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Diann Langer is Honored by the California Professional Horseman's Association

Burbank, California. Lifelong horsewoman DiAnn Langer was named as the 2006 Horseman of the Year by the California Professional Horseman’s Association. This award was well deserved and unquestionably earned. Petite in stature, Langer is hugely talented. Not only has she ridden at the highest levels of the hunter/jumper sport, but she has also trained numerous horses and riders to local, regional, and national honors.

DiAnn Langer represents a rare echelon of equestrian sport. She is a true horseman. In the show ring, whether showing an elegant hunter or an athletic jumper, Langer was a fierce competitor. “In my early days as a professional, there were times when if I didn’t win prize money that day, I didn’t eat that night.” However, Langer is much more than a show ring star. Her eye for a horse is acute, and she has selected many young horses and then carefully drawn out their talent. She understands the importance of horse care, training, and getting inside the mind of a horse.

As a nine year old watching an Open Jumper Class at the Monterey Fair, Langer was taken with the horses and riders. “I watched Clyde Kennedy wearing his red coat and I knew that was what I wanted to do.” She never wavered, although the road was often difficult and full of potholes. However, the young woman from California was tenacious. She was one of the very first West Coast riders to compete in the east. She spent time with the legendary Rodney Jenkins. “I got an education without knowing I was getting an education.”

Chrystine Tauber Jones and Langer were the same age, and became fast friends. “We had a terrific time tearing around New York as eighteen year olds. She wanted me to come east to stay, but I didn’t have the support to do it.” Regardless, Langer represented her country in international competition at Spruce Meadows as a member of several Nations Cup teams.

In the seventies, Langer had a horse of a lifetime. Anyone who saw them compete could not forget the image of the diminutive young woman aboard the huge, bay gelding known as Fleet Apple. “I truly had no idea how great he was.” Together they won about every major honor on the West Coast. “When I was 19 the U.S. team coach, Bert DeNemethy wanted me to go on a European tour. I didn’t go, because at that time I was convinced they just wanted my horse.”

Fateful and Danny were two other jumpers Langer enjoyed considerable success with. She and Danny won major jumper championships at the Forum in Los Angeles, and at the Grand National in San Francisco. In fact, they retired the Open Jumper Trophy at the Grand National and she renamed it the “Danny Trophy” and donated it back.

“My time with horses has gone by fast,” said Langer who operates her highly successful Langtree at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. “I have traveled the world and gone places others will never go. I was a guest of the Ambassador in Ireland and sipped champagne in Chandon’s winery basement in Paris, and it was all because of horses.” While the honor of CPHA Horseman of the Year means a lot to DiAnn Langer, her favorite moments are still those spent in quite repose with a horse, staring into a large, gentle eye.


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