They say hard work reaps reward and Mike Pendleton is one of the hardest working folks out there. Mike has been an instrumental part of the team at the Windurra for the past seven years, working his way from working student to international traveling groom to assistant rider for Boyd Martin.
This year, Boyd and Steady Eddie‘s owners George and Gretchen Wintersteen, Pierre Colin, and Denise Lahey, are giving Mike the opportunity to get some upper-level mileage and break into the top level of the sport by giving him the ride on the 16-year-old Australian-bred Thoroughbred gelding with the ultimate goal being for Mike and Eddie to compete at the Kentucky Three-Day Event next spring and perhaps the new Fair Hill five-star next fall.
After getting to know the gelding through the national Training through Intermediate levels in the winter and early spring, they made their FEI debut in the CCI2*-S at Fair Hill in April. They were later awarded one of the inaugural Bromont Rising grants which assisted them in completing the CCI3*-L at the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event in June. Mike made his Advanced debut with Eddie at Millbrook Horse Trials this August and most recently the pair placed 12th in the CCI4*-S at Great Meadow. In the hunt for their five-star qualification, they’re looking ahead to Fair Hill International and perhaps also the Ocala Jockey Club Three-Day Event this fall.
But with great opportunity, comes great responsibility (or something like that, as the saying goes) so Mike will be need to take financing these upper-level goals into his own hands. He is doing that by offering an annual buy-in to Club Steady Eddie, wherein members will get regular updates from Mike as well as access to their training at the farm and at competitions, plus an all important Steady Eddie hat!
Good luck, Mike and Eddie! Watch the video below to learn more and contact Mike if you’re interested in joining their journey.
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