Lindsay Maxwell The Carolinas Equestrian 01 “Be kind; be gracious,” begins equestrian and philanthropist Lindsay Maxwell of Aiken, South Carolina.  “Always remember and appreciate those who make the competitions possible, from your trainer and grooms to the in-gate staff, jump crew and show management.  A few benevolent words with these incredibly busy and hard-working people go a long way.  This translates to all facets of life – take time to notice, acknowledge and appreciate those around you.”

Reining The Carolinas Equestrian 18 “Given this facility’s amenities and the potential scope of your audience, I suppose you’re going to reach out to the reining community?”  “Do you plan to submit a bid to host a future World Equestrian Games (WEG)?”  “The indoor arena will be perfectly suited for the reining and vaulting disciplines.”  It’s hard to believe that this initial conversational exchange with Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) managing partner Mark Bellissimo occurred four years ago.  To say a lot has transpired since then is an understatement.

Danny Robertshaw The Carolinas Equestrian 01 “Being inducted into this year’s National Show Hunter Hall of Fame gave me a similar feeling as to the one I experienced the first time I won at indoors,” shares Danny Robertshaw.  “It was a huge thrill for me.”  Danny grew up in Wilmington, NC, and was ‘discovered’ by legendary hunter and equitation trainer, Nora Cooke, of Cedarhill Farm in Charlotte, NC, who was judging him at a local horse show.  He became a working student for Nora in the late 1960’s-early 70’s which gave him the opportunity to polish up his natural riding skills through her instruction and spend more hours in the saddle.  “When riding a horse for the first time, I always had the mentality that it was going to be good,” he shares.  That positive attitude worked toward Danny’s benefit throughout his career as many brought him their more difficult horses to ride.