STRIDER Announces Heather Briggs as Chief Technology Officer

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STRIDER Expands Market Reach with Appointment of Heather Briggs as CTO.

The addition of Ms. Briggs as CTO to our senior leadership team sets us up for incredible future success.

STRIDER™️, a leading software services company in the event industry, announced the appointment today of Heather Briggs at Chief Technology Officer (CTO). As CTO, Ms. Briggs will be responsible for leading and executing the company’s technology innovations across the $122B US equine market as well as expanding STRIDER’s service offerings to European equestrian market.

Ms. Briggs brings a proven ability to innovate and execute new business solutions to STRIDER.

“The addition of Ms. Briggs to our senior leadership team sets us up for incredible future success. With our company's rapid growth across markets, Ms. Briggs brings a wealth of leadership experience from the highest levels of international equestrian sport to support our company's rapid growth across markets. She also is a visionary that understands how to work across industries to meet the technology needs of our users,” said Tara Swersie, Chief Executive Officer of STRIDER.

Prior to joining STRIDER, Ms. Briggs held multiple senior leadership positions across the equestrian industry. She served as Chief d'Equipe of both the US & Italian Combined Driving Teams as well as the Executive Director of the renown CSI 4* Upperville Colt & Horse Show - the longest running horse show in America. As a combined driving course designer, Ms. Briggs holds both Fédération Equestre Internationale 2* and United States Equestrian Federation “R” license ratings.

“What attracted me to STRIDER was the vision to connect people and experiences though innovative technology. STRIDER is an established industry leader in the equestrian space with a proven ability to invent and be forward thinking. With recent world events, the demand from top equestrian venues for our digital services has grown exponentially. I’m excited to have the flexibility and team to rapidly design and launch additional solutions for our customers, such as enhanced data analytics services, in upcoming months," stated Ms. Briggs.

Ms. Brigg’s professional technical experience includes leading scalable enterprise solutions at high-growth companies, with previous positions at Nextel, Skillsoft, and Digital Focus. She earned a Master’s Degree in Marketing from John Hopkins University.

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Ms. Briggs & her husband own and operate Belle Grey Farm in Upperville, VA, where they train top performance sport horses in driving, dressage, and show jumping. Her horses have represented the United States in international competitions that include Nations Cup Show Jumping teams, World Cup Driving, and Combined Driving World Championships.

STRIDER™ is a leading software services provider with more than 85,000 users worldwide using the STRIDER digital platform. The platform offers scalable solutions for online event registration, promotion, and payment focused on top tier athletic opportunities. In addition to customized payment services, STRIDER™ also offers various digital tools to help top show venues grow and run their businesses. Learn more at or connect with STRIDER at

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