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Past Working Students

NAME: Emily van Gemeren
DOB: July 4, 1989

HOMETOWN: Canton, CT
WITH WINDURRA SINCE: September 2011

JOB DESCRIPTION: Working Student

Emily grew up on a horse farm in Connecticut and has been working with and riding horses for sixteen years. She began her eventing career at age 10 on a one-eyed Appaloosa pony when she started training with four-star rider Jennie Goebel Tucker.

While maintaining an active eventing competition schedule, Emily also rode for her high school’s Equitation team with coach Rick Caldwell for four years as well as for the Dartmouth College Dressage Team for two years with coach Lindle Sutton.

 
Photo credit Shannon Brinkman
EmilyEmily came to Windurra for 3 months as a working student in 2009 during an off-term from Dartmouth College. Following her graduation in 2011, she has returned to Windurra to train, compete, and work until she starts graduate school (that is the plan for now, anyways!).

Her current competition horse is an Irish Sport Horse called Berkley. She began riding him in 2009 during her time at Windurra, and since then they have developed a special partnership, moving up to the Intermediate level at the end of 2010. In 2011, they successfully completed the Fair Hill International CCI** and plan to move up to Advanced this spring. email Emily

 
Name: Sara Gumbiner

D.O.B: 3/11/1988

Home Town: Pilesgrove, NJ

Windurra Since: February 2010

Job Description: Groom/Rider

Sara has known that she wanted to pursue a career in horses since she was just 4 years old. There was never any doubt that she would be riding and training as an adult. A student of Tracy Wagner’s in NJ, she rode young OTTB’s, school horses and home bred babies in the Dressage, Hunter and Jumper rings.

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As a student at Delaware Valley College, Sara served as Hunt Seat team captain and also rode on the Dressage and Western teams, riding in the IHSA National Championships in 2008 and 2009. She was determined to experience many facets of the equestrian world during her education and even spent her junior summer internship in Oklahoma with world champion Working Cow & Horse trainer, Todd Crawford. The summer of 2009 was spent starting her own instruction program at the Dream Park in Gloucester Co, NJ with a whole team of tiny campers and beginner adult riders.

But it was the sport of Eventing that really captured Sara’s heart. Sara graduated one semester early and joined the Windurra Team in Aiken in January of 2010. She brought Daily Special for the season, a spunky 13′ Connemara pony that belonged to Stephanie Barberra, a DelVal instructor that encouraged her eventing career. Sara showed lil’ Dale in Novice that first season and had a wonderful time jumping around with the big boys.

Aiken 2011 was a fun season of bringing along another green horse, Child’s Play, up to prelim and showing some of Boyd’s client horses including Clancy Himself and Working Draft.

Upon returning home to PA, Sara was determined to find a young horse that could take her all the way and so her search began. After trying what seemed like hundreds of talented prospects, at Boyd’s suggestion Sara visited Phyllis Dawson in VA to see some of her young horses. After a few moments of sitting on Polaris she knew she had found the one! The extremely athletic, stunning dapple gray 17’1″ Irish Sporthorse cross, “Larry” was purchased by Great Road Farm located in Princeton for Sara to compete.

Around Windurra, time and life seems to be defined by that horrible weekend in 2011. Larry arrived at the farm just days after the fire. Everyone had to say farewell to some wonderful horses but Larry signified a new beginning for Sara, another starting point in life. The tragic pain of that event has seemed to magnify the magic of finding the right partner. And so the journey continues…Sara is grateful to Great Road Farm and all of her good friends, family and instructors that have influenced her life and her passionate love of horses.

Showing in Prelim in the summer of 2012, Sara looks forward to moving up at just the right pace to compete in their first 4 star some time in the not too distant future. Look for Sara and her big guy on the course!

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