Kristina Ledyard - February 2012

Kristina Ledyard, February 2012 Equine Student of the Month, and Artesa.

The Centenary College Equestrian Center is pleased to announce Kristina Ledyard as the February 2012 Equine Student of the Month.  Krissie grew up in nearby Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She began riding at 8 years of age and competed in the jumpers and equitation throughout her riding career. 

Krissie has been an active member of the Hunter/Jumper Team since 2010.   She is currently the team co-captain and has been instrumental in many fundraising efforts and the organization of the team schooling shows held at Centenary this year.  As a team member, Krissie competed “Nino” at the Garden State Horse Show in the Adult Equitation and Level 1 Jumper Divisions in 2011.  In the current academic year, she has successfully competed  “Artesa” in the Level 1 Jumpers and “King’s Ransom” in the Adult Equitation.  She will finish out her senior year representing Centenary at the ANRC Championships in April and once again at Garden State in May.

In addition to her leadership role as a team captain, Krissie currently participates in the work-study program under Dr Fugaro.  In this position, she is responsible for rehabilitating the college owned horses in preparation for return to the lesson program. Due to her dedication and diligence, she has become a vital part in bringing the Centenary horses back to peak performance after an injury related lay-up.

During her time away from Centenary, Krissie has taken advantage of multiple working student and employment opportunities with top riders and trainers.  Most notably, last summer she worked under Chris Kappler in Pittstown, New Jersey.  In this position, she had the opportunity to ride top quality horses and gain valuable experience at a premier show facility.  Currently, she is employed as a riding instructor at Someday Stables in Montville, NJ. 

Krissie will be receiving her BS in Equine Studies this May with a Concentration in Teaching and Training.  Upon graduation, Krissie hopes to secure a job in the equine industry that involves professionally riding and training.  

Brittany Cunnane - December 2011

Brittney Cunnane, December 2011 Equine Student of the Month, and Harry. (Photo credit: Erika Lanpher.)

The Centenary College Equestrian Center is happy to announce Brittany Cunnane as the December 2011 Equine Student of the Month. Ms. Cunnane hales from Medway, Massachusetts where she first found her love of horses. Attending Norfolk County Agriculture High School in Walpole, Massachusetts gave Brittany the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with a variety of different animals and learn about plant science and agricultural mechanics. 

Actively riding since the age of seven, Brittany has qualified and competed in the New England Finals in both the Children’s and Adult Hunters. During her freshman year she competed upon her own horse, Hy Lady Luck, in the Adult Medal and received a 9th place ribbon at the Finals.

Brittany has been on the IHSA team since her freshman year and has qualified for IHSA Nationals almost every year. Her freshman year she received a 2nd place finish in the Team Novice Flat division, which assisted the team to be named the 2009 IHSA National Champions. She attended Nationals again her sophomore year and was crowned the Champion Individual Intermediate Flat rider.

For the past semester, Brittany has been a work-study student for Dr Fugaro. In this position, she has been a vital part in keeping the Centenary horses up to their peak performance for the program. She has proven herself to be dedicated, diligent, and dependable in this position. Brittany will be graduating this January with a Bachelors Degree in Equine Studies with a concentration in Equine Science. After graduation, she plans to further her education in equine science and eventually hopes to attend veterinary school.

In Brittany’s free time, she enjoys to ride and spend time with her childhood pony, Coco, and her Corgi, Tate. She also holds a working student position for Sandy Lobel at Ravens Wood Farm in Bedminster, NJ. There she grooms and manages the farm while Sandy is away at horseshows. Her favorite Centenary owned horses are Griffin and Harry. 

Samantha Whitley - November 2011

Samantha Whitley, November 2011 Equine Student of the Month, and Nick.

The Equine Studies Department is proud to announce that the November Equine Student of the Month is Miss Samantha Whitley.  Born and raised in Virginia Beach, Sam began riding at the age of nine in Virginia.  From there she progress to competing in the Children’s and Adult Hunters and Equitation. During her senior year of high school, she received a 5th place ribbon in the Children’s Equitation at the Virginia Horse Show Medal Finals aboard her own horse, Lionheart.   Also in 2008, Sam qualified 4th in the Country for the WIHS Children’s Hunter Classic and placed 14th at the competition. 

Over the past four years at Centenary College, Miss Whitley has been a part of both the IHSA and Hunter-Jumper Teams.  She has had many accomplishments, including competing at ANRC as both an individual and team member on Lionheart.  She received a 7th place overall in 2010 as an individual and in 2011, Sam’s performance helped the team receive the title of reserve champion.  Sam has also gone on to attend IHSA nationals.  In 2011, she received a 2nd place in intermediate flat and a 6th place in intermediate over fences as an individual. 

Sam has also held a working student position with Holiday Ryals and Lisa Rex of Somerset Farms in Long Island, New York.  She has spent the majority of her winter and summer breaks grooming and riding at Somerset Farms.  Sam has been a work-study student for the Veterinary Services Section at Centenary College.  In that capacity, she has been proven to be extremely dedicated, self-motivated, and valuable to the Centenary horses.

Recently Sam was awarded the Amateur Affiliate Sportsmanship Award from USHJA.  This was awarded to outstanding amateurs who exemplify good horsemanship, sportsmanship, and integrity.  Sam has proven that she epitomizes these attributes. 

In May 2012, Sam will graduate with a B.S. in Equine Studies double concentrating in Equine Business and Equine Teaching and Training.  Additionally, she will graduate with a minor in Business Administration.  Upon graduation she hopes to find employment in the pharmaceutical industry.  She aspires to become a licensed Hunter/Jumper judge while maintaining her active Amateur competition schedule.  In her free time, Sam enjoys spending time with her horse, Lionheart, at home as well as competing at horseshows.  She also enjoys taking her Black Labrador Retrievers, Hennessey and Tango, to the dog park, and spending time with her friends.  Sam’s favorite Centenary owned horses are Benchmark, Sean, and King, who she proudly competes on with the Hunter/Jumper team. 

Phoebe Hersh - October 2011

Phoebe Hersh, October 2011 Equine Student of the Month, and her favorite horses, Laugh and Jake.

Phoebe Hersh has been selected at Centenary College’s Student of the Month for October 2011.  Phoebe is graduating from Centenary in a quick three years with an Equine Studies degree, concentrating in Riding Instruction and Training the Horse.  She has been an integral part of Centenary’s student body; she has been an active participant on the IHSA team for three years and the Western team for two years.  Additionally, Phoebe can always be found around the barn or faculty member’s offices offering a hand and volunteering for non-required tasks.  She does this with a smile on her face and an upbeat personality.  Being the self-motivated individual that she is, Phoebe hopes to travel to Ocala this winter break to ride and groom. 

For the past two years, Phoebe has been Amy Gregonis’s work-study student, where she has done numerous jobs.  These tasks have not only been administrative in nature but Phoebe has been directly involved the organization of several fundraising events for the Equestrian Center and has participated on the Back Barn Restoration Project.  Phoebe volunteered numerous hours of her free time to help finish it and been an encouraging leader when it comes to recruiting other students to help with the Project.  She has always been a team player when it comes to hosting a wide variety of events at the Equine Center. 

After graduation, Phoebe hopes to pursue a job in Equine Marketing.  Her interests lie with the marketing of competitions and publicity, although she has not ruled out journalism and equine publication marketing.  Phoebe is originally from Martha’s Vineyard and has been riding since she was 3 years old.  Her childhood horse, One Up aka “Drew,” was Reserve Champion at the Capital Challenge in ’09 in Maryland.  Pheobe currently lives with her one-year old Maltese named “Bentley” and has two Jack Russell Terriers back in Martha’s Vineyard.

Phoebe’s favorite Centenary-owned horses are Jake and Laugh.

Jessica Pabst - September 2011

Junior Jessica Pabst, September 2011 Equine Student of the Month, and Abfab.

Jessica Pabst has been selected as the September 2011 Student of the Month.  Jess is currently a junior and majoring in Marketing with a minor in Equine Business Management.  After graduation, Jessica would like to pursue a job in Equine Sales in the New Jersey or Kentucky area.  Jess has been a participant on the IHSA team since her freshman year.  She successfully competed in IHSA Nationals her freshman year in the Team Novice Flat division and again her sophomore year in the Team Intermediate Flat division.  Jess has also been on the Hunter/Jumper team for 2 ½ years and recently joined the Western team this fall.

During her senior year of high school, Jess began working at Redfield Farms as a working student for Emil Spadone and has been there ever since.  For the past 2 years, Jessica has also worked for Horseflight, an equine international transportation service that specializes in overseas importation and exportation.  This employment has gained her the opportunity to travel to numerous locations, such as Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to accompany horses on their intended journey.  Jess has attended multiple ‘A’ and ‘AA’ shows throughout her years in the industry. 

Jessica has been an enormous part of the Back Barn Restoration Project.  Not only did Jess have a full time job over the summer, but she committed to at least 3 days a week at Centenary, lending a helping hand to expedite the project. Jessica led many of the projects involving the restoration and her assignments were never ending.  She continued her volunteer dedication into the semester to help achieve the goal of the barn completion by the ribbon cutting ceremony.

When Jess is not in school or working with the horses, she enjoys downtime at the beach or playing with her pet turtles and cats. Jessica’s favorite Centenary-owned horses include Abfab, Indy, and Dinero. 

Julie Friedrich - March 2011

Julie Friedrich, March 2011 Equine Student of the Month, and Nino.

The Equine Studies Department is proud to announce Julie Friedrich as the March 2011 Equine Student of the Month.  Julie is an active member of the IDA team, where she competes at the intro level. She is an extremely diligent work-study student in the barn, where she always has a smile on her face even in the most extreme weather conditions.  Julie cares deeply for each and every school horse as an individual and is always willing to lend a hand, even when she is off the clock.  She is punctual, dedicated, hard working and always a pleasure to have around.

Miss Friedrich hails from LaPorte, Indiana where she lives with her parents and older sister. She grew up around many types of animals including cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, horses, and even a pet ox named Moses. Julie started her equine career at a young age driving draft horses. She competed in 4-H with her draft horses in cart and wagon, four-horse, and loose line, which is a driving obstacle course. Julie then began to ride at a hunter/jumper barn, Creek Side Stables, where she competed in the hunters on her Belgian cross mare, Cleo.

Julie hopes to graduate in 2014 with an Equine Studies Degree with a dual concentration in business and training. After graduation she plans on working at a thoroughbred rehabilitation center where homes are found for retired race horses. Julie’s favorite Centenary horses are Nino and Jumbo.