“We are excited to announce our collaboration as the Winter Equestrian Festival wraps up here in Wellington,” says Chris Kappler. “We’ve had a successful winter circuit and are ready for the summer season. Our team has all the right components in place to compete and succeed at the highest level of competition, both here in the United States and abroad.” He adds, “Our mission is to provide the most educated and dedicated care and training, earning competitive success with happy, healthy and fit horses.”
Sarah Segal has been a professional rider since graduating from Princeton University in 2006. After training at George Morris’s Hunterdon Inc. during her time at Princeton, she began her professional riding career by working for John and Beezie Madden. She returned to New Jersey in 2008 and has worked at Chris Kappler Inc. ever since. Sarah’s results in the show ring include a team gold medal from the North American Young Rider Championships and Grand Prix victories at major shows on the East coast. She represented the US Equestrian Team at several Nations Cup competitions, including the 2014 Furusiyya Nations Cup in Xalapa, Mexico. With Chris’s guidance she has developed numerous young horses into successful international Grand Prix competitors, earning results up to the 5* level. Sarah’s exposure to the best mentors in the showjumping industry, as well as her experience at elite levels of competition, make her a valuable asset to Chris Kappler Inc. as a rider and trainer. The trio will work out of both New Jersey and Florida, where their facilities include world-class stables that are managed by knowledgeable and dedicated support staff who round out the team; the primary role of these professionals is to ensure that each horse is intimately known and thoroughly attended to every day.
“We want to offer our clients the complete package that is required for success,” Chris explains. Owners will see that Chris’s approach includes an honest and thorough evaluation for clients who are looking to invest in a horse from our top-quality breeding partners in the industry. He adds, “Horses in our care benefit from a carefully planned health, fitness and training program that contribute to managing the equine athlete for competing at peak performance.”
The same attention to detail is at the core of the team’s approach to rider development. Chris says, “Riders in our program compete with confidence and achieve top results because they are thoroughly prepared by a balanced schedule of training and competitions. Our riders know when they enter the ring, they are well prepared and have a winning plan.”
“I am proud of the expertise and dedication that our team offers,” adds Sarah. “We are now in a better position to provide comprehensive service to clients who want to achieve their goals at any level both as owners or riders.” On a personal note, she says, “Looking to the future, it will be great to be competing with SHALANNO Farms as our new home base in Wellington during the winter season.”