Young Equestrians

Pony Club Inducts Pa. Alumni Into Academy of Achievement.

a5ad9e57db39d4307421__DSC0106.JPG
Ann Farkas, RS of the Western New York Region, accepts the 25 Year Milestone Club award on behalf of Northern Exposure Pony Club. Credits: Provided by USPC
3b779ae81e62fea0bcfa__DSC0078.JPG
The United State Pony Club's Academy of Achievement inductees celebrate at the U.S. Pony Club's National Youth Congress with the delegates from around the country. Credits: Provided by USPC
cf04289ed4c0cb26b546_Aof_A.JPG
Inductees into the United State's Pony Club Academy of Achievement are from the left, Dorothy Crowell, Rob Burk, Kat Drake and Tim Leithead. Credits: Provided by USPC
a5ad9e57db39d4307421__DSC0106.JPG

LEXINGTON, Ky. Equine enthusiasts and Pony Club members and leaders converged on the Galt House Hotel, in Louisville, Ky. Jan. 24 to 28, for the 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by United States Pony Club.

More than 600 attendees were treated to more than 60 educational workshops, presentations, and interactive learning experiences on a variety of equine topics.

Every year at the Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC, The National Youth Congress (NYC) convenes for three days.

Sign Up for E-News

A very special part of the NYC is the induction of outstanding USPC Alumni into the Academy of Achievement. The Academy of Achievement was created 20 years ago to honor alumni who have attained outstanding achievements in their chosen fields. Honorees this year were selected from a distinguished group of nominees. The alumni inductees join the delegates of the NYC to help guide and mentor them by bringing a voice of experience into the discussion.

Among the inductees is Tim Leithead.

According to the USPC:

Leithead is a graduate H-A from Eastern Pennsylvania Region and son of the late USPC President, Margo Leithead. He is a fine example of what Pony Club can produce in using skills "beyond the horse world."

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Leithead worked as an IT developer and business strategist for "The Purchasing Group", at one point heading up their sole European Office. After working for them for 10 years, he did two and six years, respectively, with MedRisk and JP Morgan Chase. He was then involved in the start-up Moven where he lead the creation of a financial savings app before becoming a lead and principal consultant for Finvention, a worldwide tech-innovation network and conference, that also fosters global entrepreneurship among students.

Leithead's professional life has certainly been strong, but he has been strong as well as he is a cancer-survivor and also the father of two children, his first being born 16 weeks premature. The experience of his family with Cailin led them to become major advocates for the March of Dimes.
In addition to these things, in life past horses Leithead also competes in autocross racing and has served on the Board of the University of Pennsylvania for the past two years. He comes from a Pony Club family with four siblings who are also USPC grads. Brother, Tad, was one of the first inductees into the Academy of Achievement and their father was a USPC Vice President and National Examiner.

The other three inductees are Rob Burk, now Chief Executive Officer of the United States Eventing Association (USEA); Dorothy Crowell, a World Equestrian Games (WEG) Silver Medalist, two Time Olympian, the first US 4* Champion at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day, and top 10 finisher at Badminton and Burghley; Kat Drake, PhD, Director of Informatics at Cytobank, Inc., a software startup whose aim is to make machine learning easy for biologists to help them rapidly analyze the large datasets they collect to monitor immune system function.

National Youth Congress began in 1998 to recognize outstanding Pony Club Members.

The NYC delegates are selected by their regions and are provided the opportunity to learn valuable life leadership skills to help them navigate their futures. This year at the 20th Anniversary Celebration 24 delegates were a part of the three-day Congress.

Local representatives were Olivia Crespo a member of the Pineland Riders Pony Club, New Jersey Region and Colleen Mauro from the Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club, Tri-State Region.

Many Pony Club awards were presented at the Saturday morning Meeting of the Corporation. The Flash Teamwork Award went to The Prancing Ponies Games Team of Northern Exposure Pony Club in the Western New York Region.

Northern Exposure was also recognized in honor of their 25th Anniversary with a 25 Year Club Milestone Award. They were one of 15 clubs honored.

For more information on honored clubs and members, visit the Pony Club Pizza Blog.

The Saturday night Banquet and Dance were highlights for many attendees as they honored the recipients of the USPC Founders Awards for 2018: Tom Adams, Kimberly Cranford, Cathy Frederickson, and Anne H. Husted. Featured speaker for the evening was former Jockey and New Jersey Pony Club graduate, Rosie Napravnick. Napravnick shared stories and personal memories from her days in Pony Club and her racing career.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

See more Equestrian news at www.TAPintoHorses.net

Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TAPintoHorses/

Sign Up for E-News to get top stories delivered daily to your inbox.

Download the FREE TAPinto App! Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Your Local News:

Sign Up for E-News

Equine Events May 2018 Onward

Events are listed for New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. To have your event listed e-mail lshupe@tapinto.net. 

For premium event listings enter them online at https://www.tapinto.net/events/new?premium=true  

May 15-20 — Old Salem Farm Spring Horse Show, North Salem, N.Y. www.OldSalemFarm.net

May 17 — Preakness Stakes celebration, National Museum ...

Golf Outing On May 26 Benefits Retired Racehorses

May 18, 2018

MILLSTONE TOWNSHIP, N.J. —May 29, will mark Standardbred Retirement Foundation's (SRF) 26th Annual Charity Golf Outing being held at the beautiful Battleground Country Club in Manalapan, N.J.

This much anticipated event is held in conjunction with SRF's online auction which will open for bidding beginning Friday, May 25 and end at 7 p.m. on  Thursday, June 7. The outing ...

World Renowned Course Designers Coming To Lake Placid Horse Shows

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. —  The Lake Placid Horse Shows, presented by Sea Shore Stables, LLC and sponsored by Bainbridge Farm, LLC, announced that world-renowned international course designers Olaf Petersen, Jr. and Michel Vaillancourt will head the list of top officials slated for the 49th annual event.

The Lake Placid Horse Show will run June 26 - July 1 followed by the I Love New York ...

U.S. Dutch Warmblood Stallions To Be Tested For Fragile Foal Syndrome Gene

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The office of the Royal Dutch Warmblood Association of North America (KWPN-NA) has been closely monitoring the recent developments with Warmblood Fragile Foal Syndrome (WFFS). The organization previously encouraged breeders to voluntarily test their breeding stock.

The KWPN in Holland has since updated its policy to require testing. 

Three KWPN-approved stallions ...

Star-studded Lineup Set to Compete at 2018 Devon Horse Show

DEVON, Pa. — The Devon Horse Show is synonymous with elite show jumping competition and is well-respected as the most prestigious and largest outdoor, multi-breed and multi-discipline horse show in the country since 1896. Scheduled for Thursday, May 24 to Sunday, June 3, the historic Devon Horse Show will once again feature international show jumping at a world-class level with an FEI CSI4* ...

How Do Human Foals Ever Walk On Those Funny Hooves?

BB is a lovely, intelligent Arabian mare. Life can be pretty quiet at home and she had become bored with the daily routine. She discussed this with her owner, animal communicator Anita Curtis and she decided that she would like to give advice to animals who were having problems. Due to opposable thumb problems, Curtis agreed to do the typing and computer work as long as she was allowed to give ...