International-level horsemanship teacher to visit WWU
|2/7/2013||Mary Ann Beahon|
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The horse industry possesses many sides, but few people have seen as many of them so fully as course designer, former Grand Prix rider and overall horse enthusiast, Linda Allen, who will be at William Woods University this weekend.
In a program titled, “Setting Realistic Goals,” Allen will share her knowledge with WWU students and the community at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Dulany Auditorium. She will conduct a clinic Saturday and Sunday.
Allen's life with horses began at age 11, when she started taking lessons at a barn in the Central Valley of California. There, she worked with off-the-track trotters, pacers and some thoroughbreds. When she was a little older, Allen began taking Saddle Seat lessons from Alice Ruth Woolsey, and at age 13 she was given her first horse, an Arabian-Saddlebred-cross by the name of Shimali.
Her equestrian knowledge increased and by her mid-teens, Allen had become interested in jumping after winning an event run by the California State Horsemanship Association.
She attended the University of the Pacifics for five years and then went into the horse industry full time. She purchased horses and, after furthering their training, she sold them. She lived in Canada for two years before moving back to California, where she bred and competed horses with her business partner, Doug White.
When she experienced back problems, Allen decided she could stay in the horse industry by designing courses. She has since designed the courses for the World Cup Finals in Del Mar and the Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga. She has been an international judge, as well as the technical delegate for the World Equestrian Games in 1999.