Aus­tralian na­tive Ryan Wood grew up in Pony Club

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and started com­pet­ing in event­ing at 8 years old. He pur­chased his first horse, an Aus­tralian Stock Horse named Count­down, through a lo­cal news­pa­per for $1,000. Ryan and Count­down moved up through the lev­els of event­ing to­gether, com­plet­ing their first CCI**** at Ade­laide when they were both 19 years old.

Ryan com­peted suc­cess­fully through­out Aus­tralia, gar­ner­ing top plac­ings at Mel­bourne CCI***, Syd­ney CCI*** and War­wick CIC-W***. He trained with and worked for nu­mer­ous top rid­ers, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian even­ter Guy Wal­lace, Olympic dres­sage trainer Nor­bert Van Laak and top cham­pion show jumpers Ludger Beer­baum and Ernst Hof­schroer.

Ryan moved to the United States in 2008 and started work­ing for Bruce David­son be­fore mov­ing to Phillip Dutton’s True Prospect Farm in Unionville, Penn­syl­va­nia. He now runs his own busi­ness out of True Prospect Farm. Since mov­ing to the U.S. Ryan has be­come one of the top event rid­ers in the coun­try. In 2016 he won the Jer­sey Fresh CCI***, Bromont CCI*** and the USEA Ad­e­quan Ad­vanced Gold Cup Fi­nal at the Amer­i­can Event­ing Cham­pi­onships.

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