Meet the 2016 Area 3 Young Riders going to NAJYRC

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CIC2* Area 3 Team Members

 

  • Zoe Crawford
  • Age: 21 yrs
  • Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Accomplishments: I am a Biology major at Dickinson College, but am spending the 2016 fall semester
  • studying at the Marine Biology Lab in Woods Hole, MA.
  • Trainer: Jeanie Clarke
  • Mount: K.E.C. Zara(Barn Name: Zara)
  • Notable Traits: Winnies when whistled to.
  • Horse Accomplishments: We did our first novice together in July 2013. Zara is the only horse that I have ever
  • taken to a recognized event.

 

 

  • Lydia Kennedy
  • Age: 20 yrs
  • Home Town: Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Accomplishments: Senior at Auburn University majoring in Civil Engineering. I am in Chi Epsilon, the only honor society
  • for civil engineers. I am an active member of Sigma Kappa Sorority.
  • Trainer: Vernon Geven
  • Mount: Double Dare (Barn Name: Charm)
  • Notable Traits: He is a home body and is very ticklish. He is in love with Zara!
  • Horse Accomplishments: Moved up to Intermediate last year. Have several top 5 finishes at Intermediate.

 

CCI1* Area 3 Team Members

  • Haley Curran:
  • Age: 17 yrs
  • Home Town: Canton, Mississippi
  • Accomplishments: Haley has been on the back of a horse since she was 3 years old. She fell in love with the horse-rider connection early and continues to live out that dream. Her initial riding consisted of bareback lessons for a couple of years before moving into the Hunter ring.  She and her pony, Spicey, were a pair to see in the arena! She was later a member of Pony Club where she was first introduced to Eventing in 2012.  Naturally, she took to it immediately and has never looked back.   She has been able to move from BN to 1* during that time with the help of many people on her side; trainer, vet, saddle fitter/maker, family, friends.  She was introduced to her current partner in crime, Liam, with the help of her trainer, Candace Bell, and Julie Richards.  Liam is an ISH who bonded instantly with Haley and is her closest companion.  During her Eventing career, she has been honored with Sportsmanship of the Year, Most Fit Horse, and USEA Eventing Gold medal award for Novice and Training levels.  She competed at the 2014 & 2015 AEC’s in Novice, placing 6th, and Training, placing 4th.
  • Trainer: Candace Bell
  • Mount: Resolute Protection (Barn Name: Liam)
  • Notable Traits: Liam is lovingly referred to as Haley's dragon.  He is a large bay ISH that can appear to be overwhelming but is so very gentle. Haley and Liam are best friends. He is charismatic, humble and a huge baby sitter.  He, like Haley, is sassy, affectionate and a little dopey sometimes. He is very keen on knowing his job and works with Haley to get around a cross country field with ease. It is obvious that he loves her just as much as she loves him.
  • Horse Accomplishments: Haley and Liam both took home the Grand Champion Year-end awards for Training and Horse divisions in Area III this past June. Also at Area III Championships, she competed in 2014, 2015, & 2016 in Novice (placing 1st), Training (placing 4th), and most recently, Open Preliminary, placing 1st.

           

 

  • Mikensey Johansen
  • Age: 16 yrs
  • Home Town: Hamilton, Georgia
  • Accomplishments: Reserve Area III Preliminary Champion 2015, Completed Red hills International 9th Place JR, Area III Reserve Prelim Champion 2015, Completed NAJYRC 2015 Placed 9th in Juniors at Red Hills International CIC1* and Junior 5th at Poplar Place Farms March CIC1*. Foxhunts with Midland Foxhounds and is C-2 Pony Club member.
  • Trainer: Werner Geven
  • Mount: Grey Prince (Barn Name: Prince)
  • Notable Traits: Prince has only has one speed, Very Fast, if you hit his go button you better just hang on. He raced in Russia on the turf. Maybe he thinks cross county looks like a Russian racetrack.
  • Horse Accomplishments: 9th in March Poplar Place Farm CCI1*, 34th at Red Hills Intl CCI1*, 5th at the September Poplar Place CCI1*

 

  • Parker Miller:
  • Age: 15 yrs
  • Home Town: Bainbridge, Georgia
  • Accomplishments: Placed 3rd at the Virginia Horse Trials CCI* in May 2016; Placed 1st at the April Ocala Prelim in 2016; Competed at NAJYRC last year with her horse Jos Baco.
  • Trainer: Jill Henneberg
  • Mount: What Law (Barn Name: Joey)
  • Notable Traits: Very grumpy and quirky
  • Horse Accomplishments: Campaigned at the CCI** level with Lesley Grant-Law

 

 

 

  • Carson Richards
  • Age: 15 yrs
  • Home Town: Charleston, South Carolina
  • Accomplishments: Honor Roll for Freshman Year
  • Trainer: Julie Richards
  • Mount: Fernhill Mr. Cool (Barn Name: Mr. Cool)
  • Notable Traits: Mr. Cool has one of the biggest personalities of any horse I've ever met.  He is a goof in the barn and loves oatmeal cream pies.  Although he has a cheeky personality, he tries his hardest every time I get on him.
  • Horse Accomplishments: Completion at Ocala Horse Properties CCI1*; 2nd at Atlanta Summer Classic I 1.20m Jumper Classic; 4th at 2015 GAIG Region 3 Dressage Championships (out of 52)

 

CIC1* Area 3 Individual Competitors

  • Emma Keller           
  • Age: 16 yrs.
  • Home Town: Acworth, Georgia
  • Accomplishments: I maintain a 3.63 GPA at KSU, am a NHS member, a C-2 in USPC, a member of Phi ETA Sigma (college version of NHS), and was invited to be part of the UGA merit scholar program as a junior in high school.
  • Trainer: Leeann Gilson
  • Mount: Take It To The Max (Barn Name: Max)
  • Notable Traits: Max is a 14.3 hand horse who will jump his heart out. I have had him 8 years and he took care of me then, and takes care of me now. He is a tiny little powerhouse!
  • Horse Accomplishments: Max has done everything. Max has taken me around any discipline I have tried from barrel racing to hunters to eventing. He really excels in the jumping phases of eventing. He can keep up with the big horses competing in the same division and we are excited to see him hold his own in Colorado!

 

 Liz Crawley Photography 2016

 

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