Page Tredennick is an amateur rider who runs her own cooking school in Denver, Colo., raises two teenagers, keeps her barn, Wood Run Farm, in tip-top shape and still finds time to show in the adult amateur hunters. She’s the U.S. Equestrian Federation Zone 8 chairman of the Jumper and Young Riders Committees and sits on the Owner and Show Standards Committees for the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association. She’s been riding since she was 10 years old, received her first pony when she was 14 and began riding with the Miami Valley Pony Club (Ohio). From hunting with Camargo Hunt in Cincinnati to qualifying and competing in the NAL and WIHS adult hunter and jumper finals multiple times, Tredennick truly enjoys her horses.
Name: Page Tredennick
Home Base: Castle Rock, Colo.
Trains With: Lindsay Kendall
What do you consider your greatest riding achievement?
Winning the NAL Adult Hunter Finals in 2005 at Harrisburg [the Pennsylvania National]. I rode First Date, my daughter Sarah’s horse.
What is your favorite meal to cook?
Caribbean Curry—it’s not exciting to make, but I love it. It’s got chicken, avocados, onions…it’s just a really good meal, and I love spicy stuff.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Well, I’m leaving for Croatia today, so I’ll let you know! But I really love a place called “The Bitter End” on Virgin Gorda, which is an island in the British Virgin Islands.
What is the most important quality in a human being?
What would you be doing if you weren’t a rider and a chef?
I’d probably be a teacher.
What horse would you love to jump?
Oh, I’d really love to ride Hickstead, Eric Lamaze’s horse. Not jumping the height they jump, of course, but just to feel the power of that horse would be amazing.
What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
The gift of having my children.
What is the most useless advice you’ve ever received?
“You can always do it tomorrow.”
Who do you most admire in the horse world?
Right now? Eric Lamaze. I’m sure not his only big fan, but he really pulled himself up by the bootstraps.
What is the best thing about having your family involved with horses?
The ability to spend more time with them on a daily basis.
What is your most treasured possession?
My house. We designed and built it.
The worst thing?
The bottom line! How much it costs.
What is your drink of choice?
Pinot grigio…or lattes—do you want my favorite or my addiction?
What is the most commonly heard phrase around your house?
Probably my dog’s name, Winnie. She’s always getting into everything. Either that or “When are you coming home?”
What advice would you give your children about choosing a career?
Do something you love, not what pays the most, and if possible have your own business.
What is the most commonly listed item on your credit card statement?
Right now, gas. Usually it’s clothes or plane fares.
Where do you expect to be in 10 years?
Hopefully doing what I’m doing now. Spending half the year in Colorado and half the year in Wellington, Fla., still riding and showing.
Who or what is the love of your life?
My husband John. I should probably say that since he’s sitting right next to me, huh?
What is the biggest problem facing the world right now?
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being organized, having time to do what I enjoy, but staying busy doing the things I need to do. I’m too antsy to sit for long, so sunning by the side of a pool has never been my idea of paradise.