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U.S. Pony Clubs National Youth Congress

Thursday, February 10, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Contact:Mary Robertson Pierson



The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. National Youth Congress

Thirty-eight youth members and five adult graduates of USPC received special recognition at an Honors Banquet on January 28th, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. The National Youth Congress was created by the USPC Board of Gover­nors to bring together outstanding older Pony Club members from all over the country for a program that focuses on developing further the life skills learned in Pony Club. This is the 13th year of the program, and 38 youth, ranging in age from 18 to 21, were recommended by their Clubs and selected by their Regions in recognition of their leadership at the local and regional levels. Their participation in the Congress enabled them to work together to broaden awareness of themselves and of the opportunities for the future. It also gave them the opportunity to get to know the outstanding USPC alumni who received the USPC Academy of Achievement Awards this year.

Youth Congress Delegates were:

Kimber Achorn, 18, Bow, NH, B, Mount Kearsarge Pony Club, White Mountain Region

Stacia Arnold, 18, Mira Lama, CA, C-3, Moonlight Pony Club, Camino Real Region

Stephanie Bahrami, 21, Los Angeles, CA, B TRAD, C3 Dressage, Portola Valley Pony Club, Middle California Region

Elliott Blackmon, 19, Ocala, FL, B, Wayne DuPage Hunt Pony Club, North Central Prairie Region

Katherine Brewer, 19, Vacaville, CA, H-B, English Hills Pony Club, Sierra Pacific Region

Noel Brown, 19, Clermont, FL, C-3, Bay Leaf Pony Club, Sunshine Region

Abby Cline, 18, Freeland, MI, C-3, Orchard Hills Pony Club, Great Lakes Region

Jaqueline Coplen, 18, Carlisle, PA, C-3 Traditional, Quentin Pony Club, Maryland Region

Michelle A. Eld, 18, McCall, ID, H-B/C-3, McCall Pony Club, Intermountain Region

Kathryn Fischer, 18, Solvang, CA, H, Santa Ynez Valley Pony Club, Camino Real Region

Connor Leigh Giesselman, 18, Lionsville, IN, C-3/H-B, Bits and Blazes Pony Club, Heartland Region

Meagan Harp, 21, Manassas, VA, H-A, Difficult Run Pony Club, Virginia Region

Emily Hart, 18, Cypress, TX, C-3, Brazos Pony Club, Rio Grande Region

Heather Hays, 18, Jackson, MS, C-3/H-B Saddle Up Pony Club, Deep South Region

Andrea Herndon, 19, Kailua, HI, H-A, Lio Lii Pony Club, Hawaii Region Region

Nadine Janecek, 19, Clifton, CO, B, Grand Valley Pony Club, Rocky Mountain Region

Hannah Jarvis, 20, Davis, CA, H-B, Ramona Vicente Pony Club, Southern California Region

Alex Johnson, 18, Bucyrus, KS, H-B, Horse & Hound Pony Club, Midwest Region

Nicole Ligon, 18, Glenmoore, PA, C-3, Pickering Hunt Pony Club, Eastern PA Region

Chelsea Loub, 19, Pittsburgh, PA, C-3, Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club, Tri State Region

Alison Mayer, 18, Kailua, HI, H-B, Woods Riding Pony Club Riding Center, Hawaii Region Region

Kelcie Erin Meeks, 19, Midway, KY, H-B, Great Alaskan Pony Club, Alaska Region

Devyn Merritt, 20, Williamson, NY, H-A, Lake Effect Pony Club, Western NY Region

Emily Mixon, 19, Austin, TX, H-B, Red Rock Pony Club, Rio Grande Region

Jenessa Olson, 18, Vancouver, WA, C-3, Willowbrook Pony Club, Oregon Region

Susan Pogue, 19, Columbia, TN, H-A, Tennessee Valley Pony Club, MidSouth Region

Hailey Powers, 18, South Prairie, WA, H-B, Woodbrook Hunt Pony Club, Northwest Region

Kaleigh Quinn, 18, Port Jervis, NY, B Traditional, Autumn Ridge Pony Club, New Jersey Region

Jackson Roberts, 19, West Grove, PA, B, Middle Tennessee Pony Club, MidSouth Region

Lija Siltumens, 19, Racine, WI, H-B, Racine County Pony Club, Lake Shore Region

Lindsey Smith, 19, Grass Valley, CA, C-2, Northern Mines Pony Club, Sierra Pacific Region

Theresa Smrt, 20, Felton, CA, C-3, Santa Cruz County Pony Club, Middle California Region

Allison Spivey, 21, Aroda, VA, H-A, Rapidan River Pony Club, Old Dominion Region

Jordan Stordahl, 18, Cumberland, ME, C-3, Mollyocket Pony Club, Northeast Region

Katie Sunderland, 18, Dunkirk, MD, B, Marlborogh Pony Club, Capital Region

Emily Urban, 18, Bernville, PA, B, Berks Pony Club, Eastern PA Region

Ariel Wyatt, 18, Hinckley, OH, H, Bath Pony Club, Tri State Region

Kiersti Wylie, 18, Fallbrook, CA, B Traditional, Sandia Creek Ranch Pony Club Riding Center, Southern California Region


The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including our Olympic team members, have Pony Club roots. Members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Activities are English-riding based, and members ride both horses and ponies, depending on the size of the rider and the discipline in which s/he is competing. Pony Club competition is team competition, much like the Olympic games, where members learn the importance of cooperation and teamwork. There are approximately 11,000 members in 600 clubs in 43 regions throughout the country.


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