The following three Jr/Young Riders were selected to win one of three $3,000 Willy Arts Grants sponsored by Little Creek Farm: Gabriela Glumac with Zodessa, Rebekah Mingari with Unico and Dana Scott with What-Ever RV.
Gabriela Glumac & Zodessa Gabriela is a junior from Livermore, CA, and attends the Athenian School, where she has been on the Dean’s List since freshman year. She has been involved with horses for eight years, spends time volunteering at Sunrise Equestrian foundation and is the Jr/YR representative for the CDS East Bay Chapter.
Gabriela and Zodessa (Rousseau x Odessa ster prok by Contango pref, bred by A.M. Weeman of the Netherlands) are showing in the FEI JR/YR tests and she is schooling in some Prix St. George. She plans to use her Grant money to help her pay for her trip to the NAJYRC festival of Champions. We wish them the very best!
Rebekah Mingari & Unico Rebekah lives in Kentucky and is a senior at the Christian Academy of Louisville. She and Unico (Kennedy x Hadorijke keur by Nurprimus, bred by C.G.M. Lange of the Netherlands) are competing at 4th Level and the FEI Jr/YR tests. She spends numerous hours volunteering her time to her local 4-H and has accepted a board position as the Jr/YR chairman of the Kentucky Dressage Association.
Rebekah feels Unico has taught her "doing her best in everything that she is involved with, being not only humble but an ambassador for the sport dressage, is an ethical expectation for herself."
They plan to use the Grant money for some freestyle clinics, and to help defray some of the cost of qualifying & attending the JR/YR Championships. Good Luck to them both!!
DANA SCOTT & What-Ever RV We are pleased to announce the first Jumper horse/rider combination to receive the Willy Arts Grant: Dana and What-Ever RV!! What-Ever RV is by Murano x Kaberlina ster pref prest by Amethist and bred by E.B. Renken of the Netherlands.
Dana attends the Hotchkiss School, where she volunteers time to the Hotchkiss Political Union and helped set up an interschool Political Conference for students from all across New England.
Dana has been involved with horse for eleven years and has been with What-Ever RV for about a year. He has taught her the importance of communication. She has learned to be half of a team-instead of simply just 'the rider'. In 2012 Dana and What-Ever competed in National Junior Jumping Champions where they were part of the Silver Medal Team and won the Individual Gold! They finished the year with an average of 0-4 faults. Dana plans to use the grant money for travel expense and to compete and win at the North American junior young rider Championships in 2013. We look forward to hearing all about them this year!
See the next Newsletter for more details on these winners and their horses.