Kentucky Performance Products Introduces the Elevate® Event Team
The Elevate Event Team was born in the winter of 2015 on sunny afternoon around a picnic table at Missy Ransehousen’s Blue Hill Farm in Ocala, Florida. The Team would allow Kentucky Performance Products to participate in the eventing world in a whole new way: as an owner, with all the hopes and dreams of making it to the top of the sport.
Playing a key role in the Elevate Event Team plan is long-time Kentucky Performance Products-sponsored rider Megan Lynn and her coach Missy Ransehousen. “Megan is a natural with horses,” said Kentucky Performance Products owner Karen Isberg. “She is a talented rider and a fearless competitor, but she and Missy always put the horse first, which is what I like most about working with them. We are just thrilled to have them as part of the Team.
The first order of business for the new Elevate Event Team was to find a horse. During a buying trip to Denmark with Sycamore Station’s Babsi Neidhardt-Clark and Martha Thomas, Megan was introduced to “Leo” and the connection was immediate. Standing 17.2, the fancy Danish warmblood gelding was bold and confident, and holy moly, could he jump! Everyone liked Leo—a lot—but he had never as much as seen a cross-country fence. It was a risk, but one that all involved felt worth taking, so Leo found himself on a plane headed for America. After a short stay at Blue Hill Farm in Pennsylvania, where Megan rides with Missy and Jessica Ransehousen, Leo and Megan headed home to Kentucky.
“Leo has been a rock star ever since he arrived,” Megan said. The first time she schooled Leo cross-country he jumped everything: up and down off the bank, in and out of the water and over the ditch. If he was unsure, he would just jump bigger as if to say, “No worries, Mom. I won’t let it get us.” He loved it. Megan loved him, and a partnership was born.
In mid-July, Megan and The Natural E (aka Leo) competed in their first horse trial at the Kentucky Horse Park. They finished third in the open novice division with a lovely dressage test and clean rounds in both cross-country and stadium.
“We are so excited to be involved in the eventing community at this level,” Isberg said of Elevate Event Team’s first foray into ownership. “We can’t wait to see just how far this talented pair can go.”
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