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Equine Student of the Month

February 2015

Sarah Hollander

The Centenary College Equine Center & Equine Studies Department is excited to announce the Equine Student of the Month for February 2015, Miss Sarah Hollander. Miss Hollander is a second semester sophomore at Centenary College, majoring in Equine Studies with a concentration in Teaching and Training. Sarah has been awarded the Equine Student of the Month award for illustrating everything Centenary College stands for.  For the past two years, Sarah has been an essential part of the College from shining in the classroom to volunteering in the barn. Currently, Sarah has been a work-study student in the barn starting her freshman year. Recently Sarah has become a tour guide for the barn, her approachable personality and positive attitude is a wonderful representation of Centenary College.

Sarah currently lives in Virginia but has resided in several different states.  Being the daughter of a former U.S. Marine, Sarah lived in, Virginia, Northern and Southern California, and North Carolina. At the age of ten, Sarah began riding while her Dad was stationed out of Camp Pendleton in CA.  Fortunately for Sarah, there was an equine facility on base. Once she started riding she never looked back. Sarah heard about Centenary College from a friend, she had originally planned to attend a larger University but fell in love with the close knit environment of Centenary College. Sarah’s favorite things about Centenary are her friends in the Equine Department.  Sarah is currently exploring internship opportunities for this upcoming summer in hopes of facilitating her goals of becoming a dressage trainer or dressage barn manager.

Sarah is an active member of the Centenary College IDA Team. Sarah’s favorite Centenary owned horse is Buddy. Buddy is Sarah’s care horse and favorite lesson partner.  When she is not in the barn or hanging out with her friends Sarah enjoys ice-skating and watching movies.

The Centenary College Equine Studies Department Faculty and Staff would like to congratulate Sarah on this award and thank her for dedication and enthusiasm. Sarah has proven to be a delightful addition to the Centenary College Community. 

November 2014

Victoria Caniglia

The Centenary College Equine Center & Equine Studies Department is happy to announce the Equine Student of the Month for November 2014, Miss Victoria Caniglia. Miss Caniglia is a second year student at Centenary College, majoring in Equine Studies with a concentration in teaching and training. Victoria has been presented the Equine Student of the Month award for embodying everything this award stands for.  For the past two years, Victoria has been a staple at the Equestrian Center, from lending a helping hand to anyone in need to excelling in the classroom.  Currently, Victoria is a work-study student in the barn, in this position she is gaining valuable hands on experience in the areas of barn management and basic medical care.

Victoria resides in Sicklerville NJ and started riding at the age of four. For the past five years Victoria has been training with Bonnie Travalino. Victoria first learned about Centenary through an advertisement on Facebook. After visiting the Equine Center, Victoria knew Centenary was the place for her. Victoria warned her mother that she, “wasn’t leaving home if it didn’t involve horses.” Victoria’s favorite part of Centenary College is how approachable the faculty are and that the Equine Department has become an extended part of her family.

Starting the spring semester of her freshman year, Victoria began her work-study career at the Equestrian Center which continued in to the summer.  Additionally, she volunteered at a few part-time positions with local professionals such as Amanda Steege. Victoria aspires to be a barn manager/rider for an Olympic Level professional. The hands on experience she is gaining a Centenary is putting her on target to achieve her goals!

Victoria has been an active member of the Centenary College Hunter Jumper Team since her freshman year.  She competed in the hunter divisions under the instruction of Coach Tara Clausen. Victoria has been an extraordinary care person to her car-horse Scout. Her favorite Centenary owned horses are; Scout, Harry and Bouley. Prior to college, Victoria leased a horse named Waffles, for two years.  When she is not in the barn Victoria enjoys ballet dancing, reading and watching rom-com’s! Victoria’s sense of humor is one of her finest attributes; she can light up the room with her whimsical personality.

The Centenary College Equine Studies Department Faculty and Staff would like to congratulate Victoria on this award and thank her for commitment and enthusiasm. Her reliability, originality, and personality is unparalleled.

October 2014

Maria Tisi

The Centenary College Equine Center & Equine Studies Department is delighted to announce the Equine Student of the Month for October 2014, Miss Maria Tisi. Miss Tisi is a second year student at Centenary College, majoring in Equine Studies with an emphasis on teaching and training. Maria has been awarded the Equine Student of the Month award for demonstrating a positive attitude, lending a helping hand and treating our horses as if they were her own.  She can always be found adorning her signature smile and pleasant demeanor around the barn.  Maria began her work-study career the second semester of her freshman year, working under the barn managers. Through this work, Maria has gained valuable knowledge and experience in the field.

Maria grew up in Chatham, NJ and started riding at the age of eight. The decision to attend Centenary was very easy for Maria; a great equine program and a welcoming campus that was close to home. In addition, Maria had received a strong endorsement about the program at Centenary College from her trainer, Aaron Cosgrove. Maria’s favorite part about Centenary College is the freedom and independence you are given at the Equine Center. Being able to envision the College-owned horses as if they are one of your own, allows the students to bond with one or many horses while learning the intricacies of the industry. Maria, like many other students has never had a horse of her own, so these opportunities are very special to her.

Maria is an active member of the Centenary College Hunter/Jumper Team, she competes locally in the equitation division under the instruction of coach, Tara Clausen. Maria has been an astonishing care person to her favorite Centenary horse, Twist. Prior to college, Maria was a Varsity Cheerleader all four years of her high school career. When she is not in the barn, Maria enjoys reading.

The Centenary College Equine Studies Department Faculty and Staff would like to congratulate Maria on this award and thank her for dedication and positive attitude. In her short time here, Maria has proven to be a key member of the Equine Center Community.  

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.  

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.