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Get to Know Saddle Network Endorser Alexa Ehlers!

By SaddleNetwork, posted in News on February 22, 2013

Saddle Network is thankful to have the endorsement of competitive, ambitious riders in many disciplines. Every day that they ride in a tagged saddle, they are doing their part to help fight saddle theft and support Saddle Network’s mission.

In turn, we want to support our riders! Find out more about Alexa Ehlers, Saddle Network endorser and up and coming high performance eventer. In 2011, Alexa earned a North American Young Rider/Junior Championship gold medal in CCI1* eventing, the highest achievement for an eventer under 21 years old.

Alexa, who lives and trains from her Team Clear Eventing base in the horse industry hotbed of Lexington, Kentucky, also holds the distinction of being an “A” U.S. Pony Club graduate, an accomplishment she reached at the very young age of 18.

This year Alexa is aiming for the 2013 NAYJRC CCI2* team and also hopes to comete at the prestigious Bromont International CCI3* with her young prospect Clear Approval and veteran mount Any Event.

Saddle Network: What’s the first thing that you think about when you wake up in the morning?
Alexa Ehlers: In a way, everything that I think about is quickly met with one of my favorite quotes, “Don’t wish that life is easier…Wish that you are better.”

Saddle Network: What’s your biggest goal of 2013?
Alexa Ehlers: I would love to be selected for the 2014 Under 25 Developing Rider List at the end of this year.

Saddle Network: Can you tell us about your horses in training and your competition goals for this season?
Alexa Ehlers: I currently have two Team Clear horses in training.  The first and oldest is In Any Event or “Mitch”, and he is an absolute goof.  He is a 16.1 hand New Zealand Sport Horse that will be turning 17 at the end of September. Hidden Glen Farm purchased Mitch for Team Clear in 2010.  Prior to coming to TCE, Mitch was ridden by several young riders, and was 4th in the CCI* at NAJYRC in 2008.  I hope to have Mitch run Advanced in May, and I would love it if he could complete a CIC*** in the fall.

The second TCE horse that I have in training is Clear Approval or “Brownie”.  He is a 17.3 hand Warmblood x Canadian Thoroughbred that just turned seven.  Hidden Glen Farm purchased Brownie in 2012 after I had been competing him for a year.  We found him doing the Hunters, and I couldn’t keep away from him.  His owner was interested in seeing how he would do as an Eventer, and he quickly picked up on his new job, winning his first event after only being in training with me for two weeks.  I would really like to have him move up to Intermediate this spring, and complete at CIC** in the fall.

Saddle Network: What’s the best part about living in Kentucky?
Alexa Ehlers: Lexington is a hub for equine activity! I am currently in college at the University of Kentucky, and most all of our social events (other than basketball) are centered around horses. For example, Keeneland racetrack is 10 minutes from campus, and everyone loves to spend a couple of weeks in the spring and fall watching races and socializing. I find myself at the Kentucky Horse Park at least once a month, whether it is to compete my horses, watch polo, or even watch the occasional rodeo.

Competition wise, we are literally right next the Horse Park, where events of every discipline are held.  Due to the accessibility, we are able to cross-train the horses in several different disciplines. We are also only 7 hours at the most away from many of the events along the East coast.  I honestly can’t say anything bad about our location.

Saddle Network: Why did you join Saddle Network?
Alexa Ehlers: Saddle Network is a fabulous company.  TCE joined with the thought of protection in mind.  We have a growing amount of equipment, and didn’t want to risk anything happening to a single piece of tack.  The way we thought about it… We would truly regret anything happening to our equipment if we didn’t take advantage of this phenomenal invention.  The other amenities included with a membership are things that we see as icing on the cake!

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