Grand prix showjumper Hillary Dobbs is to join Frank Madden as an assistant trainer as Old Salem Farm in New York.
Old Salem Farm, an hour north of New York city, is a 120 acre facility which includes three indoor rings, four outdoor rings, a Grand Prix field and an exceptional 67-stall stable.
The 24-year-old hails from Sussex, New Jersey where she began riding at the age of four on her family farm.
Dobbs, the youngest rider to win more than $1 million in prizemoney, has had many successes in both national and international competition. Her most notable accomplishments include being the recipient of USET’s prestigious Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy and the Maxine Beard Show Jumping Developing Rider Award, as well as winning the 2008 Hampton Classic Grand Prix/FEI World Cup Qualifier and the 2008 Swedbank Derby thereby becoming the youngest rider in history to win these classes.
She finished in the top 20 at the Rolex/FEI World Cup Finals in 2009, and earned a spot on the USEF Show Jumping Long List for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
“I am excited to train talented equestrians on fundamentals, good horsemanship, perseverance, and hard work,” Dobbs said.
A recent graduate of Harvard University, Dobbs spent much of her recent years balancing studies and training.
“Teaching at Old Salem Farm is an honor that allows me to guide young riders and instil a competitive spirit in them that fosters the next generation of hunter/jumper competitors while continuing to pursue my own goals in the Grand Prix ring,” she said.
Dobbs has spent most of her life around horses and credits her parents Debi and Lou Dobbs and her twin sister Heather for supporting her passion. She plans to continue riding competitively with her eye on several upcoming Grand Prix’s.
Frank Madden, head trainer at Old Salem Farm, is very excited about the addition of Dobbs to his team. “Without question, Hillary Dobbs is one of the greatest young riders in the sport today. Her accomplishments read like those of a rider who is a decade older than she is. Hillary brings a spirit, professionalism and passion to Old Salem that will excite and benefit all of our clients. We are very proud to have her joining our team.”
Old Salem Farm is the home of the American Gold Cup, and over the years has played host to major international competitions, including selection trials for US Equestrian Teams for World Championships and Olympic Games.