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n DANIEL: Most of my owners are knowledgeable horse people. They know that horses are tricky and things can go wrong. A horse can pull a shoe or can get hurt frolicking in the paddock. They don’t think, ‘why did you make that happen?’

WT

WHAT DO OWNERS GET FROM THE RELATIONSHIP?

n GEORGE: I hope an owner enjoys and has pride in watching the horse go and develop. That has to be core. The competition can open all sorts of doors and lead to all sorts of places, literally, around the world. But if you go into it because you hope it takes you around the world and gets you good seats at major international shows, that’s the wrong reason.

n BETSY: I want to grow as a competitor, but there is a clear distinction in my mind in what I want to do and what I feel is appropriate for an international professional like George. They are my horses and I receive a lot of gratification watching George develop their potential.

n DANIEL: Owners in our barn like the fun we have and being part of the community, competing and cheering each other on. If people want investment horses, they need to also get enjoyment out of going to shows or coming to the farm to watch their horses train while waiting for the financial reward. If not, they’re not going to enjoy it because there are a lot of bills, and horses can get sick or lame, or not pan out as hoped for, or the market can drop.

WT

HOW DO YOU FIND SPONSORS?

n GEORGE: It’s a matter of being in the right place at the right time. It’s important that you keep developing as a rider and trainer so when it happens you can take it and run with it. You continue to be the best you can be and hope people notice you or make recommendations or hear of you by word of mouth. Some younger people go into the business with unrealistic expectations of what they may be worth. An individual has to earn credibility and a place in the profession. You have to put in the time and work before sponsorships will come. Then it will

happen. WT



DANIEL GEITNER (top) competes the jumper Zelano, a Dutch Warmblood by Celano, owned by Laura Regan. (Below) Daniel riding the Holsteiner mare Olivia, owned by

CDS Stables. Photos © Flashpoint Photography

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