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Current Ambassadors

I am very lucky to have such a wonderful, strong group of ambassadors from all over the world to represent Equine Essentials. Here you will find more information on them and how you can connect with all of us!

 

Erin Long

Erin is a 1st year law student at the University of Denver, and she has a degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been riding for 13 years, and has numerous titles including being the youngest rider ever to win the OHJA Medal Finals. She owns one horse, named Sid, who is a 15 year old Oldenburg gelding. They compete in jumpers and barrel racing. She is also the owner  and founder of Cairdeas Horsemanship, and spends much of her time training people and horses. Outside of horses, Erin is an avid musician, having played with the Pitt Band, and loves to paint.

Connect with Erin! Instagram & Cairdeas Horsemanship

 

Andrea Cao

Andrea Cao

Andrea is a young CEO, entrepreneur, and developing horse trainer in San Luis Obispo, California. She is a high school student and currently in the 9th grade. Andrea has been riding for over 9 years, and training horses for 2. While not that competitive anymore, she spends her equine time training both her own horses and client's horses. Andrea works using natural horsemanship techniques and is self taught in training. In addition to her main company, Q-Flex LLC, she has started her own horsemanship business, Andrea Cao Horsemanship, where she offers everything from colt starting, to training "problem horses", to giving lessons. She currently owns one horse of her own, Spirit. Spirit is a 3 year old mustang gelding captured in the Jackson Mountains of Nevada. He was fresh from the wild and untouched when Andrea took him home, and in the few months they've spent together, Spirit is already a respectful, mindful, and willing partner that is in advanced groundwork and started under saddle. Outside of horses and business, Andrea is active in FFA, welding, and agricultural mechanics.

Connect with Andrea! Instagram & Q-Flex Website

 

Annalise Meyer

Annalise, otherwise known as @almequine on Instagram or by her nickname Caine, competes in the jumpers and in western games in Southern California with her half Arabian and half Mustang mare, Lilly. She says, "I always use my Equine Essentials reins in gymkhanas because I love the look and the quality is fantastic. However, it's on the trail that I'm most often seen with my Equine Essentials products: the cobra halter/bitless bridle is my favorite piece I own and Lilly prefers it over any other headstall. We ride for hours in the Happy Camp Regional Park and this bitless bridle holds up, provides comfort, and does its job - I recommend it over any other halter, especially if you want to ride with it."

Connect with Annalise! Instagram

 

Sara Kalenkiewicz

Sara has been riding for 16 years and showing successfully in the all around circuits. She owns 4 horses but her show horse for the past 6 years has been Benny, a 16 yr old paint. She is going into this season with her new 5 yr old, Oliver, who also excels at Liberty. She will also be competing at barrel races this year on Pyro, a 13 yr old buckskin. Outside of her own horses she works with and rehomes unstarted rescue horses and volunteers at a therapeutic riding barn. She will be attending Michigan Technological University as a freshman in the fall with plans to take on an engineering or chemistry based path. Outside of horses she is an avid Netflix addict.

Connect with Sara! Instagram

 

Ryleigh Leavitt

Ryleigh LeavittEquine Essentials Cobra Halter

Ryleigh is 18 years old and currently a senior in high school. She will be graduating in May and attending Colorado State University in the fall. Ryleigh started riding when she was 4 years old, and was instantly hooked. She says, "I own MoonLight Crush, also known as Cruz around the barn. Cruz is a 17.2 hand 10 year old bay roan Dutch warmblood/Oldenburg gelding. I bought Cruz with 1 month of training. I have trained Cruz myself and brought him up the levels of eventing. We are currently competing at the intermediate level in eventing and are aiming to run an advance by the end of the year! This year I am planning on running a few more intermediates and I am wanting to qualify for the 2* at NAJYRC this July. Along with Cruz, I ride a horse at the ranch I work at named Leo. Leo is a 16.2 hand Chestnut five year old Quarter Horse gelding. Leo loves moving cattle and I am working on teaching him how to barrel race! Cruz and Leo love showing off their Equine Essentials halter at home as well as at all the shows we go to!"

Connect with Ryleigh! Instagram

 

Bethany Waldron

Bethany Waldron

Otherwise known as @littleredandherhorses on Instagram, Bethany has had a passion for riding ever since she was little. Being now that she is 16 years old, she has already begun a passion for training horses. She says, "I broke my first horse almost a year ago and we are working on barrels now. I was able to turn an unbroken, mischievous young gelding into the sweetest horse in the pasture. I hope to start competing within the next couple months. Also, I've owned a pair of Equine Essentials reins for a good while now. Never have I owned a more durable pair of reins! I'm obsessed with the quality. Needless to say I tend to hoard reins, so I have many, but these are by far my favorite!"

Connect with Bethany! Instagram

 

Maddie Tiedens

Maddie Tiedens

Maddie shows her horse ShesGotATicketToRide, aka "Lola", in the all-around events on the APHA circuit and open level shows around the midwest. Maddie and Lola are two time state champions in showmanship and western pleasure. Maddie owns her own photography business and has a passion for traveling the world and exploring new cultures. One of her favorite places is out west, especially Wyoming. Her favorite past time besides hanging with horses is watching the Minnesota Wild or college football. Maddie has a strong love for all types of animals and owns animals ranging from horses, dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and hamsters. She plans to attend college to become a large animal veterinarian.

Connect with Maddie! Instagram

 

Gabby Brown

Gabby Brown

Gabby is 16 years old and horses are her passion. She currently owns four of her own horses, ages ranging from 3 to 16 years old. She barrel races in NBHA, UBRA, 4-H, WSCA and has attended local high school rodeos. Gabby says, "I plan on attending some futurities with my mares this summer! I am very excited to see how far we go!"

Connect with Gabby! Instagram 

 

Maddie Steuerwald

Maddie Steuerwald

Maddie currently owns two horses, AQHA mare A Likely Promotion or “Honey”, who she shows in western pleasure and ranch riding, and PtHA gelding Rebel Cody Sundance or “Cody” who she barrel races. Maddie says, "Competing in barrel racing and pleasure means I have a lot of background in different disciplines and that makes me a very well rounded rider, and I am very proud to be able to say that. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my amazing coach Jim Clark, my parents for always pushing me to be my best and follow my dreams, and every horse I’ve ridden who always gave me 100%. I'm super excited for the opportunity to work with Equine Essentials and to represent and promote their wonderful products!"

Connect with Maddie! Instagram

 

Natalie Johnson

Natalie Johnson

Natalie is a high school junior from central Minnesota. She has been riding and showing since she was 6 years old. She started her riding career on Morgan's and other pleasure type horses but over time moved to stock type. She currently owns three horses; her retired game horse named Rainbow, her training project- a two year old registered APHA named Marvin, and a five year old registered AQHA named Louie, aka "Telucifear" (pictured) who is her all-around pleasure horse. Louie and Natalie currently show the all-around in WSCA, 4-H, and are entering the world of breed shows together. Natalie says, "I've had the privilege of riding so many different and styles/breeds of horses which I believe has made me the rider I am today. I'd love to go into training or some other horse related career after high school and college. Horses have always been my passion and I'm honored to have the opportunity to represent the Equine Essentials brand and their great products!"

Connect with Natalie! Instagram

 

Maddi Moericke

Maddi is a 16 year old in her junior year of high school. She owns four horses, Whiskey, Misty, Nitro, and Sunny, along with a donkey named Pedro. She competes in rodeo events (barrel racing, pole bending, team and breakaway roping), western pleasure/horsemanship, and has begun to practice jumping with her new horse. Maddi has a passion for all things horse related, especially training. She took an untouched 4 year old and turned her into a great riding horse with whom she plans on competing with this year in barrels and roping. This summer she is also starting a colt. Maddi competes at numerous local and state level shows, especially enjoying the NBHA, IBRA, WHSRA, and LBW circuits. She plans on becoming an equine veterinarian, minoring in equine training and husbandry. She says, "I'm excited for this amazing opportunity to work with such a great company! The product quality alone is enough to make me want everything available!"

Connect with Maddi! Instagram

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