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  • 05/01/2017 11:53 AM | Anonymous

    Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at redhorseenterprise@gmail.com.

    By Sarah E. Coleman



    Fate brought Dory Tuohey and “Coal,” a Pinto/Oldenburg cross together, and diligent work with trainer Nikki Jewell has made them a perfect match. Having taught the gelding to jump, Dory looks forward to completing a few events this year, around her competitive jiu-jitsu schedule. Read on to learn about Dory’s professional and equestrian careers.

    MSEDA: Where are you from? 
    Dory Tuohey: Wheeling IL

    MSEDA: What brought you here?
    DT: My trainer, Nikki Jewell, moved to Kentucky two years ago. I've been bringing my horse down for the winters to give him a break from the snow and let him have some amazing Bluegrass turnout. 

    MSEDA: When did you begin riding?
    DT: I started riding 10 years ago. 

    MSEDA: What is your background in horses?
    DT: My grandma had a horse as a kid ... If I could catch him, I could ride him. :-) I also did some trail riding whenever possible. 

    MSEDA: How long have you been competing?
    DT: My first show was a small hunter/jumper show 7 years ago.

    MSEDA: When did you get your first horse?
    DT: 2.5 years ago 

    MSEDA: What horses do you own now?
    DT: I own the same horse I first bought; he’s an 11-year-old Pinto/Oldenburg cross that didn't start jumping until the year I bought him. 



    MSEDA: How did you get him?
    DT: His previous owner contacted my trainer to see if she knew anyone looking for a horse. As my trainer was telling me about him, I pulled up the ad online that I was going to show her. It was the same horse! 

    MSEDA: Do you compete your horse? 
    DT: I do compete my horse. His name is Coal, though we call him Pinto most of the time. He is a cross-country machine so I switched from hunters to eventing. 

    MSEDA: How long have you been a MSEDA member?
    DT: Since last year. 

    MSEDA: What is your favorite event? Why?
    DT: I love Rolex of course. Cross-country day is so amazing to watch. 

    MSEDA: What level do you compete in (if you compete)?
    DT: I compete in beginner novice.



    MSEDA: What are your horse's favorite treats?
    DT: He's a Hoover. He loves everything!

    MSEDA: What is your favorite show and why?
    DT: Coal was green when I got him even though he was not young. We've also has some injuries along the way, so our start in showing had been slow. Things are really coming together now and we went to the Masterson Equestrian Trust hunter/jumper show at Masterson Station Park. Coal and I really connected in the jumper ring as a team. It was so fun! Next up is River Glen in Tennessee.

    MSEDA: Do you have any good luck rituals?  If so, what are they?
    DT: Yes! I tell him, "be good for me please."

    MSEDA: What do you do full-time? Do you enjoy it?
    DT: I am a photographer. I mostly shoot weddings, but of course equestrian sessions and families as well. I am my own boss and I love it!

    MSEDA: How did you get into this job?
    DT: It sort of feel in my lap. I've always loved taking photos. My first paid job was actually for two ladies who trail ride with their horses. I saw some jumping lessons at their barn and signed up for a lesson that day. 

    MSEDA: What are your favorite equestrian brands?
    DT: I am in love with my De La Coeur bonnet. Tailored Sportsman breeches are also my favorite. And my Devoucoux saddle.

    MSEDA: What are your horse's quirks? 
    DT: Ha!! Is there a word limit? Just kidding. When I first bought him, he traveled up and down, and sideways. He only occasionally throws that in now and again. But he is a completely different horse since I've had him. 



    MSEDA: What is your goal this year? 
    DT: I would love to successfully complete a few events. 

    MSEDA: Who do you ride with? 
    DT: Nikki Jewell of Hidden Gem Equine

    MSEDA: Where do you ride? 
    DT: Top Venture Farm in Nicholasville, currently. We travel a lot. 

    MSEDA: What is your favorite part of your barn/trainer/boarding stable?
    DT: I've been with Nikki for 8 years. She can take the quirkiest horses and bring out the amazing in them. She can also talk you off the ledge. Top Venture is also amazing. It's a small barn owned by Sarah Berkowitz. She's such a cool person and takes amazing care of the horses. 

    MSEDA: What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome with your horse?
    DT: Fear. I fell last year and had an injury that kept me from riding for about 6 months. I developed a great fear of getting hurt after that. That's where my trainer came in. Not sure how she did it, but she got us back in the game together. 

    MSEDA: Describe your horse in 10 words.
    DT: Quirky. Handsome. Athletic. Sensitive. Sweet. Hungry. Herdbound. Friendly. Traveler. Mine.

    MSEDA: What is your favorite memory?
    DT: The first time he nickered at me.

    MSEDA: What other animals do you own? 
    DT: I have 2 cats.

    MSEDA: Do you have active roles in horse-related organizations? 

    DT: I handle the awards for the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association (IDCTA).


    MSEDA: What are you passionate about other than horses?
    DT: Jiu-jitsu! I train 5 and 6 days a week, and also compete.


    MSEDA: What is one piece of advice you wish you had when you were younger?

    DT: Horses are expensive!!

  • 03/29/2017 8:07 PM | Anonymous

    Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at redhorseenterprise@gmail.com.

    Alison Otter is the proud owner of a hilarious mini-menagerie. Each animal she owns, from her PSG show horse to her mini donkey, is chock-full of personality. Read on to learn more about all of Alison’s animals, her show schedule for the year and what she does to mentally prepare for the show ring.

    By Sarah E Coleman

    Photo by Karen Taylor

    MSEDA: Where are you from? 

    Alison Otter: I have lived in Goshen, Ky., from 1st grade through high school, then I went to college in Lexington so I could take my horse. From there I went to graduate school at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., and lived in the Tallahassee area for 11 years before moving back to Goshen.

    MSEDA: When did you begin riding?
    AO: I began riding when I was 7 with my mom and brother. We took a couple saddleseat lessons and I hated that they would only let you ride in the aisle of the barn, so we started taking lessons at Spring Run and Hilltop Stables, which later moved to Mint Springs.

     

    MSEDA: What is your background in horses?
    AO: I grew up in a neighborhood that had a community barn, and my mom fell in love with a school horse we rode in our early lessons; we ended up buying him and keeping him at the barn in our neighborhood.

    I have had lots of horses in my lifetime; I was in 4-H, Pony Club and began my eventing career under the instruction of Mary Lowry. I evented through Prelim also riding at Spring Run under Susan Harris and decided when I went to college that the conditioning needed to keep eventing would be too much to endure with school and playing field hockey--so I decided to ride dressage with my event horse Breezy under instruction of Elaine Gibala.

    MSEDA: How long have you been competing?
    AO: I have been competing since I was 8 or 9 years old.  

    MSEDA: When did you get your first horse?
    AO: I got my first horse when I was 8 years old; he was a Morgan-Arab cross named Heineken. He was way too much horse for me and took off with me in my first 4-H show in the ring. It’s kind of funny now because I remember the judge was chasing after us waving her arms trying to get him to stop. The judge was wearing bright pink pants and red cowboy boots and after much chasing, she finally helped me get him back under control. Not long after that, I sold Heineken to a more experienced rider and got a nice quiet Quarter Horse named Win. 

    MSEDA: What horses do you own now?
    AO: I won Lionus, a 14-year-old Canadian Horse I have had since he was 4 years old. I also own Sisu, a Zweibrucker Horse that is 10 years old; I have had her for almost 2 years. I also own Oreo, a Miniature horse/Shetland cross that is 10 years old (I have had him since he was 4). Because of an accident, he only has one eye. I also own Bamboo, a Miniature donkey that is almost 2 years old. I got him when he was 9 months old 

    MSEDA: What horses do you compete (and what do you compete in?)
    AO: I compete Leonidas Van Pelt “Lionus” in PSG and 4th level freestyle; Sing A Song LC “Sisu” will be competing 2nd level this year.

    MSEDA: How long have you been a MSEDA member?
    AO: I was a member when I was a kid, but I think it had a couple more letters in the name. (MSEDA used to be known as Midsouth Combined Training and Dressage Association, when Combined Training changed to Eventing, MSEDA followed suite) I rejoined when I moved back to Kentucky.

    MSEDA: What are your horse's favorite treats?
    AO: Lionus, Oreo and Boo eat pretty much anything! Sisu is picky and likes standard carrots and apples. Everyone loves the German Horse treats.

    MSEDA: Do you have any good luck rituals?
    AO: Not really. I visualize my tests and usually listen to my freestyle music if I am riding a freestyle. I also love my time with my horses braiding at shows--I talk to them while we listen to music. I play music that fits each horse: Lionus needs to be pumped up since he is a little on the easy-going side and Sisu needs to be calmed down as she is an over-thinker and more on the nervous side of the spectrum. So Bob Marley works well for Sisu and anything with energetic upbeat tempo is good for Lionus.

    MSEDA: What do you do full time? Do you enjoy it?
    AO: I have my Master’s Degree in art therapy, but when I moved back to Kentucky 4 years ago, I took a job working for our family business.  The business was the reason as a child I was able to have a horse and enjoy competing, so now I guess is my turn to give back to it. 

    MSEDA: What are your favorite equestrian brands?
    AO: Hennig, Horze, Back on Track, Kentucky, OneK Konigs


    MSEDA: What are your horse's quirks?
    AO: Lionus loves to smile even in serious pictures: You pull out a phone or camera, and he is smiling. Lionus also lives with his “minions” Oreo and Boo--they share everything: pasture, stall etc. He is a giant, almost 17.2 hh, and when it rains, they park themselves underneath him and use him as a big umbrella. Lionus is also very playful and had a giant soccer ball in his pasture he likes to push around. The minions also love the soccer ball (which is pretty much the same size as them), but Boo I found has a real love of ropes. I realized this when the ropes hanging by the gate to the pasture seemed to disappear and I realized one day when I saw Boo dragging one around that he was the reason. Sisu likes to be close and snuggle. She is very affectionate and sweet.

    MSEDA: What is your goal this year?
    AO: My goal with Lionus is to qualify for Regionals with 4th level freestyle and at PSG. With Sisu, my goal is to qualify 2nd level freestyle and at 2nd level. I took both horses to Nationals last year and would love to qualify to go again.

    MSEDA: Who do you ride with?
    AO: Jenn Boblitt, she is an amazing coach, rider and trainer, and I would never have gotten as far as I have without her.

    MSEDA: Where do you ride?
    AO: I board my horses at Alta Vista Farm right now, but just recently bought some land and look forward to building my farm there in the next year.

    MSEDA: What is your favorite part of Alta Vista?
    AO: I love the people. It’s hard for non-horse people to really get what we do. The people at my barn are some of my best friends. We have a lot of fun both at the barn and outside of the barn. We all support and encourage each other. It’s just really nice to be surrounded by people who really understand and love horses.

    MSEDA: What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome with your horse?

    AO: I have had lots of hurdles as I have moved up the levels, but most really at the core involved finding a better understanding of how a horse thinks and communicates, and relating to my horses as horses not as humans.  

    MSEDA: Describe your horse in 10 words.

    AO: Lionus: heart, smart, goofy, playful, dramatic, versatile, smile, protective, laid-back, giant

    Sisu: loving, smart, thinker, alpha, athletic, talented, diva, particular, colorful, unique

    Oreo: survivor, loud, special, friendly, pushy, adorable, Rod Stewart hair, follower, resilient, bold

    Boo: sneaky, smart, playful, protective, loving, escape artist, baby, gentle, ears, determined

    MSEDA: What other animals do you own? I have a dog named Willow. My nephew and brother found an abandoned duck nest and we hatched in an incubator baby ducks. Two of the ducks, Lucky and Kramer, now live on the Ohio River and occasionally visit my brother’s house.

    MSEDA: Is there anything unusual about your horses now?
    AO: They are all very unique.

    MSEDA: What are you passionate about other than horses?
    AO: Anything outdoors and active. Love drawing or building things.

    MSEDA: What is one piece of advice you wish you had when you were younger?
    AO: When I lived in Florida, I had an opportunity to ride in a symposium with Robert Dover at the private barn where I lived and kept Lionus. Robert talked in depth throughout the symposium about the importance of “riding with your mind’s eye.” I have always kept this close to my heart …”if you can see it, you can be it.”

    Many times throughout my training with Lionus, people have told me “he is too big to ever get the changes or make it past 2nd level.” I believed in our partnership and in Lionus, and here we are competing PSG and schooling the I1 movements. My advice to everyone young and old is believe in yourself and in your horse: Think big and dream bigger because if you see it in your mind’s eye, you can become it.

  • 03/01/2017 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at redhorseenterprise@gmail.com.

    By Sarah E Coleman


    The MSEDA Pony Club Award is given each year at the awards banquet to the MSEDA member in good standing who accumulates the highest number of points and is also a member of a recognized Pony Club.  The 2016 winner, Mckenna Ward, is a Keeneland Pony Club member who has set her sights high for the 2017 competition year with her OTTB, Snoopy. Read on to learn more about Mckenna’s goals and her horse’s quirky personality.


    MSEDA: Where are you from?

    Mckenna Miller: I am from Fort Thomas, KY.

    MSEDA: When did you begin riding?

    MM: I started riding 7 or 8 years ago at a horse camp, when I was 7 or 8.

    MSEDA: What is your background in horses?

    MM: Neither of my parents had horses, so when I first started riding, my parents thought it was just a phase. I started riding at a hunter/jumper facility before switching to a Pony Club Riding Center.  I rode many different types of horses, from short Shetland ponies to big 17hh thoroughbreds. While riding at the Riding Center, I leased different horses at other facilities every year.

    MSEDA: How long have you been competing?

    MM: I have been competing for about 5 years, but eventing for about 2. 

    MSEDA: When did you get your first horse?

    MM: I got my first horse 2 years ago. 

    MSEDA: What horses do you own now?

    I have one fantastic off-the-track Thoroughbred named Snoopy. 

    MSEDA: How did you get him?

    MM: My mother purchased Snoopy from a previous trainer 2 years ago. 


    MSEDA: What Pony Club are you in?

    MM: I am currently a member of Keeneland Pony Club.  I was a member of Green Acres Pony Club previously.  Because Green Acres is a riding center, after I bought Snoopy, I moved to Keeneland.

    MSEDA: What is your favorite part of Pony Club?

    MM: My favorite part of Pony Club is the learning system that it provides.  Pony Club makes sure you know how to care for your pony properly as you move up the levels.

    MSEDA: Will you compete this year?

    MM: Yes, I will hopefully compete a lot this year. I have plans to go to 2017 AECs in September as we qualified at the end of last year. I also plan to attend Pony Club Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park in July. 

    MSEDA: How long have you been a MSEDA member?

    MM: I have been a MSEDA member for 2 years. 

    MSEDA: What is your favorite event? Why?

    MM: I compete in eventing and my favorite part is cross country.  Being able to ride at speed across the countryside jumping obstacles is so much fun.  

    MSEDA: What level do you compete?

    MM: We competed last year at Novice.  We will do one or two events at Novice and then hopefully move up to Training. 

    MSEDA: What are your horse's favorite treats?

    MM: My horse loves carrots.


    MSEDA: What is your favorite event? Why?

    MM: My favorite event is Jump Start Horse Trials at the end of the year because it is a well-organized show that provides a great challenge for horse and rider.  It is also organized by my Pony Club

    MSEDA: Do you have any good luck rituals? What are they?

    MM: Our good luck rituals consist of giving Snoopy lots of kisses on the nose and sharing carrots before we show. 

    MSEDA: What do you think you would like to do when you graduate college?

    MM: I’m not sure of what I’d like to do after college yet, but I do have a dream of competing at Rolex one day.

    MSEDA: What are your favorite equestrian brands?

    MM: I’m a big fan of Kerrits, Smartpak, and Dover Saddlery.  I love my CWD saddle.

    MSEDA: What are your horse's quirks?

    MM: One of Snoopy’s quirks is being a very picky eater. No carrots that aren’t organic; he’s not a fan of apples, but he’ll eat them in a treat form. If you give him a treat he doesn’t like, he won’t take a treat from you for the next hour or so. 

    MSEDA: What is your goal this year?

    MM: My goal this year is to compete and finish a Training-level event.  As well as finish on a number at the AEC’s.

    MSEDA: Who do you ride with?

    MM: I compete with Starfire Eventing.

    MSEDA: Where do you ride?

    MM: I ride at a beautiful, private farm in Burlington, Ky., called Mane Gait Farms.  

    MSEDA: What is your favorite part of your barn/trainer/boarding stable?

    MM: My favorite part of my boarding stable is the support from the others who board there.  The owners are great, also. They always ask how my shows went, always tell me good luck before I leave, and they are all just fun, friendly people. I can count on them for about anything. 

    MSEDA: What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome with your horse?

    MM: So far, the biggest obstacle I have overcome is just figuring my horse out. Snoopy can be very tricky to ride, and is very different depending on the day. I’ve learned what days I can add more leg, and what days I need more half-halts.

    MSEDA: Describe your horse in 10 words.

    MM: Mr. Handsome Pants who knows how perfectly amazing he is.

    MSEDA: What is your favorite memory?

    MM: My favorite memory is my first recognized eventing show in Erie, Penn. Snoopy and I had a great weekend, finishing the event in second place on our dressage score!

    MSEDA: What other animals do you own?

    MM: I own two spoiled dogs, Annabelle and Ozzie. 

    MSEDA: Is there anything unusual about your horses now?

    MM: Snoopy has a small patch of white in his mane just on top of his withers.

  • 01/30/2017 10:17 AM | Anonymous

    Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at redhorseenterprise@gmail.com.

    By Sarah E. Coleman


    Though she has ridden since she was 8, eventer Jenny Morris didn’t begin competing until she was in college at UCONN—but she’s enjoyed being in the competition arena ever since! The owner of two personality-plus horses, Molson and Pesto, Morris also enjoys being immersed in the equine industry with her job at National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Read on to learn about Morris and her horses.



    MSEDA: Where are you from? 

    JM: Reading, MA

    Jenny with Molson on her wedding day


    MSEDA: What brought you here?

    JM: I got a working student position with Megan Moore right after college.

    MSEDA: When did you begin riding? 

    JM: I was 8 years old.

    MSEDA: What is your background in horses?

    JM: I have no idea where I came from, as no one in my family is horsey--my mom is even allergic! Somehow I got the horse bug and my parents let me take lessons once a week growing up. I would do little local shows here and there, but nothing major—mostly dressage and some combined tests. When I was a senior in high school, I asked my parents to lease a schoolmaster as my graduation present. His name was Todd, and he taught me through second level and even some third. Best decision ever made! That carried on to college where I rode on the UCONN IDA team for 4 years. In my last year, I felt like I was just getting started with my competitive side and wanted more, so that’s when I started applying for working student positions and decided to move my life to Kentucky!

    MSEDA: How long have you been competing? 

    JM: I have competed in some form since I started riding 20 years ago, but started showing in rated shows about 7 years ago.

    MSEDA: When did you get your first horse?

    JM: I bought my first horse (Molson) when I was a sophomore in college (2008).

    Morris on Pesto


    MSEDA: What horses do you own now? 

    JM: Molson, a 13-year-old Thoroughbred/Percheron cross gelding and Pesto, a 15ish-year-old Paint mare.

    MSEDA: How did you get them?

    JM: Molson is a PMU baby from Saskatchewan, Canada. He was actually sold to Asbury University (Kentucky) as a yearling, and then UCONN quickly bought him and another yearling for their training class. I chose Molson (then 4 years old) for one of my training classes, as well as a farrier class (I put on his first set of shoes!). He was very green, but I instantly fell in love with him for his lovable attitude and willingness to please. I begged and pleaded the UCONN barn manager for MONTHS to let me buy him, and he eventually gave in. 

    Pesto is a long story, but I used to ride her when I was a working student. She was the most difficult animal I had ever encountered, but I loved her anyway. She ended up getting sold around a bunch of times to kid camps, to Dollywood and then to a kill buyer at the New Holland sale. Luckily, a family in Shelbyville bought her off the kill truck, but when they realized how nuts she was, she was up for sale again. I saw their ad on Facebook and knew I had to step in and give her a forever home. She is now fat--very fat--and living out her life in a small herd at my in-laws horse farm!

    MSEDA: What horses do you compete and what do you compete in?

    JM: I compete Molson (Bartender’s Special) in eventing.


    Morris on Molson


    MSEDA: How long have you been a MSEDA member?

    JM: Since 2010.

    MSEDA: What is your favorite event? Why?

    JM: Any event I have time to go to because it means I’m with Molson and not working.

    MSEDA: What level do you compete in (if you compete)?

    JM: Molson and I skip around at Training at the moment! We were having a blast at Preliminary and aiming for a 1* a few years back, however life got in the way and conditioning was becoming a challenge, so now we just gallop on for fun!

    MSEDA: What are your horse's favorite treats?

    JM: Peeps. Any and all flavors!

    MSEDA: Do you have any good luck rituals? If so, what are they? 

    JM: I don’t know if it has luck or not, but I always wear the same stock tie pin from my grandmother in dressage and showjumping.

    Jenny and her husband Brett 


    MSEDA: What do you do full time? Do you enjoy it? 

    JM: I work for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) as a Sales Manager. I love it because I am around horse people all day every day, but I do travel a lot, which sometimes makes me miss my ponies!

    MSEDA: How did you get into this job?

    JM: When I was working at the USEF, the NTRA rep we worked with announced she was leaving her position, so I applied.

    MSEDA: What are your favorite equestrian brands?

    JM: Ariat, Charles Owen, Roeckl, Piper and Nunn Finer.

    MSEDA: What are your horse's quirks? 

    JM: Molson is ¼ Percheron and ¾ TB, so he has a strong “I’m scared of everything, but too lazy to run so I’ll just bow and snort vehemently” personality J He is absolutely TERRIFIED of cows and, naturally, Paint horses. While he is getting better with his phobia, he has been known to turn into a backward flying dragon in order to flee from the strangely spotted creatures! He will also 9 times out of 10 spook at a cross country jump if I ask him to walk/trot/gallop by it; however, he doesn’t think twice about it if I ask him to jump it! All that being said, he is actually a very good boy and takes GREAT care of his rider; he has no naughty/mean bone in his body, you just have to laugh at him and his silly antics sometimes!                                                     

    MSEDA: What is your goal this year? 

    JM: To do at least three events!

    MSEDA: Who do you ride with? 

    JM: No one full-time. For the past three years I have been taking lessons with Peter Atkins whenever he is in town.

    MSEDA: Where do you ride? 

    JM: At a small hobby horse farm in Lexington.

    MSEDA: What is your favorite part of your barn/trainer/boarding stable?

    JM: It is QUIET! Also, GORGEOUS! Just me and a few other boarders who are also eventers. It is absolutely perfect. 

    MSEDA: What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome with your horse? 

    JM: In July of 2011, the night before Champagne Run, Molson cast himself in a stall and ended up kicking himself so hard he actually punctured his spleen and was bleeding internally. He stayed at Rood and Riddle for a little while as he lost about 20 percent of his blood. Bringing him back into work was the hardest thing I have ever done with him, and no doubt the most difficult thing he has had to go through, because he was so incredibly weak and stiff. It took a while, but we eventually got there!

    MSEDA: Describe your horse in 10 words.

    JM: Molson:

    Loving, kind, talented, sweet, handsome, perfect, special, heart horse.

    Pesto:

    Sweet, sassy, opinionated, rotten, diva, independent, talented, stubborn, resilient, special. (My husband would like to add: FAT! .... I prefer “well fed,” although she isn’t fed anything but water)

    MSEDA: What is your favorite memory?

    JM: Winning the Area 8 Training Championships with Molson. Before I moved to Kentucky, I told my farrier (also an eventer) that my end-all goal was to complete one Training Level event. She was very polite and kind, but gently told me there was no way Molson would ever be able to get me to my goal. In her defense, Molson was a late bloomer and did not show his true athleticism and talent until he finally matured around 7 years old!! Not only did he win lots of pretty ribbons at Training, but he easily took the huge leap to the Prelim level and rocked that as well, just like icing on a cake! It makes me so proud of him, but also so incredibly grateful that we were able to reach my dream and beat it together.

    The four-legged Morris family

    MSEDA: What other animals do you own? 

    JM: Two dogs (Dodger and Darko) and two cats (Huckleberry and Frosty).

  • 01/07/2017 5:51 PM | Anonymous

    Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at redhorseenterprise@gmail.com 

    Samantha Kline has a vast-and-varied history with horses, including everything from driving Percherons, studying the Arabian breed in Poland and artificial insemination and semen collection at Colorado State, and both participating and in and coaching judging teams. 

    Now the proud owner of two off-the-track Thoroughbreds, she manages to balance riding two horses and being the Director of Licensed Officials for the United States Equestrian Federation.


    By Sarah E. Coleman



    MSEDA: Where are you from? 
    Sam Kline: State College, PA

    MSEDA: What brought you to Kentucky? 
    MSEDA: When I graduated from Michigan State with my Animal Science degree, I applied for a Customer Care position with the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).  I was offered a job and made the move to Kentucky and have been here ever since.  

    MSEDA: When did you begin riding? 
    SK: I begged my parents for lessons and they finally got them for me when I was about 10.

    MSEDA: What is your background in horses? 
    SK: I grew up riding hunters mostly, but I also didn't have my own horse or pony, so I found any opportunity to work with new horses. I dabbled in Western riding, broke out babies and even competed on the draft horse circuit with Percherons (and broke some to ride of course. :) ). In college, I took some time off from riding, but was fortunate enough to learn about the Arabian breed and the breeding industry, which is Michigan State's main focus. I studied abroad in Ireland for a semester and did a little bit of eventing while over there. We also did a shorter study abroad in Poland, which focused on the Arabian industry there. When I got back to Michigan, I began an internship at a dressage barn where I competed in my first dressage show. I soon discovered that the older I got, the more I liked it. My senior year of college, I competed on the Michigan State Horse Judging team and had the opportunity to compete at Arabian Nationals and The All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Before I took my job at USEF, I also took a short course at Colorado State in artificial insemination and semen collection.  

    MSEDA: How long have you been competing? 
    SK: Probably since I was about 11.  Fun fact: I had the best first show ever and took a red and a yellow in some flat classes.  I posed for my proud moment to take some pictures with my mare.  Turned out, she was deathly afraid of ribbons, so my first show also resulted in a pretty awesome fall as well. :)


    MSEDA: When did you get your first horse? 
    SK: I was lucky enough to lease my first pony as a Christmas gift when I was 12. She was a white pony named Sugar, show name- Sugar n' Spice (because I was so creative).  Every kid should have a feisty white pony named Sugar. :)

    MSEDA: What horses do you own now? 
    SK: I have two half-brothers (out of the same Dam).  They are OTTBs: Prae (Praetorian) and V (Venture World). 

    MSEDA: How did you get him/her? My fiance and his family are Thoroughbred breeders. Prae was sitting in a field without a job after about a year off the track. My mother-in-law-to-be suggested I start working with him. One thing led to another and now he's my forever horse. His brother, V, came off the track about 3 years behind Prae and also needed a job, so I started to re-train him. One thing led to another and now he's mine as well. 

    MSEDA: What horses do you compete (and what do you compete in?)
    SK: I attempt to compete both in Dressage. :)

    MSEDA: What level do you compete in (if you compete)? 
    SK: We have worked our way up to training level. 

    MSEDA: What are your horse's favorite treats?

    SK: Peppies

    MSEDA: What are your horse's quirks? 
    SK: When Prae doesn't want to do something, you can't make him. If you try, you will be exhausted and frustrated, and end up losing.  The trick is to somehow make him think it was his idea in the first place. V's spirit animal is some type of lapdog.  If he could cuddle up on your lap he would, and chew on everything. 


    MSEDA: Is there anything unusual about your horses? 
    SK: I have been told by numerous people that Prae has an overly large tongue.  V was off for about a year with a suspected case of stringhalt, he was dubbed a pasture ornament for the rest of his life. Now he's 100 percent sound and going back to work.  

    MSEDA: What is your favorite show? Why? 

    SK: The Snowbird series is always fantastic since they are every month, and repetition works best for Prae.  I also love Paul Frazier because they offer the TIP awards.  

    MSEDA: What do you do full-time?

    SK: I am the Director of Licensed Officials for the United States Equestrian Federation. I do love my job because I have a passion for the process of horse judging and we have the opportunity to promote fair play and enjoyment in equine competition. I am liaison to one of the largest committees in the organization, and it is truly inspirational to work with such a fantastic group of equine professionals from all different breeds and disciplines. The ability to see so many different areas of the industry work together to accomplish the common goals that we all have in equestrian sport is so motivational.

    MSEDA: What are your favorite equestrian brands? 
    SK: Smartpak, Ariat and Trendstep

    MSEDA: What is your goal this year? 
    SK: V just came back from a possible career-ending condition, so we are all really excited he is 100 percent sound and going back to work. He has the best personality and shows a ton of potential, so my goal is to focus on him this year and see where we can go. Prae gets to take some competition time off.

    MSEDA: Who do you ride with? 
    SK: Dani Ritter

    MSEDA: Where do you ride? 
    SK: My boys are at Goose Creek.

    MSEDA: What is your favorite part of your barn/trainer/boarding stable? 
    SK: There is really a great group of people at my barn. A good barn family makes everything so much nicer.  

    MSEDA: What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome with your horse? 

    SK: As I mentioned before, Prae has been a bit of a challenge. He was an extreme hot head when he was younger, sometimes both on an off the farm, that combined with his extreme stubbornness lead to some tough times. There were times when he wouldn't walk in and out without a lead shank, it was hard taking him to a show without numerous helpers because he wouldn't settle or tie or graze...etc.  He was constantly on the muscle and he once even got me in the side of the jaw when I was picking his back feet (luckily just a glancing shot). There were even a couple times when I thought I had over-horsed myself this time, and that maybe this wasn't going to work. Now, I tell people my stories and they look over at the horse sleeping in the cross-ties and say, "that horse?" or I get compliments on how good his ground manners are.  I can even put kids on his back now. I'm pretty proud of that and how far we've come!

    MSEDA: Describe your horse in 10 words. 
    SK: Prae: A stubborn, accident-prone love of my life, heart horse.
    V: A goofy old-soul with baby brains that loves life. 

    MSEDA: What is your favorite memory? 
    SK: I loved doing hunter paces with my Sugar pony when I was young. My barn did hunter paces growing up. We were of course running late on set-up and it was after dark, but we had a full moon and we needed to run the course to get time. I went out with my trainer and we ran that course right along with a horse twice her size. I don't think we chipped or took any fence long that night, it was a perfect ride and we were completely in sync.  (The next day we rode and had a fall at the first fence. Typical. But I had a great ride that night before!)

    MSEDA: What other animals do you own? 
    SK: We have a cat rescue named Julep, she was a party favor from a friend. 

  • 12/13/2016 9:19 AM | Anonymous
    Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at redhorseenterprise@gmail.com

    By Sarah E Coleman


    Photo by Anne Staveley

    MSEDA: Where are you from?
    Darby Howard: I am from Louisville, KY.


    MSEDA: When did you begin riding?
    DH: I started riding when I was 4 years old, but I took several years off. I got back into it 2 1/2 years ago. I'm 12 now.


    MSEDA: How long have you been competing?
    DH: I have been competing for 6 months.


    MSEDA: When did you get your first horse?
    DH: I got my first horse 2 years ago. His name was Drayko and I only had him for 6 months because he was a very grumpy Arabian. 


    MSEDA: What horses do you own now?
    DH: I have one horse now, his name is Mac, but his show name is Made Ya’ Look. He is an Irish Thoroughbred.


    MSEDA: How did you get Mac?
    DH: My parents bought Mac for me because he was available and he was much better than Drayko. Mac was above my level when I first got him, but he and I have learned a lot together.


    MSEDA: Do you compete Mac?
    DH: I do. Mac and I compete in eventing. My first event was Champagne Run this past summer.


    MSEDA: What division do you compete in?
    DH: I compete in Beginner Novice.


    MSEDA: What is your favorite event so far?
    DH: My favorite event is Octoberfest because it was my first Beginner Novice show and Mac was super good--we ended up getting second!


    MSEDA: What is Mac’s favorite treat?
    DH: His favorite treats are carrots; he gets so excited about them he’ll smile and bow to me so I’ll give them to him.


    MSEDA: Where do you go to school?
    DH: I go to school at Kentucky Country Day School.


    MSEDA: What are your favorite brands?
    DH: My favorite equestrian brands are Dover, Ariat and SmartPak.


    MSEDA: What are your horse’s quirks?
    DH: My horse is a Thoroughbred, so some of his quirks are getting excited in cross country, only sometimes, most times not. And he gets a little speedy when galloping, he likes to relive his racehorse days!


    MSEDA: What is your goal for 2017?
    DH: My goal this year is to get something other than second in an event because the past four times I’ve gotten second, so I’d like to change that.


    MSEDA: Who do you ride with?
    DH: I ride with Piper Uhl at Emily Ragan’s Farm. Piper is my trainer and when I move up, I’ll train with Emily. At events, sometimes Piper will go with me, but mostly Emily will. They are both really good trainers and I like riding with them. 


    MSEDA: Where do you ride?
    DH: I ride at Glen Ayre Equestrian Centre.  


    MSEDA: What is your favorite part about your barn?
    DH: I have two favorite parts! One is at my boarding stable in the summer, sometimes we’ll take our horses swimming in the pond, and in the winter sometimes we’ll go sledding behind them if there’s snow. The second one is all my friends are out there. Some girls are in high school, some are in middle school and some are in elementary school, and we're all good friends. We all help each other and we all care about each other.


    MSEDA: What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
    DH: The biggest obstacle I’ve overcome is probably being able to balance Mac. Mac is built downhill and has a low-set neck, which makes it really hard for him to pick himself up and balance. I used to not be able to get his head up at all because he didn’t have enough muscle to keep himself up. Now he has that muscle and carries himself nicely.


    MSEDA: Describe your horse in 10 words.
    DH: Super cute, fun, sometimes sassy, sometimes naughty, most times perfect. 


    MSEDA: What is your favorite horsey memory?
    DH: When Daniel Stewart came for a clinic, I hadn’t been riding Mac for very long, so I was pretty nervous he was going to be bad. But, he was actually very well behaved, which was really good because our entire barn was watching us! It was really hard, but I loved it. I learned a lot from Mr. Stewart and it was fun. My trainer, Piper, still makes us do the drills we learned from the clinic.


    MSEDA: Do you have any other animals?
    DH: I have two Blue Great Danes named Buck and Teddy, and two cats named Boots and Lulu.


  • 11/29/2016 9:10 AM | Anonymous

    Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at redhorseenterprise@gmail.com 

    By Sarah E Coleman



    MSEDA: Where are you from?
    Kassandra Hickey: Alberta, Canada. My father’s employment brought us here.


    MSEDA: When did you begin riding?
    KH: As soon as I could walk I was on top of a horse!


    MSEDA: How long have you been competing?
    KH: 9 years


    MSEDA: When did you get your first horse?
    KH: When I was 5.


    MSEDA: What horses do you own now?
    KH: I currently own all Thoroughbreds.


    MSEDA: How did you get him/her?
    KH: They are all off the track.



    MSEDA:  What horses do you compete (and what do you compete in?)
    KH: I ride Hidden Glitter in the hunter/jumpers, Bubblin Brew in hunters and dressage, and Nacho Man in eventing.


    MSEDA: How long have you been a MSEDA member?
    KH: Two years.


    MSEDA: What is your favorite event? Why?
    KH: I love Jump Start Horse Trials--the atmosphere is always so friendly and inviting.


    MSEDA: What level do you compete?
    KH: I ride Nacho Man in Novice.


    MSEDA: What are your horse's favorite treats?
    KH: Green peppermints!



    MSEDA: What is your favorite show? Why?
    KH: I enjoy competing at River Glen Horse Trials. It’s always a tough competition!


    MSEDA: What do you?
    KH: I currently attend Otterbein University and am studying equine business management. I love the hands-on experience there.


    MSEDA: What are your favorite equestrian brands?
    KH: HKM Lauria Garrelli line and Equine Couture


    MSEDA: What are your horse's quirks?
    KH: During feeding he sticks his tongue out and shakes his head “yes!”


    MSEDA: What is your goal this year?
    KH: To have consistent scores in Novice as we've just moved up.


    MSEDA:  Who do you ride with?
    KH: Jeri Matheny


    MSEDA: Where do you ride?
    KH: Wind Ridge Farm out of Campbellsburg, KY


    MSEDA: What is your favorite part of your barn/trainer/boarding stable?
    KH: She's made me part of her family and welcomed me with open arms. She is a very patient teacher!


    MSEDA: What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome with your horse?
    KH: It's hard to pick just one as he wasn't able to jump through a grid without having a mental breakdown and stay relaxed in the dressage ring!


    MSEDA:  Describe your horse in 10 words.
    KH: Physically and emotionally sensitive with the heart of a lion.


    MSEDA: What is your favorite memory?
    KH: 
    Skipping my senior prom and going to Ocala, Fla., and being a groom to my trainer.


    MSEDA: What other animals do you own?
    KH: 
    A dog and a cat.

  • 11/02/2016 9:28 AM | Anonymous

    Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at redhorseenterprise@gmail.com 

    By Sarah E Coleman


    A passionate proponent of equestrian endeavors, Megan Carr can be seen throughout the state at events and dressage shows of every caliber. Heavily involved in multiple state and regional associations, Carr gives back in every way she can to the horses and the people who love them. Read on to find out how she fits it all in!



    MSEDA: Where are you from?
    Megan Carr: I was born in Chicago but raised in Lexington, Ky.

    MSEDA: What brought you here?
    MC: My father got a job offer up here when we were living in South Florida in 1988. The horses moved up here before we did!

    MSEDA: When did you begin riding? 
    MC: In the womb! My mother was a dressage rider. I also took my first “formal” lesson when I was 4 with Julie Congleton, who at the time was at Midway College. It was on a really cool HUGE grey horse named Wexford. He as so cool.


    Mom (Laura) and Sister (Katie), Benjamin aka No Worries and I at Training Championships, Greater Dayton. 5th place. 1998


    MSEDA: How long have you been competing?
    MC: Although I have not competed much in recent years, I showed a lot when I was younger. I started in leadline, then moved to Pony Club and then competed several horses at Training Level and one in JYOP.

    MSEDA: How long have you been a MSEDA member? 
    MC: My family and I have been members of MSEDA since we moved here in the early 90s.

    MSEDA: You have a very active role in the eventing community here in Kentucky -- can you tell me a bit about it?
    MC: I am a Licensed MSEDA Dressage and Eventing Judge. I officiate at about 12-20 shows each year. I am also a MSEDA board member, on the Education committee and chair of the Rules and Bylaws committee.  I also serve on the board of Louisville Dressage Association, am the state rep for the Western Dressage Association of America and run the vet box at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. I try to volunteer at local shows when I am not officiating. I am also excited to start Part 1 of the USDF L judges program late this year and hope to finish it early next year.

    MSEDA: How did you become interested in these roles?
    MC: I know this sounds cheesy, but I really just have a huge passion for this sport. It has given both myself and my family many amazing memories (and a few memories by father calls “a good learning experience!”). While I am too busy to compete (and having physical issues), I tried to think up ways that I could keep in the eventing/dressage community without being a rider, so I started the MSEDA judges program in 2008 and finished in 2010. Judging expanded my knowledge of the sport and also expanded my opportunities, including a role on the board of Kentucky Dressage Association (membership chair) and roles with MSEDA, Louisville Dressage Society, Rolex Kentucky and WDAA.

    MSEDA: What is your favorite event? Why?
    MC: Although it is a lot of hard work, I would have to say Rolex Kentucky.  I started out roping the galloping lanes when I was 5 and have volunteered there ever since. I have worked with awards, in control with Nigel and Allie Casserley, and have been running the vet box since 2011. Over the years, I have gathered a great core crew of amazing volunteers to help everything run as smoothly as possible!

    PC Lisa Dean/L to R: Tammy Makela, Jeri Matheny, Laura Corsentino, Emily Macauley, myself, Stephanie Roethke and Shannon Riley.


    MSEDA: When did you get your first horse?

    MC: I got my first pony, Hokey Pokey, for my sixth birthday. She was a little brat, but really taught me how to ride and the value of patience J

    MSEDA: What horses do you own now?
    MC: I currently only have one horse, Jonathan, who also goes by With Ease. He is retired and living with Cyndi, Nicholas and Michael Greathouse, who have become family through our shared love of this special horse.

    MSEDA: How did you get Jonathan?
    MC: Jonathan was a Christmas present from a family friend, Kathy Anderson, DVM. I had leased his brother, Benjamin (aka No Worries) from her after he had gone to DeBroke Prelim Championships with Amanda Warrington. Benjamin and I competed through Training level eventing and were placed 11th with USCTA in the Jr Training Division. We retired Benjamin early and Kathy gave me Jonathan for Christmas my junior year of high school. Jonathan and I went up to Prelim and qualified for the CCI* (long format back in 2003) and got invited to DeBroke Championships (AEC’s predecessor). We also focused a lot on dressage and were schooling 4th level.

    MSEDA: What are Jonathan’s favorite treats?
    MC: McDonald’s French fries, doughnuts and potato chips. He really is a junk food junkie, but he’s only allowed to have them on special occasions!

    MSEDA: What do you do full time? Do you enjoy it?
    MC:  I work at a structural engineering firm in Louisville, Ky. I have been here since I graduated from University of Louisville. I really do enjoy my job and luckily it allows me to be as active as I am in the horse community, also.

    MSEDA: How did you get into this job?

    MC: I met my boss’s wife while we both were riding at Stone Place Stables in Prospect, Ky. She fell in love with my Jonathan and ended up half leasing him from me while I was busy with school. We have been best friends ever since. It is amazing how many great people this have come into my life because of this special horse.

    MSEDA: What is your goal this year?
    MC: My goal is to finish the USDF “L” Program Part 1 in 2017 and to learn as much as I can from it.  I am really excited to get the opportunity to do this awesome program, which is the USDF Learner Judges program that covers all aspects dressage.

    MSEDA: Describe your horse in 10 words. Horse of a lifetime.  Although we may have never made it to Rolex, this horse was the first one that I was able to work with for an extended period of time (I leased a lot before landing him), train myself from the ground up, and then he, in turn, has taught more than half a dozen kids the ropes of eventing and dressage. His brother (No Worries) really taught me to ride, and now, he is honoring his brother by doing the same.

    MSEDA: What other animals do you own?
    MC: I have one dog. She is a 10-year-old red and white female Basenji named Urbi (Or-bee). She is still full of spunk and on occasions, attends horse shows with me.


  • 07/28/2016 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at redhorseenterprise@gmail.com 

    By Sarah E Coleman


    Vanessa Coleman, Director of Competition for Equestrian Events Inc. (EEI), the entity that hosts the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, has been passionate about horses since she first moved to the Bluegrass at 4 years old. After dabbling in the hunters as a child, she began eventing, and has been enjoying it ever since. The ability to combine her passion for the sport with her unique role at EEI has made Vanessa even more appreciative of everything that goes into producing the only four-star event in North America.


    MSEDA: Where are you from? If you're not from KY, what brought you here?
    VC: I was born in St. Louis, MO and my father’s work brought us to Lexington. I moved away during college, but returned to the area in 2008.

     

    MSEDA: When did you begin riding?

    VC: When I was 4, after we moved to Georgetown.


    MSEDA: How long have you been competing?

    VC: I started competing a bit in hunters, then switched to eventing when I was about 11 or 12.

     

    MSEDA: When did you get your first horse?

    VC: The first horse I owned was a Welsh Pony named Clancy, whom I got when I was 11.

     

    MSEDA: What horses do you own now?

    VC: I own Lily, a 19-year-old OTTB that is retired and Rooster (Arcturus) a 9-year-old OTTB that I would like to event more if I could find the time!

     

    MSEDA: How did you get Rooster?

    VC: I was casually looking for a new horse and a client of Jim Graham’s had a few for sale—Rooster being one of them. She had gotten him directly off the track a few months prior to our introduction.


    MSEDA: Where do you ride?

    VC: Rooster lives at Antebellum Farm. It is super convenient to work and home, and I really enjoy everyone there. 

     

    MSEDA: Do you and Rooster compete?
    VC: I have only managed to compete him a few times, but I hope that changes soon!


    MSEDA: What is your goal this year?

    VC: To ride as much as possible!


    MSEDA: What is your favorite show? Why?
    VC: Rolex Kentucky is my favorite show!


    MSEDA: Do you have any good luck rituals? If so, what are they?

    VC: I used to have lucky boot socks but I lost them!


    MSEDA: What are your horse's quirks?

    VC: He is a goofball and loves attention. When I got him, he was indifferent to everything and everyone, and did not really engage. Now, he has more personality than he probably needs and is a joy to work with. He knows I keep a treat or two in my pocket, so he is always checking it out. One odd thing he does is in the wash rack he loves to have me spray the concrete while he licks it! Ironically, it seems that almost every picture I take of Rooster his tongue is sticking out!

     

     MSEDA: What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome with your horse?

     VC: His tension.


    MSEDA: What are your horse's favorite treats? 

    VC: Carrots and Mrs. Pastures Cookies.

     

    MSEDA: How long have you been a MSEDA member?
    VC: I became a member right after moving back to Kentucky in 2008/2009.

     

    MSEDA: You work with EEI, the entity that hosts Rolex. How long have you been with this organization?

    I was a volunteer from the mid-1980s until 2008.  In late 2008, Jane Atkinson asked me to help out in the office through the event and I have been here ever since.  I have held a few different positions: Director of Ticketing, Director of Development and now Director of Competition.

     

    MSEDA: What does that entail?

    As Director of Competition, I am responsible for and oversee everything related to the competition including: the budget; hiring all officials, veterinarians, contractors, announcers and seasonal staff; oversight of all competition pieces, including the horse inspection, dressage, cross-country, show jumping, awards, etc.; all paperwork with governing bodies; processing all entries; coordinating international entries and isolation barn; all competition items in the official event program; all volunteers; scheduling, scoring and results; credentialing; necessary equipment; and lots more!

    There is a lot to my job, but there is no way I could do it without the AMAZING team of staff and volunteers who do their parts so very well and with unending dedication!  It is next to impossible to truly express how much EEI and I appreciate what they give to this event!

     

    MSEDA: What changes have you seen as Rolex has evolved?  

    VC: There have been so many changes over the years!  The most obvious are not just Rolex Kentucky-related. The sport has changed and is still changing; WEG 2010 brought a tremendous change to and awareness of the Kentucky Horse Park. With technological advancements and social media, we now have the ability to engage a vast number of people for a fraction of the cost for more-traditional advertising.


    MSEDA: What is your favorite part of your job?

    VC: I enjoy almost every aspect of my job, but there is no feeling that can compare to the first horse starting and finishing on cross-country--and then the excitement on Sunday when the last horse jumps and the winner is known! 


    MSEDA: What is the hardest part of your job?

    VC: Staying organized!


    MSEDA: Is it hard to balance your role with EEI and riding?

    VC: It is quite difficult from January through mid-May. There aren’t enough hours in the day to answer all of the emails and keep up with the daily tasks, and then have time to ride. I suppose there would be time if I didn’t sleep at all!

     

    MSEDA: Do you have kids? Do they ride?

    VC: I have a 21-year-old daughter named Alexa. She rode some when she was younger, but doesn’t anymore, which is too bad--she has a real natural talent!

     

    MSEDA: What other animals do you own?

    VC: Lily the 19-year-old OTTB; Sammy, a 14-year-old Jack Russell; and Abby, a 9- or 10-year-old Black Lab. I just recently lost Scotty, who was my daughter’s pony--he was somewhere in his 30s and we had him for 15 years. I also lost Karalaika, retired event horse Thoroughbred/Trakehner who was one month shy of 31 when he died--I had him for almost 28 years.


  • 06/20/2016 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at redhorseenterprise@gmail.com

    By Sarah E. Coleman


    Where are you from?

    I was born in Dearborn, MI, and I grew up in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  I attended Hope College in Holland, MI and studied French at University of Grenoble, France. I also have an MBA.

     

    What brought you to Kentucky?

    I was a Kmart General Manager for 20 years and I moved 12 times in 20 years, so every time that I moved, I had a new horse experience. I was downsized in 1994 and then became Festival Coordinator for the United States Pony Club.

    What do you do full time? Do you enjoy it? 

    For my full-time job, I am a financial advisor for Cetera Financial Specialists. I have an office in Ft. Mitchell, Ky., and I am licensed in 15 states.

    What other activities do you enjoy?
    In the past, I played violin in symphony orchestras and quartets. I have also had art exhibited at Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

    When did you begin riding? 

    I started taking lessons when I was 6 years old, but I had been crawling on every horse I saw since I was a toddler. I began with western lessons for 3 years, then switched to English.

    In the past, I rode hunter/jumpers, did a 50-mile endurance race, exercised racing Arabian horses, rode in the hills of West Virginia, trained in dressage with Teri Foley, Carol Grant and Theo Wilkinson, and helped on a Clydesdale breeding operation.

    How long have you been a MSEDA member?

    I have been a MSEDA member for over 15 years and am a past member of the Board of Directors

    You’re a Technical Delegate (TD) for the United States Equestrian Federation. In which disciplines?

    I am a USEF Technical Delegate in:

    Eventing "r"

    Dressage "R"

    Vaulting "r"

    I am a FEI Level 1 Steward in:  Eventing, Dressage, Vaulting and Reining

    How did you become interested in that role?
    After I became Chief of Fence Judges for Rolex Lexington Three-Day Event CCI ****, I was looking for a way to help the sport. With my management background, being a Technical Delegate seemed to fit. My last store I managed for Kmart was $15 million in volume and I had 250 employees and 18 managers.

    What does being a TD entail?
    A TD helps the organizers, the competitors and the judges with rule interpretation, but our main role is to protect the horse and help keep a level playing field. A TD also promotes safety at horse shows.

    You are heavily involved in helping multiple horse trials and shows. Can you tell us what your role at these events entail?
    I coordinate volunteers (jump judges, communicators, stopping stewards and interior crossing guards) for 8 and or 9 horse trials, and one dressage show, a year--this includes the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI**** . I was also a Chief Fence Judge for the 1987 Pan Am Games and  coordinated for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. I fence judged at Rolex for many years and became Chief of Fence Judges in 1992.

    What other horse-related endeavors have you been involved in?

    I have been President of the Kentucky Horse Council and Area Steward for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

    Do you own a horse?
    My horse foundered from the Cushings, and Dr. Ric Redden saved him. “Be Tough Willie” taught the vets that little veins  and arteries can regrow in the hoof wall capsule, so he was in Dr. Redden's lectures to veterinarians and farriers for many years.

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Midsouth Eventing & Dressage Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

MSEDA’s mission is to promote and preserve the sports of Eventing and Dressage in the Mid-South area, by providing leadership and education to its members and the community at large. To further these goals, MSEDA will provide educational opportunities, fair and safe competitions, promote the welfare of the horse and rider and reward the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the FEI level.

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