Featured Rider June 2018
AADA Featured Rider
I was born in Cork, Ireland and currently live in Holmdel, New Jersey with my husband Christian Zugel and two daughters Ashleigh and Lucia. My horse career evolved from fox hunting in Ireland and Simi Valley California, following a family tradition of MFH (Master of Fox Hounds); to amateur steeplechase events in California. I did eventing in New Jersey earning National awards including my Bronze medal from ESDCTA.
I was introduced to dressage in 2005 and by December 2009 had quickly moved up to compete at Prix St Georges.
Professionally, I have held various accounting positions from 1986 – 1997 including running my own accounting firm called Accounting Cents. From 1997 – 2001, I was Vice President of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations for Claire’s Stores (1,300 store chain in North America and Europe).
Since competing in dressage I have been riding as an amateur for Ireland at the International Small Tour Level and Grand Prix on a National level. My first success was on my horse Ungaro. In 2013, with him, I won all three small tour classes in one weekend. Subsequently, my daughter Ashleigh, rode him on the Junior Team at the NAJYRC. On my horse Hemingway in 2017 at Dressage at Devon, I won the Adult Amateur division at Prix St Georges and second place in the Adult Amateur division at Intermediare 1 as well as second at the Global Dressage Festival AA division Intermediare 1. While having many successes in the show ring, riding and showing is not without its ups and downs and hard work learning how to ride many different types of horses.
While I have shown the FEI levels on several horses at CDIs and national shows, I am very excited to have recently acquired Fine Time who has been shown by Carl Hester with multiple ribbons at Grand Prix.
During the winter months I am based in Wellington, FL and always look forward to showing at the Global Dressage Festival.
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