The 2014 Clinic will be with Mark Leone- he has more than 30 years of experience as both a winning international show jumping rider and leading trainer. Even before opening the highly successful Ri-Arm Farm, his name was synonymous with excellence in the equestrian world.
A native of New Jersey, Mark began riding at the age of 5, accumulating countless victories during his junior years, including being named Best Child Rider at The Devon Horse Show and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, where he also won the ASHA Medal Finals. He and his older brothers’ Armand and Peter, dubbed the notorious "Team Leone," quickly became a family-force to be reckoned with in the jumper ranks.
In 1987, Mark opened his full service equestrian facility in scenic Bergen County, New Jersey, and began his international career competing as a member of the United States Equestrian Team. He was awarded the prestigious USET Lionel Guerrand-Hermès Trophy the following year. Since then, the accomplished equestrian has competed on twenty-nine Nations Cup Teams and in ten World Cup Finals around the globe. During his career in the irons, Mark has had Grand Prix triumphs at many of the nation’s top competitions, including The Winter Equestrian Festival, The National Horse Show, and The Washington International Horse Show, where he won the President’s Cup Grand Prix, and on three separate occasions, the challenging Puissance Class.
Another passion for Mark is helping aspiring equestrians of all levels achieve their goals in the saddle. He is a highly respected clinician and coach and has trained with iconic horsemen such as Bert De Nemethy, George Morris, Frank Chapot, Michael Matz, Conrad Homfeld and Rodney Jenkins.
Mark Leone is Zone 2 Jumper Chairman, sits on several USEF committees, and has served as “athlete representative” for the United States Olympic Committee. In 2010, he was named as a member of the 2010 World Equestrian Games Show Jumping Team Selection Committee. His knowledge and expertise has also landed him in front of the camera as on-air commentator for broadcasts on ESPN and Fox Sports.
When not on the road, Mark and his wife Jane and their two sons James and Mark enjoy the serenity and beauty at Ri-Arm Farm in Oakland, New Jersey.
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