people have seen as many of them so fully as course designer, former Grand Prix
rider and overall horse enthusiast, Linda Allen, who will be at William Woods
University this weekend.
Allen will share her knowledge with WWU students and the community at 6 p.m.
tomorrow in Dulany Auditorium. She will conduct a clinic Saturday and Sunday.
started taking lessons at a barn in the Central Valley of California. There,
she worked with off-the-track trotters, pacers and some thoroughbreds. When she
was a little older, Allen began taking Saddle Seat lessons from Alice Ruth
Woolsey, and at age 13 she was given her first horse, an Arabian-Saddlebred-cross
by the name of Shimali.
mid-teens, Allen had become interested in jumping after winning an event run by
the California State Horsemanship Association.
years and then went into the horse industry full time. She purchased horses
and, after furthering their training, she sold them. She lived in Canada for
two years before moving back to California, where she bred and competed horses
with her business partner, Doug White.
could stay in the horse industry by designing courses. She has since designed
the courses for the World Cup Finals in Del Mar and the Olympic Games in
Atlanta, Ga. She has been an international judge, as well as the technical
delegate for the World Equestrian Games in 1999.