Dawn  Bellinger
Virginia Region
 

Nominee for a second term

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.

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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 Massachusetts.  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 13 years. Rally, Testing and Camp Organizer have been yearly activities.

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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.

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Sue Beth Bunn
South Region

Nominee for a second term
 

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.

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Gary Carpenter

 

A native Texan, Gary earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Colorado State University, where he was on its champion horse judging teams and which he later coached. He returned to CSU from 2010 through 2013, serving as the Industry Outreach and Liaison Director for the Equine Sciences Program. He managed its Legends of Ranching Performance Horse Sale, taught classes associated with the sale, advised students, and promoted CSU's Equine Sciences program to the horse industry across the country.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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SueAnn McClelland
Northwest Region
 

SueAnn has been involved with USPC for the past 25 years as club Treasurer, DC, Regional Treasurer, Vice RS and RS. SueAnn has served on several national committees including the Volunteer Development, D-1 to C-2 Instruction, Policy, Governance, Finance 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 and graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law.

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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.

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Debbie Mcleod
Midwest Region
 

Nominee for a second term

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.

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Barbara McMorris
North Central Prairie Region
 

Barb 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 currently serves as organizer for the Fox River Valley Pony Club Horse Trials and CCI**, Regional Secretary, and Chair of the USPC Governance Committee.

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Yvette Seger
Capital Region
 

Dr. Yvette Seger is an H-A graduate of Lake Shore Pony Club and a current member of Potomac and Frederick Pony Clubs in the Capital Region. She serves the USPC organization multiple roles, including Chair of the Eventing Committee, impromptu Shop Pony Club model, and Chief Horse Management Judge. In her non-Pony Club life, Yvette is the Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs and Director of Science Policy at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, a coalition of 29 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.

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Jennifer Sweet
Northwest Region
 

Jennifer is mom to  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 grandmother to Brycen, Hunter, Sawyer and Brooklyn. She and her husband Kevin reside in Chehalis, Washington where they manage their truss manufacturing company. 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. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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New Nominees to the Board

Information on the nominees to be voted on for election to the USPC Board of Governors at the 2020 USPC Meeting of the Corporation will be listed here in the near future.

Christel Carlson
Inland Empire Region
 

Christel was born into a traveling USAF family. She began riding western on quarter horses while in grade school in Texas. She transitioned to dressage and eventing in middle and high school while her family was stationed in Japan. Returning stateside to Florida she rode primarily Thoroughbreds in the hunter divisions for a local riding school. She moved to Gainesville for college, medical school and residency. Purchasing her very own first horse in 1981 she went on to train and compete in Jumpers, Eventing, and Dressage. She began a successful Warmblood breeding program in the 1980s and moved to Spokane, WA in 1985. She competed in dressage and her self trained homebred Morpheus, was USDF AD AM horse of the year 1997 at I-1. While working full time as a cardiac anesthesiologist she pursued her passion for learning and earned her judges certificates in dressage, DSHB, and FEI paradressage. She owned and operated one of the first USPC centers.

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Lorelei Coplen
Maryland Region
 

As an Army brat, Lorelei was a member of several Pony Clubs throughout the country, advancing to her “A” from the West Point Pony Club of New York. In 1985, she graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point Military Academy and received her commission as an Aviation lieutenant. In her 30 years of active military service, she held positions spanning diverse areas such as logistics, human resources, outreach, and operations. She was assigned to Fort Bragg, West Point, Europe, the Pentagon, Fort Leavenworth, and Fort Campbell. Her last military assignment was in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where she served as the Deputy Director of the United States Army Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute and then the Chief Operations Officer at the U.S. Army War College.

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Jessica Flores
Middle California Region
 

Jessica is a C-2/H-B member of Woodside Pony Club in the Middle California Region, has been involved in Pony Club for over 14 years, spending her time certifying, competing in numerous rallies and Championships, and taking on many leadership roles at a regional and national level. Pony Club has always had a special place in her heart and her entire family has always been involved in supporting Pony Club! She has enjoyed her time participating in almost every rally discipline; however, her major focus has been Tetrathlon. One of her favorite memories is the 2016 International Tetrathlon Exchange in Ireland. Along with her personal competitive efforts in Pony Club, she has coached and mentored younger members in her area whether it be in Tetrathlon, general rally or certification prep, or increasing participation in her region.

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Nicole Ligon
Eastern Pennsylvania Region
 

Nicole Ligon is an “A” graduate from Pickering Hunt Pony Club in the Eastern Pennsylvania Region. She serves as the Regional Instruction Coordinator for her region. She has been Chair of the National Youth Board, participated in National Youth Congress, the Visiting Instruction Program, and has participated in the Inter-Pacific Exchange Team as a team member in Canada 2015 and as coach in Hong Kong in 2019. Nicole is extremely passionate about the upper level opportunities that USPC has given her and about encouraging other members to seek out those opportunities for themselves. Outside of USPC, Nicole works part time as a marketing specialist and the rest of the time trains horses and teaches lessons at Firefly Farm. She enjoys baking, playing volleyball, listening to podcasts, and traveling.

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