Lynn has been involved with horses her entire life. She began by riding double with her parents at age three on trail rides through the Shenandoah Mountains. At four, Lynn joined Pony Club and got her D rating, and by five she competed in her first beginner novice event (which she was winning from start to finish until she missed the finish flags in show jumping!). Since then, she has been successful up through the CCI**** level, consistently placing each year at national horse trials, championships and international three day events. She’s won many USEA year-end awards at the Novice through Advanced levels of eventing. Eventing was her passion from the start, but Lynn also got experience at hunter/jumper shows, fox hunting, rode on several dressage teams for CDCTA, competed up to 4th level dressage, and was reserve champion at the BLM championships in Lexington.
Eventing is best described as an equestrian triathlon. Comprised of three phases, the sport tests a rider’s skill more completely than any other.
Dressage, the first phase, shows the horse’s and rider’s ability to perform a series of prescribed classical movements on the flat in an enclosed arena. The second phase, cross-country, involves the horse and rider galloping over natural terrain, jumping a variety of fixed obstacles along the way. In the final phase of show jumping, horse and rider jump a series of stadium fences in an enclosed arena.
The rider accumulates penalty points in each phase based on varying factors and the rider with the lowest amount of points at the end of the three phases takes home top honors. The sport evolved from a military contest to an Olympic competition. It is an exciting sport attracting interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts, from weekend hobby riders to professional international stars.
Lynn Symansky has 29 years of competitive equestrian experience, and 18 years of international experience. She has been competing at the Advanced level of eventing since she was 18. She has an accomplished resume which includes being a member of the 2011 gold-medal winning Pan American Games team, 2014 World Equestrian Games team, 2015 Aachen Nations Cup team, and traveling reserve for the 2016 Olympic Games. She has completed 11 CCI**** competitions around the world at Rolex Kentucky, Badminton, Burghley and Pau.