ABOUT CHARLIE JAYNE
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.