Leonardo (“Leo”) is a bay Danish Warmblood gelding currently residing at Lasse Kristensen’s barn in Hvejsel, Denmark. Megan’s family bought Leo together with Lasse upon Lasse’s return to Denmark (after a year of coaching at Mt. Eden Vaulting Club) in 2001. Since vaulting is currently so Euro-Centric, most of the important international competitions (CVI**) are held in Europe. Americans typically borrow European horses for international competitions, but Megan and Leo have always had an edge; they’ve been working together for years!
In 2006, Leonardo carried Megan to a World Equestrian Games gold medal, receiving the highest horse scores of the competition. In 2008, Team USA (Dark Side of the Moon) vaulted with Leo to a team Bronze after only two weeks of practice. Again, Leo earned some of the highest scores among the team horses at the competition.
This year, Megan and Leonardo are working together to create the performance of a lifetime at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. It’ll be a long journey over the Atlantic for Leo, but a shot at standing on the podium (for Megan) or another kiss on the nose from the Princess (for Leo) would make it all worth it.