Wellington, FL- February 3, 2012- Talented amateur rider Alison Finger became a client of Olympic Silver Medalist, Peter Leone, and the Lionshare Farm team in 1994. They met in Dublin where Finger was horse shopping and Leone was competing at the Dublin Horse Show. A busy senior strategy professional at Bristol Myers, Finger carefully balances family, riding, showing and business.
“Peter’s coaching style is, in a word, insightful. He has such great expertise in how to develop a horse and develop a rider, but then brings so much insight into the partnership and how they need to work together. Each horse that I’ve had with Peter I know is developed to his or her full potential. Additionally, Peter is fantastic at working with the limitations I bring into the mix— when my work schedule doesn’t allow me time to ride, etc. He always makes any time I do have productive and fun. I’ve ridden with him for quite a while now, and each year I learn more and more,” shared Finger.
In 2005, Finger bought Tuvalu (Blue) after Peter Leone successfully campaigned him in the Belgium in the Five-Year-Old Championships. Shortly after the purchase, duty called. Bristol Myers promoted Finger to a Global Strategy position. It was a fantastic opportunity for the young professional. The catch: the job was half way around the world in Australia.
While in Australia she found trainer, Michelle Strap. Finger and her equine partner, Blue, went back to basics and flatwork. “I really got to know Blue by going back to square one. It was very good for both of us,” she shared.
As fate would have it, Finger was transferred back to the Greenwich, Connecticut area and returned to Lionshare Farm. “When Blue got off the trailer and saw Lionshare Farm, he was so happy. To both of us, it’s home.”
Finger and Blue recently earned a second place ribbon in the $1,500 Martha Jolicoeur Adult Amateur 36-49 Jumpers. Look for Alison Finger and Tuvalu in the Adult Amateur Jumpers and the entire Lionshare Farm team at the 2012 Winter Equestrian Festival.
Peter Leone is an Olympic equestrian, trainer, producer of hunter/jumper instructional DVDs and author. He owns and operates Lionshare Farm in Greenwich, CT. His clients successfully compete in the pony, equitation, hunter and jumper divisions. He is one of three brothers, internationally known as Team Leone, for their success in the show ring. Leone was a member of the 1996 Silver Medal United States Olympic Show Jumping Team and winner of numerous national and international Grand-Prix show jumping competitions.