Ride above expectations
Ali Barros has nineteen years of horse experience training under some of the top trainers on the east coast. She has experience competing both nationally and locally. For the first twelve years of her riding career was a working student and sales rider for many top New England Hunter Jumper Barns including but not limited to: Saddle Rowe Farm (Lombard Family and Cyndy and Frake Van Der Meer), Walnut Hill Farm (Casey Lorusso), Woodridge Farm (Greg Prince), Shining Valley Farm (Ron Zohar), and Herring Brook Farm (Mary Beth Magee and Aaron Vale). She spent several weeks each year in Ocala, Fla. riding and showing with Mark Jungherr of Starlite Farm and Mary Beth McGee of Herring Brook Farm. She showed and placed consistently at shows such as HITS Ocala, HITS Saugerties, Vermont Summer Festival, Fieldstone Show Park, Norfolk Hunt, and many more. She qualified for the Massachusetts Horseman's Council Finals (MHC) every year as a junior starting in 2006 as an eleven year old.
She began competing her imported Belgium Warmblood "Waterford Crystal" formally "Prince De Rialfo" out of Kalech and by Prince Royal. As an eleven year old, the pair won the Massachusetts Horseman's Council (MHC) High Point Championship for the Children's Adult Hunters. In addition to winning the Norfolk Hunt Memorial Trophy where the pair topped over forty riders. The pair also captured a eighth place finish at the 2006 MHC Mini Medal Finals out of one hundred and fifteen entries.
Beginning in 2008, Ali began competing in the Hunt Seat Equitation Junior Medals at the Massachusetts state level as a thirteen year old on a catch ride from Mary Beth McGee named "Daniel" a 17.2 hand seven year old warmblood cross. Personal note from Ali Barros (AB): "I am very grateful for MB's friendship and mentorship over the years. She has shaped me into the young woman I am today. Her friendship is one I will forever treasure".
In 2009 she leased "No Garnish" from Susan Lee and North Ridge Farms LLC from Allentown, Pa. as a junior hunter prospect. The pair had several top finishes in hunter derbies and championships. Personal note from AB: "Special thanks to Ken Kunsman of Allentown, PA for assisting with the search and believing in my riding abilities. I still smile thinking about riding Count Fleetwood!"
Ali purchased "Pierre" (formally USEA: "Pride Roc") now shown under "Let It Rock" (USEF/USEA) in Feb. of 2010 in Ocala, FL under Mark Jungherr of Starlite Farm and Far Out Farm. Pierre won $30,000 in his former racing days and competed up to Preliminary in eventing as a six year old. Once purchased, the team competed in the Children/Adult Jumpers (3'3"-3'9") and Equitation (3'6"). The duo was awarded the highest earning Massachusetts Child/Adult Jumper pair in 2010 and Reserve Champion in New England (NEHC). In 2011, Ali and Pierre appeared at the United States Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Athlete's Program Level One in Connecticut after being selected out of a large pool of applicants. They were tested on the flat and over fences for three days, and Ali participated in both written and hands on horsemanship exams. After level one, Ali was selected as the only female athlete to represent Massachusetts and continue on to level two in Buffalo, New York. Ali catch rode a jumper named "Mickey" at level two where she competed in the 1.20 meter level under the direction of Melanie Smith Taylor.
Ali has extensive horse sales experience. She has worked closely with trainers, clients, and buyers for over ten years. She had the opportunity to compete on Umberto III for Aaron Vale and Mary Beth Mcgee in 2011-2012. Umberto III was imported from Europe as a level six jumper prospect in Ocala, Fla. After a brief time as a jumper, Umberto III was sent north to be retrained and campaigned as a hunter and hunter derby mount. Ali and Umberto III competed in the Junior Hunters (3'6"), Hunter Derbies (3'3"-3'6"), and Big Eq (3'3"-3'6"). Career highlights include: Top 12 finish at the Vermont Summer Festival in the $5000 NEHJA Hunter Derby Qualifier, Second place finish in the Yozell Associates $2500 Hunter Derby, top twenty-five in the MHC Days of Champions Junior Medal Final, and many top finishes at AA shows. Umberto III was sold after a successful show season and continues to win with his riders across the country. Personal note from AB: "THANK YOU MB and AARON! I am forever grateful for you both and the horses you have allowed me to compete on over the years".
Ali was recruited to ride on The University of Tennessee at Martin's NCAA Division 1 Equestrian Team, where she rode as a division one athlete for her freshman year of college. In 2013, she decided to test the waters in eventing and focus on her studies. Ali is a 2015 honors graduate of UTM with degrees in Political Science and Public Relations in 3.5 years. Ali and Let It Rock competed up to training level, before "Pierre" retired from eventing in 2017 due to an injury sustained running training level at Dunnabeck. Personal note from AB: "Thank you MS State and Ulric Equestrian for helping Pierre get back on track! After two months off he returned to the hunters in style".
"Let It Rock" (aka Pierre) was awarded seventh overall at The United States Hunter Jumper Association - USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Adult Amateur Hunter Championships presented by SmartPak in June of 2019 in Atlanta, GA. He was the only Off-The-Track Thoroughbred that qualified and competed. He placed seventh overall, and had the third highest score in his handy round with a 81 and 83 (his personal best hunter scores to date). Personal note from AB: "Thank you to Spring Mill Farm for coaching me to this huge victory for OTTB hunters everywhere".
Ali adopted "Talon's Of Tuscany" an Off-The-Track Thoroughbred gelding by Arch in June of 2016 from Second Stride for $650 after he retired sound from only three starts. Ali has done his retraining entirely herself from his first post-track ride to his first hunter debut. Tuscany was champion of his first horse show in 2017, where he took home two blues and one second place. He is now geared towards the jumper ring and competing at the .75-.90 level. Tuscany is preparing for a competitive 2020 season in the 3'-3'3" jumpers and BN eventing.
She currently keeps her team of horses in Goodlettsville, Tennessee on a small private farm. She continues to compete in hunter jumper shows in the Mid-South with Herring Brook Farm (FL/MA) and David Pellegrini of Spring Mill Farm (TN).
Ali has been given the opportunity to further her hunter rider accolades with Rocky Top RF (a four year old Oldenburg gelding by Harmony Bay) and EWSZ Quarto (a six year old Zweibrucker gelding by Quebec bred by EWSZ).
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Massachusetts Horseman’s Council (MHC) Champion Child/Adult Hunters
Trophy Recipient at the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show
Eighth in the Massachusetts Horseman's Council Finals out of 150 riders
Massachusetts (MHC) Reserve Champion for Children's Eq.
Fourth in New England Horseman’s Council (NEHC) for Children's Eq.
Tenth in the Massachusetts Hunter Jumper Children's Hunter Horse Finals
Top Twenty in the Massachusetts Horseman's Council Finals
Nominated for the Equine Affaire, rode in clinic with Nona Garson
Seventh in Massachusetts for Open Eq 12-14
Eighth in New England for Children's Hunter Horse
Best Child Rider Award at the Fieldstone Summer Festival
Third in Massachusetts for Open Eq 12-14
Trophy Recipient at the Norfolk Hunt Horse Show
Eighth in the Massachusetts Horseman's Council Junior Medal Finals Open Eq
Third in the Children's Equitation Challenge at USHJA Zone One Finals
Seventh in the Children's Hunter Horse USHJA Zone One Final
Nominated for the Equine Affaire, rode in clinic with Peter Leone
Ninth in the USHJA Hunter Derby Qualifier at Fieldstone Summer Festival
Top 45 out of 200+ In the New England Equitation Junior Medal Championships
Champion in Massachusetts for the Child/Adult Jumpers
Reserve Champion in New England for the Child/Adult Jumpers
Top 15 in USEF Zone One for the Children's Jumpers
Participated in a Clinics with Mark Jungherr and Schuyler Riley
Twenty-Second in the Massachusetts Junior Medal Championships out of 150 entries
Emerging Athlete's Program Level One & Two (Zone One Level One, Invited back as the only female athlete from Massachusetts for Level Two in Buffalo, NY)
Top finishes in the Children's Jumpers at Vermont Summer Festival and HITS on the Hudson
Top 12 finish at the Vermont Summer Festival in the $5000 NEHJA Hunter Derby
Second (Umberto III) and Third (Aspen) finish in the Yozell Associates $2500 Hunter Derby
Massachusetts Horseman's Council Junior Rider Scholarship Award Winner
Queeny Park Horse Trials Eleventh Place
Indiana Eventing Association Horse Trials Eighth Place
Eighth in the Germantown Charity Horse Show $5,000 Versatility Challenge
Reserve Champion in the Thoroughbred Hunters at Germantown Charity Horse Show
Fifth Place High Point Award for MegFord on Talon's Of Tuscany
Rode in clinic with Olympic Eventer Jill Henneburg
Seventh Overall on Let It Rock in The United States Hunter Jumper Association - USHJA Zone 3 & 4 Adult Amateur Hunter Championships presented by SmartPak
Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund/USHJA Emerging Athletes Program Regional Training Session at Georgia International Horse Park
Emerging Athlete Program Grant Zone Four Recipient
Top Finishes at WTHJA Hunter Derbies on Let It Rock
Top finishes at HITS Ocala on Wizardry CBF
USHJA Zone 4 Outreach Jumpers Champion Overall
USHJA Invitational Low Jumper Reserve Champion on Let It Rock & Talon's Of Tuscany (both horses tied)
USHJA Invitational Equitation Champion on Let It Rock
TJC Hunter/Jumper Show 3'3" Champion on Let It Rock
Rode in Clinic with Alex Du Celliee Muller