Equine Student of the Month

September 2014

Rebecca Gogal

The Centenary College Equine Center & Equine Studies Department is delighted to announce the Equine Student of the Month for September 2014, Miss Rebecca Gogal. Miss Gogal is a second year student at Centenary College, majoring in Equine Studies. Rebecca has been given this award for demonstrating the attributes of a committed and proactive Centenary student.  Rebecca has been an important part of the College from shining in the classroom to volunteering in the barn. Presently, Rebecca is a work-study student in the barn, gaining valuable hands on experience in the areas of barn management and basic medical care.

Rebecca originates from Toms River, NJ and started riding at the age of seven at Chariot Riders under the instruction of Nicole McKinney, a former student of Centenary College.  The decision to attend Centenary was very easy for Rebecca; an equine program, a welcoming campus that was close to home, and a great referral from former student and mentor. Since January of her freshman year, Rebecca has gained valuable experience from her summer & winter work study position at the Centenary College Equine Center. Rebecca has been an attribute during the college hosted events and an excellent tour guide for potential students and their families. The knowledge Rebecca has gained from her experiences at the equine center are essential to her future career. Rebecca hopes to open a therapeutic riding center for troubled youth and self-harm victims.

In 2009, Rebecca rescued a retired race horse named Jacob.  Jacob currently resides at the Equine Center partaking in Dressage lessons with Rebecca under the instruction of Professor Sarah Simms. In 2011, Rebecca rescued another horse, a mini named Louie.  At that time, Louie had an upper respiratory infection and pneumonia which required over a month to resolve. In her free time Rebecca enjoys attending concerts and body art. Rebecca’s favorite Centenary owned horse is Lia.

The Centenary College Equine Studies Department Faculty and Staff would like to congratulate Rebecca on this award and thank her for dedication and hard work. Rebecca has proven to be an essential member of the Equine Center Community.  

Jennifer Picinich - September 2013

The Centenary College Equine Studies Department is delighted to announce the Equine Student of the Month for September 2013 is Miss Jennifer Picinich.  Miss Picinich transferred to Centenary in the Fall 2013 from City College of California in San Francisco, a two year college with approximately 90,000 students. The lifelong California resident rode her motorcycle cross-country from San Francisco, CA to Hackettstown, NJ in order to complete her educational journey as a Biology major and Equine Studies minor. Jennifer has been awarded the Equine Student of the Month award for embodying everything Centenary College stands for. 

In Jennifer’s short time at Centenary, she has proven to be a wonderful addition to the College community. She has demonstrated exceptional care to her designated Centenary horse as well as any others in need.  Jennifer can be found in the barn from sunrise to closing and is always willing to help, whether it is a fellow student, horse, or faculty/staff member.  In addition, she does this with a smile and positive attitude. She is an active member of the Hunter Jumper, IHSA and Western teams at Centenary. 

Jennifer has been riding for 24 years and was primarily a barrel racer before she started working for Heather Hill Welsh Cobs in Palo Alto, CA a few years ago. She has two horses at home in California, a welsh cob named Weetabix and a paint mare named Mag Pie. In her spare time Jennifer enjoys riding her motorcycle with her boyfriend Barry and is a member of the San Francisco Motor Cycle Club. She has an older brother who lives in VA and a 5 year old sister who just had he first ride on a pony! Jennifer’s favorite Centenary horses are:  Phoenix, Herbie and Charlie Brown. 

Jennifer is considering several different career paths upon graduation, from field research to sport horse rehabilitation. If the opportunity presented itself, Jennifer would embrace a position within an educational program such as the one offered at Centenary.  Centenary College’s Equine Studies Department Faculty and Staff would like to congratulate Jennifer on this award and thank her for dedicated hard work. 

Presented by
Beval Saddlery

The Equine Student of the Month demonstrates exceptional abilities, interest, and/or compassion in horsemanship.  This distinction is reserved for those individuals who have gone above and beyond what is expected in horse care, equestrian management, intercollegiate events, community service, and activities associated with Centenary College’s Equestrian Center.  This student exemplifies the principles and standards of Centenary College and what is expected in the equine industry.