Business Ben’s return to competing!

I am thrilled to share the incredible journey of Business Ben’s return to competing! This wouldn’t have been possible without the unending support and expertise of some amazing individuals and innovative technologies.

First and foremost, a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Susan Johns for her exceptional care and dedication. Your expertise and guidance played a crucial role in Ben’s recovery and successful comeback. Your passion for equine well-being shines through in every step of the journey.
A special shoutout to Hailey Gahan, Ben’s exceptional groom and exercise rider. Your unwavering commitment, love, and care have been instrumental in his rehabilitation process. Thank you for loving this horse as much as I do, and for taking the reins with such diligence and attentiveness.

Let’s also acknowledge the remarkable team behind Equine Tendon Ltd.—Julien Moreau, Dr. Hank Offereins, and Dr. Stephanie Davis. Your expertise and guidance were invaluable in bringing Ben back to his full potential. The UTC scan technology, which provides insights into the quality of fiber and their response to the rehab program, is simply incredible!

Furthermore, a big thank you to the BEMER Horse-Set North America and Multi Radiance Veterinary for their contributions to Ben’s recovery. These innovative technologies have played a significant role in supporting his healing process and overall well-being.

Congratulations to everyone involved in Ben’s journey, from the team behind his recovery to the cutting-edge technologies that made it possible. Together, you have demonstrated the power of teamwork, expertise, and innovative solutions in overcoming obstacles and achieving greatness. I am so, so thankful to have you all as part of my team!!

Here’s to many more successful competitions and continued success for Business Ben! ??

Congratulations to Emma Whitaker

Congratulations to Emma Whitaker on the purchase of HSH Golden Boy!!! Wishing you two all the best in your future together!! We will be cheering you on!!

Deerfield Jumper Day

Deerfield Jumpers!

Allison Springer Eventing is excited to host our first schooling jumper show at Deerfield farm on Thursday June 8th!

No preregistration required, but if you are planning to come we would love for you to let us know so we can adjust times as needed. You can email Allison at to let us know!

Deerfield Stables is located 8555 John S Mosby Hwy in Upperville, Virginia. Please make sure you are using the driveway next to the Allison Springer Eventing sign. Please do not turn on to Dunvegan Drive or Deerfield Estates, they are not suited for trailers!

We are super excited and hope to see you on June 8th!

Ship-in Schooling

It’s a shame that our beautiful property in Upperville, VA is so quiet while we’re out at shows. With indoor and outdoor arenas, and a cross- country schooling course, it is the perfect place to test your work before paying entry fees! We love being able to provide year-round ship-in schooling.

Book your space online!

New Course

Exciting news from the farm – we’ve set a new course! This weekend and Monday, there are many available time slots to sign up here. If you’d like to visit during the week, please feel free to send me a private message with your preferred time. Enjoy!

2023 SCES Grants

I am so honored and grateful to receive this special grant from SCES!!!! I work really hard at my sport and try to give back to it as much as I possibly can. This recognition is so very nice and incredibly helpful!!!! Thank you!!!!!


Show jumping session with Canadian Olympian Jay Hayes

Castle Howard Romeo being a very good student in our show jumping session with Canadian Olympian Jay Hayes! Big shout out to the “before and after” team of EQyss Grooming Products and Draw It Out Horse Health Care Solutions. The best preparation & post-workout tag team you could hope for.

Amazing Artwork at the Carolina International CCI

Carolina international has always been one of my favorite competitions. Every year, ? there are amazing improvements. This year one of my favorites are the ?permanent bathrooms with the amazing artwork on the walls.

Hanging in there!

So it’s been over a week now since the announcement of the Team and a lot has happened since then. I know it is in these times that people want to hear from me the most and it takes a bit to want to get to that point. First off, thank you all for your amazing words of support! It goes without saying that I was very disappointed about not being named to the Team. I know that I come across very strong and that I deal with disappointment and setbacks well, but I will admit that I had a number of very good hard cries. I felt exhausted, emotionally wasted and very alone after the announcement. I have put so much dedication, passion, time and sacrifice into this goal and for the first time I felt defeated. The selection process will always be a heartbreaking thing — there will always be people that get to experience the elation and confirmation of their extreme efforts and others that are just simply left shattered. I think what makes me the person who “deals” with setback and disappointment well is because I know that tomorrow is not promised and that I can choose how I want to feel and live my life. I did not enjoy that deflated thing that I was feeling at all! I knew that I needed to snap out of it as quickly as possible, not only for my own sanity, but also because as I am still an alternate, I need to stay ready to compete. This is the most challenging thing for an alternate — to stay just as prepared for the Games as if you were named. Not an easy task. Fortunately, I was giving Arthur a second day off after Barbury so I knew I could have one day for Allison to get my booty back in gear. Despite my sorry state of feeling “alone”, I knew this couldn’t be further from the truth as I do have tremendous friends and family that are always there for me. And because of my friends, I had a just the day I needed! First stop was Wimbledon with Samantha Lendl! It’s always been a dream of mine to go to Wimbledon so it was pretty amazing to watch 3 incredible matches Andy Murray on Court 1 and then David Ferrer and finally Serena Williams on Center Court. Samantha’s husband coaches Andy Murray, so we had lunch in the players restaurant/lounge area. I really enjoy spending time with Samantha, she really has her head on her shoulders and is a great person to be round especially in the state I was in. No BS and no fluff, just a good friend to be around. That whole day was pretty amazing for me, thank you Samantha!!!!! I then headed further into London to spend the night with some of my very best friends, Samantha and Zolly Lehel. They live walking distance to Greenwich park (through the foot tunnel under the river), so after an awesome Thai dinner where we ate ENTIRELY too much and laughed just as much, we walked it off by checking out the Olympic Equestrian site. It is a really awesome setup. I soooo wish I was going! Fortunately for me, I have a great place to stay during the Olympics, now I just need tickets, does anyone have any extras for me to buy?!?!?

Wednesday morning sent me back to my Cottswold reality. It took a very long time to drive out of London and back to the farm, which gave me a long time to think about what next, both in the short term and in the long run.

In the short term I have to stay prepared for the Olympics and take advantage of every opportunity here. Burghley is the obvious plan B for most alternates, however, knowing that Burghley is the Mother God of all four stars, it seems really odd to think about it as a back up plan!!! We still have a lot of intense training and mandatory gallops left in the lead up to the Olympics, so I will just need to make sure Arthur is still in top form and health at the end of this month prior to really committing ourselves to the Mother God. As of now I am setting the wheels in motion for Burghley, but I am staying focused on the Olympics. Arthur is in terrific form right now. His weight looks great (thank you Buckeye for going through such extreme measures to make sure Arthur’s diet stayed consistent), we have had excellent lessons and he is super fit. Lauren Hough comes every week and she has been great to work with. This week she rode Arthur a bit for me and that was great to watch someone else on him. I wish I had video to share, sorry! I also took advantage of Boyd’s dressage instructor, Michael Barisone. I really enjoyed working with him, he certainly doesn’t seem like a fluffy dressage dude!! Yesterday we rode the Olympic test for Linda Zang and she gave some great feedback. Arthur was very good for the test, definitely in medal contention 😉 !!! I will try to post the video later if I can figure out how to do it! Today we galloped, a light day tomorrow, and then the same thing all over again next week.

For the long run plan, WEG 2014 is the next big thing to be thinking about. Arthur should be great for that as well and I will work to keep nailing down some big international results on him, first stop Hartpury CIC 3* and then Burghley CCI 4*. One of my very biggest long run (really short term) needs is horses! I have spent a bunch of time here looking at horses, everything from green to going. I’ve been up to Yorkshire, over to Ireland with Phillip (had a hilarious day looking at horses with Carol Gee… deadly), and am planning a trip to France with Sinead next week. Hopefully I can get it all sorted out!

For now I am still hanging in there!!!!!

Show Jumping at Barbury!

Show Jumping!
Arthur was a really good boy today. 1 down at the last fence. We did the same routine for my morning ride and warmup that we have done all year and it was great to have Capt Mark 100% on board with my program. Arthur is certainly trying his heart out to be careful and I was real proud of him for that. We did rattle 2 jumps — the first and the last — I was a bit lucky at the first! That being said those were the only two fences that he touched and I’m thrilled with how well he cleared the big square oxers and the combinations. He was a good boy and I thought I did a good job today. It made for an interesting warmup and show jump rounds for many 3 * horses today having the 2* cross country running right by the show jumping. Kinda felt a bit bad for our horses watching the fun out there! There were certainly a few American horses that knew today was supposed to be xc day!! The xc course does look like fun — hard work in areas, but fun! We all have a big day tomorrow! Fingers crossed!