From Young Rider Ranks to National Success

Friday, January 28, 2011

Caroline Roffman; Dressage Trainer, Competitor
Growing up in a horsey Massachusetts town, Caroline Roffman’s earliest riding experiences were “backyard” outings hunter pacing and pony club events. “At 10 my mom thought I was ready for my first horse, an older bay gelding in his twenties named, Dijon,” she said. Today, her riding has excelled far beyond “backyard” and has earned her respect among the top ranks of FEI level Dressage on multiple horses. Riding Bulgari 5, she experienced two medal winning years in the FEI Junior division and then moved up to Young Riders. In their first year at this level they qualified for and attended the 2006 North American Young Rider Championships in Lexington Virginia, coming home with three bronze medals and the Fiona Ban Memorial Trophy.

Caroline made her professional debut with Bulgari 5 on the 2010 on the Wellington show circuit, with top placings in every class she competed in. Over the past few years Caroline qualified and competed in the Young Rider divisions with several horses- "Bulgari 5", "Rola", "Rigaudon" and "Accent Agiu FRH". In 2009 Caroline and "Accent Agiu FRH" competed at the Festival of Champions placing third in the Nation overall, placing second in the individual test with a score of 69%.

Caroline also rode "Bon Chance" to become Reserve Champion in the FEI four year old division at the Markel Young Horse Championships in 2009. “I feel really honored to be competing at the Markel/USEF Young Horse Championships. I believe this program allows the United States to develop future team horses and we are incredibly lucky to have people like Scott Hassler to guide us down the right path,” she said of her accomplishments.


Caroline Roffman and Bon Chance
Caroline Roffman and Bon Chance

One of Caroline’s goals with her professional career is to attract top young horses for the 2011 season. Though Caroline has had many great upper level horses to ride, she is now excited to train young horses. “I currently am working really hard to train and compete the horses that I am showing. I enjoy starting the horses from the ground and moving them up through the levels.” Bon Chance, also known as Moto, is one of the horses she has trained. “This is really exciting for me because I have had Moto since he was three and I am proud to say that I have done all the riding and training myself with guidance from my trainer Lars Petersen,” she said.

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