Cynthia Wiseman began riding as a child, spending weekends trail riding on her great aunt and uncle’s farm near Chanute, Kansas. Her formal riding education did not begin until the age of 29, after graduation from veterinary college and a move to North Carolina.
Cynthia and her mount, Agitated Hawk, began foxhunting with The Triangle Hunt in 1999. The thrill of riding cross-country led them to the sport of eventing. Cynthia began her eventing career under the tutelage of Terri Pace of Cedar Rock Farm, Karyn Becerra of Iron Horse Farm, and Paige Gesing of Goldhorse in North Carolina. Cynthia and Hawk completed their first horse trial in 2002.
Cynthia and her husband, Heath, returned to the Midwest in 2003 and established Stone Ridge in 2004. A student of USEA ICP Level III instructor, John Staples, Cynthia was encouraged to pursue her instructor’s certification. Cynthia began teaching after she earned her USEA ICP Level I Novice Certification in 2008. Learn more about the USEA Instructor Certification Program.
During this time, Cynthia has progressed to the CIC**, CCI** and Intermediate levels of competitive horse trials. Career highlights include the Hagyard MidSouth CCI* Classic Full Format 3-Day in 2009 and the Richland Park CIC** in 2013. Cynthia has earned top finishes at numerous horse trials, including the win at Intermediate at Colorado Horse Trials with Vote Yes in 2012, first at Roebke’s Run CIC** in 2014 and second at Colorado Horse Park CCI** in 2014.
Cynthia and Vote Yes earned their USEA Blue Ribbon Award at Intermediate Level in 2012. That same year Cynthia was awarded the USEA Governor’s Cup for dedication to the sport of eventing. In 2013, Cynthia and Vote Yes finished 11th in the nation in the Open Intermediate at the American Eventing Championships.
Cynthia experienced several years under the instruction of USEA Level III certified Advanced competitor John Staples. Cynthia has also received instruction with numerous other Advanced competitors and ICP certified trainers including; Mike Huber (ICP Level IV), Heather Morris (ICP Level IV), Robert Costello (ICP Level IV), Emily Beshear (ICP Level IV), Jennie Brannigan (ICP Level IV), Don Sachey (ICP Level IV), Kim Severson (ICP Level IV), Cathy Forsberg (ICP Level III) and countless others over her 14 years in the sport. She currently expands her knowledge with regular instruction from Advanced CIC*** competitor Julie Wolfert.
Cynthia’s ICP Workshop Continuing Education faculty have included Darren Chiacchia (ICP Level IV), Phyllis Dawson (ICP Level IV), Mary D’arcy (ICP Level IV), Robin Walker (ICP Level IV), David O’Connor (ICP Level IV), and Karen O’Connor (ICP Level IV).
In addition to her riding activities, Cynthia is a small animal veterinarian and has a history of being a dedicated athlete. Her numerous MIAA collegiate conference championships (including holding the Pittsburg State University 400m hurdle record for 18 years) and current successes in road races from 5k-Half Marathon is a testament to her dedication and determination as an athlete. She is currently a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri, an organization that inspires girls to be healthy and confident. Girls on the Run believes that every girl can embrace who she is, can define who she wants to be, can rise to any challenge, can change the world. Can. Cynthia’s eventing coaching strategy follows the same positive mindset to create a competitor who can think independently, react effortlessly and will have the confidence to do so.
- USEA Governor’s Cup for Dedication to the Sport
- 2014 USEA Area IV Reserve Intermediate Rider of the Year
- 2012 USEA Blue Ribbon Award at Intermediate
- 2010 USEA Bronze Medal at Preliminary Level
- 2009 USEA Area IV Volunteer of the Year
- 2008 USEA ICP Level I Certification
- 2006 USEA Area IV Volunteer of the Year