Hardin Towell comes from a very prominent equestrian family, with his parents operating Finally Farm in Camden, South Carolina, and his sister, Liza Boyd, dominating the hunter ring.
Beginning at age seven, Towell first competed in both the hunter and equitation rings. Having great success as a junior rider, he soon became a professional where he continued this success in the jumper ring.
In 2015, Towell qualified for the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas and represented the United States aboard his winning mount, Lucifer. The next year, Towell continued with consistent results throughout the year in order to qualify once again for the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Following Gothenburg in 2016, Towell added to his international success, stealing the show in the Shanghai leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Towell dominated a 15-rider jump-off to win the $377,500 CSI5* 1.55m class.
The next year, Towell returned to Shanghai with Kenny, where they claimed another victory for the Paris Panthers.
Towell continued to accumulate wins internationally in 2017, where he claimed another thrilling victory in the $87,000 GroupBy Big Ben Challenge at the CSI4*-W Royal Horse Show.
At the same show, Towell shared the title of Leading International Rider with fellow American athlete, Beezie Madden. Towell also took the top spot in the $40,000 CSX FEI Speed Class at the 2017 Rolex Central Park Horse Show.
More recently, Towell has accumulated successes with one of his current mounts, Ann Thompson’s Carlo. In 2018, he claimed victory in the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show $50,000 Grand Prix. Towell and Carlo added to their achievements that same month in Lexington, Kentucky, where the pair won the $60,000 Kentucky National Betsy Grand Prix. In 2019, Towell has continued to work with new and upcoming mounts at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.
Some of his newer mounts include two of Oakland’s own horses, Tupac Van De Vrombautshoeve Z and Joli Jumper. At the 2019 Winter Equestrian Festival, Towell has steadily been building the two talented geldings up through the ranks. Most recently, Towell has had a number of great results in the 2019 Spruce Meadows Summer Series, culminating when he jumped double-clear with Joli Jumper to finish in second place in the prestigious ATCO Queen Elizabeth II Cup 1.60m CSI5* at the Spruce Meadows ‘North American’ Tournament.