Event in which you compete: Show Jumping
Hometown: Upperville, Virginia, USA
Number of years riding: About 30 years, I started riding at around age three and started competing at age 10.
Career accomplishments to date: Alison began competing on the international show jumping circuit in 1994 and had successful seasons in Europe in 1995 and 1996, winning classes at well-known venues such as Hickstead and Hamburg. In 1997, Alison was named the leading rider in the Samsung Nations Cup World Series and her horse, Gustl P, was named the leading horse. That same year Alison was honored by the U.S. Olympic Committee as their Female Equestrian Athlete of the Year, by the Virginia Horse Shows Association as their Horseperson of the Year, and The Chronicle of the Horse named her mount, Gustl P, their Horse of the Year.
Robitaille has represented the USET on numerous occasions including the 2004 Athens Olympic Games (1st alternate), the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg (Team Silver Medal), the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome (top-placed U.S. rider) and five World Cup Finals (Geneva – 1996, Göteborg – 1997, Helsinki – 1998, Las Vegas – 2000 and Kuala Lumpur -
2006); winning the Grand Prix at the Finals in 1997, 1998 and 2000.
Alison was also the recipient of the USET’s Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy in 1996. As a junior rider, she rode in the North American Young Rider Championships and the USEF Prix des States Championship at Harrisburg. Alison rides and trains out of Newstead Farm in Upperville, VA.
Grand Prix Wins: 41
Nations Cup Teams: 24
World Cup Finals: 5
How you got started in your event: I love animals. I used to have really bad allergies but my Mom would sneak me out to the barn so my Dad wouldn’t find out. I was hooked on horses at a very early age.
Length of time you’ve been sponsored by Ariat: 10 Years
Favorite Ariat product (by name): Monaco Field Boots and Show Coats (Monaco & Legacy)
Proudest career moment: Leading Rider & Leading Horse (Gustl P) – 1997 Samsung Nations Cup World Series
Tell us about your first horse: My first pony was a small pinto pony named Charlie. He would always jump really high over ground rails. He would never just step over them. After flying out of the tack a few times, I learned how to hang on tight.
You ride because: I love horses, being outdoors, and competing.
If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a: Marine biologist
Favorite mentor or idol growing up: Katie Prudent
Favorite place to travel: Costa Rica
Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: I love to cook.
Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn: I enjoy hanging out with my husband and daughter.
Good luck charm: A belt that I always wear when I compete.