Robert brings to the sport several decades of international experience including two appearances in the Olympic Games during his career as a member of the United States Equestrian Team. Over the years he was victorious on four continents including the American Invitational, the Grand Prix of New York in Madison Square Garden, and the Grand Prix of Switzerland. In addition to his athletic career, Robert has been extensively involved in the governance of the sport, including several terms as a board member of the USEF and the USET. Currently, he is the North American delegate on the FEI Jumping Committee. His analytical approach to the sport is aided by virtue of his vast experience as an international course designer.
Robert Ridland - FEI World Cup Qualifier
He twice won the Course Designer of the Year Award while constructing the courses for the U.S. Olympic Trials as well as numerous international competitions. As an international official, he is the only American to have served as the FEI Technical Delegate for four World Cup Finals. As a television commentator, he worked for many years as the color analyst for ESPN and CBS, as well as two stints for NBC at the Barcelona and Athens Olympic Games. Finally, Robert is directly involved in the promotional side of the sport through his association with his long-time business partner R.J. Brandes. Together, they formed Blenheim EquiSports, a multi-discipline sporting event management company which currently puts on over forty horse shows a year in California. In 2000 and 2004, they brought the U.S. Olympic Trials to the West Coast for the first time in history. Likewise, in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007, Blenheim EquiSports was the competition management company for the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.
San Juan Capistrano, CA - April 1, 2006
Hillary’s international experience likewise began while still a teenager. At the age of 19, she was part of the field of riders at the American Invitational Grand Prix in Tampa and the very next year became one of the youngest riders ever to represent the United States Equestrian Team in a Nations Cup event. Hillary went on to win several Grand Prix events in the United States, and still remains one of only two riders to go double-clean in the Chrysler International Jumping Derby held annually at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. As a junior rider she consistently won on her horse Godspeed in both the equitation and hunter divisions, while being trained by three legendary USET riders: Rodney Jenkins, Buddy Brown, and Leslie Burr Howard. Following her spectacular grand prix debut, Hillary was a partner in forming South West Show Jumping (SWSJ) which immediately became the prime importer of European horses to the West Coast. Over the next fifteen years, Hillary transformed SWSJ into one of the leading show stables in Southern California, with upwards of forty horses in training.
Hillary Ridland - World Breeding Championships
Langersheide, Holland - September 2005