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Schleese Education for June 2023 – 15 Livestreams to View
Join us for one of the livestreams listed below at your convenience and educate yourself on the latest developments in saddle fitting! Mark your calendars!
1. Mia Hickey – https://www.instagram.com/_riding_romeo_ – June 14th @ 4pm
Mia has always loved animals and has been riding for 9 years. She started out in both English and western, then fell in love with jumping.- riding and competing in hunters, jumpers and equitation. She is a working student at a hunter jumper barn and a member of her university’s equestrian show team. She is also pursuing an Equine Welfare certificate through Guelph University’s online program.
Alex Travis 29, disabled veteran from Arizona. Masters Degree in animal comparative biomedical sciences. 8 equines; 2 registered quarter horses, 5 mustangs, 1 draft cross mustang, 2 donkeys. Alex’s training emphasis is on meeting the 3Fs and LIMA protocols, exclusively trains with positive reinforcement and most of her program is at liberty. She primarily works with feral/untouched horses and ones that have had a violent or aggressive history.
3. Kate Kudelko – https://www.instagram.com/painted__dressage/ – June 20 @ 3:15pm
Kate is a young professional based in Brooksville, Florida, specializing in training ponies, small horses, and rescues in dressage. Most of her client’s horses are paints and stock crosses, so that she has run into her fair share of complications fitting horses who have very wide shoulders in comparison to the size of their body.
4. Sophia Chavonelle – https://www.instagram.com/sophia.chavonelle/ – June 23rd @ 10:15am
Sophia Chavonelle is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist based in San Diego, California. She competed actively as an FEI Junior and Young Rider before moving across the country to become assistant to Olympic Silver Medalist Sabine Schut-Kery in 2021. While her heart will always be with the east coast, California has proved to be an immeasurably important step for taking Sophia’s professional riding career to the next level. Sophia has been riding in Schleese saddles for her whole life. She is currently riding her horse Jetson EP in a Let’s Dance.
5. Hannah S. – https://www.instagram.com/silversnaffles/ – June 26th @ 12:45pm
Hannah (silversnaffles) is an English polo groom and equine manager based in Fredrikstad, Norway. After graduating with a Film Studies degree from the University of Warwick, she took on a social media internship at The Norwegian Polo Club which soon evolved into her becoming their groom and equine manager! With four horses and ponies of her own, she has always been a weird horse girl who is unapologetically obsessed with horses and how to improve their wellbeing.
6. Emily Ferreira – https://www.instagram.com/emzequestrian/ – June 28th @ 10am
Topic: What are the hardest horses to usually fit for saddles, and biggest myths of saddle fitting
Bio: Hi my name is Emily! I’ve been riding for 15 years now. I started off western riding when I was younger and soon found a love for the English world and started to show and enter the hunter/jumper ring. I’ve done everything from part boarding to leasing and finally owning my own horse. I currently own an American quarter horse who’s 18 years old and she was a western pleasure show horse who I’m now slowly entering into the English world.
7. Leira – https://www.instagram.com/mane.man.mac/ – June 28 @ 3:30pm
This dynamic 15-year-old was focused on saddleseat, working with Saddlebreds and Morgans for about 6 years before adventuring into western. She is very interested in the biomechanics of horses, pressure points in horses, and general rehab possibilities.
8. Zoey C. – https://www.instagram.com/zbcequestrian/ – Date TBD
My name is Zoey. I am an occupational therapy student and I have my hose, Caspar with me. Since we are not able to show as much, we enjoy hacking around a sometimes like to hop around a course.
9. Emily McDorman – https://www.instagram.com/equine.love.eventing – Date TBD
My name is Emily McDorman and I’ve been riding for the past eight years, primarily in eventing. I grew up in Washington state but moved to Colorado for school last year. I’m majoring in Equine Science with a minor in business. I love all things horses and am interested in all aspects of their care. I’m part of the United States Pony Club which helped me start learning about horse care early in my riding career. I recently did a dive into positive reinforcement which I try to incorporate into my training as much as I can. Through that dive I also learned even more about all the aspects that go into having a happy healthy horse and their importance
10. Emily Setton – https://www.instagram.com/emilysetton/ – Date TBD
When you’re 26, it’s a bit scary to say you’ve done something for 22 years of your life. However, I have spent that long in the saddle. Starting lessons when I was four, I began my horse adventures in the jumper community, moved to a different state and began working with a dressage trainer, and joined the US Pony Clubs (USPC) eventually testing up into the national levels. In high school and college, I began the return to my jumper roots. For 5 summers, I was a working student for a well-known trainer in the Chicago area with expertise in both the dressage and jumper worlds. When I first began working with a dressage trainer, I was introduced to Schleese and the science behind their saddles. Later, as a USPC member I was constantly reminded about checking tack fit and what to look for, what was right, what was wrong, etc. It was when I began riding with other people outside of my barn, either through USPC or showing, that I realized just how many horses had poorly fitted tack and began to truly appreciate the role Schleese has played in keeping my horses happy and healthy. Spending some time at WEF 2021, I was once again struck by how saddle fit was so often overlooked. Currently I am a 4th year graduate student and PhD candidate at UW-Madison. When I am not in the lab, I can be found in the barn with my mare, V. If I’m not riding I am teaching my handful of students, working with project horses, and volunteering as my farm’s co-barn manager.
11. Heather Wallace (New) – https://www.instagram.com/timidrider/ – Date TBD
Bio to follow.
12. Alyssa Neilson (New) – https://www.instagram.com/neilson.equine/ – Date TBD
Bio to follow.
13. Shelby Dennis – https://www.instagram.com/sdequus/ – Dates TBD
Shelby Dennis is a lifelong equestrian residing on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada. She is an IAABC certified Equine Behaviour Consultant and has done extensive post-secondary studies in the equine science field, in addition to dabbling in journalism and human psychology. She is the author of “The Other Side of Horsemanship” and is a repeat guest with Schleese.
Schleese Channel Livestreams:
Schleese Livestream Q&A: June 1st at 5PM ET (replay available here)
Schleese Livestream Lecture: June 15th at 5PM ET