A co-founder of Competitive Rider, Lindsey brings a wealth of experience to helping riders succeed in the show ring. She started out as a hunter-jumper rider and competed in open-circuit shows throughout her junior career, picking up a little dressage experience along the way.
However, saddle-seat competition became her driving passion at age twelve and she simultaneously carved out a highly successful junior career in the Arabian circuit, notching numerous national top tens in English pleasure and saddle-seat equitation.
Later, while at Skidmore College, she rode for a year at the school’s top-rated hunter-jumper barn and competed for four years on Skidmore’s polo team, one of the nation’s strongest intercollegiate programs. She also competed against professional polo players in local Saratoga tournaments. She also worked for two years as a veterinary assistant at Battenkill Veterinary Equine and resumed her saddle-seat career with noted saddlebred trainers Jan Lukens and Darlene Trento-Wright.
Following graduation, Lindsey started up a regional show barn in South Carolina and then moved back into training top-quality Arabian horses with Joel Kiesner in Tennessee. She then joined Trowbridges in 2004 as Mary’s co-trainer and head of the then yet-to-be-built lesson and clinic program.
Lindsey’s riders have won numerous regional and national championships in pleasure and equitation divisions. She is also a well-respected trainer and showman in her own right, and in 2008 won a Reserve U.S. National Championship as well as several top tens in highly competitive open divisions.
In recognition of her success, she was nominated for the 2009 APAHA Rising Star Award, the annual industry award given to the best up and coming young professional. In 2010, she was also a featured presenter at Centered Riding’s Annual International Educational Symposium, Equine Affaire and Lendon Gray’s Weekend Educational program (teaching professional instructors on rider psychology).
As Training Director, Lindsey is ultimately responsible for all of Competitive Rider’s training materials. She makes the final decisions on curriculum design, instructor selection and whether any particular training tool meets Competitive Rider’s standards of excellence.