Mara DePuy Eventing
Mara grew up in a small town in Vermont, riding ponies and learning horsemanship the old fashioned way- Bombing around the woods and figuring out how to stay on! She grew up riding at Huntington Farm. Huntington Farm was owned by Ann Kitchel and Mara spent the summers there as a working student for Jane Hamlin. Jane helped Mara find a horse named Hopper and suggested that he and Mara begin working with Wash Bishop. As a teenager Mara starting working with Wash on the naughty little horse she wanted to sell. When the time came however, she couldn't bear to sell him and decided to knuckle down and figure out how to ride him. That little horse ended up taking her to not only her Young Riders in 1993 but continued all the way to the Olympics in Atlanta where they placed 6th. After Hopper, Mara continued her quest to learn how to ride quirky horses and brought several to the Advanced level. Here to Stay, Good Stuff, Nicki Henley, High Patriot and Funmaker all had success at the Advanced level, with Nicki Henley being her second US team horse. Nicki Henley and Mara were 3rd at the Jersey Fresh 3-star event and were selected to compete in Rio De Janeiro at the Pan American games. Mara rocketed into the lead in the dressage and was clean and fast cross country when Nicki didn't feel right. Unfortunately he had hurt himself and was not able to complete the competition. In a testament to her management program though, he came back to win the Red Hills CIC*** only 2 years after his injury.Coming home from Rio De Janeiro with an injured partner was hard, but a silver lining was found in a horse named High Patriot. "Riot" was staying at Willow Bend while his owner and rider, Shannon Lilley, watched over the farm during Mara's trip to Rio. He and Mara clicked right away and they had a successful career at the advanced level before he was retired.
Mara currently has an exciting group of horses competing. Congo Brazzaville C leads the string with exciting young prospect Wish I Am hot on his heels. Mara has an amazing group of students that keep her busy coaching whenever she's not riding. In her scant down time, she enjoys spending time with her puppy Bella and her wonderful family and friends.
With the Eventing world poised on change, the future is nothing if not exciting! Gone are the days of single horse ownership, with one or two horses running. With the onset of syndicates and sponsorship riders are now able to campaign and compete whole strings of horses in a way that they never dreamed of before. Mara is excited to announce the opportunity for syndication of her top horses to open the door for not only her, but her whole team to take on the world!