November 2019 - Flying Changes
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Wednesday, 30 October 2019 22:48
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Carol Dean-Porter

Much admired hunter/jumper trainer, Grand Prix rider and industry advocate Carol Dean-Porter passed away at her home on Oct. 21. She was surrounded by her husband Dan and family members. Throughout her illness, an outpouring of affection from the equestrian community reflected the many lives – humans and horses – that she touched.

Two of the many deeply influenced by Carol, Denise Finch and Mandy Porter, started a www.gofundme.com page during Carol’s illness. It remains active with the request that friends of Carol consider a donation in her honor, to help Dan with considerable expenses that remain. The page is entitled “Support Carol Dean & Dan Porter.”

We hope to publish a nice tribute for Carol in our December issue. (If you have a story you’d like to share about Carol, send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .) Meantime, here is Carol’s bio explaining some of her equestrian accomplishments:

For more than 40 years, Carol Dean-Porter has been a professional rider and trainer of hunter-jumper horses at her Carol Dean-Porter Stables in Los Angeles, California.

As a rider, Carol successfully rode several talented show jumpers to wins at the international Grand Prix level. During her career, she became the two-time Champion and four-time Reserve Champion of the GTE High Jump at the GTE Summer Horse Show in Huntington Beach, CA, winner of the Gran Premio de Mexico, and winner of the All Seasons Summer Classic Grand Prix, just to name a few. In recognition of her numerous wins, Carol was named the Leading Jumper Rider at the California National Horse Show at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.

As a trainer, she has coached many national, Pacific Coast, and USEF Zone champions in Hunter, Equitation, Jumper, and Hunter Breeding divisions. Several of Carol’s students have gone on to become international level riders and trainers themselves. Today, Carol crosses the US to teach clinics to all levels of riders, from beginners to national champions. Her instruction spans several topics, from the hunter-jumper disciplines to preparing young sport horses to show in hand.

In addition to her experience as a rider and trainer, Carol holds her USEF “R” license for judging hunters, jumpers, equitation, and hunter breeding, and is a member of the USEF Licensed Officials Committee. She is also licensed with the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and is a Sport Horse judge with the Arabian Horse Association (AHA). Throughout the year, Carol travels across the US and Canada judging horse shows of all levels, including National Championships, Regional Finals, Medal Finals, and Zone Championships. (She was also a judge on JudgeMyRide online critique site.)

Over the years, Carol has been the author of numerous print and online articles for publications such as Horse and Sport Magazine, BigEq.com, Catchride.com, and EquestriansUnlimited.org, and provided ringside live coverage of the Las Vegas World Cup Show Jumping Finals for AOL and other news sources.

Carol’s involvement in the equine industry extends well beyond the show ring. In 2002, she founded “Horses For Parks,” a donation program which has raised funds in excess of $750,000 for the National Parks Trust.

We hope to publish a nice tribute for Carol in our December issue. If you have a story you’d like to share about Carol, send it to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Flying Changes welcomes your submissions. Please tell us about what’s happening in your life and/or at your barn: births, deaths, engagements, job changes, new hires, marriages, new management and barn moves. Send your reports to Kim F. Miller at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Photos welcome!