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St. Andrews brings in nationally renowned clinicians to educate our equestrians and encourage growth, broaden understanding and gain experience. The equestrian program host several clinics in Hunter Seat, Western, and Dressage. St. Andrews host one to two clinics a semester.
Regular visitor to SAU. Conducts an
annual clinic with the ANRC team.
March 2010 & 2011
Regular visitor to SAU
Gisela H. Rhodes
October 2007 & 2008
Jane’s seminar focused on sports psychology. In 2010 SAU athletes also attended and learned a lot of coping techniques to prepare for a sporting event, how to overcome nerves, how to handle peer pressure and a whole lot more relating to competitive success.
R. Scot Evans has been a USEF "R" show hunter, show jumper and hunter seat equitation judge for the past 25 years. He conducts clinics and lectures throughout the year, promoting forward riding and teaching forward riding techniques. He executive produced and hosted the DVD and workbook series "The American System of Forward Riding." He also produced The Three Masters series featuring Rodney Jenkins, George H. Morris and Buck Brannaman. He acted as a lesion between the Hampton Classic's corporate sponsors and the horse show and continues to host live television during the Hampton Classic.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Equestrian Aid Foundation, acts as an adviser and producer of showhunterclinic.com and has been an equestrian consultant to the ASPCA.
Ashley Duda Finnegan lives with her husband Mike in Manhattan KS. She studied Biology and Political Science at Virginia Tech and has a Masters in Political Science from Kansas State University. She has served as an intercollegiate coach since 2005, first at Kansas State and then at St. Andrews from 2009 - 2012. Serving as the IHSA coach at St. Andrews Ashley qualified the team for IHSA Nationals in 2011 and 2012, placing 8th in Raleigh in 2012 when Nationals was hosted by St. Andrews. She coached Rob Jacobs to a third place win in the prestigious Cacchione Cup in 2011. Ashley also coached the American National Riding Commission Team and show teams at St. Andrews and reflects that one of the highlights of her time at St. Andrews was Katie Hansen winning the North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association Equitation Medal Finals in the fall of 2011.
Bernie has reached the top in all three of the traditional Olympic Equestrian Disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. In 2009 he was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame. As a Junior, he won both the AHSA Medal and ASPCA Maclay Finals.
Sarah Good was born in England and has owned and operated her own boarding and training facility in Belton, Missouri, just south of Kansas City, since 973. She has extensive judging experiences in the U.S., having received her judge's card in hunters and hunt seat equitation in the early 1970s. Sarah has given numerous clinics as far away as Alaska, Hawaii and New Zealand. She has coached junior riders at the USEF Hunter Seat Medal Finals.
Former Director of Sweet Briar College's riding program, Shelby represented the USHJA Affiliates on the Board of Directors from 2005 through 2011. In addition to her work with the Affiliates, she served on the Hunter Restructure Committee, Competitions Committee and Planning Committee. She was recognized as the Association’s Volunteer of the Year in 2007. Shelby became the USHJA chief executive officer in May of 2011 and leads the staff team as they work with the volunteer leadership in implementing the USHJA’s mission.
Laura Underhill Norment grew up in New Bern , NC and has been involved with horses for over 25 years since her first riding lesson at the age of eight. She showed locally both in the ponies and children’s hunters before attending boarding school in Virginia and college at UNC Chapel Hill. After college, she entered the intercollegiate riding world at St Andrews in Laurinburg, NC as a working student.
Harold has had a successful career in both the hunter and jumper ring. He has ridden in many Nation's Cups representing the Canadian Equestrian Team, competed at three World Cup Finals, and was the alternate for the Barcelona Olympic Games. He has trained many riders to top results at major national horse shows.
Mike has trained many of the greatest riders in competition today such as Beezie Madden, Greg Best, Ray Texel, and Alison Firestone just to name a few. He has trained horses and riders in competitions on the East and West Coast, as well as in Europe, as well as in every facet of the sport: hunters, jumpers and equitation. Mike's innate ability to teach every level of riding with the same precision and zeal makes him a prized member of the Lionshare training team.
Gavin is originally from Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, where he started riding horses at the age of 8. At the early age of 18, he made riding his career, eagerly taking on a variety of jobs within the horse industry to reach his goal of being a professional jumper rider. He has built an impressive and well-respected business from the ground up and gained invaluable knowledge and experience from notable horsemen and women along the way.
Debra Jones-Wright resides in Plainview, GA with her husband Rusty. They own and operate their own horse operation specializing in youth and amateur equitation and horsemanship.
She holds judges cards with American Quarter Horse Association, National Reining Horse Association, National Snaffle Bit Association and National Reined Cow Association. Major shows that she has judged are AQHA World Show, AQHA Youth World, European Championships, German Championships and the Italian Congress.
Coaching and judging are her main interests. She has coached multiple equestrian teams and judging teams at all college levels. Debra is quite proud to have coached and trained several individuals who became world champions in amateur and youth equitation, horsemanship and reining classes. Her hobbies include her dogs, running, and going to the gym.
Lynn has a lot to offer to all riding styles. She came to SAU to work with the western team on this occasion. This fall she did a demonstration at the World Equestrian Games in KY.
Kris is a regular visitor to SAU judging horse shows, conducting clinics and teaching lessons for riders in the dressage program. She owns Heather Ridge Farm in Raeford, NC. Kris is a graduate of Meredith Manor and has been a trainer and instructor for 25 years. She has worked with many national and international horsemen and is currently a USDF 'L' Judge. Kris is the owner and operator of Heather Ridge Farm in Raeford, NC
Vicki was one of the early participants in the USDF Instructor Program in 1995. A U.S.D.F. Bronze & Silver Medalist, Vicki's training and competitive record are well known and respected. She is a four time president of the Sonoma Chapter of the California Dressage Society and a five time performer in that club's presentation of "Dressage In The Wine Country." Vicki tirelessly promotes dressage, not only as a sport in it's own right, but as a very effective tool in achieving competence in 3-day eventing, endurance riding, stadium jumping, and western riding. Vicki now lives in Pinehurst, NC at Antares Dressage Inc.
At the 1976 Olympics Dottie was the anchor of the U.S. team and the very last rider to go in the team competition.
She was responsible for the placing of the American team's Bronze medal. Despite riding first, Dottie placed fifth in the Grand Prix Special. No other American Dressage rider had accomplished that placing in an Olympic Games.
Sandy Webster is a PATH Intl. (formerly NARHA) Master Instructor, CanTRA Coach, Canadian Equestrian Federation Level 2 Eventing and Dressage Coach. She is a PATH Intl. Lead Faculty Evaluator for the Registered and Advanced levels of Instructor Certification and also an Accreditation Site visitor.
Sandy has attended 2 Paralympics and 3 World Championships as coach for the riders with disabilities. Of late, Sandy has been involved with several pilot projects involving the teaching and curriculum development for the Wounded Warriors and Veteran programs. She has a diverse background in many disciplines related to training horses, including racing, 3-day eventing, dressage, carriage driving and therapeutic riding. Sandy was the program director and executive director of CARD, a very large program in Toronto for 19 years. Sandy set out on a mission to help start up and growing programs the last 5 years as the Program Consultant of MANE, in Alabama, Shea Center in San Juan Capistrano and now at Giant Steps in Northern California.
Sandy recently hosted and presented at multiple Region Conferences across the country on various topics related to therapeutic riding from horse training techniques, to volunteer management to developing program growth. Sandy is now consulting and conducting workshops full time in all aspects of therapeutic riding through her company “Gaits of Change”.
Rhodes started vaulting as a child in her native Germany and rediscovered its benefits while developing a concept for Special Equestrians, Inc. She is certified by the German equivalent of NARHA (DKThR) as a vaulting instructor and received the Deutsche Longierabzeichen Kl.IV (lungeing certificate), administered by the FN (Deutsche Reiterliche Vereinigung E.V.)
Interactive vaulting is her favorite activity for group sessions. She spearheaded the development of vaulting standards within NARHA, and as a member of the NARHA Vaulting committee she is involved in designing a certification for NARHA Interactive Vaulting instructors. She is also a board member of EFMHA (Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association) and FRDI (The Federation of Riding for the Disabled International). Gisela lives with her husband at
Lorrie Renker is a NARHA Certified Master Level Instructor and the founder of the St. Andrews Ride-Like-A Knight-program. She is holds a Master Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification with PATH Intl, an instructor rating from the Cheff Center for the Handicapped and a B.S. in Elementary Education. In Nov. of 1997, Renker was awarded the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association James Brady Professional Achievement Award.