US Equestrian is pleased to announce two new consultant roles produced to assist the blended driving plans and initiatives.
Amber Lester is an Athlete Advisor to the Developing Athlete Program for Blended Driving, which is a new position established to deliver guidance to athletes by supporting them establish and build achievable aims, define academic chances, and immediate athletes by the issues they face on their pathway to good results.
Lester’s opposition experience began as a junior in California exactly where she competed in equitation and jumper classes just before relocating to the East Coastline, exactly where her concentrate adjusted to ridden dressage in the course of faculty. Then, she located herself immersed in the earth of merged driving. She discovered how to drive singles and pairs while operating as a groom or barn manager for top rated driving gurus these kinds of as Jim Fairclough (Leading Brass Farm), Michael Freund (Cedar Lane Farm), Shady Oaks Blended Driving, Chester Weber (Reside Oak Merged Driving), Jennifer Matheson (Katydid Farm), and most lately James and Misdee Miller (Hillcroft Farm). Her contributions to the Hillcroft Farm team were pivotal in the U.S. Driving Team’s gold medal at the 2018 FEI Environment Equestrian Game titles. She has a exclusive combination of expertise and instruction in ridden dressage training, education method advancement, and rehabilitation therapies.
EllenMarie Ettenger will act as an Organizer and Licensed Officials Mentorship Coordinator, concentrating on pinpointing and supporting new organizers and certified officers to maintain the long term of the sport. This role will liaise involving competitions and producing organizers or officials to outline far more possibilities for growth as perfectly as take on tasks to make improvements to the organizer working experience.
Ettenger has had the enjoyment of doing work with some of the greatest driving officers from all-around the environment above the earlier 30+ decades, owning served as an official and organizing merged driving events for numerous a long time. She has held a Complex Delegate’s license with the Adverts, USEF, and the FEI for quite a few several years, officiating at several countrywide and worldwide activities both equally in the U.S. and overseas. As a Driving Sport Committee member for many phrases, she has served on several distinct working groups and endeavor forces to acquire new initiatives and even more the sport.