August Excerpt: Family Matters – The Next Generation of Leones

By Justine Griffin

For Mark Leone, riding has always been all in the family.

The international grand prix show jumper began riding at five years old, alongside his older brothers, Armand and Peter. He rose through the ranks of the hunter/jumper circuits, collecting accolades such as “Best Child Rider” at the Devon Horse Show and winning the AHSA Medal Finals at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show at 17, on his way to the grand prix ring. His brothers, too, rode their way to the top levels of sport.

Now more than 40 years later, horses are still the lifeblood of the Leone family. Mark operates the family farm, Ri-Arm Farm in Bergen County, N.J. Peter still competes and runs his own business, Lionshare Farm, in Wellington. And the oldest brother, Armand, is an attorney who specializes in equestrian law.

The passion to ride doesn’t stop with this generation of Leones, either. Mark is training his own sons, Mark and James, who show in the junior equitation divisions at the Lake Placid Horse Show and elsewhere.

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