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Ellen Olson

Hometown: La Motte, Iowa
Discipline: Endurance

Ellen Olson is an accomplished endurance rider. She rode Berjo Smokey, a very competitive horse known for his excellent recoveries, in the 2009 competition season. They were second in the CEI1* at the Goethe Challenge. In October, they placed second in the Kentucky Cup Endurance Ride held in Lexington, Ky.
In February 2010, Olson represented the U.S. at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Al Wathba President’s Cup in the United Arab Emirates. In the UAE, she and SA Belshazzar finished 41st out of 106 competitors.

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In 2011, Olson had an amazing showing at the Fort Howe Endurance Ride in June, finishing second in the CEI2* on SA Belshazzar and winning the CEI1* on Guesswhozgotitall. At the Goethe Benefit Challenge, Olson and SA Belshazzar won the CEI3* to end their 2011 season.

She had another solid year in 2012. At the USA Team Trial Race, Olson and SA Belshazzar finished ninth out of 45 in the CEI3* race. She then rode Noslo’s Harley Rally to the win in the CEI1* at the Zone Team Endurance Challenge.

In 2013, Olson won the FITS CEI3* race riding Hot Desert Knight. Later that year, the pair placed second in the CEI3* Zone Team Endurance Challenge. With Noslo’s Ready to Run, Olson won the Sand Hills Stampede race. Olson finished her season with a fourth-place finish in the NJTRA Mustang Memorial CEI1* with Noslo’s Selket Da Yankee.

Olson has been on top form in 2014, kicking the year off with a win at FITS on Noslo’s Sand Dancer.

She is married to fellow endurance competitor Jeremy Olson.

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