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Meet Your National Youth Board Members!
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Clair Beale is a C-3 Trad from Lost Coast Pony Club in the Sierra Pacific Region. She joined Pony Club at age 10. In the summer of 2013, she was given the opportunity to become a full time working student for David Adamo, an ICP level 3 instructor. After earning her H-B, she was given more responsibilities in her local club; teaching, mentoring and assisting with the instructional curriculum.

She is currently attending Butte College in Chico, CA, majoring in Ag Business. She currently works with the local Pony Club, is a part-time working student, rides her own horse six times a week, and teaches at South Wind Farm.


Ashley Hays is a member of Gator Bayou Pony Club from Red River Region. She has been a member of Pony Club for 10+ years. Over the years she achieved her C-3/H-B certification and is currently working on her B. Ashley is an avid Eventer, currently working as a working student/groom for her trainer Julie Norman. She gets the opportunity to groom and ride at big events all around the country. In 2014, Ashley made the trip to Kentucky for Rolex to groom for Julie. She plans on making the trip back this year to groom as well. Along with being a full time college student, Ashley is working towards her future goal of beginning her own training and lesson program.

Everything she has learned through Pony Club has shaped her as a rider and a person. She has competed though the preliminary level in eventing and hopes to bring her new young mount up through the levels. Her future goals and dreams include running her own training and lesson program, competing at the international level, and representing the United States in the Olympics. 

Emily Jarvis has been riding horses since she was 4 years old, but fell in love with them long before that. Just about as soon as she could talk, she was begging her mom to take her to see ponies. Emily started in a local Pony Club near San Diego shortly after she started riding. She rode a string of horses, some of which her parents owned but many were borrowed or leased. In 2004, 2006, and 2007, she competed in Pony Club Championships in Quiz and Dressage. Emily has her H-HM certification and is now a national member, but was previously a member of Poway Valley and Ramona Vicente Pony Clubs.

Currently Emily is enjoying training her 8 year-old Andalusian mare, Nobella, in Dressage.  For the last 3 ½ years Emily worked for Olympic Dressage rider Susan Blinks and is now focusing on her Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science from the University of California San Diego.

Caroline Johnson is an H-B from Middle Tennessee Pony Club in the Midsouth Region. She has been riding since she was six years old and been a member of MTPC for over nine years. Currently Caroline is a freshman majoring in Animal Science Pre-Vet at Auburn University where she is an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Back home in Nashville, she lives on a boarding farm with her family, five dogs, four cats, and multiple horses. She competes in both mounted games and eventing and has won USPC Championships with her mounted games team RAVE, and USMGA championships with her team the Yellow Jackets. Currently she is in between horses so she is not actively eventing, but cannot wait to get back in the start box. Caroline’s favorite horse is her first horse, a chestnut Quarter Horse/Arabian pony named Abracadabra, who is still kicking it at Walnut Trace.

When she is not riding, working on the farm or doing science homework, Caroline loves to read and to volunteer, she has had the privilege to travel abroad to both Peru and Tanzania on service trips. She also has a slight obsession with Grey’s Anatomy. In the future, Caroline would like to be an equine vet. She hopes to continue to be involved in Pony Club in every way she can because of the influence it has had on her life.

Sedate Ann Kohler is an H-HM from Racine County Pony Club. She has been part of USPC since 2001 and her past 13 years as a member have been nothing short of amazing. She has gone to championships twice ('07 in Quiz and '11 in Dressage), has been a working student, and found her current mount through this incredible organization. This mare, Bella, is a 10 year old hanoverian/trakehner cross, and Sedate hopes to bring her up the levels in eventing.

Sedate also loves to take her fox hunting, as Bella thoroughly enjoys being in first field. Bella is also ridden (quite well) by Sedate's boyfriend, James, who is a D-2 himself (though not for long...). Outside USPC, Sedate is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is majoring in Genetics and Science Communication with a certificate in Education.

Mandy Krzysiak is currently a C-2/H-B member of Delaware Pony Club in the Delmarva Region. She attends Goldey Beacom College, where she is currently a Junior, and is set to graduate in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Marketing. At school, Mandy is also an active member of the Students with a Purpose organization. She has competed in eventing and jumpers, but her true passion lies in dressage and she can often be found competing at local and USDF sanctioned competitions.

Other interests of hers include: water sports, skiing, photography, and traveling.

Ella Rak is a H-HM from Difficult Run Pony Club in the Virginia Region. A freshman Animal and Poultry Science, and Dairy Science double major at Virginia Tech, when she is not in a horse barn, she is at a dairy farm. Before college she was very involved in Area II Eventing, but currently competes in Intercollegiate Dressage and has recently discovered the joys of Intercollegiate Polo.

Outside of horses she enjoys hiking, running, and pretty much anything else that gets her outdoors. She is especially passionate about spreading the Pony Club mission, and hopes that you will wear your Pony Club Pin as a #PonyClubProud member.

Megan Reader is currently studying Agricultural and community development with a minor in Agricultural economics at New Mexico State University. She calls Los Alamos, New Mexico home and has been an active member in her club since 2001. She picked up competing in Tetrathlon in 2008 after a long career of periodic Eventing competitions and has achieved her Traditional C-3 certification. As a member of National Youth Congress in 2013, she pursued her Pony Club leadership path by applying for National Youth Board 2014.

After several summers of being a working student under several National Examiners, she plans to continue in Pony Club by applying to be in the Visiting Instructor program as well as teaching at the local level in the Southwest region.

Kelly Tighe is an H-HM from Lost Hounds Pony Club of the Tri-State Region.  She plans on following the Dressage track for her upper level certifications.  She has been a Pony Club member since 2007, and has competed at Championships in Quiz, Dressage, and Show Jumping.  In 2014 Kelly was part of the Quiz International Exchange team at Festival.  She enjoys teaching within her region and club, and looks forward to participating in the Visiting Instructor Program. Kelly was Chair of Tri-State’s Regional Youth Board from 2012-2014, and decided to continue her Pony Club leadership experience with National Youth Board. 

Outside of Pony Club, Kelly is a freshman at the University of Rochester, where she is majoring in Biomedical Engineering.  She is the Social Chair for the Biomedical Engineering Society, a sister of Chi Omega, and is active in the Society of Women Engineers.  She also rides for Rochester’s IHSA team.  Kelly competes in hunter, equitation, and dressage competitions with her horse Tony.  She also enjoys reading, watching crime dramas, and caring for her other pets. 

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