Hometown: Middleburg, Virginia
Lynn Symansky began riding at the age of three and competing at the age of five. She grew up as a member of the United States Pony Club, earning her A-rating, and by the age of 18, she was competing at the Advanced level. In 2003, she was named to the Short List for the Pan American Games. That fall, she and No It Tissant were 10th in the Fair Hill International CCI3*. Symansky competed in her first CCI4* at the 2008 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event with No It Tissant and finished in 19th place and received the Best Conditioned Horse Award. The pair had a repeat performance, coming in 19th once again in the 2009 edition of the CCI4*.
Symansky found another talented star in the off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding, Donner. In 2011, she rode him to a fifth-place finish in his first CCI2* at the Jersey Fresh. The pair then took on the CIC3* level, successfully completing the Plantation Field CIC3*. Symansky and Donner represented the U.S. for the first time at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where the pair finished on its dressage score to contribute to the Team Gold medal. The following year, they had a 13th-place finish in The Fork CIC3* and an 11th-place finish in the Jersey Fresh CCI3*.
In 2013, Symansky had a stellar year, kicking things off with a win in The Fork CIC3* with Donner. The pair then finished on its dressage score to earn fifth place in the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by Land Rover CCI4*. As the second highest-placed American, Symansky claimed the 2013 Rolex/USEF National CCI4* Eventing Reserve Championship title. Donner received the Zeppa International Trophy for Best Turned Out and the Best Conditioned Horse Award.