Hidden Forrest Equestrian Center, Inc. is extremely proud to present Raven Gropp as Instructor, Trainer, amd Manager of our lesson program. Raven was literally raised in a barn as she accompanied me most everyday as I fed horses, cleaned stalls, etc, and she rode horses with me every day that it was not raining.
She started competing in Lead-Line classes at shows before she celebrated her first birthday. Her first showing in the Walk-Trot Division garnered her first championship at the age of 4.
Saddle Seat riding, I could teach her but when it came to riding Hunters, she was very fortunate to be able to ride with Trainer Lisa Jerrett Collier most everyday for about 12 years. Raven has now become an excellent teacher herself. She instills in her students not only the principles of proper equitation , but also an understanding of how to ask a horse to perform to the best of his ability.
Raven is a multi talented rider who has shown on the National level and won over 25 National Championships since she was 10 years old. Twelve of these wins were in the Equitation divisions of Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat, and Dressage Seat. We traveled extensively as she competed in many top "A" Rated shows from Arizona, Idaho, & New Mexico to Kentucky, Virginia, and even Chicago most recently, where she brought home six more prestigious National Championships and Reserves.
In 2016 Raven was named the nations High Point Youth Exhibitor for the Arabian Horse Association.
In 2017, Raven was selected as a member of the 2017 USEF USA Saddle Seat Equitation team that won the gold medal for the USA in International competition.
Raven is most proud of her wins in Equitation and listed below are a few of these major wins and accomplishments. These are in addition to numerous National Championships and Reserves in Side-Saddle, Show Hack, English Pleasure, Jumper, Hunter Over Fences, and Dressage:
National Champion in Saddle Seat Equitation 2011
National Champion in Hunt Seat Equitation 2014, 2016, 2017, & 2019
National Champion UPHA Cup Saddle Seat Equitation 2015
Reserve National Champion in Hunt Seat Equitation Over Fences 2013 & 2018
Reserve National Champion in Hunt Seat Equitation 2015
Reserve National Champion in Dressage Seat Equitation 2015
Reserve National Champion UPHA Cup Saddle Seat Equitation 2014
Reserve National Champion Saddle Seat Equitation 2012
2013 Arabian Horse Association Rider of Honor
2013 Arabian Horse Association Rider of Supreme Honor
2013 Arabian Horse Association Rider of Excellence
2016 Arabian Horse Association Handler of Honor
2016 Arabian Horse Association Handler of Suprreme Honor
2016 Arabian Horse Association Horseman of Merit
2016 Arabian Horse Association Horseman of Supreme Merit
2016 Arabian Horse Association Master Horseman
2019 Arabian Horse Association Handler of Excellence