In 2006, Denny
was inducted into the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Hall of Fame.
He is also a member of the Dartmouth College Athletic Hall of Fame and of the Vermont Academy Athletic Hall of Fame.
, eventer, trainer, coach, author, leader, activist, has been a significant, influential force in the equestrian community for a half-century.
Beginning with his
first competition, the Stoneleigh Prospect Hill School Gymkhana, at the age of 12, Denny
has forged a career with horses which culminated in his
receiving the both the USEA's Wofford Cup for lifetime service to eventing, the American Riding Instructor Certification Program (ARICP) Lifetime Achievement Award, induction in 2006 into the USEA Hall of Fame
, and included leadership in such organizations as the USEA (twice president), the USET (vice-president of Eventing
for seven years), the USEF (on the Executive Committee), and Chairman of the Breeder's
Committee of the AHSA.
Now in his
48th consecutive year of competing at the preliminary level or higher, Denny
has achieved much success in the sport of eventing.
At 20, Denny
rode in his
first event, a preliminary three day event at GMHA
By 1965, Denny
had moved up to intermediate, on Lighting Magic, his
first event horse, and in 1971, on Cat, he
rode in his
first advanced event, at Dunham, Quebec.
advanced career would last for 29 seasons, during which time he
brought 14 horses to that level, an average of about one advanced horse every two seasons.
In 1972, Denny
won the USCTA's "Rider of the Year" award.
Two years later, riding Victor Dakin, Denny
rode a clean cross country round at the Burghley, England World Championship Three Day Event, to secure a team gold medal for the USET.
In 1979, Denny
won the US National Three Day Event at Chesterland, this time riding York, who also captured the title of 1979 USEA "Horse of the Year.
Three years later, Denny
was the Reserve Champion at the US National Three Day Event, riding Farnley Rob Roy.
In 1992, riding the Thoroughbred stallion, Epic Win, Denny
won the Bromont CCI**.
Then in 1999, at the age of 58, Denny
rode Speed Axcel to a clear round at the Groton House advanced event, his
last advanced event.
Denny's latest mounts for 2009 include Loftus Fox, Union Station, and Cobrador.
In addition to his
eventing career, Denny
has been involved in numerous other horse sports during his
56 years of competing.
rode in his
first one hundred mile trail ride at GMHA
Forty-eight years later, in 2004, Denny
won a Tevis Cup buckle in endurance, for completing the 50th Anniversary of the Western States Trail Ride, the most famous and arduous 100 mile endurance race in the world.
has competed at the National Morgan Horse Show, has shown hunters at Ox Ridge, has shown jumpers and dressage horses at dozens of shows, and has ridden in steeplechase races.
As an endurance rider, Denny
has compiled 2,250 miles in American Endurance Ride Conference races, and was long listed for the 2005 USA East team for the North American Championships.
Accomplishments as Author
has authored bi-monthly articles for the "Between Rounds" feature of The Chronicle of the Horse, since the inception of that forum about fourteen years ago.
has been featured three times on the cover of Practical Horseman magazine
in conjunction with feature articles which he
authored in 1982, 1991 and 1999.
wrote the forewards to Sally Swift's huge best selling book Centered Riding
, to Priscilla Endicott's Taking Up the Reins, to Donna Snyder-Smith's The All Around Horse and Rider , and to the USCTA Book of Eventing
has also contributed chapters and sections to such books as Riding
For America, Burghley - The Three Day Event, Lexington, 1978, and Kentucky, Three Day Event.
And Denny's speaking skills are renowned, at conferences, conventions, symposiums, and lectures throughout the US and Canada.
audiences with humor and sensitivity, and just a touch of curmudgeonry.
Honors and Awards
In 1991, Denny
was presented the Lifetime Master Instructor Award by the American Riding Instructor Certification Program.
In 1998, the inaugural Ayers-Hammett Award by the American Medical Equestrian Association
was awarded Denny
"in recognition of his
outstanding contributions to promote safer horsemanship.
again received an inaugural award as recipient in 1999 of the "Equestrian Land Conservation Resource Leadership Award.
passion for land conservancy is demonstrated by his
service as trustee and President of the Green Mountain Horse Association
in Vermont, as trustee of the Carolina Horse Park
in North Carolina,, and as trustee of the Equestrian Land Conservation Resource.
Denny is a 1963 graduate of Dartmouth College, and he and May have two sons, Rett and Jamie.
In 1984, Denny
was inducted into "Wearers of the Green", the Dartmouth College
Athletic Hall of Fame.