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Ilan Ferder: Professional Horse Trader & Matchmaker

Talented matchmaker Ilan Ferder has an approach to finding horses and pairing them with the right riders, which is both comprehensive and successful.

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By: Pamela Young |

If horse dealing is a science, then Ilan Ferder is a scientist. Horse trading these days is a complicated matter. It’s not just buying and selling; there are lots of dots to connect. Find the right horse + match to rider + training + nurturing = winning partnership. Ilan’s formula is both comprehensive and successful. He was responsible for creating the gold medal-winning North American Young Riders matches of Uno de Laubry and Karl Cook and Tucker with Aurora Griffin. He sold Cadett 7 to Ashlee Bond, who took him to two World Cup Finals. This owner-trainer’s understanding of the natural phenomenon of a harmonious relationship between rider and horse is based on empirical evidence gathered from observation and a certain amount of experimentation. Born in Israel, a country in which equestrian sport exists in a niche, Ilan moved to Belgium at age 14 and enjoyed some success as a…

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