If you've attended the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, during the high season months, chances are you are familiar with the speed demon winner Sydney Shulman. Show jumping is her day job, which she takes very seriously and is a super force to be reckoned with. Every time Syd steps into the ring everyone watches, because more likely than not she will win or beat you. And you kinda want her to. Because she is so good at it. I’ve been around a bit longer than Sydney, as she is only 25 years old. The feeling she gives me is comparable to when to when I was her age and would watch riders of my generation, like Kent Farrington, go into the ring. You started to root for them because you knew they were going to be great and start a winning legacy that would create a worldwide fan club.
What strikes me the most about Syd is her lightheartedness for life. She wants to win every time and will sometimes risk a mistake on course in order to do so. She is willing to put herself out there in order to beat the class. Some of us riders have that one thing holding us back, that strive for perfection, but Sydney just leaves it all on the table and her blue ribbons are starting to prove that system is unbeatable. And I have to say that when she wins, it’s pretty close to perfection. Growing up between Greenwich and Palm Beach, and spending most of her free time with her big, open-hearted family, she has started somewhat of a cult following on her personal Instagram page @syd_shulman_llc not only because of her winning rides, but because of her skills in the kitchen. I sometimes have no idea how she whips up these meals everyday and eats all of this food. But I look forward to seeing what she’s making and definitely find inspo from her stories. A stone cold winner in the ring and a warm inviting chef in the kitchen. Sydney truly has mastered such a balance at such a young age, it’s a pleasure and honor to be around her whenever I can.