Optimum Eventing

Striding toward the ideal

About OTEV


Optimum Eventing was founded by Lee Ann Gilson, an A graduate from the United States Pony Club, who is the owner, manager, and trainer at In Unison Farm LLC.  She is currently competing Crack the Code at Novice USEA Horse Trials. She started and trained Crack the Code as well as many other horses that have been successful in the show world.  She has passed the teaching portions and hands on test for Level I - Training from the ICP (Instructor Certification Program) through the USEA and is waiting for the results of the three written tests.

She has also trained and coached many successful riders over the years in the Eventing and Dressage worlds and also dabbles in the Hunter/Jumper world. She offers instruction to riders who are equine owners and desire to develop a deep connection with their mount. A connection that enables them to capture the best possible performance from their equine partner while sensing that they are a part of that body in motion, moving in unison.

She provides a customized quiet approach for her students that allows her to promote the most out of the rider.  She has high expectations from her riders, yet, the expectations are within reach for each rider.

Some of Lee Ann's and her mounts accomplishments are:

2006 - Phantom of the Opera finished 4th out of 40 in Beginner Novice at the USEA Area III Championships
2010 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Open Training Level (Dressage)
2011 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Reserve Champion for Pro Beginner Novice and Open High Point Champion at the Poplar Place Farm June USEF/USDF Dressage show
2012 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Pro Beginner Novice and Foxberry Farm Champion for Beginner Novice
2013 - Crack the Code was GDCTA Champion for Pro Novice
2014 - Crack the Code finished 6th in Beginner Novice with USEA, 2nd in Beginner Novice with USEA Area III, and GDCTA Champion in Beginner Novice at recognized events, Crack the Code and Lee Ann earned their USEA Bronze and Silver medals at Beginner Novice
2015 - Crack the Code and Lee Ann earned their USEA gold medal at Beginner Novice
2016 - Crack the Code and Lee Ann earned their USEA silver and bronze medals at Novice; Crack the Code and Lee Ann were GDCTA Reserve Champions at Novice recognized events; Newsworthy and Lee Ann were GDCTA Reserve Champions at Training Level Dressage 
2017 - Crack the Code and Lee Ann earned their USEA gold medal at Novice.  Lee Ann & Crack the Code competed at the AEC's in Novice Horse.