Ali Barros is a twenty-three year old graduate student from Medway, Massachusetts that currently resides in Eads, Tennessee on a small private farm. Ali has spend the last three years eventing with her Off-The-Track-Thoroughbred, Let It Rock (JC: Sword's Pride; a 2002 chestnut gelding by Sword's Dance [IRE]). She grew up as a working student for several top hunter jumper barns in New England where she competed in the Junior Hunters, Hunter Derbies, Children's Jumpers, and Equitation. In 2012, she was recruited to ride for The University of Tennessee at Martin's (UTM) NCAA Division 1 Equestrian Team where she rode on the team for her freshman year. She graduate from UTM in 2015 a semester early with cum laude honors with a degree in Political Science and Public Relations. In 2016, she adopted Talon's Of Tuscany (dark bay gelding by Arch) from Second Stride in Prospect, Kentucky. She has done the restarting post track and training entirely herself. He will debuting in the Baby Green Hunters in 2018. After running training level at Dunnabeck in 2017, Ali retired Let It Rock from eventing and returned to hunter jumpers where she will campaign him in several hunter derbies this season. She also purchased a twenty two month old Oldenburg Stallion by Harmony Bay two months ago to bring along as her future hunter derby mount. She is also an accepted trainer in the 2018 Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover where she will be representing Barros Sporthorses, LLC in the show jumping division. Ali hopes to become a young professional in the coming years, but currently owns her own marketing agency while she finishes graduate school. She trains with Spring Mill Farm (TN) and Herring Brook Farm (FL/MA).
Hi, my name is Clara Dendtler and I am from Atlanta, Georgia! I own a thoroughbred mare, Quintessential a.k.a Quinn, who I compete in hunters. Quinn had colic surgery a little over a year ago but is now fully rehabbed and is stepping into the rated show ring for the first time. Quinn and I compete at A shows in the Southeast as well as local shows. When I’m not riding Quinn, I love competing in IEA. I have also shown Arabians for the past year, finishing top 5 in every class at Regionals. I am so excited to be partnered with Southern Equestrian this year!
My name is Lauren Stebbins and I am a 17-year-old equestrian from Atlanta, Georgia. I show in the hunters and the equitation at A/AA shows on the east coast with my two horses. I began riding western when I was five years old but it was not until I was twelve when I switched to English and started competing in my school’s IEA program. This past season was my fifth season with my IEA team. I began showing on the A/AA circuit with my first horse when I was a freshman and since then, I found my two current horses, Shady and Cooper, who have brought me so much joy. When I am not riding, I pursue equine photography, which has been a passion of mine for the past three years.
Hi, my name is Catherine Swistek and I am so excited to be a Southern Equestrian Ambassador! I am 13 years old and I’ve been riding for three years. I am a native of Dahlonega, Georgia and am currently and will continue to show in the hunter divisions. I have shown at the local level and won reserve champion and champion in several classes, including mini-hunter and pre-short stirrup in the 2018 season. I plan to continue riding in local shows as well as A-rated shows in the 2019 season. I am a member of USEF and plan to join GHJA in 2019. My first horse that I leased was Shiane, a Mustang mare who was 12 years old and I won many ribbons with her. I am looking to purchase a horse in the near future. My plan is to attend Auburn University’s and/or UT Martin’s summer equestrian camps in 2020, and my ultimate goal is to be in the 2028 Olympics. I am active in student council, 4-H, and FFA at my middle school and would like to start up an IEA team at Lumpkin County High School, which is where I will go in 2020. I am really looking forward to showing off the Southern Equestrian name!