By  on August 9, 2013

Decades after she’d competed as a junior equestrienne, a then 36-year-old Anne Finch found herself in Florida as a regional marketing director for Estée Lauder, putting in long hours and yearning for a respite from the daily grind. “I drove past a show stable on the way to my office one day. The sights, beauty and smell brought joy and memories from my youth,” she recalls. “I drove over, walked in, next thing I knew I was an owner.”

Twelve years later, Finch has risen to the top of the adult amateur ranks in an equitation specialty in which she and her horse are judged on a set number of jumps based on technical accuracy, style and positioning. Last year, Finch bested 28 other riders to win the prestigious Ariat National Adult Medal Finals at the Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. “It meant the culmination of all my hard work. It was about reaching a goal and sharing it with my mom,” says Finch.

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