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  • #21
    Does anyone remember Lea Anne Neal? She had Suna for a short time and then seemingly disappeared.

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      #22
      I know that Conrad Homfeld quit riding in his prime, but I think that he was forced into it by an injury.
      "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

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      • #23
        Linda Zang
        She has a nice show/sale barn in MD. She trains and has students...while I haven't seen her mounted personally...I would think she still "hops" at least for fun.

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        • #24
          Originally posted by Kiljoywashere View Post
          Well if switching from Olympic level 3-dayer to race horse trainer counts as "no longer riding" there's Michael Matz.

          Actually, Michael rode show jumpers, not eventers, and Rodney Jenkins made the same transition before him.
          http://www.tunnelsendfarm.com

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          • #25
            Speaking of woman show jumpers, what ever became of Heidi Robianni
            _\\]
            -- * > hoopoe
            Procrastinate NOW
            Introverted Since 1957

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            • #26
              Ellin Dixon. Grand Prix rider, represented USET at Pan Am Games, former USDF president, and a very kind an generous individual who gave a lot to the sport. Last I heard she was not riding anymore.

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              • #27
                Neal Shapiro--show jumper/Olympic rider---stopped riding to train standardbreds!

                Is Torrance Watkins still around?

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                • #28
                  Mark Todd (olympic gold medal eventer) is now training racehorses and doing nicely with that now.
                  Breeding Trakehners and NZWarmbloods downunder
                  Loewenherz - trak stallion
                  Ellie - trak x hann
                  www.rakaunuifarm.com

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                  • #29
                    Melinda McPhail?

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                    • #30
                      Originally posted by teacher View Post
                      Neal Shapiro--show jumper/Olympic rider---stopped riding to train standardbreds!

                      Is Torrance Watkins still around?
                      I knew up to a couple years ago she came down to winter in Virginia at the Mellon's property in Upperville. I had a boarder that had been a student of her's when the boarder was younger and hacked over for a couple lessons. I got the impression that Torrance was still riding and training at that point.
                      Grab mane and kick on!

                      http://www.ashleykriegeleventing.com/

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                      • #31
                        Didn't I read recently that Ellin Dixon Miller is now a horse show mom?

                        There are lots of juniors that made it to the top of the equitation ranks, graduated from the juniors and then went in other directions in "real life". Do they count? I watched an old George Morris video with friends while waiting for midnight on New Years eve, and Francesca Mazzella (butchered that, I know) was the demo rider; I don't believe she rides any more, but I think that may have been another injury-related one? She sure was a lovely rider!
                        "One person's cowboy is another person's blooming idiot" -- katarine

                        Spay and neuter. Please.

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                        • #32
                          Originally posted by teacher View Post
                          Neal Shapiro--show jumper/Olympic rider---stopped riding to train standardbreds!

                          Is Torrance Watkins still around?
                          Still trains though I think...he was coaching at the Pan Am's in '99, although I guess that is getting to be a long time ago now....

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by slc2 View Post
                            Many very active competitive riders quit, the media doesn't really print a list each year.
                            But you know, eh slick? Many? VERY active? Where does she get the inside scoop??
                            Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

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                            • #34
                              Originally posted by monstrpony View Post
                              Didn't I read recently that Ellin Dixon Miller is now a horse show mom?

                              There are lots of juniors that made it to the top of the equitation ranks, graduated from the juniors and then went in other directions in "real life". Do they count? I watched an old George Morris video with friends while waiting for midnight on New Years eve, and Francesca Mazzella (butchered that, I know) was the demo rider; I don't believe she rides any more, but I think that may have been another injury-related one? She sure was a lovely rider!
                              Francesca sustained a head injury. She is a great person and was a gorgeous rider. Another from that era -- Jenno Topping -- is now a very successful Hollywood film producer.
                              Roseknoll Sporthorses
                              www.roseknoll.net

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                              • #35
                                Ulla S seems to have packed it all in to open and run a resort / Inn?
                                _\\]
                                -- * > hoopoe
                                Procrastinate NOW
                                Introverted Since 1957

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                                • #36
                                  Mike Plumb still events
                                  Matz didn't event, maybe dabbled in it
                                  Ab Lufkin
                                  Mark Todd
                                  Blythe Tait
                                  Ian Stark
                                  David OC
                                  Rodney Jenkins really never got out of racing. His brother still has the farm here in Montpelier
                                  Tad Coffin does saddles
                                  Even duct tape can't fix stupid

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                                  • #37
                                    Did David OC quit eventing??

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                                    • #38
                                      There are too many that retired due to age to list.

                                      I wonder about others who quit for reasons unrelated to age
                                      (basically, others in their prime)?

                                      Magnum
                                      "If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else."

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                                      • #39
                                        Originally posted by ToN Farm View Post
                                        Did David OC quit eventing??
                                        Retired to administration. He's USEF pres right now.

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                                        • #40
                                          Originally posted by grayarabpony View Post
                                          Tad Coffin. Is Ginny Leng riding anymore?

                                          Michael Matz may have evented some maybe but he was far more famous as a show jumping rider. Are you sure you aren't thinking of J. Michael Plumb?
                                          Talked to my mother today, the event her horse competed in was in Middletown, DE and it was probably back in 1974 or so and it was definitely Micheal Matz - if you want to argue with her go ahead but she still scares me

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