Chance Meeting in Germany Leads to FEI Success for Chloe Fullar and Jasnieres
Friday, November 21, 2008
Fullar, 24, was training with and grooming for European-based American rider Catherine Haddad (originally from Michigan) at Aachen. And it was at Aachen that Fullar met Shannon Peters.. Peters gives regular clinics at Avondale Farm in South Rockwood, Michigan and she knew that the farm's owner, Merri Lewis, was on the lookout for a trainer to run the barn. Peters was impressed with Fullar, who also happens to be a Michigan native, and thought she was an ideal candidate for Avondale Farm. She was right.
"Thanks to Shannon I got to start my training business," Fullar said. "I came back from Germany and got hired to run the barn here at Avondale Farm and it's wonderful. I've got a huge apartment right on the farm and wonderful facilities. I'm only 24 and just turned professional and this is a great opportunity. I've been here for almost a year and haven't had a day off yet but I don't care because I love what I'm doing."
Fullar has been earning those Intermediaire wins this summer with a 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding named Jasnieres. The gelding, sired by Michelangelo, is owned by Catherine Teifer and he's clearly been searching for a rider he likes. "The horse has been through quite a few riders." Fullar said.
But he sure seems to like Fullar, which is good because she sure likes him. "He has the best personality," she said of Jasnieres. "I think he was looking for someone who didn't just want to get on and work him. He was looking for a partner rather than a trainer. So, maybe we're a good fit because I really bond with horses and he loves that. He nickers at me when I come. He's just a really good guy."
Fullar is certainly qualified to be competing at the FEI level. She trained for many years with Catherine Haddad and since returning to the U.S. has been training with Shannon Peters, who comes to Avondale Farm to teach nearly every other month. Fullar also trains with Elaine Gibala. In addition to Jasnieres, Fullar competes her own horse, a Westphalian gelding named Bryllant. One of her future rides is a two-year-old "that I'm making payments on." She's hoping to have another horse down the road since Teifer is hunting for a second horse to pass along to Fullar.
Fullar and Jasnieres I1 Regional Freestyle Championship with a 67.802%, and now they have another big goal in front of them – the Brentina Cup in 2009. "Next year is my last year for competing in the Brentina Cup so I would like try for that."