Practical Horseman Podcast: Leslie Burr Howard

Olympian Leslie Burr Howard speaks about how she started riding, winning the Maclay, special horses and grand prix wins, what she thinks makes a good horseperson and what she’s doing now.

This week’s episode, brought to you by Bimeda, is with 1984 Olympic gold medalist Leslie Burr Howard. Howard won the 1972 ASPCA Maclay National Championship and rose through the grand prix ranks to win a team gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In 1986, she won the FEI World Cup Finals, and in 1992, she was paired with the legendary Gem Twist. She also competed in the 1994 World Equestrian Games, and in 1996, she helped the U.S. show-jumping team win a silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics. A year later, she won the world’s richest grand prix at the time, the du Maurier Ltd. at Spruce Meadows in Calgary, Canada.

In this episode, Howard speaks about how she started riding, winning the Maclay, special horses and grand prix wins, what she thinks makes a good horseperson and what she’s doing now. Known for her steady competition nerves, she also talks about keeping riding and competing in perspective, which centers on having fun, doing your best and not getting caught up in emotional turmoil.

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