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Our Ambassadors

Proudly presenting the Spiced Girls: Ambassadors that are fun, professional, unique, and talented. Our Spiced Girls are just like our company – down to earth personality with head in the clouds ambition!

Georgia Buchan

Georgia began riding at the age of 2, and has been hooked ever since. In
2012, Georgia bought a pony named “Goldenhill Cherry”. Georgia and
Goldenhill Cherry were selected for Scotland’s Junior Jumper Showjumping
Team. They went on to achieve several Championship and Reserved
Championship titles in Working Hunters across Scotland. In 2014, Georgia
began eventing, earning her way to the National Arena Eventing
Championships. For 2015, Georgia has fully committed to eventing,
purchasing her first horse “Bear Ore” aka Captain. Georgia and Captain are
excited to begin their full-time eventing career together! In the future,
Georgia dreams of representing Scotland in the upper levels of FEI
eventing.

Bria Gainey – Social Media Ambassador

Bria began riding at the age of 5 in Kelowna, British Columbia. In 2009, Bria got her first pony, “Malibu Blondie”. Bria and Blondie started showing on the hunter/jumper circuit, earning many wins at shows across the province After outgrowing Blondie, Bria went on to lease multiple horses until purchasing “Titania” aka Torah in October 2012. Since then, Bria and Titania have competed in the Modified Hunters, 14&U Children Hunters, Mini CET, B Equitation, and Medals in Canada and the United States, winning many placings and multiple championships. Bria and Titania have also won many BCHJA year-end awards in hunter and equitation.

Currently, Bria is riding her new mount, a Westphalian gelding called
“Cabriole” who was purchased in May 2015. Bria and Cabriole plan to
compete in the equitation and hunter rings across Canada and the US.

Pilar Schrage

Pilar started riding at the age of 7, and has been competing in
Zone 10 in hunter, jumper, and equitation classes. Shortly after buying her first horse, Duke, she bought her first pony, Buttons. In 2013, Pilar and Duke competed in the 2’6″ Equitation and Medal classes, while also competing Buttons in the .80m and .85m jumpers. In 2014, Pilar competed Duke in the 3′ 12-14 Equitation and Medal classes, and rode Buttons in the .90m and 0.95m jumpers.

Recently, Pilar sold Duke, and has been devoting herself to the
Pony Medals and Pony Jumpers where she currently shows in the 1.05m
classes, aiming to move up to the 1.15m classes. Pilar’s goal for the 2015 season is to compete at the US Pony Jumper Championships in Kentucky, and to find a 1.35m Jumper mount for next season. Her long-term goal is to represent the United States Showjumping team on the Olympic podium.

Photo: Inspire Grace Photography

Kate Berta

Kate started riding at the age of 7 years old when her non-horse parents finally broke down and let her take riding lessons. Although her parents thought she would grow out of the horse phase, as years passed Kate’s passion for horses only grew stronger. Kate first started off in the hunter/jumper world but transitioned to three day eventing after her mom took her to see the North American Young Rider Championships. In 2001, Kate’s parents purchased her first eventing partner, Stone Mason. Stone Mason and Kate went on to compete through the Training level and placed first through third at every competition entered and notably placed second by .4 at the 2004 American Eventing Championships.

Since then Kate has competed through the Intermediate Level with Brandenburg’s Lucky Charm and is currently aiming to move up her current mount, Bourbon, to the Intermediate level spring of 2015. Kate has achieved numerous awards, ribbons, and medals through the United States Eventing Association, Mid-South Eventing and Dressage Association, and the Area VIII program. Kate is also hoping to receive her Bronze Medal from the United States Dressage Federation after achieving the last few qualifying scores. Kate has the desire and ambition to one day compete at the the CCI**** level.

 

Natasha Dickerman

Tasha began riding at the age of 4 on her family’s horse farm, Stonecroft Equine, in Mount Albert, Ontario. Due to her early demonstrations of determination and drive, she was successfully showing on both the Trillium Hunter/Jumper circuit and the American Saddlebred Horse Association Saddleseat circuit in Ontario.

Her love for the jumper ring became obvious with the purchase of her feisty medium British Riding Pony “Tea For Two” (aka Rudy). At the age of 9, Tasha and Rudy competed in the .75m Jumpers and were subsequently invited to participate in the International Pony Jumper Competition at the 2012 Royal Winter Fair, making her one of the youngest riders to ever compete in this event. Paired with Waylon Roberts and his mount “Evil Munchkin”, they earned 2nd place in a very competitive field. She and Rudy went on to compete with top year-end rankings for several more years in the jumper ring.

In December of 2014, Tasha acquired her current mount, an Oldenburg mare named “Czech Mate” (aka Mouse). Mouse competed successfully in Europe at the 1.10m level before being imported to Canada as Tasha’s new partner. The two have already formed an amazing bond, and we are looking forward to watching this exciting partnership develop throughout the upcoming 2015 season, where they will be competing in the jumpers across Canada and the US.

Kathleen Leifso

Part of the Spiced Team, Kathleen helps out with anything and everything social media related.

Kathleen’s equine passion began with family at the early age of 2, when her dad would take her out to help with the morning feed at her cousin’s Standardbred farm.

Fast-forward several years and many learning experiences, and she has since gained her OEF Western coaching certification, with the goal to complete her OEF English coaching certification. She has competed in almost every discipline imaginable, from reining to vaulting and many more. She currently runs her own photography business, Creative Kathleen Photography, with the goal of opening a small business which combines her love of photography, art, and horses. Kathleen’s main disciplinary focus is in the hunter/jumper ring, and she hopes to one day compete in the upper levels and to represent Canada on the podium.

Noelle Zondervan

Noelle is the co-manager, business marketer, media minion, and occasional janitor at Spiced Equestrian. Noelle is an OEF and EC certified Instructor and an EC certified Dressage Steward with competition experience in hunter, jumper, equitation, dressage, and eventing. For the 2015 show season, Noelle will be competing as a Dressage Queen, however eventing will always be her first love.

Roxanne Rabalais

Owner of Spiced Equestrian, Roxanne spends most of her time managing the company, designing and creating products, and developing branding. Her passion for dressage keeps her involved in the competition community aboard her golden Thoroughbred gelding. The pair are occasionally spotted in the jumper ring as well, because spicing it up is what we do!