Holly Hudspeth The Carolinas Equestrian 03 If you are at a horse trial in the Carolinas, it’s pretty certain you will see Holly Hudspeth running from dressage to stadium to cross country, corralling her many riders, of every level.  Holly has had a career that many little girls dream about, built out of hard work and determination, but at the end a dream come true.  She’s ridden with some of the best trainers around, competed at Rolex 7 times (placing twice), and was short listed for the Athens Olympics in 2004.

Duke The Carolinas Equestrian 01Aubrey and one of her wonderful doctors at Duke Children'sThe Duke Show was founded in 1984 to reach out and help a little girl being treated at Duke Children’s Hospital.  The first two-day, local horse show was held on a rainy November weekend at the Gov. James B. Hunt Horse Complex.  The event raised $3,000 for Duke Children’s.  That first Duke show was in response to a need . . . that same feeling continues today with the ‘Jump for the Children’ Horse Shows.

Melissa Allen The Carolinas Equestrian 01 Melissa Allen is no stranger to starting new things ... she’s been starting young horses since her riding career began and she continues to try new things with her move from Kansas City, KS, to Waxhaw, NC.  Gone are the chilly rides bundling up in layers of warm clothing.  Now, Melissa’s winters will be spent at Robindale Farm, a premier facility boasting a covered arena with mirrors and GGT footing as well as 12x12 matted stalls, grass turn out, and a farmhouse style tack room.  Melissa hopes to turn Robindale Farm into a top-notch dressage barn, offering lessons, clinics and sale horses.  “I have a lot of goals that I want to achieve with this move.  I want to compete in the “big” ring at Tryon International Equestrian Center, while having a great group of sale horses ready.  I want Robindale and Melissa Allen Dressage to be a well-known program throughout our region and beyond,” states Melissa.