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Lauren Crivelli has a routine when preparing to compete

Lauren Crivelli has a routine when preparing to compete

Lauren Crivelli has a routine she sticks to as she prepares to enter the show arena to compete. She’s impossible to talk to so don’t even try. She’s in her “zone.” “I get so focused on the way my horse is feeling and the way I want them to feel in the arena that I […]

Sydney Riden grateful for opportunity to show horses

Sydney Riden grateful for opportunity to show horses

Family is the most important thing to 16-year-old Sydney Riden, of Good Hope, Illinois. It was family – parents, Scott and Mindy Riden, grandparents, aunts and sister have all shown horses all their lives and they got Sydney involved when she was just a toddler. “My first show was when I was a year old […]

NJ trainer Danny Desmond not afraid of hard work

NJ trainer Danny Desmond not afraid of hard work

New Jersey trainer Danny Desmond understands the value of hard work. He says a very wise man – who happens to be his own father – once told him that “your results are directly proportional to how much time you have spent.” That’s something Desmond has never forgotten. “Any successful man knows this is true […]

Chase Barnes has always wanted to be a horse trainer

Chase Barnes has always wanted to be a horse trainer

Native of: Warren, Pennsylvania.  Age: 30. Activities: I played baseball when I was young until I got more involved in the horses. I was involved in 4-H and also did a lot of skiing, hunting and fishing.  Introduction to Horses: I grew up around horses. We had a little farm and my family had a few horses. When I was […]

Katlin Schultz says her dad is her biggest influence

Katlin Schultz says her dad is her biggest influence

  Native of: Ludington, Michigan.  Age: 28  Family: Parents, Brian and Gerri Schultz; sister, Bre Schultz; brother, Brian Schultz. Education: Attended Ludington High School but was home schooled most of high school, living with my horse trainers at the time and hauling for national titles; 2006 graduate of American Schools.  Occupation: National Director of Donor Relations for Be Someone’s Hero, a […]

Kacie Scharf wants to earn a degree in Business

Kacie Scharf wants to earn a degree in Business

Age: 17 Hometown: Gretna, Nebraska Family: Parents, Gayle and Robert Sharf; sister and brother-in-law, Nichole and Kent McKendry; brothers, Kevin and Will Scharf. Education: Member of the class of 2017 at Gretna High School, Gretna, Nebraska. Career Goals: I am planning to go into business. I’ll probably get a degree in general business, although, I don’t know for sure. I […]

Meg Whelan juggles work and horse shows

Meg Whelan juggles work and horse shows

Native of: Brockport, New York Age: 31 Family: Parents, Don and Sue DePalma; sister, Lynette DePalma.. Education: Earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Corporate Finance and Speech Communication in 2007 from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Member of the Delta Zeta Sorority there. Occupation: Regional Vice President for Prudential Financial, covering Georgia and South Carolina. I help financial advisors create strategies for retirement […]

Taylah Ogilvie of Australia heads to her first Youth World

Taylah Ogilvie of Australia heads to her first Youth World

Age: 18 Family: Mother, Tracey Woods; Father, Charles Ogilvie; Brother, Dylan Ogilvie Education: Glenella State School from preschool to grade seven ( 2003-2010); 2015 graduate of Pioneer High school. Career Goals: Next year I am going to study for my certificate III and IV in fitness. I became interested in fitness when I was living in Victoria with my trainers, Kelly […]

Marian Naumann of Solana Beach, California

Marian Naumann of Solana Beach, California

Native of: Norwich, Connecticut Family: Met my husband, Jim Naumann at a sales training class in New Jersey. Married in 1980. We have a daughter, Stephanie, 29, a yoga teacher extraordinaire. Education: Quinnipiac College, Hamden, Conecticut 1972-1974; University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1974 to 1977. Majored in Biology/Chemistry. Occupation: Senior apparel and footwear buyer for Mary’s Tack & Feed, Del Mar, […]

Madison Nirenstein of Mill Valley, California

Madison Nirenstein of Mill Valley, California

Age: 18 Family: Parents, John and Michelle Nirenstein; brother, Parker. Education: Elementary and middle school in Tiburon, California; Redwood High School, Larkspur, California (graduated in 2015); currently attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor but in the process of transferring to a California school so I can show my horse more. Career Goals: I want to work in the automotive industry […]

Jenna Tolson says she has big dreams

Jenna Tolson says she has big dreams

Jenna Tolson, of McPherson, Kansas, first fell in love with horses while on a trail ride in Colorado with her family. For months she and her sisters, Jillian and Gretchen, begged their parents to take lessons somewhere, so Brent and Sue Wall found a semi-local pony club for the girls to join. All three girls would be dropped […]

Madison Anger loves the sense of community at shows

Madison Anger loves the sense of community at shows

Youth competitor Madison Anger has only been showing for the past four years, but her love for horses began at an early age. Growing up in Clyde Hill, Washington, the only daughter of Kristin and Matt Anger began riding at her grandparent’s barn in Clovis, California. Ginger and Bob Thomas promised they would get her a horse so she could […]