Practical Horseman - - Inside Your Ride -

In­ter­na­tional even­ter Sara Kozump­lik

Mur­phy rode in her first Rolex Ken­tucky Three Day Event at age 20 on an off-thetrack Thor­ough­bred named As You Like It. In 2009, she was named to the U.S. Event­ing Team short list. Last year, she and Rubens D’ysieux fin­ished se­cond in the Bromont CCI*** and won both the $15,000 Ocala Horse Prop­er­ties Event­ing Prix, hosted by South­ern Cross Eques­trian, in Florida, and the in­au­gu­ral $50,000 Arena Event­ing class at the De­von Horse Show in Penn­syl­va­nia. A grad­u­ate “A” Pony Club­ber and United States Event­ing As­so­ci­a­tion-cer­ti­fied in­struc­tor, Sara is a pop­u­lar coach and clin­i­cian. She coached the Venezue­lan event team at the 2013 Bo­li­var­ian Games in Lima, Peru, and the 2014 Cen­tral Amer­i­can Games in Ver­acruz, Mex­ico.

Sara’s hus­band, Brian Mur­phy, is an Irish show jumper who rep­re­sented his coun­try as a ju­nior at the grand-prix level be­fore mov­ing to the U.S. in 2006. Now fo­cus­ing on teach­ing, train­ing and sales, he is known for his ex­cel­lent “eye on the ground,” help­ing rid­ers of mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines to im­prove their skills and be­come more com­pet­i­tive. Brian also gives clin­ics to stu­dents from across North Amer­ica.

The Mur­phys work in part­ner­ship with four-star even­ter Maya Black at Over­look Farm (owned by Sara’s long­time sup­porter Edy Hunter Rameika) in Ber­ryville, Vir­ginia, in the sum­mer and at Mar­danza Farms in Mi­canopy, Florida, in the win­ter. “We all have dif­fer­ent strengths,” ex­plains Sara. “This sport can be lonely, hard and ex­pen­sive. It’s eas­ier when peo­ple join forces. And it’s nice to have the free­dom to leave for a clinic and know that some­one at home is keep­ing your busi­ness and horses go­ing.”

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