27 Apr '17, 5pm

Q&A: Veteran Rolex Three-Day Event Groom Emma Ford

Q&A: Veteran Rolex Three-Day Event Groom Emma Ford

Emma Ford (right) leads Mighty Nice as they walk with team manager Joanie Morris during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo: Shannon Brinkman Behind every high-performance rider is a support team that helps keep their horses healthy, sound, and ready to compete. For U.S. Eventing team member and 2016 Olympic individual bronze medalist Phillip Dutton, that team is led by Emma Ford, who serves as his head groom and barn manager at True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania. Ford’s tenure with Dutton began in 2005, and she’s since groomed for him at two Olympic Games, two World Equestrian Games, and two Pan-American Games. In 2007, the U.S. Eventing Association named her Professional Groom of the Year, and she won the Professional Riders’ Organization Liz Cochran Grooms Award in 2012. Ford took a year off in 2013, thinking she wanted a “quieter life,” she says. “But that wasn’t ...

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