Practical Horseman - - The Ride Of Your Life -

Char­lie Jayne and his two sis­ters, Mag­gie and Haylie, grew up on Our Day Farm, a train­ing and breed­ing fa­cil­ity near Chicago, Illi­nois, founded by their par­ents, Alex and Linda, more than 30 years ago. With an early foun­da­tion in the clas­sic Amer­i­can for­ward rid­ing style, at age 13, Char­lie be­came the youngest rider in history to com­pete in an Amer­i­can Grand­prix As­so­ci­a­tion grand prix. He achieved his first grand prix tri­umph at the age of 18. In 2006, he made his mark in both the jumper and eq­ui­tation rings by re­ceiv­ing the U.S. Eques­trian Team Max­ine Beard Show Jump­ing De­vel­op­ing Rider Award and win­ning the U.S. Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion Show Jump­ing Tal­ent Search Fi­nals–East.

Since then, Char­lie has com­peted for the U.S. on nu­mer­ous Na­tions Cup teams around the world, as well as four World Cup Fi­nals. He was named to the U.S. teamGs short list for the 2008 Olympics and trav­eled to Lon­don as the teamGs first al­ter­nate for the 2012 Olympics. Mean­while, he has gained top plac­ings in count­less ma­jor grands prix around the coun­try, in­clud­ing wins in the 2010 $125,000 Strongid C 2X Grand Prix in Sauger­ties, the 2013 $75,000 Grand Prix of In­di­anapo­lis and the 2015 Great Amer­i­can $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, among oth­ers. His long list of suc­cess­ful part­ners in­cludes Cassino Z, JF, Ur­banus, Thomas Edi­son, Sam­pras, Athena, Uraya, Chill R Z, Wald­man Z, Valeska and Play­boy. Most re­cently, Char­lie and his new­est part­ner, the 11-year-old Zanger­sheide geld­ing Amice Z, won the $100,000 Ad­e­quan Grand Prix this July at the Colorado Horse Park.

Char­lie is es­pe­cially proud to have rid­den and com­peted full-time through­out his col­lege ca­reer, which he com­pleted in 2008 with a de­gree in busi­ness man­age­ment from Florida At­lantic Uni­ver­sity in Boca Ra­ton, Florida. He is still an in­te­gral part of Our Day Farm, which ac­cepts horses and stu­dents of all lev­els, from Short Stir­rup to grand prix. He and his sis­ters have taken ac­tive roles in the fam­ily busi­ness along­side their par­ents. To­gether they have pro­duced win­ners at the top lev­els in the eq­ui­tation and hunter di­vi­sions as well as the jumpers. The barn is based in El­gin, Illi­nois, in the sum­mer and Welling­ton, Florida, in the win­ter.

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