By; Ambassador Erica Koch
‘Hotties on Horseback’ occurs on a convenient Friday night, when any of the adult amateur riders at the barn can get together, and are able to fit in some time to our busy schedules to take a group riding lesson together. After our lesson and the horses are all tucked in for the night, we spend time socializing with cocktails, appetizers and good cheer.
Mallory Lobisser obtained her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. After completing her masters, also in accounting, from the University of Virginia, she moved to Northern Virginia and began her career at Deloitte. Mallory became a licensed CPA in 2009 and is now the Controller for The Common Application, a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process.
By; Ambassador Elizabeth Noelk
Like most average young adults, I keep a pretty busy schedule. I work 40 hours a week, have a boyfriend, enjoy a busy social life, and of course, spend lots of time at the barn. I like challenges, so I got a puppy recently too. But let’s not forget all those fun adulting things that I also have to do - such as, laundry, dishes, cleaning house, grocery shopping, and paying the bills. That last one I try to forget about, but then realize I like hot showers and air conditioning is the bomb.
Elizabeth is originally from Boca Raton, Florida. Her first lesson was when she was 8 years old. Ever since she has been hooked. It wasn’t until High school Elizabeth started riding competitively. Elizabeth would groom and tack horses at her barn in order to compete in the local schooling shows. She knew she wanted to make it to the bigger shows one day, but was very happy at the opportunity to compete in general.
By; Ambassador Olivia Carr
If you had told 13-year-old me that someday I would be a devotee of the jumper ring, teenage-Olivia would have laughed in your face. I could barely look over at the jumper ring without a twinge of fear in my belly. Actually riding in it? No way.
By Ambassador Sam Shinn
I started riding when I was five years old and I was hooked ever since. I got my first horse Bentley when I was 12 years old, he's the best thing ever; I rode with little barns up until middle school. Then I found Shannon Bejarano and Fairwin Farms in Sarasota. I rode with them for seven years and we traveled all over the country competing in A rated and double A rated shows.
By Ambassador Laurel Hanna
I am a 35 year old momma of two beautiful girls, Savannah and Larken. Savannah is 15 and from my previous marriage and Larken is two months! Big age difference, I know I know. I am married to a wonderful man who owns a heating and air company. We have been married six years this October. He has become a fabulous horse show husband and dad, much to his surprise!
Olivia began riding competitively in the hunter/eq ring throughout middle and high school, but took a break from the barn for several years to pursue her degree in Biological Engineering from Cornell University. She moved to northern Virginia and began working for a small consulting company after graduating in 2013.
Taylor is from Virginia Beach, VA and has been riding for as long as remembers. She grew up on a farm and got her first pony when she was three. She currently rides with Chris Wynne out of his Breckenridge Manor Farm and has been riding with him for around thirteen or fourteen years. She started on the A circuit when she was nine years old and has never looked back, making her first trip to indoors at eleven years old on her small pony Benlea Neptune.
By: Ambassador Alexis Martin
At the end of one year and beginning of the next we all start to think about the shows we will be going to -- what circuit, what area, what dates. All of that is so exciting to just think about not to mention actually going for it, whether it's points, qualifying, moving up a division, or gaining invaluable experience in the show ring.
As an Adult Amateur and working college student there are a lot more details that go into the planning of my show schedule than there used to be.