Western Pennsylvania Dressage

Junior/young rider


Hanna Hudec, President

Hi everyone! I am Hanna Hudec and I am the President for the WPDA Juniors for 2019. I am almost 21 years old and have been riding since I was about 9. At Silver Crest Equestrian Center, I am part of the IC Eventing team coached by Pam McCready. During the school year, I attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania for Sociology and Criminology. Although I do not own my own horse, most of my training within the past few years has been with Bonjour, a 13 year old Gypsy Vanner/ Trakehner cross who is part of the schooling program. We’re excited to see where this year/show season will take us!

Maggie Goddard, Secretary

Hi! I’m the secretary for the WPDA juniors this year. This is my first year on the board and only my second year being part of the WPDA. I am going to be 19 in February. I’m a freshman at Penn State with an interest in the engineering field. I grew up around horses, but I didn’t start taking lessons until I was 9. I started off riding hunters, but after a bad fall at a show, I started falling in love with dressage. My old barn didn’t have the resources for me to go into that discipline so I started riding at Silver Crest in 2014. 2 years ago we bought Cloudy, an 11 year old grey Morgan who is my amazing but spicy partner. Last show season we made our first level debut and we hope to continue up the levels.

Emma Teff, Education Chair

I can't wait to tackle my role of organizing clinics and other educational opportunities for juniors in 2018!  I have been riding since I was 7 years old, and I have been doing dressage since I was 10.  I own two horses, Dakota and Rainier.  Dakota is my first horse and the one that made me love dressage.  I just got Rainier in May of last year, and I am working to progress through the levels with him.  I have pretty high goals, and I believe education is a huge part of achieving them.

Erin Vensel, Competition Co-Chair

I am currently in my second year of college as a business major.  I preside over the other officers, and we are currently working together to recruit new members and to encourage all junior riders to get involved in the WPDA. A little bit about me: I have been riding since I was 8 years old. In 2012, I started competing with the junior team with my partner, King Julian. Julian is my little engine that could. This year we will be debuting at third level and gunning for that bronze medal! I will also be competing with my Friesian, Willem M, who started dancing with me last May. I can’t wait to see what we can do together. I love learning how to train horses, and my ultimate goal is to ride in the Olympics someday!

I am so looking forward to the competition season. WPDA juniors are my favorite group of equestrians, and I am so honored to be able to give back and serve such a great Association!

Grace Baierl, Competition C0-Chair

This year I will be helping with coordinating and organizing some of the competitions. There is a plethora of shows available ranging in travel time and whether or not they are recognized or schooling shows. One of the main shows on which we are focusing is Lendon Gray’s Dressage4Kids Youth Dressage Festival in Saugerties, NY. Dressage for Kids is a team competition for people ranging in age from four to twenty-one. I myself have been to this show four times. It is an absolutely phenomenal experience. You meet many new people and grow closer with the people you already know. I highly recommend any junior to go and participate.

Horses have always been something I loved. I grew up riding my mom’s horse, and eventually getting into lessons. I started riding as a Hunter, and my horizons were eventually broadened by Pony Club. I always want to go to every rally, meaning I had to learn to ride in multiple disciplines. These disciplines were dressage, eventing, show jumping, and tetrathlon. My love for dressage grew and grew.

When I got my first pony named Catskill Nola I began to put a lot of my attention into moving up the levels of dressage. Nola and I competed up to first level in dressage. We also greatly enjoyed eventing and competed through Beginner Novice. After owning my pony for three years, I unfortunately had to sell her. I grew several inches while she did not. Nola now lives in Oklahoma with a wonderful new family who cherishes and takes care of her. I had to begin my search for a new horse. After looking for a month or two I found Advantageous, aka Tage in November. Tage is a six-year-old off the track thoroughbred. He has a very sweet and attention seeking personality. He loves to jump and enjoys learning about dressage. I’m looking forward to our future of riding together, and can’t wait to see how we will grow as a team.