Optimum Eventing

Optimum Eventing strives to provide a flourishing team attitude while supplying desirable conditions for success in the competitive equine show world. Optimum Eventing is a subsidiary of and based out of In Unison Farm LLC.

Optimum Eventing was founded by Lee Ann Gilson, an A graduate from the United States Pony Club, who is the owner, manager, and trainer at In Unison Farm LLC. She is currently competing Crack the Code at Beginner Novice and will move up to Novice this year. She started and trained Crack the Code as well as many other horses that have been successful in the show world. She is a certified instructor with USEA for Level I - Training. She has also trained and coached many successful riders over the years in the Eventing and Dressage worlds and also dabbles in the Hunter/Jumper world. She offers instruction to riders who are equine owners and desire to develop a deep connection with their mount. A connection that enables them to capture the best possible performance from their equine partner while sensing that they are a part of that body in motion, moving in unison. She provides a customized quiet approach for her students that allows her to promote the most out of the rider. She has high expectations from her riders, yet, the expectations are within reach for each rider. Some of Lee Ann's and her mounts accomplishments are: 2006 - Phantom of the Opera finished 4th out of 40 in Beginner Novice at the USEA Area III Championships 2010 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Open Training Level (Dressage) 2011 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Reserve Champion for Pro Beginner Novice and Open High Point Champion at the Poplar Place Farm June USEF/USDF Dressage show 2012 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Pro Beginner Novice and Foxberry Farm Champion for Beginner Novice 2013 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Pro Novice 2014 - Crack the Code finished 6th in Beginner Novice with USEA, 2nd in Beginner Novice with USEA Area III, and GDCTA Champion in Beginner Novice at recognized events

[06/01/20]   Looking forward to working the Poplar Place Farm schooling show on the 20th. Any students want to play there?

[05/25/20]   How many agree with this concept: a bit is only as strong as the hand that uses it (for the most part).

[05/17/20]   The friend in me hates that Laurie Broome broke her shoulder and needed surgery, but the rider in me is enjoying taking over the training rides on Rose.

[05/08/20]   Irony: the day after Georgia Power does a temporary power outage to switch you over to the improvements they’ve made for better reliability you lose power for 45 minutes.

Kind of reminds me of working with horses. Sometimes all the improvements you make in your training seem to not carry over because you don’t see instant results. But in reality the improvements that you’re making in your training are for the long term affects not the short term.

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USEF and USEA Suspension of Competitions Extended Through May 31, 2020

No surprise to any of us. I feel for all the officials nationwide who are having to make tough decisions with the public’s best interest in mind. It cannot be easy to have to make any of these decisions that local and national leaders are having to make.

useventing.com USEF and USEA Suspension of Competitions Extended Through May 31, 2020

[04/14/20]   One of my favorite sayings is being proven accurate by what’s going on in the world today.

Your actions cause reactions that affect other people. 

[04/11/20]   While things are quiet on the show front we keep plodding along at home. Slowly making progress forward (yes you could look at that as I repeated myself but I chose to look at it as a double positive, and positivity is something we need a lot of right now).

[03/19/20]   Am thankful that all my lessons are private because so far I am still able to make a living. Also glad the barn has a small family of boarders because while we are being careful I feel we don’t have to stress quite as much as bigger barns. The bathroom is staying cleaner than it ever has before though.

I have been lucky enough to have two in my life.

❤️ A TRIBUTE TO THE HEART HORSE ❤️

Something magical happens when you fall in love with a horse. It feels as though, suddenly, a piece of your soul exists outside of your body. This horse becomes a part of you, indefinitely tied together. A "heart horse" they call it.

Heart horses are sent to us to provide us with the comfort of unconditional love, the lessons of patience, and the feeling of connection and deep gratitude. You feel like the luckiest human in the world to be graced with such a wonderful gift. Your horse feels the same.

For as long as your heart horse is in their physical body, many of your actions will be dictated by what serves their best interest. You'll be hiking across a 3-acre field with 2 feet of snow to get to the one tree he's standing under to insure he's warm enough. You'll get out of bed at 2AM to go outside and check on him because you "have a feeling" you need to look. Others in your life will question your sanity, but you'll never question your own for one second. Because he is yours, and you are his.

The lessons he teaches you will often test your patience and your bravery. He’ll put things before you that ask you to look at parts of yourself you prefer to keep hidden from the world. But without fail, every time, he’ll love you even when you struggle to love yourself. He’ll stand behind you no matter what you’re facing so that you two can face it together. It’s an unspoken bond that transcends all other things. It’s something that only exists between horses and humans, this mystical partnership that defies all logic.

And when the day comes that your heart horse must leave his body, you’ll give him the gift of unconditional love. And he will feel like the luckiest horse in the world to be graced with such a wonderful gift. For a while, you’ll feel his absence everywhere. You’ll worry a piece of your soul will never return to your body. You’ll search desperately for his presence, terrified that you’ll never feel that connection again.

But in time, as the grief begins to settle, you’ll start to see and feel him in the most beautiful ways. And you’ll realize that he never really left. Because your heart horse lives within your heart and all around you. He’ll suddenly be closer than he ever was. He’ll stand behind you no matter what you’re facing so that you two can face it together. Because it’s an unspoken bond that transcends all other things. And this thing that exists between humans and horses? It’s a mystical partnership that defies all logic.

Something magical happens when you fall in love with a horse. And once you do, you’ll never go back to the way you were before.

[02/10/20]   Who else still has tan lines from the summer? Faint but still there for me.

[01/29/20]   Beautiful day, three good rides, two awesome lessons, got a little color on my face... I am a happy person.

[01/26/20]   So proud of Aubrey and Lindsay for their achievements in 2019. Aubrey had some highs and lows but persevered to receive 8th in GDCTA year end awards for Novice. Lindsay overcame some demons with the help of Newsworthy and they certainly were newsworthy claiming Champion in Beginner Novice. So proud of both girls and looking forward to 2020.

[01/21/20]   Don’t be in a hurry to get to big jumps. You have to lay the foundation before you build the house. (Forgot where I read this, it was so long ago)

[01/11/20]   I have to say I am enjoying all my students and clients I currently have, I feel blessed. Looking forward to an awesome 2020!

[01/03/20]   “No man, for any considerable period of time, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the truth.”— Nathan Hawthorne

[12/25/19]   Merry Christmas

[11/28/19]   Happy Thanksgiving

[11/11/19]   I appreciate all who are serving or have served which gives the rest of us our freedom

Ask any one of my students about how I feel their energy/nervousness at a show and they will confirm I can feel it. Also this is typically why I am always 10 minutes late... people I don’t know will tell me their life stories when I stop for fuel or food.

New favorite treat of Cody’s (old one for me).

[09/11/19]   Enjoying having Pym back in my program. Love riding this horse.

Not everything works out the way you had planned, what you chose to do with the new direction can define you... be resilient. Often times the shift of direction was for a reason you haven’t seen yet.

Life in Cosmos

We eventers know this all too well, it is not over till it’s over.

Naver Celebrate Too Early... Even a Moment Can Change Your Life ..

[08/05/19]   It was an interesting day at the Chatt schooling show Saturday, both riders ended on a high (feeling positive and happy) even though one ended on a letter instead of a score. Lindsay and Newsworthy finished on their dressage score of 33.3% to bring home second in the BN CT.

Aubrey and Clean Getaway had different plans in the Novice 3 phase. They were eliminated at jump three in stadium and so Aubrey was given a choice by me. You can either run the cross country (she had yet been able to ride a full Novice course because of weather at the other attempts) or wait till the end of stadium and we will school the stadium course, but whatever you decide to do it must have a positive ending. She opted for cross country, which I had hoped she would pick. I saw a different rider in the warmup, determined and ready to go (we had talked a lot about psychology and show nerves when walking down to xc). Her time came and she powered out of the start box. While she had some stops on course she finished strong and while panting to catch her breath she got out “that was awesome.” I know we have turned a corner and we will see a different rider at shows. So proud she chose the harder choice (xc) because now she knows she can do it and she is going to want to for that adrenaline rush and high we all feel when finishing xc.

Yes you are competing against others at a show but you should not compare yourself to other riders. Everyone has their personal goals they are working on and yours may not match the rider next to you. Plus every horse is different so how one person rides is not necessarily how you need to ride your horse. Strive to do your personal best instead.

[07/15/19]   Have you ever wondered how the good ones get good? Practice, practice, practice, and more leg.

[07/04/19]   Have a safe and fun Fourth of July

Be prepared my students

SITTING TROT (Quick tip)

To practice your sitting trot: STAND UP! Yes that’s right! Standing up in the stirrups while trotting is one of the first steps to real balance.

It’s done in all the European military schools (e.g. Spanish School of Riding). Not jumping position leaning over, but STRAIGHT UP.

Are you wobbling around up there? When you learn to absorb through your joints - hip, knee and ankle joints, up there standing in trot, then your sitting trot stands a chance of being good too.

If you can’t stand with a tiny gap between your pubic bone and the saddle standing fully, your stirrups are too long to help your balance. And, your heels will be up. If the gap is Huge when you stand, your stirrups are too short.

Good luck with this exercise!

[06/04/19]   Well we had fun at Poplar Place Farm's Horse Trials and Area III Championships. Lee Ann & Crack the Code scored a 27.5% and added 4 rails to finish in fourth in Novice Horse Champs, Beverly & Sheldon scored a 34.9% and added 2 rails to finish in 9th in the Sr. BN Champs, and Aubrey & Clean Getaway scored a 35.0% at their first ever HT and even though they had two oops on xc (at the last two jumps on course probably because they were both getting tired) and added a little time they still finished in 7th. Very proud of the team!

[05/06/19]   Crack the Code and Lee Ann scored a 31.4% in dressage putting them in first in Open Novice and went double clear over a fun cross country course. However, today was not our day in stadium because he knocked 5 rails and dropped us from first to seventh. Still a pretty color ribbon and onward to Area III Champs!

Our Story

Optimum Eventing was founded by Lee Ann Gilson, an A graduate from the United States Pony Club, who is the owner, manager, and trainer at In Unison Farm LLC. She is currently competing Crack the Code at Novice. She started and trained Crack the Code as well as many other horses that have been successful in the show world. She is a certified instructor with USEA - Level I - Training. She has also trained and coached many successful riders over the years in the Eventing and Dressage worlds and also dabbles in the Hunter/Jumper world. She offers instruction to riders who are equine owners and desire to develop a deep connection with their mount. A connection that enables them to capture the best possible performance from their equine partner while sensing that they are a part of that body in motion, moving in unison. She provides a customized quiet approach for her students that allows her to promote the most out of the rider. She has high expectations from her riders, yet, the expectations are within reach for each rider. Some of Lee Ann's and her mounts accomplishments are: 2006 - Phantom of the Opera finished 4th out of 40 in Beginner Novice at the USEA Area III Championships 2010 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Open Training Level (Dressage) 2011 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Reserve Champion for Pro Beginner Novice and Open High Point Champion at the Poplar Place Farm June USEF/USDF Dressage show 2012 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Pro Beginner Novice and Foxberry Farm Champion for Beginner Novice 2013 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Pro Novice (schooling shows) 2014 - Crack the Code finished 6th in Beginner Novice with USEA, 2nd in Beginner Novice with USEA Area III, and GDCTA Champion in Beginner Novice at recognized events, Crack the Code earned his Bronze and Silver USEA medals at Beginner Novice

2015 - Crack the Code earned his USEA Gold medal at Beginner Novice

2016 - Crack the Code earned his USEA Bronze and Silver medals at Novice, Crack the Code was GDCTA Reserve Champion at Novice, Newsworthy was GDCTA Reserve Champions at Training Level Dressage

2017 - Crack the Code earned his USEA Gold medal at Novice, Crack the Code competed at AEC’s in Novice Horse, Newsworthy was GDCTA Champion at Beginner Novice (schooling shows), Star Shrek was GDCTA Champion at Novice (schooling shows)

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