Nominees for ENYDCTA Board of Directors December 2017 — November 2019
(nominations may be taken from the floor the night of the banquet
Krystal Wilt – President
My name is Krystal Wilt and I am an avid dressage rider/trainer and the owner of Cherry Ridge Dressage in Sand Lake, NY. I have been riding since the age of 6 and have been addicted to dressage since the age of 12. I am a USDF bronze and silver medalist and a graduate of the L Program with distinction. I became involved with ENYDCTA when I moved to the area in 2007.
I appreciate the opportunities the club has provided for me to network with people who have similar interests, and for the valuable educational experiences/clinics that I have been able to participate in. In the past, I have served as the recording secretary, vice president, and treasurer for ENYDCTA. I have also been the trade-show chairperson for Dressage at Saratoga/ENYDCTA Dressage Days and have helped with a variety of jobs at that show, and have organized an L Program, winter programs, and numerous clinics for the club.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the time that I have spent working with the board to help ENYDCTA better serve its members. I would be honored to serve another term on the ENYDCTA board, and I have some ideas to increase youth involvement and add more educational opportunities and events that I look forward to implementing in the future. I would like to build our volunteer program and keep more records of volunteer hours, so that members can be more accurately rewarded for their hard work. I am very excited about what the future holds for our club, and want to work hard to make it beneficial for all of our members.
Liz Trickey – Vice President
I have served as your Vice President for the past two years, and have been apart of the ENYDCTA board for the past four years. During this time, I have become familiar with how much work it is to keep a club like this going - it is a constant job! I feel that I can help now that I am familiar with how things work and also have a good working relationship with other board members who also want to re-run for offices .I look forward to getting even more involved with the club and hope we can keep clinics and educational programs going. I would like to get more kids involved and was excited that we had a team go to D4k this year. I hope that we can encourage more people to participate in our programs and regional programs on behalf of ENYDCTA. I continue to ride and take lessons on the best horse in the world! I hope you give me the opportunity to continue helping the club expand their programs and opportunities.
Heather Mallette – Treasurer
I am a CPA candidate, having passed all four parts of the CPA exam, and is expected to be a licensed Certified Public Accountant by summer of 2018. I hold a graduate degree in Accounting, and an undergraduate degree in Financial Services, with a minor in Forensic Accounting. I currently work at a tax practice in Delanson, NY as a tax accountant and bookkeeper, catering to individuals and small business clients.
In addition to accounting, I have been an avid equestrian for seventeen years, and am committed to excellence in all professional riding, training, and teaching pursuits. I am currently the ENYDCTA youth coordinator, and I am actively working to increase opportunities for youth riders, as well as increase ENYDCTA’s presence in the dressage and eventing communities.
Lisa Hewson – Recording Secretary
I’ve loved horses for as long as I can remember. I finally convinced my parents to let me start riding when I was 10. I began taking lessons at a dressage barn and was hooked instantly. I got my first horse when I was 14 and switched to hunt seat in high school because I wanted to jump. In college, I competed in the IHSA and was captain of the Equestrian Team at SUNY Geneseo. After college, I got back into dressage, and have ridden it ever since. I currently have three horses, a retired TB gelding named Axl, a Hanoverian mare named Maddy and a Zwiebrucker filly named Tessa. Maddy is my current competition horse and I plan to start Tessa under saddle this winter and compete her in dressage next year.
I started volunteering with ENYDCTA in 2011, when I became the Year End Awards Program chairperson. I’ve done YEAP for the last 5 years as well as volunteered at Dressage at Saratoga and other ENYDCTA events. I would like to serve on the board as a way to increase my involvement with the club and give more back to the local horse community.
Karry Brothers - Piaffe Flyer Editor
Karry Bengtson-Brothers is one of the fortunate ones who grew up around horses. Her first pony was a little bay ranch horse who taught her many things, including the value of earning a horse's trust, and to never turn your back with a carrot in your pocket. She was blessed to learn horsemanship under Maureen Pach, of East Haddam, CT, even being granted the honor of riding Maureen's personal horse, "Big Boy."
After Earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Master’s Degree in Advertising Karry embarked on a college teaching career but found that she always came back to horses. With her purchase of Houdini, a probable Cleveland Bay Sporthorse, from Cathy Drumm, she decided to focus on building her dream. In April of 2008, Karry and her husband Craig purchased Emerald-Glen Equestrian Center, LLC. It is here that Karry and Craig are slowly putting together an equestrian facility to support education of equestrian pursuits.
Working with dressage riders is Karry's passion, but it was her goal to enter the "L" program that unexpectedly introduced her to the importance of understanding equine locomotion. To enter the "L" program she needed to get into the competition ring and so she purchased Caesar Augustus, an Oldenburg gelding to retrain for that purpose.
It was in the early days of working with Gus that Karry discovered that he needed major physical and mental rehabilitation to teach him how to use his body properly. She enlisted the help of good friend Nanci Worthington, LMT, with whose help Karry discovered an entirely new world of how to educate a horse to move more easily.
Having achieved tremendous success with rehabilitating numerous horses like Gus over the years, Nanci developed the Equine Massage curriculum at Post University in 2009. From there she began to design clinics and workshops for all levels of horsemanship, from Pony Clubs and summer camps to an intensive certificate program for the equine professional. What makes Nanci's program special is the focus on the entire horse, both physically and mentally and how these affect the way it moves – or doesn’t move.
In 2015, Karry qualified for the United States Dressage Federation "L" Program when Maria Quartuccio loaned her a fabulous Lusitano, Tempi (Troll VO). With Paige Strait coaching, Karry was able to qualify for the L program in two shows at 2nd level, then competed at 3rd level and earned her USDF bronze medal at the third show! In 2016, just for giggles, Karry and Tempi had a little more time to try out 4th level and earned scores for half of Karry's USDF Silver Medal. Tempi is now back home with Maria at Dance Floor Farm in Meridan, CT.
Karry graduated from the L program in October 2015, and has taken on a new challenge with an IALHA young mare, Chica de Chocante. Karry plans to bring her along while pursuing her USEF small r in Western Dressage.
Darian Quinn – Corresponding Secretary
I have been a member of ENYDCTA for only a few years, but have been happy to volunteer for a number of events as well as running online auctions, the club Facebook and email campaigns. It has been a pleasure to increase our clubs digital presence as well as draw in new members. I am heavily involved with Stockade Polo and Saddle Club, as well as actively compete my homebred Spotted Draft mare, Mai Tai, at first level. I am hoping to event Tai next season. Having grown up in the hunter ring, I am looking forward to get back to jumping. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to being the voice on the other side of the screen for our club!
Margie Hutchinson – Member-at-Large
I am running for Member at Large for ENYDCTA and have been a Member at Large for several years. I served as Organizer for the Horse Trials for several years, and have helped at DAS, run clinics and schooling shows. I have enjoyed being on the Board and try to bring perspective from a barn owner, competitor and trainer’s point of view to help the club be effective and valuable to its members.
Stan Horton – Member-at-Large
I have been a member of ENYDCTA for more than 20 years and served on the board as Member at Large for several years. During that time, I co-organized the Old Chatham Horse Trials and volunteered at Dressage at Saratoga. More recently, I was responsible for the show grounds and ring maintenance at DAS in 2015, and hosting the new ENYDCTA Dressage Days at Stockade. For the last 15 years I have worked to develop Stockade Polo & Saddle Club in Glenville, NY, where my wife and I host a series of USEF/USDF recognized dressage shows, schooling dressage and CT shows and hunter/jumper competitions. An avid rider, I am currently enjoying the journey with Rabel MUS, my larger than life-size young PRE gelding. I believe that my skills and experience will be an asset to ENYDCTA, and I look forward to continuing to serve on the board. I also look forward to representing our GMO and region at the national level as a PM Delegate and serving on the USDF GMO Committee. Thank you for considering me for this position.
Crystal Santos – Member-at-Large
I have been Eventing for 20+ years and never grew out of it. I grew up in the Northeast, lived in Washington State for 5 years and returned in 2014, bringing with me a few ideas from "out West". I have been volunteering at ENYDCTA events since 2014, including Larkin Hill HT and the 2017 ENYDCTA Dressage Days at Stockade. I'm looking forward to working on a Volunteer Committee, hosting a Volunteer Tent and setting up an electronic sign up on the website to organize and recognize ENYDCTA volunteers.