Hat’s off to the women who have broken through the glass ceilings to become international leading ladies!
We’ve got the top 10 in the world for you. You never know when a trivial pursuit question will come up.
Jill Henselwood is an Olympic Champion, who hails from Canada. Having commenced professional jumping back in 1989, she now has quite a trophy cabinet of international medals. Now a successful horse trainer and part owner of Juniper Farm, Ontario Jill continues to train and coach.
Ingrid Klimke is a German International champion in both equestrian and dressage. Having been raised in and around horses all her life it is no surprise that she is now a successful horse trainer.
Caroline Powell hails from New Zealand originally. Competing internationally and winning medals she is now a successful trainer based in Suffolk, England. Caroline is most notable for her formidable partnership with Lenamore, who was still competing at an international level at 20 years of age.
Dorothee Schneider is a German Olympic Dressage medallist who as well as still competing trains aspiring young champions.
Vittoria Panizzon now resides in the UK, however, originates from Italy. Having competed internationally as well as at an Olympic level Vittoria now trains horses in the UK. Vittoria’s impressive resume includes being a corporal in the Italian Air Force.
Claudia Fassaert’s love of horses started when her father bought her two ponies from a fair as a child. This Belgium international rider has a long list of accomplishments. Adding to that list is her training record.
Hawley Bennett-Awad is a Canadian eventing Olympian and international eventer who now trains and coaches professionally.
Charlotte Dujardin OBE is one of England’s most accomplished eventers. Having started horse riding at the age of 2 Charlotte has easily become a Gold Olympian with a lot of hard work and dedication. She is now part of a successful training team with a long list of successes.
Anabel Balkenhol is a German Olympic eventer who followed in her father’s footsteps. Both successful in the arena and as trainers. Anabel is renowned for wearing her old top hat and boots when competing to bring on good luck.
Adrienne Lyle started riding western in her hometown of Washington, United States. She then switched to English riding and hasn’t slowed down from there. Having competed in her first Olympics recently, Adrienne has quite a long list of accomplishments.
This list, of course, goes on and on, so it was hard to narrow it down to only the top 10. This list of women is not who have made the most money or won the most medals at an Olympic level. It’s a list of women whose passion for riding extends beyond the saddle and into the classroom and arena. It’s a small collection of the many women that use every riding and competition as a chance to do better and learn something new. They then share this with other up and coming riders and horses to put their experience out there for others.
Ask any horse trainer and they will tell you that it isn’t an easy job, and it isn’t always rewarding. Sometimes you have to push to prove yourself in what can be a tough industry, and there isn’t always wins that come with the fame and the purse. But there are always personal and individual accomplishments, and that is what keeps the above female horse trainers going. See more famous female horse trainers here