A NEW HOME
“We’ve had our business, Schramm Equestrian, for almost 10 years now,” says Dom. “The relationships take time to develop with owners, boarders and sponsors, and it feels like we’re now starting to reap the rewards of the work we’ve put in to developing our business. We don’t have a ton of horses in our barn but the ones that we do have are really nice, we’re in a really good place.”
Having recently purchased their own farm in Pennsylvania, Dom and Jimmie will remain based in the USA, yet the possibility of a trip to Europe – and that elusive Badminton start – is definitely not off the cards.
“We’re trying really hard to get there, to go overseas with Boly and Eclaire,” Dom explains. “Now that we have our own property, we won’t be looking to spend nine months overseas like we planned to before Covid, but if we could compete at some of the major four or five-star longs and do some events over there in the lead up, that would be ideal.”
As for a trip to Australia, that may have to wait a little longer. Born and raised in Charleville Queensland, Dom remains a proud Australian, yet he has not had the opportunity to visit his home country for years and notes that it’s unlikely they will have the opportunity to travel Down Under until at least Christmas 2022. After 11 years of marriage to an Aussie, Jimmie – who hails from Dallas, Texas – may not quite have the pronunciation of her acquired Aussie slang down pat, yet she can converse in the common vernacular with not only Dom but also their many Australian (and ex-Australian) friends and fellow eventers who are also based in Pennsylvania – plus, she eats Vegemite!
“We’re really fortunate that our new property is just down the road from Boyd Martin’s amazing facility, Windurra,” Dom explains. Securing a property of their own is an exciting milestone for Dom and Jimmie as they consolidate their standing in the eventing world. Joking that this means they’re now real grown-ups, they will chip away at developments and improvements to create the perfect home base over the coming years. In the interim, being so close to Boyd Martin’s 100-acre property Windurra means they have access to world class training facilities practically on their doorstep. The situation and set-up are about as perfect as could be for a pair of upper-level riders with both FEI and younger horses to train and campaign!
Eventing, running a business and developing their property aren’t the only commitments keeping this couple busy; Dom is a highly sought-after and well-respected eventing coach who will often spend two weekends per month away from home teaching clinics. Jimmie – in addition to managing the “behinds the scenes” aspects of Schramm Equestrian – works for Athletux, an equestrian marketing firm dedicated to equestrian sports. It’s a job she loves in an industry that has shaped her life, and one that allows her to express many of the skills and creative talents that contributed to Evention’s great success.