Judy Sloan is the lead partner for the Deloitte US firm’s relationship with its French firm. In that role, she spends up to 15 days a month in Paris, making dressage competition preparation a challenge at times. She has worked for the big professional services firm full-time for the last 15 years, with frequent travel, meetings and conference calls punctuating her busy life. She believes that the opportunity to work for Deloitte, a professional services firm which includes: business consulting, auditing, tax, and financial advisory, has only added to her growth both as a professional and a rider. Sloan feels very fortunate to work for a firm that is filled with endless opportunity and potential. Growing up in Millbrook, NY with deep family roots in Foxhunting (both Judy and her husband’s family). His ancestors founded the Millbrook Hunt, and her father and grandfather both held lead roles as President of the organization. Their families continue to embrace the community’s foxhunting lifestyle. Together with a full-time career, she rides up the levels in dressage to reach the current goal to ride her two horses with results at the high performance level (PSG through Grand Prix).
The intensity she thrives on in her work, carries into the drive to pursue competing in the high performance arena. Having earned her USDF Bonze and Silver Medals, Judy works consistently on her partnership with her horses to compete for the Gold Medal. “It’s a super competitive marketplace I work in and to draw off what I learned as a competitive amateur dressage rider works in such a positive way. A lot of the same mind-set and coping mechanisms come into play. You have to think logically and not get flapped,” she shared.
Judy showed hunter horses all through high school, helping a local sales barn with their training and showing, for their business. A Georgetown University graduate with a major in English Literature, she spent the next eight years pursuing her career, surviving through different financial firm mergers with recruitment to her current position. She shared, “I went through several mergers and was recruited back as a Growth Strategist. My job is to grow our footprint with existing clients as well as new ones; I am also passionate about developing our talent, and I spend a lot of my time coaching our up and comers to be their best. This carries over to my work with the French firm – after all, today’s younger generation will be our legacy, and I want them to be the best they can be.” Her company frequently moves her into certain situations to work with clients and teams to take relationships to the next level. She said, “Life has progressed, I can use my work career and riding career to benefit each other. I draw energy on what I do in my work career for my riding and draw energy from my riding for my work. For example: I had a conference call presentation with an Asian client at 10 pm one evening and then another in the morning at 10 am with a European client. Two of my corporate colleagues shared in the presentations, the head of our global tax practice, and a more junior employee, whom, after the evening session, I could see needed clear guidance for the next session. To get her comfortable and in a better place to perform in a short period of time, I envisioned coming out of a dressage competition test with my trainer saying, ‘this and this need to be fixed before you go into the ring the next time.’ Because I have had many such experiences, I was able to draw on those to empower my colleague to deliver a clearer message during the next presentation the following morning; she did it, and I was really proud of her.”
Her amateur dressage career started almost ten years ago, after riding a hunter-jumper through an unfortunate accident. She made the decision to transition to dressage to make sure she stayed out of the hospital for her career. Together nine years with British born dressage rider and coach, Louisa Marcelle-Eadie, they train in Millbrook at the Sloan’s Roseview Dressage (www.roseviewdressage.com) during the summer and at Anne and David Gribbons’ farm in Orlando, where they have spent the past eight winters.
Judy doesn’t miss an opportunity to ride when she is in Paris for an extended period – she has established a relationship with French team member Marc Boblet, and travels to his facility to train during weekends spent in France. Starting next year, Judy and her husband David, an avid polo player, will winter at their new Roseview Farms facility in Wellington, Florida. Describing her enthusiasm for all things work and equestrian, Judy says, “If I have a great lesson, I get on a business call and I’m up and energized, into it and focused. If I come off a great day at work, I’m psyched to get on the horse and ride. ” She added, “I’m really grateful for the two parts of my life. They keep me focused, sane, and energized.”
Her husband David, after a successful career as an international uranium trader working in some of the world’s most far flung places such as South Arica and the "Stans" of the former Soviet Union, has now combined his passion for real estate and arbitrage with his skills in design and marketing. With several award winning design endeavors under his belt, including nationally acknowledged barn projects, he has already started the conversion of their well-built yet simple concrete barn into an architecturally recognized world class dressage/hunter/jumper facility which is shared with reknowned hunter rider Kelly Farmer and her team.
Through their partnership, Judy and David create a lifestyle either on the farm or in the field that evokes the equestrian and foxhunting traditions that both of their families have supported for so long and that both say courses through their veins. Married in 2002, both share the love and passion for the country lifestyle their families instilled in them throughout their youth, horses, and a sense of community through field sports and other outdoor activities.
With Dressage scores in the past in third and fourth level well into the 70%, Prix St George in the 67% range, and a great start in the Intermediate I with mid 60%, Judy clearly is on her way to the USDF Gold Medal.
Judy’s Horses include:
1. Debussy (AGE 24) – Confirmed Grand Prix and retired (her first real dressage horse that took Judy from First Level through Intermediate 1) Courtney King-Dye’s first FEI horse – moved on to help Judy build a beautiful foundation on her riding. American bred Oldenburg.(Dirk)
2. Donna Classica – Grand Prix mare age 14 (Donnerhall)
3. Rusty 223, (Age14), (Rubenstein)
– Currently training Grand Prix and competing at Fourth Level
4. Roseview’s Lex Lennard 10 yr old (Lauries Crusader) Currently training Grand Prix and competing PSG.
5. Roseview’s Decorum – 4 yr old Desporados) currently training and competing in the FEI 4 Year Old test
She concluded, “I’m an adult amateur with a demanding job, but I’m the luckiest amateur in the entire universe.”
An inspiration to all riders across North America, Judy proves that having a demanding career and riding in the high performance (FEI Levels) can be achieved - In fact, the two pursuits can actually benefit each other!