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Regional Chapters

Get involved with other members in your area!

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Since North America is such a large continent, we have set up local chapters where you can get involved with other members right in your area!

 

Northwest

Regional Liaison: Spot Available

Young KWPN-NA Members: 11

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Mideast

Regional Liaison: Available

Young KWPN-NA Members: 11

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Midatlantic

Regional Liaison: Spot Open

Young KWPN-NA Members: 12

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Great Lakes

Regional Liaison: Ayden Uhlir 

Young KWPN-NA Members: 10

Ayden Uhlir is the 2012 Festival of Champions National junior champion and North American Junior Individual Gold, freestyle and team Bronze medal winner. In 2013 she moved up to Young riders and was the first U.S. individual to ever win back to back Individual Gold when she took both Individual and Freestyle gold and team silver. She went on to also win the Festival of Champions National Young Rider championship. In 2013 she won the Fiona Bann Pursuit of Excellence Award. She is most proud however of being awarded the 2012 Dressage Style Award at the NAJYRC and winning the USDF Youth Sportsman of the Year nomination for the USEF Youth Sportsman of the Year. She was the 2014 and 2016 Willy Arts Grant Recipient for an emerging athlete pair. Ayden rounded out her Young Rider

career by representing the USA at part of the first US team Young Rider team to the Hagan Future Champions Nations Cup where she finished 7 th in the Big Kur. Last year she moved up to the U25 division. She has trained with Christine Traurig in Southern California for the last 3 years. The last year as Christine’s working student. All of her recent competition achievements were on her KWPN Sjapoer.

 

Ayden attempts to give back to her sport by being an ambassador to up and coming young riders and

frequently speaks at youth camps, education programs and clinics. She also competed in the American Equestrians Got Talent competition and she won the inaugural audition with her rendition of Etta James’ At Last. Ayden has participated four years of the Robert Dover Horsemastership Clinic with the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program. She signed with Nike to become the first Nike equestrian sponsored athlete in the World. She has been to the Teen Choice Awards and represented equestrian sports in main stream media such as BYOU Magazine, Sweety High, and J-14.

Four Corners

Regional Liaison: Spot Open

Young KWPN-NA Members: 5

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Southeast

Regional Liaison: Hillary McMichael

Young KWPN-NA Members: 8

Hillary McMichael is an adult amateur that has experience in Hunters, Jumpers, and Eventing. With a B.A. in finance and accounting she works as a business analysts for a global financial services firm which helps support her equestrian endeavors. 

 

Hillary started to develop a passion for sport horse breeding when she moved her horses to Harpeth Meadow Stables, after a relocation to Nashville, TN, where Amanda Lorinc breeds a small number of quality Dutch Warmbloods. Amanda's mare Eclipse SCF Elite (by Balou Du Rouet and out of Nova Keur Prestatie the full sister to Judgement ISF) bred by Karin Jimenez at Sporting Chance Farm sparked Hillary's interest in sport horse breeding and spurred a dream to breed sport horses herself one day.

 

In 2016 Hillary went on the search for a well-bred jumper prospect filly. She hoped to find a horse that would be the foundation mare for a future breeding program and found Laguna Star who was bred by Joan Vijan at DHS Farms. Luna, as she is affectionately referred to, is a 2016 filly by Big Star and out of D'Amour VDL (Douglas x Zeus x Ahorn Z) who is out of a half-sister to the dam of Numero Uno. Hillary has high hopes for this filly and cannot wait to see what the future holds.

 

In the meantime Hillary looks forward to being a part of the up and coming YKWPN-NA organization and meeting other like-minded Young KWPWN-NA members.

New England

Regional Liaison: Kate Bruning

Young KWPN-NA Members: 12

Kate resides in central New Hampshire where she owns and operates a boarding and training facility focusing on dressage and eventing, SMF Equine Services LLC. She has been involved with horses since the age of 3 and competes in dressage. Currently she is bringing along her young 3 year old KWPN gelding Ionesco SSF who has an exciting season ahead. He just started under saddle preparing for his IBOP at this years Keuring. 

 

Kate has always had a passion for dressage and riding but only recently became involved with the KWPN when purchasing Ionesco SSF as a young horse project in the fall of 2015. After attending Keuring in 2016 she was hooked upon meeting all the passionate members, breeders and riders. 

 

With big plans in the works, Kate intends on starting her own breeding program with a newly a acquired broodmare, as well as opening a schooling venue this summer at her home property. Shady Maple Farm will offer schooling opportunities in their large sand dressage arena, grass jump course and a cross country course to include its own water complex.  

 

Kate looks forward to being involved with the Young KWPN-NA and is eager to watch the program grow. 

California

Regional Liaison: Spot Open

Young KWPN-NA Members: 9

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