Leigh Mesher was born in Kirkland, WA and started riding at the age of 5. She
participated in 4-H and Pony Club with a pony
named Plum and rode in her first three day event at the age of 11. She's been
completely hooked since.
Fun facts about Leigh:
- Started riding at 5 years old.
- First pony at 9 years old.
- In 2005, top 25th rider in the nation.
- Member of 4-H, Pony Club and Young Riders.
- Owner of My Beau, 2002 WEG alternate and 2004 Olympic Games alternate.
- Graduated from Seattle University in 2004 with a Degree in Journalism.
- Since 1999, has traveled east to compete and train with top riders, including: Ian Stark, Phillip Dutton,
David O'Connor, Amy Tryon and Buck Davidson.
- After college, became owner/manager of
Patterson Creek Equestrian Center and developer/trainer/instructor of
- Trained horses, taught lessons and sold horses for more than 10 years.
- Leigh took over the ride from her trainer, Amy Tryon, on My Beau in 2004. Soon
after, she competed in her first Advanced horse trials at Twin Rivers placing
second. In 2005, she went to the east coast for the fourth year in a row with
Amy and competed in her first CCI*** at Fox Hall, placing 4th (above world
class riders such as Phillip Dutton).
Accomplishments and Awards:
1998: Member of the NAYRC CCI* team for Area VII
2001: Member of the NAYRC CCI** team for Area VII
2001: 5th place, National Intermediate Adult Amateur
2004: Intermediate Adult Amateur of the Year
2004: Advanced Horse of the Year
2005: USEA Advanced Adult Amateur of the Year
2006: USEA Top Ten on National Overall Leader Board
2006: USEA Unanimous Vote by Board of Trustees; Certificate of Appreciation by
the U.S. Equestrian Team
2006: USEA Adult Amateur Intermediate Rider of the Year
Spring 2004: 2nd place, Twin Rivers Advanced
Spring 2005: 4th place, Fox Hall Cup CCI***
Summer 2007: 1st place, Rebecca Farms CIC*
Fall 2007: 1st place, Twin Rivers CIC**
Fall 2007: 2nd place, Galway Downs CCI**
Spring 2008: 4th place, Galway Downs CIC**
Fall 2008: 2nd place, Twin Rivers Advanced
Summer 2009: 1st place, Whidbey HT Advanced/Int.
Summer 2009: 2nd place, Rebecca Farms Advanced
Spring 2010: 1st place, Galway Downs Advanced
Mar De Amor ("Dinero") 2001 SF Bay Gelding. Bred in France and imported to the states in 2001.
He was originally a jumper, finishing 2005 as the five yr old of the year in
California. I bought him from John Endicott at Indio that spring
and started his career as a Three Day Eventer.
He won all 4 of his Training
Horse Trials and quickly moved up within one season to win 1st place in his
first CIC*, CIC** and 2nd place at his first CCI**. Within 10 months he went
from Training to Advanced level, placing 2nd, only behind the 2008 World Cup
In 2010, Dinero (affectionately known as D$) won the Galway Downs Advanced Horse Trials from start-to-finish by more than 10 points. He also finished 5th at the Bromont CCI***. In 2011, he won the Twin Rivers Spring CIC*** and traveled to the Netherlands to represent the USA Eventing Team at Boekelo. Dinero then went to the east coast where he was ridden and competed by Buck Davidson. In 2013, they finished in 9th place at The Rolex Kentucky CCI****, Dinero's first 4-star event.
2007 OTTB, grandson of Seattle Slew. Revi is a fabulous mover and shows endless
potential as he continues to work and learn.
Revi was competitive at the Novice level in 2012, moved up to Training level in 2013, and to Preliminary in 2014. At the end of the 2014 season he did his first CIC* at Woodside in CA. He continues to improve and impress me every day.
Finally DG ("Fin")
2010 Dutch Warmblood gelding by Idocus. I bought him in the fall of 2014 and we had our first competitive season together in 2015. He's currently eventing at the Novice level.
Rafflasia Z ("Raffy")
2003 Zangersheid chestnut Mare. I bought her as an unbroken 4 yr old from Okanagan Show Stables in Canada. In '09, she competed at Training placing 2nd at Rebecca Farms and winning the Young Riders Benefit Horse Trials.
Raffy was the 2009 Area VII Training Champion, winning the championships on her dressage
score of 23.
She contested her first Preliminary at the beginning of 2010 finishing in
4th place. Raffy also won the OP at Aspen Farms, finishing on her Dressage
score and won the Spring 2011 CIC* at Galway Downs, both ridden by Karen O'Neal. In 2013 with Leigh in the irons, Raffy won the Zeit Capital Training Challenge at Aspen Farms. The division had 32 competitors and the pair finished on their winning dressage score of 25.
My Beau ("Beau")
1990 Canadian TB Bay Gelding. Now retired from International Eventing.
had a dream career. I bought him as a 9 year old for 1998
Young Riders. When I went to College in 1999, Amy Tryon took over the ride on
him and competed him all over the world, including Fair Hill, Rolex Kentucky,
Burghley, and Badminton. Beau was Amy's alternate horse in both 2002 and 2004 for the U.S.
Team. He was my first Advanced ride, placing 2nd in a large field of riders and
taking me to my first CCI*** at Fox Hall finishing 4th. He's taught
many riders the gift of correct use of aids and has been loved and cared
for by many grooms, students, and trainers.
Twiggy 1999 Cdn TB Dark Bay Mare. I bought this elegant mare in Canada as a hopeful eventer. Unfortunately due to a couple
injuries, she was unable to move forward with her competitive career. Her
bloodlines however, being the daughter of Traveling Victor, (a very well known
and winning race horse in Canada) showed off in her amazing gaits and scope. She
was bred to the stallion Chopin, a WB from Okanagan Show Jumping Stables,
and foaled a beautiful filly named Czarina. We hope she will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.
Twiggy had a new baby in March 2012! She was bred to Quinar (1995 Holsteiner), who stands at Fox Fire Farm.
Astra Astranomical is 6 year old mare that I rescued from the Zillah Feed Lot in 2013. She is currently giving lessons to an 8 year old and just recently went to Aspen Farms for the March Derby and was perfect! Quiet, easy and jumped around the Hopefully course without batting an eye. Excited for her future in eventing!
Indy Indyana Jones is a 5 year old gelding that I rescued from the Zillah Feed Lot in 2013. He is currently schooling 2'6" with way more potential which will make him a great future event horse. Excited to see what the future holds for this very athletic guy!
Peanut Peanut is a mini mare that I rescued from the Zillah Feed Lot in 2014. She was dropped off with a large group of mini's and was about to be left behind before I heard she needed a home. She is a very sweet little girl and a great partner for My Beau in his retirement.