Rio Prospector winning Championship at Rivanna Run with Mary Svalstedt
MARY SVALSTEDT is usually seen riding RIO PROSPECTOR and Performing Art at the shows. Rio Prospector will be competing in some USEF shows in 2017. She also rides Little John of Locksley for Deborah H. Davis. In 2017 she will be competing some of her own young horses, including Rio Prospector's baby half sister. Keep your eye out for Rio Gal. Mary is looking forward to the future on her talented green and made horses.
Welcome to Buckingham Equestrian Center. We have been providing services to individuals in Dillwyn and surrounding areas for thirteen years. BEC is a family run business. Mary and Carl Svalstedt own and run the Equestrian Center. Count on Buckingham Equestrian Center when quality really counts. Remember, exceptional service is our standard.
ABOUT MARY SVALSTEDT:
Mary teaches her students by the methods she has learned in her 40 years of riding and experiences. Her previous trainers were Janie Weber (six years Professional Horseman Association Award winner), Sue Peverly-Vasilef (Mary's junior trainer), George Morris (Olympic United States Equestrian Teams trainer), and Anne Kursinski (Olympic Gold medal rider). Some of Mary's other trainers were Janie Weber's daughters, Juliana Starbuck (Grand Prix rider), and Amanda Starbuck (Grand Prix rider and winner of 2002 Adult Amateur 18-35 years Grand Champion on Rio Bronco, Janie's stallion). Mary has also studied Dressage under German instructors. Mary worked with Ellen Shevella in 2011 to get her green hunter Rio Prospector ready for the VHSA Associate program finals. Rio Prospector was third overall for the year. She also worked at two sales barns as a junior and an adult for a total of eight years. She has lots of experience riding different horses and teaching. Wouldn't you want someone with experience teaching your child or yourself. Buckingham Equestrian Center stresses safety at the highest level.
Some facts about Mary's horses:
Rio Prospector: He was born and raised at BEC and is just starting his career as a six year old. He will show in the USEF circuit in 2017. He is a Rio Bronco son and out of a top A-rated show Hunter Mary showed in her adult career in Wellington, FL. Mary showed his dam in the Low Hunter and the Adult Amateur divisions as well as Adult Amateur Equitation.
What A Doll: One of Mary's favorites to ride. "Dolly" was purchased by Mary from her friend Cathy Chambers as a three year old. She is now 12 years old. Mary has brought this wonderful horse from race track level (she still had racing plates on when purchased) to the top show levels. "Dolly" loves her job and does it well. She is truly a hunter. Mary spent many years doing gymnastic work and flat work with "Dolly" to make her into the horse she is today.
Rio Gal: This beautiful mare was born and raised on Buckingham Equestrian Center. She will be starting her jumping career in 2017. Look for her at the shows.
About Carl Svalstedt: Carl rode horses in his younger years and is now happy to maintain Buckingham Equestrian Center. He replaced almost all the barbed wire fencing on the farm with four board wood fencing. Carl also renovated the old barn on the farm into a very usable work place. The farms outdoor ring was all done by Carl as he graded it and put in the stonedust. He maintains both the outdoor and indoor rings on a regular basis and is currently working on the new viewing room for both rings. He made jumps for both the rings and continues to supply the farm with new and interesting jumps on a yearly basis. He has a talent for making unique jumps. It isn't rare to see Carl with a hammer in his hand or up on his John Deere tractor doing something for the horses (like feeding hay) or maintaining something. He was a professional carpenter by trade and worked for such people as Paula Zahn (CNN's newscaster), Richard Gere (needs no introduction) and Tommy Hilfigere. His work is well known in Greenwich, CT and other parts of CT area as he belonged to Connecticut Carpenters Union. Carl says, "I work harder now that I am retired then I did when I worked a full time 9-5 job". No doubt. There is never an end to the renovations at Buckingham Equestrian Center and it will look different from year to year. This elite facility will continue to grow and match no other in the Dillwyn area for excellence.
CARL MAINTAINING INDOOR RING
At Buckingham Equestrian Center, we specialize in training both the horse and rider. We are known for matching a good horse/rider team. Buckingham Equestrian Center prides itself on its safety record and always require ASTM/SEI approved headgear with attached harnesses.
For general information regarding Lessons, Boarding, Shows etc. please contact Mary: (434) 983-7427 All inquiries via e-mail may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org