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Challenge Series Riders
Amy began riding 9 years ago at the Meadowlarke Stables Summer Camp, and has kept going ever since. "I was immediately hooked on the sport, and fell in love with all the wonderful horses." Amy has shown successfully in the Challenge Series in the past with her first love Spock aka "Starship Trooper", a fixture at Meadowlarke. " I learned so much from that little guy!" Amy is currently part-boarding a mare named Mocha aka "Uptown Girl" who she will be showing on the Challenge Series in the Equitation and Open Divisions this season. Amy will also show Mocha in the Beginner Adult Division on the "A" Circuit. As for the future, Amy is happy to continue working with Mocha and continuing to learn from her great coach, Stacey French. Ultimately, like most riders, she would love to own her own horse one day.
Anne-Marie began riding when she was 10 years old at the Meadowlarke Stables Summer Camp. She immediately fell in love with the horses and knew this was what she wanted to do. " I just couldn't stay away." Anne-Marie has been showing for the past 5 years and has really enjoyed it. In 2007 Anne-Marie showed a beautiful mare named Buffy aka "Almost an Angel", and finished 3rd overall in the Junior Division on the Challenge Series. For 2009 Anne-Marie will show Andy aka "Almost Famous" in the Open Hunter and Equitation Divisions on the Challenge Series. Anne-Marie will also show Sienna aka "Addition Elle" in the Beginner Childrens Division on the "A" Circuit. Anne-Marie loves spending her time at the barn doing whatever she can to help out and loves being in the wonderful environment that Meadowlarke Stables offers. " I really owe it all to my coach Stacey French who has taught me so much, without her I would not be where I am today. Thank-you for everything."
Katie began riding at Meadowlarke Stables when she was 10 years old. Katie had always loved horses and after much persuasion she convinced her parents that it was time to enroll her in riding lessons. 7 years of riding later Katie has no intentions of stopping. Katie hopes to pursue a career with horses in the future. " There is no place like the barn, the friendly people and fun atmosphere are part of what makes Meadowlarke Stables such a great place to be." Katie is currently show leasing Tobasco aka "Classic Charm". In 2008 Katie and Tobasco finished 8th overall in the Junior Division on the Challenge Series. This year, with the help of her instructor Paula and coach Stacey French, Katie and Tobasco will move up to the Open Hunter Division on the Challenge Series.
Emily has been at Meadowlarke Stables for 10 years and has been showing on the Challenge Team for over 5 years. Emily got her start showing a beautiful horse named Sienna aka "Addition Elle". In 2005 they finished 1st overall in the Junior Division and in 2006 finished 3rd overall in the Open Division on the Challenge Series. Emily now rides a green hrose named Echo aka "Romeo". Emily began working with Echo last year, and showed him in the Beginner Division. They received quite a few ribbons through the year, and even were Champion in the Hack Division at the final show in 2008. Emily has put a lot of hard work into Echo and this year will move up to show the Open Hunter Division.
Laura began riding when she was 9 years old at the Meadowlarke Stables Summer Camp. From that moment on she was hooked, and shortly after began taking lessons. Laura now takes 2 lessons a week, one with Paula and one with Teresa. "I love riding because I love horses, showing and just spending time at the barn with friends ( 2 and 4 legged )." In 2009 Laura will begin showing on the Challenge Series. She will show a paint pony named Belle aka "Jersey Girl" in the Beginner 12 and under division. Laura's goals are to eventually part-board and become the best rider she can be.
Michelle began riding at Meadowlarke Stables at the age of 7 as an "activity experiment". She started in the Meadowlarke Stables Summer Camp, and hasn't stopped since. Michelle now rides in weekly lessons, and is a permanent fixture around the barn. Michelle began showing in the Meadowlarke Stables Schooling Shows, and then also on the "A" Circuit in the Short Stirrup Division. Michelle showed Sienna aka "Addition Elle" and finished 10th overall in the Short Stirrup Division and 2nd overall in the Walk/Trot Equitation. Michelle took a break from showing but is back for the 2009 season. Michelle will join the Challenge Team with Casper aka "Vanilla Ice" showing in the Open Hunter Division.
Megan began riding at the Meadowlarke Stables Summer Camp 10 years ago, and loved it so much she signed up for riding lessons. Meadowlarke soon became her favorite place to be. " I would sometimes spend entire afernoons here after my lesson." Riding has been Megan's favorite activity since starting at Meadowlarke, as she has made so many amazing friends and fallen in love with all the horses and atmosphere at the barn. Megan has been showing for 4 years, competing in the Meadowlarke Schooling Shows as well as on the Challenge Series. Showing has been one of her favorite experiences because it is so much fun and teaches you so much about yourself. "The whole Challenge Team becomes so close and really turns into a family." Megan has been show leasing Guiness aka "Perfect Pint" and will show him this year in the Junior Division. "Guiness is an amazing horse, he always puts in so much effort and really makes showing a great experience."
Melissa has been riding at Meadowlarke Stables for 10 years. Melissa first leased a medium pony named Butter Me Up, and then was lucky enough to buy her own pony. Melissa's ponies name was Dakota aka "Earl Grey. In 2004 Melissa and Dakota finished 10th overall in the very competitive Large Pony division on the Trillium Circuit. Melissa took a break from showing, but for the 2009 season will be joining the Challenge Team. Melissa will show Buffy aka "Almost an Angel" in the Equitation and Open Divisions.