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Beth's parents, Read and Essie Perkins, owned Huntington Farm in South Strafford, Vermont, from the mid 60ís to mid 80ís. There, they bred, trained and sold event horses, and also ran the Huntington Farm Horse Trials.

Beth and her sister Bea grew up riding from a very early age. Their mother taught riding, and Beth's parents both competed at the Advanced level. The switch to eventing came through Pony Club where Beth achieved her A rating.

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After high school, Beth went to England to be a working student for Lars Sederholm. While there, she competed at Tidworth Three Day Event as well as many other horse trials. When she returned from England, she was asked to a team training session. After the training session, Beth was asked to stay on and train permanently for 3 years. She rode in the 1974 World Games at age 18 and placed 6th individually. She also rode on the gold medal team in the 1975 Pan American Games placing 5th individually. In 1976, Beth was short-listed for the Montreal Games. She has been teaching and training horses since leaving the team, except to take a few years off to finish college. She received a BA in English from the University of Vermont, where she also played varsity Womenís ice hockey, and an MFA Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.

Jack le Goff and Lars Sederholm have been Beth's main influences, as well as George Morris and Anne Kursinski, with whom she trained frequently with while living in California. She has been taught by numerous dressage instructors over the years and has always tried to stay abreast with some of the newer approaches to jumping and dressage. Beth also has had a lot of cross-country clinics with Mark Phillips while in California. Beth takes pride in how the excellent instruction she has received all her life has influenced her teaching. She believes that her strengths as a teacher are both her ability to verbalize and her focus on basic correct position of the rider as a way to fix many problems. She has ridden hundreds of different and often difficult horses since she's never been able to ride a "made" horse, so she has a lot of experience in fixing different problems.

Beth's versatility in communicating and her instinctual analytics allow for an exceptional level of disseminating improvements to riders of all ability.

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Beth is currently competing ...

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Sal Dali, owned by Cynthia Barclay

Fair Hill CCI***, 2011

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Applause 54, owned by Mike and Carol Greata and Annie Eldridge

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