April 1st: Mandatory Meeting. We have a lot to cover before rally season really gets going. We have so many new members who have never rallied and we need to help our new team members have fun and successful rallies. We will meet at the Holliday's (3330 John Tree Hill Road, Powhatan, VA 23139) on Saturday, April 1 from 3:00-5:00pm. This meeting is MANDATORY if you plan to do any rallies this year!! If you have a conflict, please email. We can set up carpools and work something out if this date is a problem for you.
Ashlynn Reifenrath - Ashlynn grew up in Wisconsin. She competed in the 4+ft jumpers in Wisconsin and Aiken, SC on multiple horses. She worked for Heidi White while she was getting ready for Beijing in 2008. She evented in the Young Riders program and through the intermediate level. She was the break rider and worked with problem horses at Phyllis Dawson's. Ashlynn was our coach at Dressage Rally last year, 2016 and has been giving lessons and managing farms locally since moving to the area. Ashlynn coached the Show Jumping Rally competitors for 2016.
Clark Montgomery - Clark was a member of the United States' 2016 Olympic Eventing Team along with his horse Loughan Glen. Many of you may have seen him take first place at the Great Meadow Nations Cup CICO*** this past summer. He has been in England competing but is now back in the states. This clinic is an excellent opportunity, and all are highly encouraged to attend if possible. Anyone is welcome to come watch the clinic even if you cannot ride, it will be an excellent learning experience.
Gabby Dickerson - Gabby grew up in the Outer Banks, off the coast of North Carolina and started riding at age seven at a local pony club and lesson barn. By age twelve, she was serious about eventing as a career and moved up to Charlottesville, VA to work for Kim Severson where she stayed for five years. After graduating high school, she headed overseas to experience the eventing scene in Europe. Her two years abroad started in North Yorkshire, England at Nicola Wilson’s yard. Next she headed to Muenster, Germany and spent nine weeks at Ingrid Klimke’s stable. Finally, she was based at Dirk Schrade’s stable in Germany for the eventing season. Having recently returned home to the States, she is now competing some horses for Anne Riley of her Warren Hill Farm in Scottsville, VA alongside starting her own training business in Free Union. She completed her first Intermediate horse trial in 9th with Anne’s Infinite Truth at the Virginia Horse Trials in October, and hopes to have an exciting year with this horse in 2016.
Lani Tigchelaar - Lani trains & shows dressage horses from training level through FEI. She has trained under US International Olympic rider and trainer Steffen Peters, Angela Paltram (Austrian FEI trainer, a pupil of Ernst Bachinger, Spanish Riding School Oberbereiter and Austrian Champion), Grand Prix trainer Merrie Velden, and Cauleen Glass (R judge in the US). She has ridden in clinics with German Master George Theodorescu and other respected international clinicians. As an instructor, she uses a dynamic approach to teaching which can include: lunging the rider to aid in developing their balance and seat, mounted and unmounted exercises, and occasional homework assignments (to include reading or videos as supplemental material). Lani focuses on rider position and developing a more effective balanced seat, while working with riders to be show ready. Lani also evaluates horse/rider combinations to assess strengths and weaknesses along with an emphasis towards resolving training issues. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Macy Carman - Macy was the DRHPC Eventing Rally coach for 2016 and everyone loved having her! Macy is an HA originally from the Rocky Mountain and Big Sky Regions. She was the chair of the USPC National Youth Board and served on the Board of Governors for two years. She has also been a working student for a variety of upper level event riders, including Will Coleman and Michael Pollard. Macy also groomed internationally for the US team.
Molly Bull - Molly Bull began Eventing in high school and graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1997. Two years later, she began taking lessons with Kim Severson and was hired as a groom for Kim in 2000. With Kim’s help, Molly purchased the four-year-old Kiltartan in 2001 and slowly took him up through the levels. They placed 9th at their first CCI*** at Fair Hill in 2004 and were named to the 2005 Winter Training List. In 2007 they completed the Rolex Kentucky CCI****. Kim Severson also helped Molly bring along a mare, Hole in One, from a green youngster to the Advanced level. Molly is currently taking time off from riding at the upper levels to be a mom, but is bringing along a young horse with Kim’s help.
Tammy Biondi -Tammy Biondi is a USDF Bronze medalist and “L” Program Graduate who has successfully competed through fourth level and schooled all of the FEI movements.As a junior rider, she showed numerous horses and ponies to championships as a catch rider in the pony and children’s hunter and jumper (3’3’’) divisions. Tammy has had the opportunity to clinic with trainers such as Jessica Ransehousen, Susanne von Dietze, Jane Savoie, Cathy Morelli, David de Wispelaere and Gerd Heuschmann, to name a few.She loves to help people have fun while learning dressage principles.She enjoys finding ways to teach dressage in ways that will make dressage as fascinating, entertaining and accessible as possible and believes horses of any breed, size, shape or level of athleticism can learn and benefit from dressage training. Tammy offers services including teaching lessons, doing training rides, coaching (including developing goals and training plans) and judging schooling shows and fix-a-tests. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.