Kristen was also ranked 36th (out of 188) and 39th (out of 1,355) in 2011 on the United States Equestrian Federation's (USEF) Leader Boards for Eventing in "Leading Breeders" and "Leading Owners" respectively.  Kristen also has a passion for competitive dressage and earned her bronze medal aboard Lord Ivanhoe from the United States Dressage Federation in 2017. Both great accomplishments for Kristen and her team which clearly demonstrates her drive and talent in both disciplines. Kristen continues to breed and train her own horses at her facility in Mount Airy, MD.
"Kristen is a respected horsewoman in the eventing and dressage community. She has shown dedication to the sport with her outstanding performance in competition and excellence in horsemanship. She furthers her education in equestrian sports by taking lessons on a weekly basis in both dressage and jumping. She also gives back to the horse community by volunteering her time to teach younger members in her pony club."

 Vanessa Swartz
 Owner and Dressage Trainer at Windsor Manor Stables

"Kristen is a quiet, tactful rider, and shows tremendous maturity in her training. She is always asking questions and trying to figure out how to improve herself in order to give her horses the best possible ride.  While Kristen is a soft and lovely rider, she is also effective and clear in her communication.  It is obvious that she has done all of the work with her horses, as she has formed a great partnership with them."

 Lynn Symansky
 Pan American Gold Medalist & USEA ICP Certified
Kristen was born in 1984 to Adam and Gail Willie, and began riding at an early age. Kristen got her first horse, Bayberry at the age of 10, and started showing by the age of 11. Not until later in her riding did she discover eventing. Kristen grew up in 4-H, where she actively showed pigs, cattle, lambs and rabbits.  Kristen was an active member of Pony Club from 1995 until she graduated from Redland Hunt Pony Club in 2009. She credits her breakthrough into eventing to her horse A Deck Above. Kristen climbed the levels of eventing with Decker and successfully competed up to Training level in Eventing.  In 2007, Kristen and A Deck Above were awarded 3rd in the Nation for Adult Amateur Training Rider, and 4th in the Nation for Adult Training rider.

Decker set the bar high for Kristen's first home-bred No Halo Here, "Briley". Briley is now successfully competing at the Intermediate level and in 2011 won their first CIC1* at Fair Hill International on their dressage score of 51! Kristen's other competition horse, Lord Ivanhoe "Ivan" is competing at the Training/Preliminary level and in 2011 won the Area II, 3-Day Training Event at Waredaca with a final score of 29, the best in all 3 Divisions competing that weekend! 

Decker set the bar high for Kristen's first home-bred No Halo Here, "Briley". Briley is now successfully competing at the Intermediate level and in 2011 won their first CIC1* at Fair Hill International on their dressage score of 51! Kristen's other competition horse, Lord Ivanhoe "Ivan" is competing at the Training/Preliminary level and in 2011 won the Area II, 3-Day Training Event at Waredaca with a final score of 29, the best in all 3 Divisions competing that weekend! 
Kristen &
 No Halo Here
  • 2017 - won the USEA Open Training Horse Trial event at Waredaca Farm (Area II) on Lord Ivanhoe finishing on their dressage score of 19.6; this was the lowest score of all the 276 entries during this weekend event.​​
  • 2016 - Trish Capone's Untouchable Received USEA Blue Ribbon Award at the Novice Level.
  • 2012 - No Halo Here Received USEA Gold Medal at the Preliminary Level.
  • 2012 - Lord Ivanhoe Received USEA Blue Ribbon Award at the Training Level.
  • 2012 - Lord Ivanhoe Received Two, USEA Gold Medals at Training Level.
  • 2011 - Ranked 36th and 39th on the USEF Leading Breeders and Owners Leaderboards Respectively.
  • 2011 - No Halo Here Received USEA Blue Ribbon Award at the Preliminary Level.
  • 2011 - No Halo Here Received USEA Silver Medal at the Preliminary Level.
  • 2011 - Lord Ivanhoe Received USEA Blue Ribbon Award at the Training Level.
  • 2011 - Lord Ivanhoe Received USEA Silver and Gold Medals at Training Level and a USEA Silver Medal at Novice Level.
  • 2011 - Won the Preliminary Championships at the VA HT - Finished on the Best Score of All Prelimanary Divisions at 33.6.

KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS FOR KRISTEN PARRIS
Kristen is an international, 3-day eventer competing at the intermediate level and a bronze medalist with the USDF.  Kristen has earned a reputation for her endless devotion to her horses and to ensuring her students, clients and owners are successful at all their endeavors.  Kristen is a true sportsman and an ultimate competitor as this has been evident in her quick rise and success in the sport of eventing  and dressage since she started competing in 2008.
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Kristen &
Lord Ivanhoe
In June of 2008, Kristen married Darren Parris. Kristen and Darren have known each other since the earlier days at Maple Spring. Darren is Kristen’s rock. He is so supportive of her devotion and love to her horses. The couple resides on the family farm and have two wonderful Rottweilers named Titan and Bentley.
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Kristen also uses Saratoga Horseworks Ltd. products for all her competition horses.  Please contact her directly for additional information.
Kristen and Ivan were highlighted on the back cover of the USEA Omnibus for 2012 after their 2011 Training 3-Day Win at Waredaca.
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