A member of the United States Equestrian Team ( USET ) squads that won the team Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the team Silver Medal at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, ‘ Leapin Leslie ‘ Howard entered her first show at age 6. As a junior rider, she won the 1972 ASPCA Maclay Finals, at Madison Square Garden at age 15, the United States top competition for riders 18 and under. (read more under "Leslie Career")
A lifelong equestrian and accomplished "A" circuit rider, Kristen has made a name for herself and trained in all disciplines of competition: pony club, hunters, jumpers, equitation, and dressage. Kristen was educated by renowned professionals: Robert Hoskins, Patrick Rice, Leslie Burr Howard and Timmy Kees. As a Junior Kristen competed at the Medal, Maclay, and USET finals, Devon, The National Horse Show, Junior Hunter Finals and has earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals for winning 20 USET classes. While still in college Kristen co-founded and coached the Fairfield University Equestrian Team, and was a member of the United States IIEA Nations Cup team in Berne, Switzerland, Budapest, Hungry and at the World Championships in Ankum, Germany. Kristen created the modern Horsemanship Curriculum for the historic New Canaan Mounted Troop and in 2002 received the America's Promise Award for being a Role Model for Youth in Equestrian Sports. She has received the FW-PHA's Trainer of the Year Award for training the Best Equitation Rider, Best Hunter Rider and Best Medal Rider. Kristen is experienced in educating green horses and equine rehabilitation.