My name is Emily. I am an H-A pony clubber and have been involved in pony club since 2003. I have enjoyed many of the disiplines pony club has to offer including show jumping, games, horse management, and dressage, but my passion is eventing. I am currently studying exercise physiology at Boise State, teaching riding lessons, and plan on keeping a full competition schedule this spring, along with my Pony Club endeavors.
For the past year I was working student at Team CEO Eventing in Lexinton, KY. It was an amazing opportunity where I was able to ride many different young horses, as well as upper level horses, (averaging about 6 a day!) and learned all about conditioning upper level horses, grooming for lower level and FEI events, and many aspects of barn management.
Since I’ve been back in Boise I have been working with my 5 year old OTTB, Ziggy Stardust (Zissou), I purchased right off the track in Maryland while back east. He is a spirited, but talented young horse that I look forward to taking up the levels. He came in the top 5 at his very first USEA recognized competition and completed his first novice level event as a 4 year old this past spring, not even 6 months off the track! Despite his superstar attitude and willing disposition, I have decided to take the next few years with him slowly to give him time to develop, but my long term goal with him is to complete a CCI*.
My goal this year is to continue to improve with my young horse both in training and in competition.I am currently an Instructor at Wasatch Sport Horses. I look forward to continuing my education as well as teaching with Boise Pony Club.
Realizing that I was not just going through a “horse-crazy phase”, my parents finally signed me up as a member of Boise Pony Club in 1994. The next year I qualified to go to National Championships in Know-Down (now called Quiz). While there, I was introduced to Games, and so we began the first Games team in our region. Three years later I was lucky enough to go to Nationals again with my Games team. I participated in Pony Club up until college, eventually attaining my C-2 certification. After graduating, I returned as a mounted instructor and assistant coach for both games and vaulting. I have been an Assistant Horse Management Judge for several rallies, which is really fun, as well. Outside of Pony Club, I am a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor for Ride For Joy, a local program that teaches riding to children with special needs. Currently, I am returning to schoolfor Physical Therapy, with the hope of someday offering Hippotherapy to local children.
Midori started showing at age 4 in Connecticut under the instruction of Wayne Carroll and was the youngest to win a championship at the Rhode Island International Jumping Derby at age 7. She then moved onto riding at the Fairfield County Hunt Club in Westport, CT where she entered the pony ring under the instruction of Emerson Burr. There she had the wonderful opportunity to learn the “pony ring” and the importance of the fine tuning and discipline needed in the hunter ring.
Her family moved to Boise for a brief time in the early eighties where she learned about Pony Club and the local circuits. In the mid eighties she began riding and showing in the Seattle area under the wings of Brad Laird and then onto Mike Crooks, entering the Junior Hunter and Equitation rings. Midori then spent her last junior year back at the Fairfield County Hunt Club under the instruction of Bruce and Sari Burr and Brian and Leslie (Burr) Lenehan. There she competed up and down the east coast in all three rings qualifying her junior hunter for the indoor circuit and after placing 17th at the Maclay regional’s, for all of the Medal and Maclay finals.
Her young amateur years consisted of strengthening her skills in the jumper rings and showing several Pre-Green hunters. After a short hiatus to go to college in NC for Special Education, she began teaching lessons in the Pacific Northwest and quickly loved being on the ground in the middle of ring. After successfully teaching in the Seattle area for 6 years she and her son moved to Boise to be closer to family. Having so many years both in the saddle and on the ground, Midori is confident and comfortably enjoys teaching those just learning how to groom their first pony up through Grand Prix jumpers with all the rings in between, at both the local level and A circuits.
My passion for riding began before I was old enough to walk on my own. I grew up on a church ranch, wrangling trail rides and giving instructions. At the earliest age possible, I joined 4-H and Pony Club. Showing my horses, alongside my sisters, was nearly an every weekend committment.
Pony Club brought lessons, rallies, certifications, derbies and clinics into my everyday life for many years. I had several opportunities to compete in National Championships in Show Jumping, Know-Down (Quiz), Combined Training, Dressage, and Games. By the time I received my ‘B’ certification in Pony Club, I had become much more involved in Three Day Eventing and joined the Area VII Young Riders in Washington. This allowed me to train with the best instructors and riders in the nation. Competing at the Preliminary level for serveral years gave me the experience and exposure I needed to move up to the Intermediate level with my Thoroughbred, Tequila. I had the rare opportunity to attend the North American Young Riders Championships in Denver, CO as a groom where I experienced a tremendous amount of exposure to the world of Three Day Eventing. Tequila and I were able to compete nationally at some of the best Horse Trials in the western U.S., qualifying us to compete at NAYRC in their CCI* in Chicago, IL.
Since then I have continued to ride and teach on the side of attending college and working full time. I have a daughter who shares the same passion for riding as I did at her age and enjoy teaching her as much as any of my other students. Boise Pony Club has a wonderful group of members who I have grown very close to as I have had the pleasure to coach them over the past few years. I look forward to continuing watching them grow as riders and individuals over the next year as their instructor and mentor.