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Meet our Board Members!

President | Joy Black

Joy is a USDF L Graduate and showing at 4th level with her horse Bimini.  She is a USDF bronze medalist and working towards her USDF silver medal.  She is a full time PA at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, NY and lives in the town of Duanesburg.  In addition to studying dressage, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends.


Vice President | Jeff Lindberg

In addition to pursuing a career as a dressage rider and trainer, Jeff enjoys playing gold and chess.  He is also a huge Star Wars fan!


Treasurer | Jennifer Saunders

Recording Secretary | Rita Moore

Rita has devoted hours and hours to ENYDCTA and has been an organizer for many of our events with her super organizational skills. She shows an interest in those she meets and is supportive.  She is like the club mom.  Rita was also ENYDCTA’s member of the year for 2022.  

Her volunteer service goes beyond ENYDCTA.  She has fostered many dogs through Homeword Bound and was very involved with a program for middle school students with the NASA STEP program introducing students to opportunities in science, math, and technology. 

Not only is Rita on the ENYDCTA board, she is also active as a board member of the Hudson-Mohawk Weavers' Guild.  She is a retired librarian from the Schenectady city school system and picked up riding after her retirement and owns and rides a Hanoverian mare named Flower and will soon be boarding at Bishop Gate Farm in Ballston Spa. ENYDCTA is fortunate to have her on our team. 

Corresponding Secretary | Vickie Hurewitz

Vickie has been riding off and on since the age of 15.  Her interests are classical dressage, in-hand work, and rider biomechanics. 

In addition to riding Vickie dapples in fiberarts and is an avid walker!

Volunteer Coordinator | Open

Do you like meeting fun, new people and organizing team activities?  We're looking for someone to help us coordinate our awesome group of volunteers!   Check out the below link for more information:

Volunteer Coordinator - Position Description

If interested, contact us at mailto:enydctaboard@gmail.com

Piaffe Flyer Editor - interim| Meredith Vanderminden

Meredith Vanderminden lives in Fort Edward, NY. Meredith and her husband Bill own Viridian Farm, a dressage facility they have been lovingly upgrading since their purchase in March of 2020. Meredith is a lower level dressage rider with a passion for learning new skills and progressing in her riding. She owns and rides Mtn View Villara, her Spotted Draft/Hanoverian dressage horse, Wilbur, her funny Haflinger who can do just about anything, and her Icelandic mare, Gullbrá, who is five gaited! Meredith is also a retired United Methodist minister and a yoga instructor. She is looking forward to working on the Piaffe Flyer and helping in anyway she can on the Board. 

Member-At Large | Margie Hutchinson

Margie started riding as a child in North Salem, NY and trained with well-known figures in the equitation division. She earned a U.S. Pony Club "B" rating and placed fifth in the ASPCA Maclay Finals at 17. After Skidmore College, she became a professional riding instructor and horse trainer in Old Chatham, NY. Margie showed and bred Morgan horses, winning national and regional championships, including the inaugural "Versatility Challenge of the Breeds" championship. She also foxhunted for many years, earning her colors with the Old Chatham Hunt Club and serving on the former Taconic Hunt Club staff

Member-At Large | Denise Film

Denise Film has been an active horsewoman her entire life.  She is a graduate of the United States Pony Club with a "A" rating and has competed in dressage, eventing, team roping at rodeos, and horse shows in various disciplines.  Additionally, she has been a judge at local horse shows for 30 years and held a trainer's license at Saratoga Harness.  For over 20 years, she has served as the District Commissioner of the Battenkill Pony Club.  Currently, Denise works with students at her County Line Farm in Buskirk, NY, and also travels to USEA area 1 horse trials with her daughter, Molly Czub.

Meet our Webmasters!

Webmaster | Peter Tkaczyk

Having grown up on a farm, Peter learned to ride before the age of twelve. He has had a lifelong passion for animals. Peter graduated in 2021 from Ithaca college with a degree in Writing and minor in Computer Science.

Webmaster | Jennifer Symon

Driven by a passion for horses that was evident in my walks to nursery school with my imaginary white horse, I started my equestrian journey at the age of six.  It is amazing to think that this childhood dream would become a reality over four decades later! My father's connection to a riding stable through his Agway Feed & Grain store gave me the opportunity to start taking lessons at an early age, beginning with hunter/jumpers and later transitioning to dressage as an adult.

Moving to Saratoga Springs, NY in 2002 was a pivotal moment in both my personal life and riding career. The journey has been truly special, not just because of the horses I have had the privilege to learn from, but also the amazing people I have met along the way who have made it even more fulfilling!

Meet our Coordinators!

(As you will see below, many of our Board Members, Coordinators and Volunteers do multiple duty!)

Annual Meeting - Joy Black

Appreciation - Susan Stuhr

Banquet - Linda Kennelly and Joy Black

Clinics - Joy Black, Mary Anne Kocon and Rita Moore

Dressage Foundation Updates - Cody Moore

Event Organizers - Rita Moore, Sheila Nagengast, Mary Anne Kocon and Danielle Hanchett

Event Writer (website) - Bella Perkins

Grants - Allison King

Junior Coordinator - Barb Martenis

Member of the Year - Jeff Lindberg

Member Recruitment - Vickie Hurewitz and Jennifer Saunders

Receipt Organizer, Andrea McBurnie

Region 8 Volunteers - Danielle Hanchett

Scholarship - Jeff Lindberg

Silent Auction - Kate Ernst

Social Media - Chris Chariton

Silent Auction - Kate Ernst

Sponsorship - Kate Ernst

University Credits Organizer- Elizabeth Shepard

Volunteer Recruitment - Joy Black and Barb Martenis

Winter Series - Rita Moore, Vickie Hurewitz, and Joy Black

Year End Awards - Denise Film

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