Support Mike Pen: Join “Club Steady Eddie”

Mike and Steady Eddie at the 2019 Plantation Field International CCI4*-S. Photo: Amber Heintzberger

As many of you know, Boyd’s assistant rider Mike Pen has made a steady and impressive climb up the levels of eventing, recently has been piloting Boyd’s former five-star mount Steady Eddie around. Mike works harder than anyone we know, and truly appreciates the opportunities that he earns with horses. Mike is currently looking for support to compete Steady Eddie, who is nearing the end of his competitive career. Please take a moment to read the following letter from Mike and consider joining “Club Steady Eddie”.

I have recently found myself in a fortunate situation with getting the ride on a top level horse that is nearing the end of his career, and with the help of Boyd I am starting the nerve-wracking process of paying for this exciting project.

Steady Eddie is a New Zealand Thoroughbred that has done it all: he has represented America at the Nations Cup, and traveled around the world to events like Burghley (England), Kentucky (USA) and Pau (France) CCI5-stars.

I was very fortunate for the owners of Steady Eddie to give me the ride at the beginning of this year.  I am grateful because they had the chance to sell the horse, but instead they allowed me to take over the ride.  This is an unbelievable opportunity to compete at the top level for a person like me that is just starting out my career.

All in all I believe I need to raise around $15-20k per year to keep Eddie on the road.  To compete a horse at the top level the expenses are very high.  I am very fortunate that in my job as assistant rider to Boyd I get free stabling, hay, straw and feed, and free coaching; beyond that, I must come up with the money to compete Eddie at the bigger shows with the cost of shipping, stabling, and entry fees.

To compete at the top level I understand that I have to do everything properly, and a horse with Eddie’s age needs all the help he can get with supplements, massage and equine therapy. I use one of the best blacksmiths in the area as well as a small amount of vet work, which is never cheap.  Some of the money raised will also go towards the use of the Aquatred and swimming pool to maintain his fitness without putting additional miles on his legs.

This is also a great opportunity to begin my career as a professional rider.  For the last seven years I’ve been fortunate to ride for Boyd’s owners and now this is a great chance for me to leap into the world with my own support bubble. For a small $500/year fee I hope to give you a taste of high performance horse ownership, which would normally cost many thousands of dollars. This is a great way for people out there to play a major role in my career and a good chance for me to learn how to provide an excellent service to a group of supporters.

As thanks, if you join the Steady Eddie Club you will receive an exclusive member’s hat and monthly updates on our training and progression. You’re welcome to come to the farm and meet Eddie and me and watch his training.  Ultimately, my goal is to be drinking champagne with you next April in the VIP tent, on Sunday after show jumping at the Kentucky Three-Day Event!

If you would like to become a member, you can send you contribution either directly to me: Michael Pendleton, 57 Gibble Road, Cochranville, PA 19330

Or for a tax deduction, make your check payable to The American Horse Trials Foundation with a note attached, “For Michael Pendleton’s account”.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message, and I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

-Mike

 

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