My name is Bethany Lee and I am a hunter/jumper trainer, exercise rider and equestrian fashion blogger based in Jacksonville, Florida. I have been riding for over 20 years and to this day my favorite place to be is in the saddle.
She always looks great, comfortable and camera ready; besides years of experience, I wanted to know if she had any tricks and secrets for staying balanced and getting the interview of the moment in the midst of so much action.
When I was a teenager my parents were in upstate NY and saw a skinny neglected Arabian and bought him, even though they knew nothing about horses! Eventually, after many falls, everyone in my family gave up on riding except for me!
My days are long, and in climates that run to the extremes, with my winters in Wellington and my summers in northern Virginia. Heat and humidity are a constant, and I accumulate a lot of saddle time. I’m also a professional rider and trainer, so looking good in spite of it all is important - I want to look polished and presentable to my customers, even when it’s 104* with 100% humidity and theirs is the sixth horse of my morning.
I would currently consider myself an independent contractor, working various jobs at horse shows across the country (primarily on the East Coast), but as far West as Des Moines, Iowa. I used to work full time for HITS, Inc. and that is where my skill set developed, in working all the different areas of Horse Show Production.