IHSA Team Biographies

Rider: Victoria Barry, Intermediate Flat/Novice Fences

Major: undeclared

Graduating Year: 2017

Riding Background: I have been around horses for as long as I can remember! When I was younger I spent my time eventing with my pony packer, but during high school I began competing in the hunter/jumpers and spent my junior and senior year competing in the interscholastic equestrian association (IEA) and was the captain of my team my senior year. I currently own a six year old Dutch Warmblood named Boom, who I compete in the jumpers with.

Favorite thing about IHSA: My teammates! I love riding all different types of horses and competing, but having your teammates to fall back on, or to cheer you on, that's what makes IHSA so special for me.

Rider: Sarah Beggan, Open Flat/Intermediate Fences

Major: Animal Science

Graduation Year: 2017

Riding Background: I started riding 9 years ago and I have competed primarily in equitation over the years but I can be found in the hunter ring as well as the jumper ring every once and a while. I also did IEA all throughout High School and loved it.

Favorite thing about IHSA: I love the challenge of competing on a different horse in every show. It definitely evens the playing field and shows who the great riders are.

 

 

Rider: Karlee Burmaster, Intermediate Flat and Novice

Major: Equine Science

Graduating year: 2016

Riding background: I started riding when I was 9 years old when I joined a local 4-H club at Winding River Quarter Horses in West Winfield, New York. I have been there ever since with my trainer Jodi Pearsall. I have always shown at New York State Quarter Horse Shows as well as local hunter shows in the hunt seat divisions.

Favorite Thing about IHSA: The team as well as the anticipation of what horse will be drawn and then having to figure the horse out throughout the class as well as showing to the best of your ability. It is a great experience and improves our riding.

Heather BurnoCo-Captain /Rider: Heather Burno, Novice Flat/Fences

Major: Equine Studies: Industry & Management

Graduating Year: 2016

Riding Background: I have been riding since I was six years old, and I have been competing for eight years. I have spent most of my junior riding career in the equitation ring. I also have experienced competing in jumpers and in hunter/jumpers. My latest interest is eventing, which I hope to experience soon.

My Favorite Thing About IHSA: I enjoy IHSA because; it is giving me the opportunity to ride many different kinds of horses, and be a part of a team.

Rider: Alexis Foglio, Beginner Walk/Trot/Canter

Major: Equine Studies: Industry and Management

Graduating Year: 2018

Riding Background: From the moment I sat in the saddle, I knew I had found a new passion. Growing up I mostly hacked around on my beloved quarter horse, Cupid. I never once competed, but I rode every day, hours at a time. Most afternoons, I rode until Cupid would refuse to do anything else besides go back to the barn. I never seemed to get enough, and today I still feel the same way. Now a part of the IHSA team, I hope to improve my riding to show quality!

Favorite thing about IHSA: I get to ride so many horses and spend time with so many fun and exciting girls!

 

 

Rider: Jenna Francis, Novice Flat/Fences

Major: Equine Management

Graduation Year: 2015

Riding Background: I started riding when I was 8 and haven't stopped since. I have always been a hunter/jumper rider, but have had the opportunity to get dressage training recently. I have never owned my own horse, but have ridden and learned from many different ones that have gotten me to where I am. Riding and horses has always been my passion and when I got accepted to the University of New Hampshire for equine studies I was glad I could pursue what I love to do!

Favorite thing about IHSA: The opportunity to ride more and learn from all the different horses.

 

Co-Captain/Rider: Katie Gadoua, Intermediate Flat & Fences 

Major: Biomedical Science with a Veterinary Focus

Graduating Year: 2015

Riding background: I have been riding since I was seven years old and showing since age nine. I rode in IEA during high school and have also done the hunters, equitation, and some jumpers throughout the years. I have qualified and competed in the MHC, MHJ, and NEHC equitation finals for a number of years.     I enjoy riding in and have been consistently competitive in National Hunter Derby’s for the past couple years.

Favorite thing about IHSA: Getting to ride and figure out all the different horses and not knowing what you get until you’re on course or starting flat. Meeting and getting to know all the girls on the team!

Rider: Emily Gibson, Novice Flat / Fences

Major: Undeclared

Graduation year: 2017

Riding Background: I have been riding horses since before I could walk. I have owned horses all my life. At eight years old I started riding seriously. During high school I showed many of my trainers horses at local 4H shows and events. I enjoy riding pretty much anything. My own horse Teddy was given to me 4 years ago and I absolutely love him.

Favorite thing about IHSA: Not knowing what kind of ride you’re going to have in a class and conquering challenging horses.

 

 

 

 

 

Rider: Nicole Graham, Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter

Major: Occupational Therapy

Graduation Year: 2016

Riding Background: I began riding at eight years old and have never really looked back since! Growing up in a military household enabled me to ride in all different parts of the United States- from North Carolina, where my first pony was bought, to southern California. I have ridden a variety of disciplines, from hunters to the jumper ring, but my main focus for the past four years has been barrel racing.

Favorite thing about IHSA: My favorite thing about IHSA is the variety of horses we are given the opportunity to ride as well as being part of a team of girls who all share a love of horses!

Rider: Elsa Javenes, Novice Flat /Fences

Major: Business Administration, WSBE

Graduating Year: 2016

Riding Background: Since my first "leg up" at age 6, on a pony named Penny, I have had a passion for horseback riding. I have competed at various levels from local schooling shows in the Hudson Valley, NY, to National "A" rated shows in NY, NJ, and Connecticut. In 2011, I competitively showed in the Children’s Eq. I love being able to ride challenging ponies and horses, and I strive to work with each horse I ride to learn anything that I can to make me a better rider. I trained with Bj Ehrhardt, owner of Foxhedge Farm, for 4 years. I have also trained with Vanessa Karlewicz, owner of The Stables at Mirabella, in Warwick, New York. Most importantly, I will always enjoy riding at any level, and with a smile on my face.

Favorite thing about IHSA: My favorite thing about IHSA is the chance to ride a variety of horses and meet new people!

Rider: Missy Iverson, Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter

Major: Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Graduation Year: 2016

Riding Background: My riding career began at the age of 10 when I started taking lessons at a local barn. I have trained and rode under Robin Blakeman ever since, having fallen in love with the sport and my home away from home, Maushop Equestrian Center located in Mashpee, Massachusetts. I grew up competing in hunters and equitation for 8 years, but for the last 2 my main focus has been the jumper show ring. I’ve been lucky enough to have owned my Welsh Cob, Christopher, who has taught me everything from walk-trot all the way up to 3’, since I was 11. Along the way I have had other projects, but I owe all of my riding abilities to him, and he is undoubtedly the love of my life!

Favorite thing about IHSA: My favorite thing about IHSA is the challenge of riding a variety of different horses because each mount can teach you something new. Also, being a part of an amazing team full of talent, with even better personalities.

Rider: Courtney Kenefick Novice Flat/Fences

Major: Undeclared

Graduation Year: 2017

Riding Background: I started riding when I was 10 years old and haven’t stopped since. I started IEA in 6th grade up until my senior year. I made it to Nationals twice in my IEA career, placing 1st one year and 5th another. I also did Western IEA for a season, reining and all. I’ve shown in the equitation, hunter, and jumper rings at rated shows for many years. I have never owned my own horse but I’ve been extremely fortunate to ride so many different horses throughout the years and gained so much experience. Along with riding I have also groomed and worked at many different barns acquiring more knowledge about the horse world.

Favorite thing about IHSA: Is being challenged to figure out all the different horses and to be able to be on a team again.

 

 

Hannah KingRider: Hannah King, Novice Flat/Fences

Major: Equine Studies: Industry and Management

Graduation Year: 2016

Riding Background: I started riding when I was 5 years old because my dad thought it would be a fun thing for me to try. 15 years later it is something that I have held on to and have a really deep passion for. I started riding hunter/jumper and started showing the hunters when I was about 8. I've been to Ocala for Hits with my former pony when I was younger and continued to do the hunter circuit on the north shore. My goal is to start eventing soon.

Favorite thing about IHSA: The feeling of support from all of my wonderful teammates who share the same passion for horses that I do, and to be able to get advice from other riders who can share their experiences with me.

Rider: Emily Mallard, Beginner Walk Trot Canter

Major: Animal Science

Graduating Year: 2017

Riding Background: I began riding at the age of fourteen, when my wonderful trainer and friend, Kathleen Dixon, offered me lessons in exchange for barn work. I fell in love the moment I got on. I have continued to ride with Kathleen at Patch Wood Farm in Sandown, New Hampshire and she has shaped me into the rider I have become. Now as a proud new member of the IHSA team I hope to expand my skills as a rider and hopefully I'll be as great as my fantastic teammates!

Favorite thing about IHSA: I love having to be able to figure out what kind of mount a horse is by watching others ride it. Anyone can ride the same horse and perfect every aspect of their ride, but only IHSA riders can do that in a matter of two-three minutes. You need to be at your best from the moment you mount. And thanks to my fantastic teammates I am able to do that with confidence and a smile on my face.

Casey O'DeaRider: Casey O’Dea, Novice Flat/Intermediate Fences

Major: Equine Studies

Graduating Year: 2017

Riding Background: I have had a passion for horses for as long as I can remember. I have ridden competitively for eleven years in equitation and hunters in rated shows and two years of IEA before coming to UNH. I have ridden horses of all different breeds, experience levels, sizes, and personalities, but I especially love challenging horses that truly teach you and make you a stronger rider. I am very excited to be a part of the UNH IHSA team!

Favorite thing about IHSA: My favorite things about IHSA are being part of such a close team and gaining new experiences with each ride.

 

Rider: Mikaela Oustayan, Walk Trot

Major: Equine Studies: Industry & Management

Graduation Year: 2017

Riding Background: I have always had a passion for horses. I havevalways looked and worked for farms that would allow me to work in exchange for lessons. I began with western riding though my experiences here at UNH has exposed me to english riding. Coming to UNH has allowed me time to enhance my riding skills and spend more time around horses.

Favorite thing about IHSA: I am excited to have joined this family. The girls on the team are amazing and I can't wait to spend time with them and the horses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rider: Cassidy Parrinello, Intermediate Flat/Open Fences

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Year: 2018

Riding Background: I started riding when I was six at Canalside stables in Macedon NY and have ridden there ever since. I got my first pony jack when I was ten and showed him in the short stirrup. This year I showed my horse Brody in the junior hunters and equitation qualifying for junior hunter finals, USEF Pessoa medal finals and zone 2 hunter finals.

Favorite thing about IHSA: Being able to ride lots of different horses.

 

 

 

 

Rider: Linsey Phelan, Novice Flat/Fences

Major: Outdoor Education

Graduation Year: 2015

Riding Backgroud: I have been riding at Watchung stables in summit NJ since I was nine and I am currently an instructor there during the summer.

Favorite thing about IHSA: Representing UNH in competition with a great group of girls and riding a new horse every show.

Rider: Megan Presutti, Novice Flat/Fences

Major: Equine Science/Pre-Vet

Graduation Year: 2018

Riding Background: I started riding when I was 7 and showing when I was 9. I have trained and shown in the hunters and equitation, where I have been successful in the pony hunter divisions and medal classes on a variety of horses, but also love to catch ride whenever I get the chance. I also competed in the IEA my senior year of high school.

Favorite thing about IHSA: Meeting new people and learning from all the different horses.

 

 

 

 

Kayleen Rojek

Rider: Kayleen Rojek, Beginner Walk, Trot, Canter

Major: Animal Science

Graduating Year: 2016

Riding Background: I started riding in 2009 at a farm in my town. I mucked stalls and groomed the horses at MoonShadow Farm in Pittsfield, NH in order to ride when I wanted to. Until now I have not had any formal lessons but am so happy that I am now!

Favorite Thing about IHSA: The team is great, they are very helpful and supportive! I also enjoy being able to ride so many different horses.

Rider: Julia Schmidt, Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter

Major: Business

Graduation year: 2016

Riding Background: I grew up doing gymkhana and western pleasure, converted to eventing around the age of 14.

Favorite thing about IHSA: Being able to be part of a supporting team and also being able to ride many different horses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rider: Paige Templeton, Novice Flat/Fences

Major: Equine Science

Graduation Year: 2018

Riding Background: Riding horses has always been a passion of mine. I have been riding pretty much since I could walk. I rode at a small barn, competing in schooling shows until I was about 8. Then, I moved to King Oak Farm in Massachusetts, where I began riding more competitively at bigger shows, and have been riding there for the past 10 years. I rode on an IEA team for 4 years and was the captain of my team. I enjoy the hunt seat and equitation style riding, but my favorite is eventing. Although I have never owned my own horse, I have leased and worked with many different horses. I hope to have my own horse someday, but until then I plan to continue riding and showing and enjoy the equestrian program at UNH.

Favorite thing about IHSA: I love the experience of getting to ride all different types of horses at each show. I think it really helps improve my riding experience and confidence as a rider. I also like the team aspect it makes the shows a lot more fun to have teammates there to support you!

Rider: Olivia Thomson, Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter

Major: Communications

Graduation year: 2017

Riding Background: I have been riding for a really long time. I started riding when I was about three and rode only during the summer for about two years. I then moved on to actual lessons at a show barn pretty close to my house. I leased my first pony at the age of 10 but this unfortunately didn’t last long as I fell off and lost my confidence. About a year later I went to a little schooling barn and rode there for about 7 years. I could only improve so much there though so I left and went to another show barn for just a couple lessons here and there. I also worked at a therapeutic riding facility where I converted horses from western to english. This summer, I got the chance to lease an amazing 10 year old Oldenburg mare called Keely. She had spent the last three years having babies so this summer was the first time she was ridden after her turnout. She has improved amazingly this summer and I am excited to hopefully work with her next summer.

Favorite thing about IHSA: IHSA is a great way to get to know people. Seeing as I live so far away, I didn’t really know anyone at UNH so IHSA was definitely a good way to make friends. I also really like that you don’t ride the same horse every time. It is a really good way to improve on your position and skills.

Rider: Aileen Whitty, Novice Flat/Fences

Major: Equine Studies Management and Training

Graduation Year: 2018

Riding Background: I have been riding since I was 8 years old but only started competing in both the hunters and jumpers in the past 3 years. I also do Natural Horsemanship and love working with rescue horses and rehabilitating them.

Favorite thing about IHSA: The variety of rides you get and I love figuring out how the horse I'm riding work and how to best show us off as a team.