Grand Prix rider Callan Solem has relocated her show stable to Chester Springs, PA. While Solem will continue to winter in Florida, she is embarking on a new business venture in Chester County, Pennsylvania with property owners Virginia and Collin McNeil.
"It's a great location. It's central to a lot of good shows." Solem said. "I think the McNeil family and I have a lot of common goals."
Originally from Atlanta, GA, Solem has been riding out of Quiet Winter Farm, in Colts Neck, NJ for the last 14 years for Carol Thompson. As the professional there, she has won numerous grand prixs including HITS Saugerties, HITS Ocala, the Fairfield Hunt Club and Old Salem Farm. She has been a member of the Nations Cup Team in Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, Lummen and Falsterbo, and was a part of the winning Super League Team in 2005. In 2008, Solem won the Leading International Rider title at the Syracuse Sport Horse Invitational/National Horse Show.
Solem has also been a successful hunter rider, with championships at the Devon Horse Show, the Hampton Classic, and the Capital Challenge to name a few. "I'm really happy to be moving forward and have my own place in the industry," Solem said. "I am very grateful to Carol Thompson for her support over the past decade at Quiet Winter Farm, Colts Neck, NJ and I am excited about this next step."
Solem made the move to Pennsylvania on April 1 after finishing the competition season in Ocala, Florida. She and her horses drove north to the McNeil's Upland Farm, a 90-acre facility with outdoor arena, jumping field, two barns, equine treadmill, and extensive riding trails. A barn and indoor arena at the neighboring Strawbridge farm are also available.
"The McNeil farm will eventually be building a new barn," Solem said, explaining there are plans for the business to grow. For right now, she is very happy with the facilities. "There's a lovely indoor and nice paddocks. Everything looks super for the horses."
Callan Solem Show Stables will be accepting riders of all levels, from pony hunters through grand prix, at the new facility. Along with Solem, trainer Martha Redman will be available for coaching and teaching new students. Redman is relocating to Chester Springs from Millbrook, NY where she owned and operated a successful show barn for the past 10-years.
"The horses need to be happy to do a good job and keeping them healthy is key," Solem explained her approach. "For the riders I think it is important to be organized and have a systematic approach so that they're always ready when they advance to the next level. I also think it's truly important to build a solid foundation so that as riders move up through the ranks they feel confident."
Solem works with the entire McNeil family including their children. They have seven of their own show horses including grand prix jumper Magic Cruise, formerly with Jimmy Torano, jumper With Love, and hunter High Counsul. Solem also will continue to campaign her own grand prix horse, VDL Torlando.
From her new base, Solem will be traveling to HITS Culpepper in an effort to qualify for the Pfizer $1 Million Grand Prix at HITS Saugerties in September. Solem hopes to add more international competitions to her resume this year, and is looking ahead to the 2010-2011 World Cup season and the Winter Equestrian Festival in 2011.
For more information about Callan Solem and Callan Solem Show Stables phone (610) 827-9003 or visit www.callansolem.com.