Category Archives: Rider Connect

Rider Connect: Claire Gordon

Today’s Eventing star is Claire Gordon, a motivated University student who is pursing her riding dreams to compete at a CCI1* this year plus earn her dressage medals. Read on, to find out more about Claire’s riding journey… If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Claire I am 21-year-old and live in Fort Worth, Texas. I am a senior studying Strategic Communication, an integrated degree in advertising and public relations, at Texas Christian University. I asked for riding lessons for my 8th birthday and never stopped-I like to call it the gift that keeps on giving!…

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Rider Connect: Mia Hughes

Today, Rider Connect shines the spotlight on America’s Mia Hughes. She started competing last year and is working towards her goal of competing at the American Eventing Championships (AECs), this fall. Thanks Mia for sharing your story. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Mia I am from Mooresville, North Carolina. I am 16-years-old and a sophomore in high school. I work for a tack store in my area to support my horse habit. I started riding when I was about 9-years-old, because my mom rode. I always loved going out to the barn and petting her…

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Rider Connect: Kaitlin Hartford

Today, Rider Connect shines the spotlight on America’s Kaitlin Hartford. We are excited to bring you her story and lets cheer her on as works towards her goal of competing at NAJYRC in 2017. Thanks Kaitlin for sharing your journey. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Kaitlin I am 16-years-old. I am currently completing my schooling online with FLVS. I also run cross country and track, as well as play soccer for West Nassau high school. I am from Callahan, Florida and started riding in the hunter/jumper world 12 years ago. I switched to Eventing seven…

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Rider Connect: Madison Bantivoglio

Rider Connect brings you another dedicated Eventing athlete.  Today’s spotlight is on America’s Madison Bantivoglio, who won the Training Rider division on Casino Royale IV at the inaugural Three Lakes Horse Trials, over the weekend.   If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Madison I am 17-years-old and live in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. The day that I learned to walk was the same day that I rode my first horse. I have been riding horses for 16 years and have been riding competitively for 14. I started off by riding in the hunter ring that lasted for…

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Rider Connect: Alexandra Mulconnery

Rider Connect brings you another dedicated Eventing athlete.  Today’s spotlight is on America’s Alexandra Mulconnery who recently won the Preliminary Rider division on Toute Va Bien at the Equiventures and Ocala Horse Properties Winer I H.T. If you would like to be featured in Rider Connect, email me.   Get to know Alexandra I am a freshman at the University of Texas at Austin, in the Business Honors Program and also planning on majoring in management as well as marketing. I was put on a horse when I was around eight months old when my aunt carried me around in the saddle with her on…

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Rider Connect: Meagan Maloney

Rider Connect brings you another dedicated Eventing athlete.  Today’s spotlight is on Canada’s Meagan Maloney  who won the Ontario Senior Training Championships at Will O’Wind, the venue that the Pan Ams were held at earlier this year.    Get to know Meagan I turned 30 this summer, meaning I’ve had a foot in the eventing world for 20 years now. My mom rode when I was a child, and I have been horse crazy for as long as I can remember, but strangely enough had no desire to work with horses for a living. Despite attending school with plans to do something completely different…

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Rider Connect: Brandon McMechan

Rider Connect brings you another dedicated Eventing athlete.  Today’s spotlight is on Canada’s Brandon McMechan who won the Ontario Senior Preliminary Championships at Will O’Wind, the venue that the Pan Ams were held at earlier this year.    Get to know Brandon I’m pretty sure I have my mom to blame for getting me involved with horses.  I believe the original impetus for signing me up for lessons was so that she and her friend could gossip while their kids trotted around on ponies and while probably not the original plan, I ended up really taking to it. I was able to convince my parents…

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Rider Connect: Katlyn Hewson

Rider Connect brings you another dedicated Eventing athlete.  Today’s spotlight is on Canada’s Katylyn Hewson who won the Ontario Open Intermediate Championships at Will O’Wind, the venue that the Pan Ams were held at earlier this year.    Get to know Katlyn I live in Caledon East, Ontario at Wolf Run Farm with my fiancée, Karl Slezak, and our dog Clyde. I am originally from Minden, Ontario where my parents still live with all of my retired horses! I graduated form Seneca College in 2007 as veterinary technician. I am currently not working in that field right now in order to concentrate…

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Rider Connect: Angela DeBoer

We’re pleased to be starting a new series, showcasing riders across all levels of our sport.  If you are interested in being featured, send an email to us.  This week our featured rider is Angela DeBoer, an adult amateur who proudly competes at Training level with her horse Sir Christopher. Get to know Angela I am 40-years-old, from Murfreesboro, TN.  I’m a college professor teaching music at Middle Tennessee State University and I also work as a professional musician playing the french horn with orchestras like the Nashville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Huntsville Symphony and working in the recording studios of Nashville.  Angela’s…

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Rider Connect: Shalea Shackleton

Rider Connect brings you another dedicated Eventing athlete.  Today’s spotlight is on Canada’s Shalea Shackleton, who recently won the Training Junior division on Shamrock at Glen Oro, H.T., in Ontario. Find out how horses and family tie together in Shalea’s life.    Get to know Shalea  I am 17-years-old and I just graduated from Mayfield S.S. High School, and I’m taking a year off of school to focus on riding. I live on a 10-stall horse farm, with my parents, Finlay and Sherry Shackleton, in Cheltenham, Ontario, with five horses of our own. I first fell in love with horses when we moved…

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