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LEE HUGHES - TRAINER

Lee grew up in rural Indiana with horses in her backyard. She grew up trail riding, showing at local shows and fox hunting. Her first true love was “Itty Bit”, a pony bought at auction for $390.  Lee earned her colors with Traders Point Hunt at the age of 11, won her first 25-mile distance ride, and was Indiana State 4-H pony jumper champion. “ It was with “Itty Bit”, that Lee first competed on the “A” circuit.

As she outgrew her pony, Lee’s parents provided her with an equitation horse. She devoted herself 100% to this new partnership. Before and after school you would find Lee feeding, mucking, and cleaning tack. She realized the dedication and hard work riding horses required. Under the tutelage of Wendy Newby and Tammy Provost, she went on to win numerous accolades in the equitation and hunter divisions. Lee rode in clinics with Diane Carney and George Morris on numerous occasions. She was fortunate to also have instruction from Nancy Whitehead, and catch rode for Larry Glefke on some of the top open horses in the country.  Lee was champion numerous times for equitation and hunters for Indiana Hunter Jumper Assoc., Illinois Hunter Jumper Assoc., and Zone 5.

Able to complete four years of high school in three, she became a working student her last junior year. She first worked for Otis “Brownie” Brown at Brass Lantern Farms in Tennessee.  Under his guidance and instruction she picked up catch rides and made a name for herself in the Midwest.  It was on a catch ride at the Maclay Regionals, that she not only was reserve champion, but also piqued the interest of Tom Wright.  She was offered to be the junior rider at All Seasons Farm, so packed up and headed east.  It was through Tom Wright that the opportunity to ride a horse provided by Don Steward, and coached by Scott Hofstetter, that she placed 6th in the Maclay Finals at Madison Square Garden in 1999.  Through Mr. Wright, Lee was introduced to Missy Clark who provided her with sale horses to compete in the equitation ring. Lee was offered the working student position at North Run in New York. Here she worked harder than ever and absorbed all that she could. Hard work resulted in top placings.  During her time at North Run she developed a passion for the jumper ring as well. Lee qualified and competed in the 5 Year Old Young Jumper Finals that year.. In 2000 Lee received her bronze medal for USEF, was reserve champion at Maclay regionals, and in the top for the New England Medal Finals.

After indoors Lee took a break from riding to further pursue her education. After spending her junior year abroad in Paris, Lee earned a BFA in fashion design from Parsons in New York City. She worked as a stylist and designer in NYC after graduation and then spent a year in Hangzhou China developing a clothing line. After returning to the states Lee knew she was missing something in her life.  She made a few phone calls and started hacking horses in Austin, Texas.  She had spent 8 years out of the saddle. Her desire to ride and have horses was rekindled by taking a step back from the industry. She found her calling in life was to ride professionally. Her time away from the horses opened her eyes to how the world really works and gave her valuable life skills in becoming a well-rounded individual.

As a professional, Lee has been fortunate to work for some of the best in the industry: Keri Kampsen, Jimmy Torano and John Bragg to name a few. With what she has learned through the combined skills and knowledge of these diverse trainers, she is armed with the right tools to run a successful business.