Hunter/Jumper Team

The Hunter/Jumper Team provides students with the opportunity to compete throughout the academic year at both USEF recognized and unrecognized competitions.  In addition, the team organizes and manages schooling shows at the Equestrian Center that are open to students and  local exhibitors. 

The team competition year culminates annually with the Garden State Horse Show in early May.  This competition, managed by Tim Cleary, Assistant Professor at Centenary College, is currently the largest “AA” horse show in the state of New Jersey.  Students have the opportunity to compete either their own horse or a college owned horse in the Hunter, Equitation, or Jumper divisions and gain valuable horse show experience throughout the week.

Membership on the team is limited to riders that are ready to compete at a minimum of 2’3”.   Team fundraising activities take place throughout the year to offset the typical horse show expenses such as entries, shipping, and stabling.  However, some costs will be incurred by the student.


Professor Tara Clausen has been the coach of the Hunter/Jumper team since 1998.  Tara will take students off the property to local shows all the way up through ‘A’ rated shows.  This team offers students a chance to take the horse they enjoy riding and get along with the best.  Tara has an excellent eye for determining what student and horse combination would work well together at a horse show.  This team also allows the boarders, who own their own horses to go to the horse shows with the team as well.  Tara usually tries to go to 3-4 horse shows a semester.

Fall 2011 - Spring 2012 Roster

Captains: Kristina Ledyard and Jessica Pavia


Lauren Buettner
Zoe Chain
Dana Difazio
Sydney Eggleston
Nicole Judd
Kristina Ledyard
Stepha Martynuk
Jessica Pavia
Katie Plummer
Megan Pritchard
McKenna Sheriff
Erin Tilkin


Kate Ambrosio
Kaitlyn Bohlke
Annie Boman
Laura Bower
Christine Creque
Rhiannon Deremo
Aleigh Hutzel
Vanessa Lynn
Erin McLaughlin
Jessica Pabst
Brianna Peterson
Kaitlin Smith
Kaitlyn Smith
Noelle Vouthouris
Samantha Whitley

Graduate Kat McGhee ('10) and Antigua competed in the Adult Amateur Hunters at the 2010 Garden State Horse Show.