoln, Massachusetts

Currently Based in...

Lincoln, Massachusetts

Discipline:

Eventing

My name is William Jarrell and I started riding horses when I was 3 years old, and I love it. For the first several years, I thought of horseback riding as a fun hobby, but as I began to appreciate the rewards of developing a partnership with a horse and working together to develop new skills and achieve goals, it became a main focus in my life. I have been fortunate to work with amazing trainers from the beginning of my riding career. Kathryn Cecere, who owns and is the head trainer at Harmony Horse Stables in Littleton, Massachusetts, where I ride, gave me a great foundation in both riding skills and horsemanship. She also made sure that I was exposed to and got to work with an amazing array of horse professionals – including Denny Emerson, Michael Page, Mark Russell, Sinead Halpin, Tik Maynard, and Suzi Gornall. I learned a ton from each of them! Working with Tik Maynard, in particular, got me really interested in Natural Horsemanship and ways to incorporate it into performance training. Those experiences really transformed my perspective on my riding, showing me how to deepen my bond with my horse, and use that to achieve new goals. Two highlights of my career thus far would definitely be having the opportunity to compete in the Young Riders Championship twice, and finishing second in my first Intermediate in Ocala this year.

Current Equine Partners:

Grey Area ("Skippy") and Quantam Of Solace ("Q")

Must have/favorite equine product or piece of equipment:

"My favorite equine product is definitely Quic Silver because it helps me keep Skippy white!"

Who - in the equine world or not - do you admire most?

"I most admire Suzi Gornall for everything she has taught/done for me both inside and outside of the riding world."

MADISON GALLIEN

Hometown:

Grantham, New Hampshire

Currently Based in...

Chichester, New Hampshire

Discipline:

Eventing

I am a two star event rider based out of Hurricane Hill Farm in Chichester, NH. I manage the farm, run a training program and compete in Area 1 and down the East Coast. I started riding before I could walk, and shared my family's passion for horses. That translated into a career with horses. Creating good foundations in horses and riders for a safe and harmonious partnership is what drives me as a professional horse person. The reward for that work is being able to display that in competition. Two of my own horses I've brought up through Intermediate/2* level in Eventing. In 2015 I represented Area 1 the North American Junior Young Rider Championships at the 2* level, also completing several other FEI 2* competitions with top 20 finishes with my horse Beau Voyageur. My other previous mount was Over The Moon who I took from her first Beginner Novice through Intermediate before retiring her from competition.

Current Equine Partners:

"I currently have some young horses coming along, Rapter One owned by Jessica Purcell is a 7 year old OTTB. I have a 3 year old Oldenburg mare, Lunamar, who is under saddle and will be out and about next year. I've had her since she was a weanling and I'm very excited about her future."

When did you start riding?

"Before I can even remember."

What's the best part of your typical day?

"Enjoying the presence of horses."
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