June 7, 2019— Olympian, trainer and youth mentor Peter Wylde is one of the most well-respected horsemen in the sport of show jumping, not only for his competitive success but also his commitment to education. Originally from Medfield, Massachusetts, Peter grew up taking care of his own horses and rose through the junior ranks before turning professional as a young adult. His early years in the sport taught him the value of a strong work ethic and the importance of always putting the well-being of the horse first.
Peter worked with Fran and Joe Dotoli at their Young Entry Stable for three years as a junior. He won the 1982 Rolex-Maclay National Equitation Championships at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden riding a Thoroughbred, Native Surf. He attended Tufts University, where he competed on the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) team, ultimately winning the Cacchione Cup, the highest individual honor in collegiate riding. He turned pro shortly after his graduation and began to experience success at the grand prix level in show jumping.
Peter is best known for his partnership with Turnabout Farms’ Fein Cera, who he rode to the individual bronze and the Best Horse award at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain, and the team gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Previously, Peter had won team and individual silver medals at the Pan Am Games in Winnipeg, Canada, riding Dan Lufkin and Chestnut Ridge Farm’s 17.1 hand Macanudo DeNiro. Peter has made six FEI World Cup Finals appearances and has won the coveted Style of Riding Award at prestigious competitions around the world including the CHIO Aachen (Germany), the CSI Vienna (Austria), the American Gold Cup, the USHJA International Hunter Derby Finals, the Upperville Horse Show and is a three-time winner at the Hampton Classic.
Peter based his training and sales business in Germany from 2000-2012. He initially moved abroad to improve his skills by competing against some of the best riders in the world. He had only planned to stay for two years. Over a decade later, he returned to the U.S. to support and develop future grand prix horses, to be closer to family and to focus on mentoring up-and-coming riders. Peter is currently developing a young string of talented jumpers led by his top mount, Canamerra 2, owned by the Kamine family. He is based at M and W Horses in Millbrook, New York and Wellington, Florida.
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Each week, Elise Gaston Chand hosts informative and entertaining conversations with, for and about horses, horse-people and the equestrian life. Because of Horses is the horse-lover’s podcast for listeners worldwide, sharing notable equestrians’ personal stories, challenges, triumphs and expert insights, as well as timely topics and exciting event information from around the globe. Because of Horses is an American Horse Publications award winner and is the official podcast of the Hampton Classic.