BOBBY MEYERHOFF

EVENTING

Bobby is an international event rider who strongly believes that starting horses correctly

is the key to their future success. 

 

His knowledge and strong sense of professionalism have landed Bobby on the list of

Rolex Kentucky 4* Three-Day Event contenders for four years in a row with His and Danica’s Dunlavin’s Token. Completing Rolex in 2015, 2016 and 2017 have added to Bobby’s accomplishments as a

horseman and competitor.

 

Bobby currently has an impressive and exciting string of young horses he is producing up the levels.

Multiple horses actively competing at the 3* level, showing huge potential, and others following in their footsteps.  From horses just starting their eventing career, to others gaining confidence at the training and preliminary level, each horse is produced with patience, time and confidence, giving them the best tools for success as a top event horse. 

 

 Born in San Francisco, California; he learned to ride on his grandparents’ ranch in Willits, California.

It was through Pony Club at age seven that Bobby was first introduced to the sport of eventing.

After graduating from De La Salle High School in Walnut Creek, California, Bobby met two-time Olympian Stuart Black. Stuart was impressed with Bobby’s riding and offered him a working student position.

 

Working with Stuart, Bobby learned the ins-and-outs of caring for four-star horses and was competitively winning at the preliminary level. He then joined the O’Connor Event Team in Ocala, Florida, training under David and Karen O’Connor and competing multiple horses at the intermediate level.

 In the winter of 2006, Bobby was hired as a rider for record-setting Grand Prix show jumper Aaron Vale.

Working with Aaron gave Bobby a great opportunity to learn about the show jumping industry while being able to continue training and competing.

 

In 2007 Bobby started Meyerhoff Show Horses.

He takes pride in producing his horses from the ground up and has focused his business on

producing young horses to sell while continuing his journey to the top.

Most notably, Bobby started and produced a young stallion named Freedom, bred and shown by Redfield Farm. Freedom was top placed at the 2013 Keuring at Iron Spring Farm in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, was the

2014 Four-Year-Old International Jumper Futurity Eastern Regional Grand Champion,

and is currently winning in the Six-Year-Old Jumpers with Redfield Farm.

"It’s very difficult to have a horse that can do all three disciplines really well.

The challenge of

that really intrigues me.

Having to train all three disciplines, that’s where

my heart is.”

– Bobby Meyerhoff

WHAT IS
EVENTING

The sport of Eventing can be described as an “equestrian triathlon.”

It involves a rider and a horse working together in three phases of competition: dressage, cross-country, and show jumping. Over the centuries the sport of Eventing has evolved from the test of the ideal military charger into an exciting sport that attracts interest from all levels of sports enthusiasts. Both men and women compete against one another on an equal playing field, making Eventing one of the few sports in the world where this is the case.

Day One: Dressage

The dressage phase begins every Eventing competition. In French, dressage means “training.” Originally designed to show the horse’s ability to perform intricate movements on the parade involved with reviewing troops, today the dressage test comprises a set series of movements performed in an enclosed arena. Precision, smoothness, suppleness and complete obedience show off the horse’s obedience. Ideally the horse appears to perform the test moments of its own accord, working in harmony with its rider. Dressage is very important to the three-day event horse, as it helps to develop the muscular strength and suppleness needed for the other two days of competition, endurance day and show jumping, where the horse must be unbelievably fit and strong, and able to lengthen and shorten stride at a gallop. The purpose of the dressage test is to demonstrate the level of communication between the horse and rider to and display the power and grace required to perform each movement with balance, rhythm, and suppleness. Due to the demands of the sport, the three-day event horse is extremely fit, and only strong and tactful riders possess the skills needed to harness and direct that energy into a both polished and powerful performance.

Day two: Cross Country 

The cross-country test takes place on the second day of competition. The object of this test is to prove the speed, endurance, and jumping ability of the horse over varied terrain and obstacles. In order to accomplish this task, the horse and rider must be at peak condition. The horse must be brave and obedient, and the rider must use knowledge of pace in order to expend only as much of the horse’s energy as necessary, if they expect to finish well. The cross-country course covers approximately 2.75 to 4 miles, along which sit 24-36 fixed and solid obstacles. This phase is ridden at a gallop, with exact speed requirements depending on the level of competition. Cross-country courses require horses and riders to be bold and smart, while testing their physical stamina. Of the three days of competition, the cross-country phase is usually the most appealing to spectators and riders alike. It is the ultimate challenge to prepare a horse for this rigorous test. Unlike other sports, where only the human will and body are pitted against the clock, in Eventing, two minds and bodies work as one. As an additional attraction, Eventing is the only high-risk Olympic sport where men and women compete as equals, with no separate divisions. Some of the top riders in the world today are women.

Day three: Show Jumping 

The third and final test takes place in an enclosed show jumping arena. A show jumping course comprises a series of colored fences usually made up of lightweight rails that are easily knocked down. This final phase tests the stamina and recovery of the horse after the endurance phase and shows that it is fit enough to continue work. The show jumping course requires very exact riding; it consists of between 12 and 15 show jumping obstacles, which normally include at least one combination, two spread fences, and in some cases a ditch. The courses are designed to test the horse’s and rider’s ability to negotiate a variety of fences of differing heights, widths, and technicality. This requires the horse be balanced and supple for tight turns and short distances between fences. He must be able to lengthen or shorten his stride in an instant. Therefore, the rider must know exactly where he is on the approach to a fence, with an obedient horse that will respond to his commands. For the spectator, this sport is both exciting and breathtaking to watch, as just one single rail knocked down can change the final standings dramatically.

Description Courtesy of United States Eventing Association

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2018

  • 10th Place, Stable View CIC2*

  • Top 20, Stable View CIC2*

  • 6th Place, Rebecca Farm CIC3*

  • 4th Place, Rebecca Farm CCI2*

  • Top 20, Rebecca Farm CCI2*

  • 4th Place, Jersey Fresh CCI2*

  • 9th Place, Carolina International CIC2*

  • Top 20, Red Hills International CIC2*

2017

  • 4th & 10th Place, Plantation Field CIC2*

  • 4th Place, Richland Park CIC2*

  • 3rd Place, Bromont Canada CCI2*

  • 11th Place, Bromont Canada CIC2*

  • 7th Place, Bromont Canada CCI1*

  • Completed, Rolex Kentucky CCI4*

  • 1st & 3rd Place, Chattahoochee Hills CIC2*

  • 3rd Place, Chattahoochee Hills CIC1*

  • 4th Place, Carolina International CIC2*

  • 13th Place, Red Hills International CIC3*

  • Top 20, Red Hills International CIC2*

2016

  • 4th & 10th Place, Midsouth 3 Day Event CCI1*

  • Top 20, Plantation Field CIC3*

  • 8th Place, Richland Park CIC3*

  • Completed, Rolex Kentucky CCI4*

  • Completed, Carolina International CIC3*

2015

  • Completed, Fair Hill International CCI3*

  • Completed, Rolex Kentucky CCI4*

  • 5th Place, Galway Downs Intermediate

2014

  • Completed, Bromont Canada CCI3*

  • 10th Place, Carolina International Advanced

  • 6th Place, Red Hills International CIC3*

  • 7th Place, Rocking Horse Advanced

2013

  • 3rd Place, Richland Park CIC2*

  • 2nd Place, Fair Hill International Intermediate

  • Completed, Fair Hill International CCI3*

  • Completed, Richland Park CIC3*

2012

  • 8th Place, Bromont Canada CCI2*

  • 5th Place, MCTA H.T. Advanced

  • 8th Place, Rocking Horse Advanced