January 29, 2023

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Event Horse Owner Spotlight: Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell

Ellen Ahearn and Eric Markell at Badminton.

We became included in the activity of eventing when our daughter, Alexandra Ahearn, grew to become an eventer. She started in Michele Pestl’s software in Renton, WA on an more mature horse named Sir Frederick.  Right after a few of a long time, it was apparent that Alex experienced highly developed as a rider to the stage she needed a young, extra vibrant horse. So, off Michele and Ellen went to Munich, Germany, exactly where we were being privileged more than enough to identify and acquire Mai Baum at the South-German Horse Auction.

Alex rode Mai Baum for five decades and they competed to the 3* Stage at Truthful Hill. Alex, who was by then a working scholar for Tamie Smith, designed the choice to halt driving and pursue her college education. She broke the information to Tamie a person evening by expressing, “I’ve obtained something to notify you, and I assume you are going to like it.” Alex questioned Tamie to “take more than the ride” of Mai Baum and for us the rest is record.

Mai Baum and Tamie have effectively competed at the maximum degrees in eventing, which include recently as element of the 2nd put workforce silver at the FEI Eventing Planet Championships in Pratoni, Italy, and a 9th position finish in the 5* at Badminton in England.  Although 2022 was a stellar yr of achievement for Mai Baum and Tamie, all decades are not all like that. Obtaining environment course standing for horse and rider is difficult pretty much past words and phrases. There are a good deal of ups and downs in this sport, and we have been via them all. That is why it is necessary to make a robust connection involving the operator and rider.

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Mai Baum. ©Taylor Pence/US Equestrian

These are the items that have worked for us and Tamie to develop and sustain that potent romance:


  1. Prepared agreement that defines roles and obligations, funds/expenditure approach, competitors ideas and journey logistics, communications with veterinarians, trainers, and so forth.
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  3. Candid and repeated conversation to have alignment all-around the merchandise dealt with in the published settlement as effectively as occasion final results and health and fitness and security matters for the two the horse and rider.
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  5. Knowledge of every other’s views and guidance for every other when factors really don’t go as planned or hoped.
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  7. Commitment to continually devote in the partnership. We have recurrent meetings and interaction with Tamie to guarantee we are aligned.
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Whilst proudly owning an higher level eventing horse has its issues, it has been the thrill of a life span. Our “ride” among globe course horses and riders, the vacation, and new buddies and social experiences of all types have been quite distinctive.  Eventing has taken us to places and offered us with experiences we could not have imagined. We are so thankful for the prospect we’ve had staying component of eventing.