Competition Horses


Business Ben

Owner: Allison Springer Breed: American Thoroughbred Year Foaled: 2010

14650732_1513925355287910_454615972606310551_n“Ben” is a 2010 American Thoroughbred Gelding. At 16.3 hands, this young gelding who never raced comes from top bloodlines. Ben is stunning to look at, lovely to have in the barn, and has all the athletic attributes to be a top horse. Allison looks forward to bringing this exciting young horse up the levels. Ben competed in 2014 USEA Young Event Horse Finals at Fair Hill International, and finished in 4th place. Ben moved up to Training level in the spring of 2015, finishing 8th at the Virginia Horse Trials, 2nd at Fitch’s Corner, 5th at Millbrook, 2nd at Loudoun, and 5th at Surefire. He capped off the year with a win in the Training division at Full Moon Farm.

Allison and Ben started off the 2016 season with a strong 3rd place finish on his dressage score of 24.3 in the Open Training division at Pine Top Horse Trials. At Full Gallop Farm March II Horse Trials, they placed 2nd on Ben’s dressage score of 32.6. They then held their own in a competitive Training division to finish 8th at The Fork. Business Ben moved up to the Preliminary level at The Maryland H.T. in July, where he finished in 10th place. At Plantation Field International, Allison and Ben finished in 10th place in the very competitive CIC1* division. Ben wrapped up the year with a 5th place finish in the CCI1* division at the Ocala Jockey Club International!

In February, Ben started off the 2017 season with an 8th place finish in the Preliminary at Pine Top Farm. At the Stable View Spring Horse Trials, they finished 5th in the Open Preliminary division. In June, Allison and Ben finished in 2nd place in the Open Intermediate division at the Waredaca June Horse Trials followed by a Top 15 finish at Surefire H.T. in the Open Intermediate. In July, Allison and Ben finished 12th in the CIC2* at the Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy II. At the Millbrook Horse Trials in August, Allison and Ben finished 4th in the Open Intermediate division. In August, Allison and Ben finished 14th in the very competitive CIC2* division at Richland Park. Most recently, Allison and Ben finished in the top 30 at the Plantation Field CIC2*.

Ben is currently available for ownership through the Business Ben Syndicate. For more information please contact us about getting involved with this wonderful youngster.

 


Fairvoya S

Owner: Natalie Epstein Breed: Dutch Warmblood Year Foaled: 2010

Leslie Threlkeld/ Eventing Nation Photo

Leslie Threlkeld/ Eventing Nation Photo

Fairvoya S is a 2010 Dutch warmblood mare owned by Natalie Epstein. “Farrah” had an extraordinary year as a 6 year old which culminated in in winning the Area 2 Preliminary championships. In 2017, Allison and Fairvoya won the Preliminary/Training division at the Full Gallop March HT. In April, Fairvoya lead the Modified division at The Fork Horse Trials from start to finish, winning the division on a score of 29.2. In May, Fairvoya finished in 7th place at her first Preliminary level competition at MCTA H.T and at the Virginia Horse Trials CCI1* Fairvoya finished in 2nd place! In August, Allison and Fairvoya S travelled to the Millbrook Horse Trials and finished 6th in the Open Preliminary division.


Fernhill Casano

Owner: Athlone Anto Syndicate LLC Breed: Dutch Warmblood   Year Foaled: 2008

Samantha Clark Photo

Samantha Clark Photo

Fernhill Casano is a 2008 Dutch Warmblood gelding. He is a new horse to the team and is owned by Athlone Anto Syndicate LLC. “Percy” has competed at the CIC 2* level in Ireland and was imported by Julie Richards.

Allison and Casano began the 2017 season with a 6th place finish in the Preliminary at Pine Top Farm followed by a 12th place finish in the Intermediate at MCTA H.T. In May, Allison and Fernhill Casano finished in 9th place in the Open Intermediate division at the Virginia Horse Trials. In June, Allison and Casano finished in the Top 15 in the CCI2* at the Bromont Three-Day Event. Allison and Casano finished in the Top 20 in the highly competitive CIC2* division at Richland Park in August. In September, Allison and Casano finished in the top 25 at the Plantation Field CIC2*.


Lord Willing

Owner: Allison Springer Breed: Holsteiner Year Foaled: 2008

Photo Credit: Eventing Nation

Photo Credit: Eventing Nation

Lord Willing is a 2008 Holsteiner gelding purchased through Kelli Temple and Kara Angulo in the fall of 2015. In 2015, Allison and Lord Willing competed together at the Training level, placing 5th at Surefire Horse Trials and winning at Full Moon Farms. They started the 2016 season with a win in the Training at Full Gallop Farm, and a 5th place finish in the Training at Paradise Farm before stepping up to the Preliminary level. They won their first attempt at the level at Full Gallop Farm, and placed second at Stable View. Allison and Lord Willing easily won the Preliminary division at The Fork, finishing on their dressage score of 20.7. Continuing at the Preliminary level, Lord Willing placed 2nd at Surefire H.T. in June, 7th at Fair Hill in August, and 3rd in the Preliminary Horse division at The American Eventing Championships in Tryon, NC. At Plantation Field, Allison and Lord Willing led the very competitive CIC1*-A division from start to finish, winning on their dressage score of 41.6%. Lord Willing then made his Intermediate level debut at The Maryland H.T., finishing in 7th place

In February, Allison and Lord Willing began the 2017 season with a 3rd place finish in the Preliminary at Pine Top Farm followed by a 10th place finish at Pine Top in the Intermediate division. Allison and Lord Willing went on to place 12th in the CIC2* at Carolina International. In May, Allison and Lord Willing won the Open Intermediate division at MCTA H.T. Allison went on to add another win to this talented young horse’s record by winning the CCI2* at the Bromont Three-Day Event. Allison and Lord Willing’s winning streak continued with a win in the Open Intermediate at Millbrook Horse Trials. Allison and Lord Willing finished 3rd in the highly competitive CIC2* division at Richland Park in August. In September, Allison and Lord Willing placed 4th in the CIC2* at Plantation Field.


MR Sydney Rocks

Owner: Team Springer Syndicate LLC Breed: Westfalien Year Foaled: 2004

Photo Credit: Kasey Mueller

Photo Credit: Kasey Mueller

“Syd” is a 2004 Westfalien Gelding owned by the Team Springer Syndicate LLC. Syd, by Lenardo and out of Farah Diva, has competed successfully through the CIC3* level. Jessica Montgomery, who has been praised for her ability to spot talent, found this upper-level horse for Allison.

Syd began his career with Clayton Fredericks, until Lucinda Fredericks took over the ride on him and competed him through the CIC3* level. As a 5-year-old, Syd finished 8th in the Burghley Young Event Horse Finals, and as a 6-year-old was 2nd in the CIC1*, 3rd in the CCI1* at Barroca, and earned 4th place in the 6-Year-Old Championships at Le Lion d’Angers. Syd and Allison started off their relationship together in 2015 at Pine Top where they placed 8th in the Intermediate division, adding only time to their dressage score. They also completed the CIC3* at Jersey Fresh, finishing in 8th place.

In 2016, Syd and Allison had a great run in the Advanced at Pine Top, finishing in 10th place in a very competitive field.  The pair then went on to jump clear at The Fork CIC3* in April. Watch out for this exciting pair!

There are still shares available in the Team Springer Syndicate, LLC. For more information please visit the Syndicates page.

 


Arthur

Owner: Team Arthur Syndicate  Breed: Irish Thoroughbred Year Foaled: 1999

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Photo Credit: Sherry Stewart

Arthur is a 17 hand liver chestnut Irish Thoroughbred gelding. With his great presence, breathtaking movement, and huge jump, this horse is truly a star and has proven himself across the United States and the world in international competition. Arthur has an enormously kind and playful soul. Allison has had Arthur since he was five years old when he was “a bit wild and a spook!”. She has enjoyed building a partnership with this amazing animal and seeing him develop into the amazing star that he is today. Arthur is the gentle giant in the barn, he looks forward to his beauty treatments, having his head scratched EVERYWHERE, and getting some personal affection from Allison! He is certainly a mama’s boy!

In 2007 their 8th place finish in the Jersey Fresh CCI3* brought Allison and Arthur substantial national recognition. The pair was named to the USEF Developing Rider List and was one of four Developing Rider combinations selected to train with the U.S. Squad preparing for the Pan American Games in Brazil that summer. Allison and Arthur finished 3rd at both the Richland Park Horse Trials Gold Cup competition and at the American Eventing Championships, leading to a successful completion at the 2007 Fair Hill International CCI3*.

Photo Credit: Sherry Stewart

Photo Credit: Sherry Stewart

In 2008, Arthur and Allison were again named to the United States Equestrian Team’s Training List. Arthur’s exciting 2008 spring season was capped off by a clean cross-country run at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, his first CCI4*, where he also won the Zeppa International Trophy for Best Turned Out. Arthur finished his 2008 season with a trip to Europe to compete in the prestigious Blenheim Three Day Event, and then went onto Deauville, France where he finished 21st in the World Cup Final. Arthur received further Year End accolades when he was named the Reserve Champion of the USEA Gold Cup Series at the Advanced Level.

In 2009, Arthur had another strong performance at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4*, finishing 14th against some of the best horse and rider combinations in the world. For the second year in a row, Arthur was presented with the Zeppa Trophy for Best Turned Out. Arthur and Allison were then named to the USET Training List and received a grant to travel to Europe to gain International experience. 2010 saw more top performances from this pair, including a win at Richland Park, 2nd at The Fork CIC3*, 5th in the Red Hills CIC3* World Cup Qualifier, and selection as the Alternate to the USET Three-Day Event Team for the World Equestrian Games.

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Photo Credit: Eventing Nation

In 2011 Arthur and Allison secured a win in the Red Hills CIC3*, a 2nd place finish at Pine Top in the Advanced division and a top-five placing at the American Eventing Championships.

2012 saw more excellence for Allison and Arthur, including 2nd place at the Rolex CCI4* event, being short listed for the 2012 Olympic team, 6th place performance at the Burghley CCI4*, and 3rd in the HSBC FEI Classics Series standings, the highest placing ever by an American rider. Arthur was also named to the 2013 USEF High Performance World Training List with Allison following these achievements.

The 2014 season started a 2nd place finish in the Advanced division at Pine Top. Arthur completed the Carolina International CIC3* as well as The Fork CIC3* in the spring before proceeding to the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* where they won the dressage on an impressive 39.5! Then, thanks to the success of the Burghley or Bust auction, Allison and Arthur had the opportunity to travel across the pond and contest the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI4*.

Allison and Arthur returned to competition in 2016 at the $75,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase, where they won the dressage phase and jumped clean around the cross-country to finish 9th overall. At the Carolina International Horse Trials CIC3*, they placed 1st out of a field of over 70 talented pairs. In the Advanced division at the American Eventing Championships, Arthur placed 11th in a very competitive division. At the Inaugural Stable View Advanced Horse Trials, Allison and Arthur won the dressage phase and jumped a clear cross country round to finish 11th overall.  In November, they competed at the Ocala Jockey Club International CIC3* and placed 10th! In 2017, Allison and Arthur began their season at the $100,000 Land Rover Wellington Evening Showcase, finishing in the Top 20 with many of the world’s most talented riders and horses.

In 2017, Arthur was diagnosed with a heart condition and subsequently retired from Three-Day Eventing. Allison and Arthur had an amazing career and partnership. He will now enjoy dressage and light jumping with Allison.

Arthur Retires From Three-Day Eventing 


Remembering Lionheart

Owner: Team Lionheart Syndicate LLC Breed: Westfalien Year Foaled: 2002

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“Thank you everyone for all of your kind words through this heartbreaking time. We feel so blessed to have had the privilege of knowing Lionheart and having him at Allison Springer Eventing. Thank you to every member of the Team Lionheart Syndicate LLC for all that you have done.” -Allison

Though Lion was only a part of Allison Springer Eventing for a short time, he was a truly wonderful horse, with a tremendous amount of heart.

“Lion” was a 2002 bay gelding out of Lancer III who was formerly ridden by William Fox-Pitt and was a British Team horse. In addition to helping Great Britain secure a Silver Medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, Lionheart had a highly decorated resume including a 4th place finish at the Luhmuhlen CCI4* in 2013, a 3rd place finish at the Pau CCI4* in 2011, and several top ten placings at notable CCI3*s. Allison looked forward to beginning her partnership with Lion in 2014 and had hopes he would help the United States in team competition in the coming seasons.

Read the full press release about Allison acquiring Lionheart here.

It would have been impossible for Allison’s dream of acquiring Lion to ever come true had it not been for the wonderful people and owners who supported her in the Team Lionheart Syndicate LLC. Allison thanks each of them for all they did to help her start her journey with Lion who will be sorely missed by his fans all over the world.

 


Remembering Athlone Anto

Owner: Athlone Anto Syndicate LLC Breed: Irish Sport Horse Year Foaled: 2006

Jessica Duffy Photo

Jessica Duffy Photo

“All of us at Allison Springer Eventing are absolutely devastated to report that Athlone Anto, better known to his friends as Anthony (or to his British family as Snotty), passed away in August 2016 at our Virginia facility. Anthony was a horse who was larger than life. He had a fabulous personality, loved to work hard and also enjoyed any kind of food or a good beer. He showed tremendous talent and was everyone’s favorite from our vets, to the farriers, to the girls at the barn. The barn will not be the same without him and we will miss him very much! We would like to extended our deepest gratitude and condolences to Anthony’s wonderful owners and friends at this very sad time.” -Allison

Anthony came to Allison Springer Eventing from Europe in 2014. He was as sweet as could be and quickly became a barn favorite. Like a good Irish horse, he loved his food! Allison and Anthony completed their first Intermediate and their first CIC2* together in 2014, as well as their first CCI2*, CIC3*, and CCI3* in 2015. Anthony was a very special horse and his loss is mourned by all.