Quinn Iverson, a protege of Debbie McDonald and Adrienne Lyle, sees hard work paying off as last weekend she rode down the centerline on a new Grand Prix horse, Beckham.
Beckham is a 13-year old Hanoverian by Benetton Dream out of Davinia (by Don Davidoff x Wolkenstein II x Calypso II). He is bred by Axel Windeler.
From Pony Club to Olympic Barn
The 23-year old grew up in Roseburg, Oregon, just west of the Umpqua National Forest with her mom being the horse influencer in the family.
With her first pony Snickers she rode Pony Club, and when he sold her trainer Cindy Sanders put her on a 17hh off the racetrack Thoroughbred to do some show jumping with.
In 2014 the 16-year old Quinn was scouted by Debbie McDonald at a clinic Devonwood in Sherwood, Oregon. She rode Bille Davidson's KWPN gelding Black Diamond CL (by Painted Black x Diamond Hit) at first level and Debbie spotted talent in her. She offered Quinn a working student job at River Grove Farm in Idaho, and although she initially thought it was a joke, ended up packing her bags and moving states. What was intended as a one week try out, became a life altering experience.
From First Level to Assistant Trainer
In 2015 Quinn spent her first season working and learning in Wellington and by 2019 had made her international show debut in her last year as a young rider on Black Diamond. She competed him in her first two and so far only CDI's, winning the team test on her CDI debut day in February 2019. In the summer she became the reserve champion at the 2019 U.S. Young Riders Championships.
In 2020 she produced the horse to Intermediaire II level and by 2021 the pair was doing their first national Grand Prix tests in Wellington.
Now officially Adrienne’s assistant trainer with her own groom by her side, Quinn splits her time between Wellington and Colorado as Lyle is based at Kylee Lourie's TYL (Thank You Lord) Farm.
Black Diamond's owner, Bille Davidson, has stayed loyal to Quinn and rewarded her for her commitment to horses and the sport with two successors for the 16-year old Black Diamond CL, which she nicknames Coal.
Two years ago Bille bought the 8-year-old Oldenburg mare Sakari (by (San Amour x De Niro) and the investor recently added the Grand Prix schoolmaster Beckham to Quinn's string.
Beckham was previously owned by the breeder Axel Windeler and first competed as a 4-year old in Germany in 2013 by Dora Asendorf. She rode him through 2014 but then a four year break from shows followed. Ann Christin Wienkamp premiered him at small tour level in 2018 and took him to inter II level, after which he was sent to Swedish Michelle Hagman in The Netherlands to be sold. Hagman rode him in a few local events in Holland.
Iverson made her debut on Beckham in the national Intermediaire II test on Saturday 12 February 2022 and scored a winning 72.941%
"So happy with Beckham in his first U.S. outing," Quinn took to Instagram. "Excited to see where the future takes us."
Photos © Lily Forado - Astrid Appels
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