Rick began riding in 1972 in Nebraska and South Dakota where he competed in a full range of competitions which included: dressage, hunter/jumpers, eventing, barrel racing, Quarter Horse rated shows and Buckskin rated shows. Traveling the Mid-West competing his Buckskin Quarter Horse mare, Rick gained extensive national exposure at the young age of 15, winning the Buckskin National Barrel Racing title on his mare, Red Man’s Princess, two consecutive years in 1979 (Indiana) and 1980 (Iowa).
Upon moving to Georgia in 1980, Rick began competing in Eventing and progressed through the levels to Advanced on his horse Ultimate Trial (Lexy). Purchased as a three year old from the Gosch Family in Newnan Georgia in 1985, Rick and Lexy went on to be named United States Equestrian Federations Zone IV Intermediate Horse of the Year in 1989 and 1990 and Advanced Horse of the Year in 1991. Rick and Lexy competed at the National and International 3-Day Events such as: Radnor, Essex, North Georgia, Fair Hill and Kentucky Rolex. They were long listed for the 1991 Pan Am Team and the 1992 Olympics.
While the formulation of Team Wallace began with Rick in the early 80’s, the addition of his children, Elisa and Braden Wallace was an important aspect of the present day Team Wallace. Rick and their mother Laura, involved both Elisa and Braden in the horse world and found inspiration from the talent they both exhibited in riding. While Elisa has become an international event rider, Braden, a talented rider to this day, transitioned into the sport of Boxing and excelled by winning the Georgia State Games Gold Medal two times. Both Elisa and Braden were long-listed in the 2008 Olympics in their respective sports.
Surprising to Rick, is his re-emergence into the upper levels of Eventing with his talented TB, Ultimate Victory (Cody). Rick and Cody have had a successful 2012 Eventing season and the results of his FEI competitions has landed him in the HSBC World Rankings at 1,665 of 3450 world ranked eventing riders. A place he never achieved in the early 90’s.
Through his years of Eventing, Rick competed heavily in dressage and the hunter/jumpers. He has trained with Gary Rockwell, Manfred Lewis, Rockavonski, Ann Tishurst, Jimmy Wofford, Jon Holling, Leslie Law, Peter Gray, Joey Darby and others. His lifelong experience in the equestrian world has helped Wallace develop a strong understanding of the importance of horsemanship. Rick has been newly appointed to the USEA Board of Governors for 2013.
Rick and Cody had a successful climb to the Advanced level and in January 2014, Rick was approached by buyers in Canada. While it was a difficult decision, Cody moved to Toronto and is now owned by Jane Tourikian and ridden by her daughter, Natalie.
Rick is proud of his current Young Riders consisting of Parker Miller, Briggs Surratt and Taylor Dileo. These three young riders are making their way up the ranks and are committed to the sport of Eventing. Jaimee Carnett is a young adult rider who has been with Rick for many years. Jaimee is a talented rider with an amazing horse.
Rick is now concentrating on bringing up new young horses and has established a relationship with a Breeder located in Panama City. Be on the look out for some pretty amazing horses in the near future.