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Laura Lemon

January 6, 2017

Smithies Call All To Help Save Collegiate Equestrian Program

On Dec. 8, 2016, the Smith College administration announced it would close the school’s on-campus equestrian center in Northampton, Mass., and reduce the varsity team to club status at the end of the 2016-2017 school year—ending the college’s 90-year equestrian history. This decision was made without consulting alumnae and donors—even the board of trustees wasn’t informed.

December 13, 2016

A New Pessoa Is Born

Rodrigo and Alexa Pessoa welcomed daughter Luciana Emília Pessoa on Dec. 9 at the Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee, Fla. Luciana, born about 7 pounds and 20 inches long, arrived at 8:13 a.m.

She joins the couple’s first daughter Sophia, 5, and Rodrigo’s oldest daughter with ex-wife Keri Potter, Cecilia, 12. And according to Rodrigo, Sophia is ecstatic to add a younger sister to the family.

“She’s the most excited of all,” he said.

Mother and daughter are healthy, and they returned home on Dec. 11.

November 18, 2016

Amy Speck-Kern Knows Treating Cancer Is About More Than Just Chemotherapy

When Amy Speck-Kern turned 18, like other high school seniors, she battled calculus tests and college applications. But unlike most high school seniors, she also battled acute myeloid leukemia. 

November 13, 2016

Gracie Marlowe Enjoys Her Moment On The Final Day Of EAP

Mentor, Ohio—Nov. 13

Do you ever hop on a certain horse or ride one particular course where you just get lost in the moment and truly enjoy your time in the ring?

Gracie Marlowe felt that today as she rode her way to the top of the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session Championship.

November 12, 2016

Best Second Day In USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session History?

Mentor, Ohio—Nov. 12  

“We’re all talking that today might be our best second day of all the clinics that we’ve done,” said lead clinician Peter Wylde after the last of the four teams rolled up their stirrups. “Of all eight years, this might have been the best second day where the horses and the riders were really awesome. They did great exercises. Great work. Good riding. The horses went well. We had very few problems. It was impressive so I was excited about that.”

November 11, 2016

Softening Into The USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session

Mentor, Ohio—Nov. 11  

So often, connection is drilled and drilled into many young riders’ heads as they practice their equitation on the flat and their handiness over fences. But what does connection really mean and how is it done properly?

Peter Wylde sought to answer this question—a question perhaps many of the participants at the USHJA Emerging Athletes Program National Training Session didn’t know they had.

November 10, 2016

From Life Support To The Washington International

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, wrote Charles Dickens. But in Ava Brugger’s case, it was the worst of times, and then it was the best of times. 

October 30, 2016

The Gochman Sisters Give The Ponies A Winning Goodbye

Washington D.C.—Oct. 30   

Beginning 2011 and 2012, Mimi and Sophie Gochman entered the Verizon Center and demonstrated their presence in the pony hunter divisions. But this year, the capital city represented a closing of a chapter, as the two hang up their jodhpurs for good with their under 14.2 mounts.

“I was really hoping to make this day memorable since it’s my last day on the ponies,” said Sophie.

October 29, 2016

A Capital Win For Lauren Hough Sets In Motion Her World Cup Goals

Washington D.C.—Oct. 29

Lauren Hough hasn’t taken part in the pomp and circumstance of FEI World Cup Final since 2010. But six years later, she's got Omaha clearly in her sights.

And by capturing the coveted President’s Cup trophy for the $130,000 Longines FEI World Cup CSI-W, she and Ohlala (Orlando—Carrera, Cardento) took one positive step further to achieving that goal.

October 27, 2016

NMSU Equestrian Team Fundraising To Stay Afloat Next Season

On July 13, members of the New Mexico State University Equestrian Team learned their National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I program was discontinued—effective immediately. Declining state funding and enrollment forced the university to make budget cuts of $12.1 million, and the Aggie equestrians were on the cutting board. 

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