SVS is pleased be hosting a middle and high school IEA horse show on January 9th & 10th!
We welcome Elizabeth to the training staff at SVS!
A recent graduate of the University of South Carolina, Elizabeth grew up showing actively in the pony hunters, junior hunters, amateur owner hunters, and equitation on the east coast. Some of her competitive highlights as a junior include a 5th place finish at Maclay regionals, qualifying for all of the major equitation finals, and prizes in the junior hunters at Harrisburg, Devon, the National Horse Show, and the Washington International Horse Show. As an amateur, she received a number of zone awards, top prizes at Capital Challenge, Devon, the National Horse Show, and Harrisburg, and 3rd and 6th place finishes in the WCHR finals at Capital Challenge. She also was a member of the University of South Carolina's NCAA equestrian team, which won the SEC championships in 2011, 2012, and 2013, as well as the National Championship in 2014. While on the team, she played an active role in helping manage the care of the team's horses and preparing them for competition.
During the course of Elizabeth's career she has gained experience on a wide variety of different horses and has been coached by top professionals including Hunt Tosh, Don Stewart, Pam Cantwell Baker, Julie Curtin, Cathy and Daniel Geitner, and Hillary Dobbs. She emphasizes compassion for the horse, along with having riding be a positive experience for both horse and rider.
We welcome Kylee to the training staff at SVS! Kylee grew up in Southern California and started riding at a very young age with her mom, Christy Arbuckle, and Devon Gibson. She had a successful junior career in the Hunters and Equitation, catch riding numerous horses to championships on the west coast. She had the opportunity to ride with top professionals including Karen Healey, Jim Hagman, and Hope and Ned Glynn along with many others. Throughout her junior career she had top 10 finishes in the USEF Talent Search Finals, WCE Finals, CPHA Junior, and CPHA Foundation finals as well as a win in the ASPCA Maclay Regionals. She competed at Indoors in the Pony Hunters, Junior Hunters, and Medal Finals.
In 2015 she graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.B.A. in Accounting. While at Georgia she led their NCAA Equestrian team to three Reserve National Championship titles as well as one National Championship title, and a Southeastern Conference Championship win. She was named All American for Equitation on the Flat, SEC Rider of the year, as well as MVP for UGA’s hunt seat team. She was also named to the NCEA Academic All American Team along with the SEC Academic Honor roll.
Thank you to ProEquest and Tonya Johnston for this article, based on our SVS Practice Derby, about the potential sport psychology benefits of a small, unrated horse show!