Renowned horseman Linda Allen has become a familiar face in Aiken. The woman who was named the Chronicle of the Horse’s inaugural Show Jumping Horseman of the Year in 1989, has been teaching lessons this week at Greystone Farm in Beech Island and under the shelter of Lisa Darden’s covered arena on Stiefel Road in Aiken. A four-time winner of the United States Equestrian Federation’s Walter Cox Trophy as the Course Designer of the Year, Allen is among the hunter/jumper world’s most revered names.
Allen will be one of the course designers at this year’s Aiken Spring Classic at Highfields Event Center in April.
“It will be my first time building here, so I will be looking forward to it,” said Allen.
The USA Equestrian Trust board member conducted several clinics this past year in Aiken, and had an opportunity to work with many of the same riders this week.
“What’s fun is that all of the riders have improved, and I really like that part,” said Allen. “I have a few new ones, and that’s fun too.”
A United States Equestrian Federation Registered Judge for jumpers, hunters and hunt seat equitation, Allen enjoys working with riders of all levels. There have been a number of professionals taking lessons this week, who’ve brought different horses than those they were riding while participating in the clinic, she said.
“It helps to get a different eye on the horse and different ideas of what they’re doing,” said Allen.
Allen will be busy during the next few months, returning to the west coast, before conducting a Federation Equestre Internationale judges course this March in Mexico City, Mexico.