Stephens College saddle seat students earned several top ribbons at the UPHA American Royal National Championship Horse Show, which was held from Nov. 5-10 in Kansas City, Mo. Kelsey Haney ’19, riding Harlem’s Heirospace, won the Three-Gaited Missouri/Kansas Amateur qualifier and the championship. In addition, Madeleine Oliver ’22, riding The King’s Lady Anne, finished as Reserve Champion in both events behind Haney, and Mallory Stacy ’19, riding Tango Till Dawn, was Reserve Champion in a 15 horse Missouri/Kansas Three-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship.
“Our students performed extremely well in this nationally attended horse show,” said Kelly Hulse, an assistant professor of equestrian studies at Stephens. “I am proud to represent Stephens College with such competitive rider and horse combinations keeping our name in the forefront of the saddle seat industry.”
Winning both the qualifier and championship unanimously was a surreal experience for Haney (pictured top right), who has competed at the national competition every year during her time at Stephens.
“It was even more special to me because I am a senior,” she said. “It was a thrill to close out my last American Royal as a Stephens student.”
She said that Hulse’s realistic teaching approach has prepared her for a future career as an instructor.
“Our day-to-day at the barn is as close as it can get to the real world of our industry,” Haney said. “Kelly encourages us to think on our own and help each other whenever possible.”
Stacy (pictured bottom right), who plans to become a professional horse trainer, felt honored to represent Stephens on a national stage.
“It feels like all the established trainers, and especially those who are alumnae, are always rooting for us as young professionals in the industry,” she said. “I feel incredibly supported by those women who have come before me as Stephens College graduates.”
Stacy said that she and her classmates have made great strides this semester.
“Every one of us has obstacles to overcome with each horse, and with Kelly’s guidance and support, we all made some huge achievements this semester,” she said. “Stephens has given me the tools and the knowledge to succeed in this industry. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I could be formally educated on training performance horses. Programs like the one at Stephens are so rare.”
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