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Equine Student of the Month - 2010-2011

Justin Williamson, February 2011 Equine Student of the Month, and Parker.

Justin Williamson named February 2011 Equine Student of the Month

Justin Williamson is one of the most versatile and unique students here at Centenary College. His upbeat and cheerful personality is only one of the reasons why he is Student of the Month.

Justin graduated from Lower Cape May Regional High School in 2009 and during his time there, he always made sure he was active in anything he put his mind to. Alongside his love of riding and horses, Justin is an amazing flute player and vocalist. During his time in high school, he was active in all the school plays both on and off stage and participated in band, sitting first chair flute player. Even after graduating, he continues to go back to his high school and helps the drama department with sets, choreographing and onstage makeup. But when it came time for Justin to make his next big move for the future, his love and desire for the Equine field is what made him choose Centenary College.

During his time at Centenary College, Justin has made his mark on not only the students but staff and facility as well. He never thinks twice about lending a helping hand to anyone who asks and loves spending time with his favorite horse, Parker. Whether it is pulling a mane or teaching another student something new, Justin is always there with a smile on his face. He is an active volunteer to the IHSA team for prepping horses and being at every event, giving moral support or rooting on the team. He is always in the barn helping the best way he knows how. Justin’s remarkable personality and determined attitude is the reason why he is Student of the Month. Congratulations Justin!!!

Angela Fiori, January 2011 Equine Student of the Month, and her horse, Mosby.

Angela Fiori named January 2011 Equine Student of the Month

It is with great pleasure that the Equine Studies Department announces Miss Angela Fiori as the January 2011 Equine Student of the Month. Angie is receiving this distinction for all her hard work and dedication to Centenary College’s horses. Miss Fiori worked tirelessly over the entire holiday break with efficiency and a smile on her face. She was one of the first workers at the barn and the last one to leave. Angela is concentrating in Equine Science and anticipates graduating in May 2012.

Miss Fiori was born and raised in the Reading, PA region with her older brother and sister. She has been riding horses for 15 years now and had a considerable amount of experience as a teenager competing in the Arabian Breed Circuit in the western, saddle seat, and hunter divisions. In 2007, she was the National champion in the half-Arabian Sport Horse Class and Reserve Champion in the Hunt Seat Equitation with on her horse, Dreamin’ Me On, as known as Mosby. She also received a top 10 ribbon in the half-Arabian Saddle Seat Class with her horse Tom Krewse. Currently, she shows her horse Mosby in the Adult Hunters and Equitation at rated shows. Her favorite shows are Vermont and HITS Saugerties. In high school, Miss Fiori was a therapeutic riding volunteer and instructor.

Along with college, Angela is currently employed at PetSmart as a cashier and pet care associate. Upon graduation, she hopes to gain employment in the equine science aspect of the equine industry. Back in Pennsylvania, Miss Fiori has pet fish, frogs, and a shark named Sharkey. While Angie is preferential to her own horse, her favorite Centenary-owned horses are Spy Girl, Benchmark, Pandour, and Elo.

Hannah Wild, December 2010 Equine Student of the Month, and Gio.

Hannah Wild named December 2010 Equine Student of the Month

Hannah Wild has been awarded the 2010 December Equine Student of the Month. Hannah has come to Centenary College from Long Island, NY, where she lives with a dog, 3 horses and a 15 year old brother. Miss Wild will graduate in 2013 with an Equine Studies Degree concentrating in Equine Science. She aspires towards a career in radiology at a veterinarian clinic.

During her time at Centenary College, Hannah has been extremely committed. She has been a tour guide and a First Year Leader (FYL) since Fall 2010 and she hopes to continue in those roles until she graduates. Hannah’s favorite class besides riding was Equine Health I. She is currently the captain of the Intercollegiate Dressage Team (IDA) and she hopes to qualify for IDA Nationals before she graduates.

Hannah has been awarded this honor because she is dedicated to horses inside and outside of the arena. She has proven herself through devotion and hard work when it comes to going above and beyond what is asked of her in the barn and classroom. Hannah’s favorite Centenary horses are Gio, Cali and Cola.

Kristen Blatt, November 2010 Equine Student of the Month, and Hanover.

Kristen Blatt named November 2010 Equine Student of the Month

Centenary College is proud to announce Miss Kristen Blatt as the 2010 November Equine Student of the Month. Miss Blatt is graduating in May 2011 with a B.S. in Equine Studies concentrating in Equine Business Management and a minor in Business. Kristen has been a devoted work-study student for the Equestrian Center for her entire collegiate tenure.

Miss Blatt is an integral member of the IHSA team. She not only competes in the intermediate flat and over fences sections but also organizes the upper indoor at shows hosted by Centenary. The day before the show, she can be found checking each horse to make sure they are “show ready.” Kristen currently works at a private facility where she grooms and rides. After graduation, she plans on managing a show barn with aspirations of one day owning and managing her own farm.

Kristen grew up in Long Island, NY, where she was the youngest of three sisters. She started riding at the age of 5 and enjoys competing in the hunter divisions. Prior to college she successfully competed her horse “Stealing My Heart,” a 14 year old Thoroughbred cross. Other four legged family members are her golden doodles, Gus and Boomer. In her minimally free time she enjoys spending time with her friends.

Kristen’s favorite Centenary horses are Hanover, Mia, and Carter. The Equine Studies Department thanks Miss Blatt for all her hard work and dedication to the program and its horses.

Courtney Billings, October 2010 Student of the Month, and Nico.

Courtney Billings named October 2010 Student of the Month

We are proud to recognize Courtney Billings with Equine Student of the Month for October 2010. Courtney came to Centenary College from Millis, Massachusetts where she grew up with two older brothers. She has been riding for the past eight years, and in 2010 she graduated from Norfolk County Agricultural High School in Walpole, Massachusetts. This was a unique high school environment where she was able to focus her studies on horses, similar to what she is doing at Centenary.

Courtney is a constant presence in the barn, not only as a work-study student, but as a volunteer as well. She spends countless hours volunteering her time at the Equine Center, regardless of whether she is on the clock or not. While she loves all the horses on the property, some of her favorites include King, Onassis, Ace and Also. Courtney is punctual, helpful, friendly, knowledgeable and an example for the other students in the equine program. She is always willing to lend a helping hand and never has to be asked to do so. Courtney always has a positive attitude, and is appreciated by those who she works with.

Courtney is an active member of the IHSA team, where she competes in the walk-trot-canter division, and has won every class she has ridden in so far. She is truly a positive addition to the team and a role model for her fellow team members. Courtney is only the second individual to receive this award as a first-year student. She will graduate in May 2014 with an Equine Studies degree, where we have no doubt she will be an outstanding asset to the horse community.

Erika Lanpher, September 2010 Student of the Month, and Hanover.

Erika Lanpher named September 2010 Student of the Month

Erika Lanpher is the Equine Student of the Month for September 2010. Erika came to Centenary College from Colchester, VT as an only child. She will graduate in May 2012 with an Equine Studies degree with a concentration in Communication.

Erika excels in the classroom, as well as in the arena. She is the first person to lend a helping hand in the office, the barn, horse shows or events. Erika brings a smile around the facility and always takes on a task with a positive attitude. Erika was on the IDA team as a freshman, and since her sophomore year, she has been enjoying the IHSA and Hunter Jumper teams.

Erika is not only an extremely hard worker when it comes to helping with any task asked of her, but she is also highly skilled at photography. Erika enjoys taking pictures at all the horse shows and events. She wishes to pursue horse show photography upon graduation. Erika has proven herself to be a wonderful representative of Centenary College and a great role model for the entire student body. Erika’s favorite horses are Hanover and Calvin.