As a dressage rider, Lina Uzunhasan represents the United States. She was born in the USA in 1999, in Houston, Texas to be more precise. Her father Ali Uzunhasan has been closely affiliated with the US for a long time. He studied there and lived in the country for quite some time. Shortly after Lina was born, the family moved to her parents’ homeland Turkey, where she grew up in Istanbul. As a five year old she made her acquaintance with ponies at the riding school. She was smitten from the start. Soon after, Lina got her own pony and her parents also became infected with the horse virus.
Lina’s first actual dressage horse was Nick, who they found in Belgium. Together they won every national competition in Turkey, leading to her entering the Small Tour when she was only twelve years old. In 2011, Lina entered her first international competition at the FEI Balkan Championships with Sjonnie, her father’s horse. They immediately finished as the Children’s runners-up and also attended these championships a year later in Athens.