Peter Wylde, 2004 Olympic team gold medalist and 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games individual bronze medalist, announced plans to open a New York base for his show jumping training and riding operation, Mullenders & Wylde Horses LLC, at Winley Farm in Millbrook.
After living for 12 years in Germany, Wylde moved back to the United States in December to join Missy Clark’s team at North Run.
“Missy and I have been friends for 25 years, and we will continue to do exactly the same things we’ve been doing, which is collaborating and helping each other,” said Wylde of that move. However, while competing in Florida over the winter, Judith Goelkel, owner of Winley Farm, asked Wylde to ride a horse for her.
“We were talking and discussing, and she said the stable was empty. They had some retired horses there, but not much was happening,” said Wylde. “The opportunity sort of presented itself to basically continue and recreate what I had in Germany, which was sort of my dream. To be able to do that at such an incredible stable, I just sort of felt like this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Wylde, along with his husband Eduard Mullenders, plans to continue the riding and training business they had established in Europe. “The only difference from what we’ve been doing for the past six years is we are going to have a hunter or two. I’m looking forward to that as well. I’ve always enjoyed riding hunters. It’s going to be a small part of what we do, but an important part,” said Wylde.
For 2013, they plan to compete mostly in the Northeast while getting settled into the new location with plans to take on a few students.
“It’s been a big undertaking. We’ve had a life for 12 years in Germany, and to pack all of that up and move it and get re-established is a lot of work,” said Wylde. “I have always loved to run my own stable. Initially I wasn’t sure I could do this, but with the support of everybody, this seems like it could be a really great opportunity for me.”