About Holly Hudspeth
Holly grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and began riding at the age of eight. She started out riding both western and english, which eventually lead to eventing at the age of 12. In 1991 Holly graduated from Minnetonka High School, and in 1995 graduated from St. Olaf College with a double major of Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology. Holly was also very active in the local pony clubs, and in the summer of 1991 she received both her HA and A rating. Throughout her high school and college years Holly was fortunate to ride a multitude of horses and teach lessons. Catch riding became a favorite of hers.
After graduating from St. Olaf Holly spent much of her time teaching and training young horses, which was made possible by her starting her own barn in Orono, Mn. That farm was named Vector Run Farm. "Vector" was big part in developing Holly's career, as she competed him in her first Intermediate horse trial and completed the North Georgia One Star at the age of 18.
After running Vector Run Farm for nearly 2 1/2 years Holly and a promising young horse named Waj Mirage moved to Ocala, Fl. In Ocala she spent a year training with Ralph Hill, and was also fortunate to take a few lessons with the legendary Bruce Davidson. In 1998 this move proved to be successful as Holly and Waj finished 9th at the Radnor Hunt Three Day Event, and went on in 1999 to finish 18th in the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event at the 3 star level.
After Rolex Holly moved to Middleburg, Va, and spent 3 1/2 years riding with Karen and David O'Connor. There she picked up additional rides such as Lester Piggott and Arctic Heart, as well as other horses of all levels. In this period Holly gained more experience both galloping race horses and competing at the Advanced level, and began conducting her own riding clinics.
In 2003 Holly started working with Phillip Dutton. He was a big part in Holly and Lester Piggott's 16th finish at the 2003 Rolex Kentucky Four Star Event, and more importantly their 9th place finish at the 2003 Pan American Games.
Phillip also handed Holly the reins of the power house Damien, who she piloted to a 8th place finish at The Rolex Four Star in 2004. This performance short listed the pair for the Athens Olympics in 2004.
From 2004 to present, Holly has produced many horses and riders through the top levels. She also coached the Area 8 Young Riders Team from 2003-2010. One horse in particular who has taken center stage is Last Monarch, or "Stewie". Holly developed him from novice to the 4* level. Stewie and Holly finished 17th at the 2010 Rolex Kentucky CCI****, and landed a spot on the short list for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. After starting a family, Holly sold Stewie to Alfonso Gomez Benet so he could continue to do what he loved, run and jump!
Holly trains out of Equiventure Farm in Rougemont, NC.
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