Dawn  Bellinger
Virginia Region
 

Dawn is a graduate of River Bend Pony Club in the Virginia Region in which her father helped to organize and her daughter Ann is a graduate H-A. Dawn has served in many capacities including Jt. DC, Webmaster, and Treasurer of River Bend since her daughter joined in 2001. She continues to serve as an advisor to the club’s DC. At the regional level, Dawn has served over the years as Treasurer, Membership Coordinator, and Webmaster. She now serves as the VP of Administration. At the National level, Dawn has served on the USPC Advisory Council and is a member of the Board of Directors this year. Growing up eventing and hunting in Virginia, Dawn now enjoys an occasional trail ride with friends, gardening, hiking, and biking as well as spending time at her beach house in Delaware.

Read More

Rae Birr, DVM
Lake Shore Region
 

Rae started asking her very suburban family for a horse when she was three. At 12, persistence paid off and she got her own horse in her backyard and has never been horseless since. Jericho Forest Pony Club was active in her hometown in what is now Central New England Region. She joined and graduated as a B with the same horse from age 12. College, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, marriage to Bruce, and three children followed. Her older children both achieved H certifications. One is in the Air Force and the other is an NE, CA, and RIC of the Lake Shore Region and teaches riding and trains horses. Rae's youngest could correctly answer any HM question posed to him, but never joined USPC. She has been parent, Sponsor, DC, VRS, and, most recently, RS for 11 years. Rally, Testing and Camp Organizer have been yearly activities.

Read More

Ruthanna Bridges
Southern California Region
 

Ruthanna founded Bridges Equestrian, Inc, in San Juan Capistrano California in 1981. Over the years, Ruthanna has instructed and trained for colleges, parks & recreation, charters, scouts, and many other organizations. Working alongside her son Devon, they built what is now a large full range program including the Bridges Equestrian Riding Academy, Pony Club and Bridges Equestrian Show Teams. In 2013 she handed the “reins” of the actual instruction of Bridges Equestrian over to co-owner & son Devon, his wife Kendra, and the Bridges Equestrian Team. This allowed her to put her organizational and administrative talents to work full time in the administrative sides of both arms of the family equestrian business, and pursue lifelong goals of giving back to the sport she loves.

Read More

Sue Beth Bunn
South Region
 

Sue Beth joined USPC in 1977, and graduated as an H-A from the Midland Foxhounds Pony Club. She has competed and trained through Preliminary level Eventing and 3rd level Dressage. Sue Beth has been volunteering for Pony Club since 1997. She has been a DC, an NE, and a Chief Horse Management Judge. She has served on the Quiz, International Exchange, and D-1 – C-2 Curriculum Committees. She and her husband Ken live in Midland, GA with their two children, Stephen (15) and Suzanna (10). In her professional career, Sue Beth was co-owner of Care Matters, Inc., an agency that specializes in Alzheimer’s and elder care. Currently, she is the owner and manager of her boarding barn, Windy Hill Farm, where she coaches Eventing and Dressage.

Read More

David Courreges
Rio Grande Region
 

David Courreges is a graduate H-A and former District Commissioner of the Huaco Pony Club in Waco, TX. He followed in the footsteps of his mother, Deanna, who is a graduate B of Lone Star Pony Club in Austin, Texas, and long-time DC of the Huaco Pony Club.  Now a resident of Austin, he is the Senior Corporate Counsel at University Federal Credit Union, and an adjunct professor of political science at St. Mary’s University. Prior to joining UFCU, he founded Courreges PC, a firm specializing in government relations and administrative law.  He has over a decade of direct experience in government law, working as the legislative director for two high-ranking state representatives, general counsel for two non-partisan legislative caucuses, as well as a consultant for several entities dedicated to the research and promotion of sound public policy.

Read More

Ben Duke
Rocky Mountain Region
 

Ben Duke is a graduate A (1974) from Cherry Creek Pony Club and grew up in Colorado Pony Clubs from 1964 to 1974. He graduated from Williams College in 1975. Ben is a retired fund raising professional and is a rancher, raising Red Angus commercial cattle, outside of Elizabeth, Colorado. Ben began his Pony Club volunteer “career” in 1977, and he has served on many committees, including the Horse Management Committee for numerous years, where he produced the first Horse Management Handbook in the early 1980s. He first served on the Board of Governors in the early 1980s. He then served many years on the Advisory Committee (before term limits). He served for many years as a Chief Horse Management Judge, including at the very first USPC Festival. He also served as a National Examiner.

Read More

Nancy Grout
White Mountain Region

 Nancy is a graduate A from Squamscott Pony Club near the Seacoast of New Hampshire. She followed her sister Lori, also a graduate A, into the horse world. Nancy began showing medium pony hunters and participating in 4-H. Pony Club instruction introduced her to Dressage and Eventing, which led to several regional and national A and B rallies. As an Area I USEA competitor for 35+ years, she has qualified each horse she trained for the Area Championships and AEC’s, as well as nationally ranking as a Master Amateur rider in USEA. She continues to event and to compete in Eventing and Dressage in the New England area. Nationally, she has served as a RIC, Chief Horse Management Judge, Horse Management Committee member, Instruction Committee member, Chair of the former C-3/HB Committee, and National Examiner Committee member.

Read More

Devyn Hinkle
Middle California Region

Devyn is a C-3 Traditional and H-B member of the Redwood Hills Pony Club in the Middle California Region. For the past 14 years she’s competed in numerous rallies, been to championships in 5 disciplines, assisted her mother in running her regional club, helped organize regional quiz rallies, and participated on the National Youth Congress. She is now on the National Youth Board, where she has been working with the Marketing and Service committees. Devyn grew up riding doing disciplines from eventing to games to barrel racing, but is most integrated in the Hunter/Jumper world. She was individual gold medalist for the Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals in 2014, which won her an internship at Spy Coast Farm. Devyn graduated from Lehigh University in December 2017 with degrees in Marketing and Design.

Read More

Ray Ingandela
Sunshine Region
 

“Tampa Bay Ray” has been a Pony Club dad and volunteer since daughter, Stacey I. Johnson joined Sleeping Giant Pony Club in the New York/Upper Connecticut Region in March of 1990. Three years later, they moved to Suncoast Pony Club in the Sunshine Region. He’s filled all sorts of shoes since then including Jt DC, DC and, more famously, the announcer for Championships and Festival since 2001. His wife, Kathy, is the “Lunch Lady” at Festival and Champs. Ray has always been interested in horses, even though he was from a non-horsey family. When he attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, he discovered there was a riding team that completed in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. He realized he could take Horsemanship classes as well. Unbeknownst to Ray, the instructor and team coach was none other than Capt Jack Fritz. Ray became captain of the IHSA team and learned well under Fritz.

Read More

Debbie Kirsch
Middle California Region
 

Deb is a graduate B from Norfolk Hunt Pony Club in Massachusetts. After college, she continued her Pony Club involvement as a clinician and coach but became more deeply involved as a volunteer in 2003 when her two older children joined Pony Club. Deb’s daughter Rina, a C2 HM, has had most of her involvement in Pony Club through Barnstable Pony Club and is now a member of Clayton Canyon Pony Club. Deb has held various positions in Pony Club as a Rally Organizer, Jt. DC, Club Secretary, VRS, RS, Regional Treasurer and USPC Treasurer. With 18 years of Eventing at the Intermediate level, as well as competing through 4th level dressage and some lower level experience in the Hunter, driving and Western worlds, she brings a diverse equestrian background to the Board.

Read More

Tanner Kooistra
Northwest Region
 

Tanner’s riding career began when her parents bought her a pony for her 3rd birthday, her newfound passion for horses never dissipated. Tanner participated in USHJA and USDF at a young age, though after her first cross-country outing she never looked back. In 2012, Tanner enrolled in Pony Club and there the journey began. Currently a C-3 Traditional member from the French Creek Pony Club in the Northwest Region, Tanner has participated in just about every discipline Pony Club has to offer, in addition to attending championships East, West and Festival twice in Tetrathlon. Additionally, she took part in the Dressage 4 Kids program, was a working student at Polestar Farms, competed nationally in a speech based equine science competition, attended the Olympic Training Center twice, and enjoyed Eventing with her horse, Ernie. These experiences shape some of Tanner’s favorite childhood memories.

Read More

Becky Logsdon
Midsouth Region
 

Becky became involved in Pony Club in 1994 when her daughter Lindy joined Flying Changes Pony Club in the MidSouth Region. She began volunteering at the club level when she helped the club organize the MidSouth Region KnowDown rallies in the mid 1990s, through the transition to the "Quiz" format, and to the present time where she still plays a part in being part of the team that organizes a very large regional Quiz rally.  After serving as the club treasurer for several years, Becky added the job of MidSouth Region secretary in 2002, along the way became a Chief Horse Management Judge, a VRS, the regional host liaison for the 2011 Nashville, TN annual meeting and the 2018 Louisville Equine Symposium and Convention, and served as the RS for the MidSouth Region from 2012 through 2016.  Currently she is a VRS, a CHMJ, and one of the two co-chairs of the Horse Management Committee

Read More

SueAnn McClelland
Northwest Region
 

SueAnn has been involved with USPC for the past 24 years as club Treasurer, DC, Regional Treasurer, Vice RS and RS. SueAnn is currently the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive and Audit  Committees. She has watched several generations of youth, as well as adults, grow up in Pony Club. SueAnn has felt great satisfaction watching them develop sound judgment, leadership skills and awareness of their community. She has learned that all of this personal growth is accomplished through their love of horses and desire to become better riders and caretakers of their equine partners. She shares this love for horses and is continually impressed with the positive influence this organization has on and through its members. She is the proud parent of Lena, a USPC graduate H, graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law  and HMO of the Rocky Mountain Region.

Read More

Donald A. McLean, Jr, DVM, MPH
Maryland Region
 

Dr. McLean is a 1983 graduate of Colorado State University Veterinary School. He also holds an MPH from Boston University and is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. McLean retired after 14 years as Epidemiologist, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services in 2016. Prior to his position with USDA, Dr. McLean was the Allegheny District Veterinary Commander at Carlisle Barracks. Dr. McLean was married to the former Susan C. Gould (deceased) and they have two sons, James, and Trey (Donald III). Dr. McLean’s interests and hobbies include Eventing, Fox Hunting, woodworking, old cars, and working on their small farm in Boling Springs.  He and Susan worked with children in Pony Club; he is a member of the HM Committee, VP of Carrollton Hounds Fox Chasing Club, has been a long time USEF Eventing Technical Delegate and was an assistant scoutmaster with BSA Troop 333.

Read More

Debbie Mcleod
Midwest Region
 

Debbie is the retired Youth Collection Development Librarian of the 13 branch Johnson County (KS) Library System and currently teaches Children’s Literature at Johnson County Community College. She has had a lifelong passion for horses, and could never get enough of them growing up. She passed on her passion to her daughters, Cathie (C-3 graduate) and Betsy (C-2 graduate) who are Lifetime members and still involved as instructors and judges in Pony Club. She has been involved with Pony Club since 1994 and has been a Joint DC of Mill Creek and DC of Mission Valley Pony Clubs, both in Midwest Region. In 1999, she organized the first Games Rally in the Midwest region. She has also been involved in the organization of Mill Creek Pony Club Horse Trials, Midwest Region Mega Rally, and Quiz, and organized the USPC 2006 Annual Meeting, which was in Kansas City.

Read More

Barbara McMorris
North Central Prairie Region
 

Barbara is a retired Occupational Therapist with management as well as clinical experience. Barb deeply supports the Pony Club mission, understanding that who we are is intimately connected to what we do, and to the daily activities that are not just life sustaining, but life fulfilling.  Barb’s involvement in Pony Club spans 20 years: parent, local and regional leader, Horsemasters member, and member of USPC Board of Governors. As a Pony Club leader, it has consistently been her goal to make activities accessible to all so they may attain their Pony Club goals. She is currently secretary and camp organizer for her local club and member of several USPC Committees, serving as Chair of the USPC Governance Committee, Leadership Training and Support Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee on Organization and Structure of USPC.

Read More

Yvette Seger
Capital Region
 

Dr. Yvette Seger is an H-A graduate of Lake Shore Pony Club and a current Horsemasters member of Potomac Pony Club. She serves the USPC organization as multiple roles including Board Secretary, Co-Chair of the Eventing Committee, impromptu Shop Pony Club Model, and Chief Horse Management Judge. In her non-Pony Club life, Yvette is the Director of Science Policy for the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, a coalition of 31 scientific societies that represents 130,000 biological researchers in the development of public policy and advocacy activities. She is known to have a lint roller and Pony Club pin in her handbag at all times.

Read More

Jennifer Sweet
Northwest Region
 

Jennifer is mom to a son, Michael, whose horse experience is limited to wearing cowboy boots while he is three. She also has two Pony Club daughters, Aubrey (H-A) and Spencer (H-B). Jennifer is a grand- mother to Brycen and Hunter. She and her husband Kevin reside in Chehalis, Washington where they manage their truss manufacturing facility. Like most young girls, Jennifer had a love for horses and at age 12, she received her first horse for Christmas. It was a wonderful life-altering gift. She rode and competed locally through her high school years and then as a young adult gave up horses for work, marriage and family. In 1997 she became involved with Pony Club when she signed her daughters up for membership; another life altering event. She quickly became a valued volunteer and leader when she stepped up to the plate to do whatever she could for her local club and its members.

Read More

Candace Tavormina
Great Lakes Region
 

Candy is a retired Nurse Educator from Mercy College of Ohio where she spent 43 years guiding students along the pathway to becoming registered nurses. Thus the interest in safety at both the regional and national level. She became interested in horses when she was 11 years old her parents were building a house in the country and one evening a girl came by on a horse and gave her a ride. Soon there was a barn going up alongside that new house.  Candy and her husband Joel have three children all of whom were young Pony Club members. Her oldest daughter Amy showed the most interest. Foxwood PC was chartered in 1988 with Candy as Jt DC. Candy lived vicariously through Amy and together they were instrumental in developing Foxwood and the Great Lakes Region which was chartered in 1992.

Read More

Allison Thomas
Sunshine Region
 

Allison has been captivated with horses since early childhood. Show ring hunters and equitation were her primary focus growing up in Central Florida. She earned an AA degree at the University of Florida and a BSBA at the University of Central Florida. She then travelled abroad to Europe after graduation landing jobs as a nanny for an FEI dressage rider and exercising steeplechasers for a racing barn. Upon returning stateside, she entered the business world working for over 20 years in the financial industry holding Series 7 and 63 brokerage licenses with a firm serving high net worth individuals globally. Her nonprofit involvement began after her travels with Hostelling International USA serving on the Florida Board of Directors. She also served as Activities Coordinator for Osceola County Council on Aging and as a volunteer for Freedom Ride Therapeutic Riding Center.

Read More

Ron VanDyke
Inland Empire Region
 

Ron is the father of three Pony Club daughters and is currently celebrating 40 years of marriage.  Ron is an active volunteer currently with the Advisory Committee on the USPC Board of Governors after serving on the Board for many years with the Marketing & Communications, Nominating, Governance, and many ad-hoc committees including the USPC Centers Program.  Ron is a past RS, VRS of the Inland Empire Region and has served as Joint DC and DC of the Cheney Pony Club, organizer of Regional and National testings as well as club and regional rallies; and volunteered for many PC activities. Ron has an extensive background in professional, educational and corporate training, broadcast television, multimedia production, and instructional technologies.  He has recently retired from working in business administration and public relations, product marketing, advertising, and promotions.  Ron has worked with a variety of media including publications, recording, product development, branding, and sales promotions.

Read More

Gegi Winslett
Virginia Region
 

Georgine "Gegi" Winslett has been involved with USPC at the national level since 1980 when she was asked to serve on the Show Jumping Committee. Service has included Chair of Show Jumping during its formative years in the early-mid 1980's, Strategic Planning Committee, member of the Board, Treasurer, VP of Activities, and National Advisory Committee including Chair. She is currently on the Board, serving as a Board Member and Equine Symposium and Convention Committee Chair. Gegi is a professional horseperson operating her business, The Winslett Advantage, specializing in teaching, coaching and training riders and horses, plus producing a number of horse shows annually. She teaches in Eventing, Jumpers, Hunters and Equitation, does course design for competitions, and is a licensed judge with the USEF.

Read More

Kathy Yolken
Middle California Region
 

Kathy is an attorney specializing in juvenile law.  She has been active in, and on the boards of numerous educational organizations, legal organizations, as well as, a founding member of the Juvenile Justice Blue Ribbon Commission.  Kathy has been involved in Pony Club since 1993, as Secretary, Jt. DC and DC of the Moon Valley Pony Club as well as Rally Organizer, Clinic Organizer, and RIC of the Middle California Region.  Her daughter Marissa, a Graduate A Pony Club member, National Examiner, and owner of Black Diamond Equestrian, participated in just about every club and regional activity available to her, as well as, Championships East and West and a Fox Hunting Exchange to Ireland.   Her husband Michael, son Kevin, and daughter Haley have no idea how to put on a bridle or clean a stall.

Read More