September 2014 Florida Rider of the Month


Laurie Ann Salmi, shown riding DA Cheap Thrills++++//


Learn More about our Florida Rider of the Month:

What classes/division(s) do you currently show in?
Western dressage, western sidesaddle

Of all the horses/ponies you have ridden, who is your favorite and why?
This one, barn  name “Trixie”…she’s been in our family for 12 years and she continues to teach me something new every day.

Where is your favorite place to show in Florida?
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center in Tampa, FL

What inspired you to start riding?
According to  my parents I was born loving horses

Do you have a favorite moment in your riding career?
Seeing Trixie earn a Top Ten at US National Championships in Open Half-Arabian Halter

What are your riding goals for the future?
More western dressage!  It’s fun!

What is the name of your favorite horse book or movie?
International Velvet

If you were forced to change riding disciplines, which new discipline would you choose?
I’ve had to do that, actually, a few times for a few different reasons.  Eventually I would like to try combined driving…

What equestrian professional(s) do you look up to?
Gosh- so many…especially the “Underdog”…but the people that have impacted my riding the most are Brian Sabo, Wendy Potts and John Zopatti

September 1, 2014