PVDA Ride for Life

2013 Dancing Horse Challenge Rider Biographies

Catherine Haddad Staller

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: New Jersey, USA

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Since 1993, Catherine Haddad Staller was stationed in Germany where she represented the United States in competitions throughout Europe at both national and international levels. She achieved numerous results from materials level through Grand Prix on various mounts. With Maximus JSS, Cadillac and Winyamaro, she accumulated over 100 top ten placings and wins at Grand Prix.

In 2006, Haddad Staller was alternate for the US Dressage Team in Aachen at the World Equestrian Games. In 2007 she became the first American dressage rider to qualify in the Western European League for the World Cup. With Maximus JSS, she finished seventh at the 2007 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.

In 2009, Haddad Staller won 9 Grand Prix with Cadillac and Winyamaro in European competitions. In 2010, she was Reserve for the US Dressage Team for the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and won the CDI-W at Dressage at Devon which helped her achieve a nomination to the FEI World Cup Final in April of 2011. Winyamaro and Cadillac went on to win two tests in the USA at the Saugerties CDI-W/CDI3* in New York, September 2011.

Haddad Staller returned to the USA in 2012 and now runs a training facility in New Jersey.

Haddad received a B.A. from James Madison College at Michigan State University in 1987 and graduated with Honors. She is a recipient of the BHSAI certificate from the British Horse Society and has been awarded with the German Gold Medal for Dressage and the USDF Gold Medal. She credits Willi Schultheis, Rudolf Zeilinger and Morten Thomsen for her dressage education.

Leslie Morse

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: Maryland, USA

Leslie & Kingston

Leslie Morse knew she had found a lifelong love when her grandparents first took her for pony rides at the age of nine. Living in California her entire life, Leslie and her horses have enjoyed all of California, including the sunshine, the mild winters, the mountains, ocean, and desert. This proved to be a great breeding and training ground which enabled Leslie to concentrate and prepare her horses for all the world’s major competitions. Leslie has many successful competitions from the west coast to the east coast, and in Europe.

Together with two of America’s top dressage stallion’s “Kingston” and “Tip Top 962” Leslie matured into a first class dressage competitor.

A few of Leslie’s successful competitions include:

 Team Bronze Medal from the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.
 Five World Cups
 Two-time Team Bronze Medal in Aachen, CHIO
 Individually Leslie won the Intermediaire II Championship of CDIO Aachen
 2-time Grand Prix & Grand Prix Freestyle Champion in Hagon, Germany Horse & Dreams
 Five-time USEF National Championship
 Two-time alternate for the Olympic Dressage Team

Leslie was invited by the United States Olympic Committee to attend their inaugural Olympic Ambassador Program. She was an enthusiastic participant and carries the Spirit of the U.S. Olympic Team’s brand new campaign – “Amazing Awaits.”

Leslie has recently arrived in Maryland bringing with her the offspring of Kingston and Tip Top, King’s Excalibur, King’s Ruby , Tip Top’s Sterling, and Tip Top’s Kiki, all of which she has bred, raised, and trained herself. She will be spending the next year on the east coast training with Linda Zang to prepare her four amazing horses to compete on the world stage just as their sires did.

Allison Brock

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: Virginia, USA

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Allison Brock has been the head trainer at DeerMeadow Farms, LLC since 2004 for Fritz and Claudine Kundrun. Allison is a USDF Gold and Silver medalist. Originally from Hawaii, Allison started her dressage career as a working student and spent 3 years under the tutelage of Sue Blinks, as well as grooming for Sue and Flim Flam at the WEG in 2002. Since starting at DeerMeadow Farms, Allison has spent a significant amount of time abroad training and competing with Jan Brink in Sweden for most of 2008 and again in 2009. Most recently she spent a year and a half with Kyra Kyrklund and Richard White in the UK from the end of April 2011 to October 2012 which was the opportunity of a lifetime!!

Allison is currently focusing on the Kundrun’s Hanoverian stallion Rosevelt, who she competed very successfully at the Small tour level in 2010 and has been competing him at Inter 2 since 2012 with scores up to 75.2%. With the Kundrun’s gelding Schumacher she won the UK 6 yr old International Championship Class at Hickstead in 2011 and was ranked as the top rider/horse combination to go to the WDYHC. Since returning to the US she is competing Rosevelt as well as developing some very nice young horses for the Kundruns – look for her competing on the East Coast this year. When not abroad, Allison is based in Keswick, VA and Wellington, FL.

Allison rides for life because breast cancer touches all of us – none of us are immune or have escaped it’s grasp from taking our loved ones. She “Rides4Life” to help speak out, raise awareness, and acknowledge that we all need to be vigilant in helping to find a cure for this disease.

Julio Mendoza

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Country of Birth: Ecuador
Residence: Maryland, USA

Julio Mendoza is an FEI International Trainer and Instructor, a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and is proud to be based in Maryland with his wife Jessica, and their 5 year old son Justin.

Julio grew up in Ecuador and is a 4th Generation dressage rider, so riding horses is “in” his blood. He remembers his grandfather telling him, “When training your horse all the movements of dressage, always remember it is like dancing; as the horse is your dance partner, always dance with your horse.” The young Julio took this advice to heart, and has always seen himself and his mount as partners.

Since moving to the United States, Julio has been able to meet so many great people who share in his passion for training horses and riders in dressage. In 2011, Julio qualified for the Pan American Games held in Guadalajara, Mexico on the 9 year old Friesian Stallion – Ivan, owned by David Deal. In 2012, Julio and Ivan finished 4th Place in the NATION out of 220 horses for the USDF Horse of the Year Awards at Intermediare 1 level with an average score of 71.25%! They also claimed the Champion title for the USDF All Breeds Awards for Intermediare 1 in the USA. At the prestigious CDI Event – Dressage at Devon, Julio and Ivan finished in 7th place at I-1 out of 36 competitiors with a 67% and in 6th place in the I-1 Freestyle. At the Region 1 GAIG Championships, Ivan and Julio became the Reserve Champion at Intermediare 1 Level. This year Julio is in the process of qualifying for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

Performing in the Ride for Life Dancing Horse Challenge is very special to Julio because he has seen many friends over the years battle with breast cancer. This is a good way not only to raise money, but also to bring people together and to help support finding a cure for breast cancer, while helping to create awareness in the greater community.


Lauren Sprieser

Lauren Sprieser

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: Virginia, USA

Lauren Sprieser is a USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze Medalist, and a nationally-known Grand Prix rider. A veteran of three NAYRCs and four “Brentina Cup” National Young Adult Grand Prix Championships, Lauren has consistently produced horses from green to FEI. Her students compete with success from the grassroots to the international levels in several disciplines, on a wide range of horse types.

Lauren is a high-energy and experienced teacher whose wit and charm have graced the Chronicle of the Horse, Dressage Today, Practical Horseman and Horse Illustrated.

Lauren Rides for Life for her friends and students affected by this devastating disease. Plus, any party involving horses, medical miracles and the color pink is a party she wants to attend!

Kathy Priest and Olivia LaGoy-Weltz

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: Kentucky, USA

Kathy Priest
Kathy Priest

Kathy has been an international competitor for many years, riding and training many talented horses. She has her USDF bronze, silver and gold medals. She is the head trainer at Woodspring Farm whose home base is in Versailles, Ky. When the winter rolls in Woodspring packs up and heads to Wellington, Florida, where they actively train and compete from December through April. Recently Kathy Priest and her rising star Wild Dancer were Open Prix St. George Champions at the 2012 Region II Championships. She always has a select group of quality horses for sale in Kentucky and Florida.
Olivia LaGoy-Weltz
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Olivia is originally from Northern California and joined Woodspring Farm in 2009. Moving to Kentucky to work as Kathy Priest’s assistant trainer at Woodspring Farm gave her access to the East Coast and Florida Dressage circuit, where the farm winters. After joining the Woodspring Team she and her horse Riffalino were the 2011 Brentina Cup Reserve Champions and the 2011 Regional Grand Prix Champions. Olivia also has her USDF bronze, silver and gold medals. This past year Olivia won the Regional Grand Prix Championship on Tiffs Limo. She is an international competitor who has trained everywhere from Germany and Holland to California.

Kathy and Olivia Ride for Life because, as women, the issue of breast cancer is close to them. The PVDA Ride for Life Dancing Horse Challenge gives them the opportunity to show theirr support through the art of the sport they love, dressage. They are proud to use the talents of their horses to display their support for a cause as worthy as the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Center.


Corinne Ashton

Bent Jensen

Country of Birth: Scotland
Residence: Massachusetts, USA

Corinne Ashton grew up riding and competing in her homeland of bonnie Scotland, frequenting gymkhanas and pony club activities in the early days before becoming immersed in the world of eventing. Since relocating to the USA, some 24 years ago, she has continued to bring young horses up the ranks in eventing.

With her great partner Dobbin she was 2007 Advanced American Eventing Champion, piloted Dobbin to 2008 USEA Horse of the Year, competed at Rolex CCI**** several times and has been named to the US team training squad.She has also earned her USDF silver medal and is working on her gold! Her current goal is to be the first US 4* event rider to compete at the Grand Prix level in dressage on the 4* event horse, Dobbin!

Corinne also enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge and wisdom at all levels, from Pony Club on up! Corinne states, “the PVDA Ride for Life is a wonderful opportunity for us all to make a difference in our world, to give hope to those struggling to beat cancer. I am privileged to be a part of what is distended to be a spectacular and fun event. Dobbin and I can’t wait!”


Tami Batts

Tami Batts

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: North Carolina, USA

Tami Batts is the dressage trainer at Fellowship Farm in Greensboro, North Carolina. She does it all from driving the truck and trailer to riding the stallion, Ranko whom she calls Romeo around the barn. Tami enjoys all aspects of riding, training and teaching and considers it a blessing to be doing something she loves. She has earned her USDF bronze, silver and gold medals and is an “S” dressage judge. Her proudest accomplishments are being a mom to son, Zack and supportive wife to husband, Steve. Fellowship Farm has proudly sent 10 Young Riders to the North American Young Riders Championship since 1994 and is proud to support several of those riders who are now young dressage trainers out on their own.

Tami is returning in 2013 and states about her experience last year and her hopes for this year: “It was by chance that I was asked to ride last year in the Ride for Life and I loved it! It brought great joy to me to be able to do something I love and be able to help other people at the same time. What a privilege! This year I am riding with so many women in my heart. I want to ride with all the passion I can to honor friends, family members, mentors and colleagues that have battled breast cancer. I consider the Ride for Life a great opportunity to play a small part in finding a cure for breast cancer and honoring those who have forged a path of bravery and hope for those who will surely face the dark diagnosis ahead.”


Great Falls Vaulting

Great Falls Vaulting

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: Virginia, USA

Equestrian Vaulting is the sport of gymnastics and dance in harmony with a moving horse.

The Great Falls Vaulters were founded in 1978, making them one of the oldest equestrian vaulting clubs in the United States. Now based at Rickman Farm in Boyds, MD, their head coach Jennifer Williams is an AVA Gold Medallist, AVA ‘r’ Judge, and the 2008 American Vaulting Association Mentor of the Year. In addition to coaching, Jen also lunges Pete, the team’s 17 year old Percheron Cross vaulting horse. Known for his love of carrots, adorable personality, and unwavering desire to please, Pete is the 2010 and 2011 AVA Zone 7 Horse of the Year!

Samyukda Babu (14) – Samyukda excelled at the Trot level, before moving up the Copper level this past fall. She’s known for being a rock solid stander, and also participates in martial arts and Indian dance when she’s not vaulting.

Elizabeth Brigham (25) – Elizabeth started vaulting with Great Falls when she was 9 years old and now competes at the Gold level. She finished 12th at last year’s USEF/AVA National Championships in the Gold Division and has competed internationally representing the U.S. at 6 CVIs. She is a medical student at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA, and hopes to become a pediatric orthopedic surgeon.

Lisa Cebula (14) – Lisa started vaulting when she was 8 years old, and now vaults at the Copper level. Last summer, she placed second in compulsories and 6th overall in the Trot Division at the American Vaulting Association National Championships. She also enjoys soccer, ballet, and is learning to speak Russian at school.

Stephanie Harris (31) – Stephanie finished 5th overall in the Silver Division at the 2012 USEF/AVA National Championships, and now competes at the Gold level. She was also the 2012 AVA Zone 7 Champion in the Silver Division. She works as a Certified Child Life Specialist at Inova Children’s Hospital helping children cope with challenging healthcare experiences through play, preparation, education, and support.

Morgan Smith (14) – Morgan is a copper level vaulter. Last year, she was the Reserve Region IX Champion and won a High Point Award in the Preliminary Trot Division. When she’s not vaulting, she does competitive acrobatic gymnastics, drama productions at school, and loves spending time outside.

Elizabeth Strauss (25) – Elizabeth earned her Bronze medal in 2005, and now competes at the Silver level. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University, she started her own business, called Prelude Design, that specializes in custom vaulting uniforms.

Anna Brooks Thomas (15) – Last year, Anna was the 2012 AVA Zone 7 Champion in the Bronze Division. In 2009, she won the USEF/AVA Open Pas de Deux Championship with her teammate Elizabeth. She just finished her sophomore year at West Point High School, where she is a varsity cheerleader and runs on the track team.


Katherine Abrams and Molly Ryan

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: Virginia, USA


Katherine Abrams is a USDF Bronze medalist and Silver freestyle bar holder who also is a USPC pony clubber with an ‘H’ certification. She has been showing since seven years of age. Although always concentrating on dressage, she also competes in Eventing , Reining, Polocrosse, and Show Jumping. Katherine works as an instructor and trainer at Harmony Hills Equestrian Center in the NRV and designs musical freestyles.

Zan’s Blue Frost, (Blue) is perhaps the most versatile horse Katherine has ever worked with. He was purchased as a prospective reining mount for fun. Katherine trained and competed him in reining for 1½ years, but then considered a career change after participating in a dressage clinic with him. After the clinic on a whim, she took him to a recognized dressage show where he earned a 70% on his first test! After that Katherine competed Blue steadily in dressage for the remainder of the year and he has since successfully moved up the levels.

Katherine and Blue have won multiple 2012 awards including, #1 AQHA First Level Dressage Horse of the Year, #1 USDF JR Quarter Horse (First Level), and Region 1 GAIGS Reserve JR/YR Champion at Training and First Level. Blue was also a member of the winning Region 1 BLM Pas de Deux team with a high score of 86% from one judge. They were also members of the winning 2012 USPC National Training Level Team where they again won the Pas de Deux, scoring 85.5%.
Katherine competes multiple other horses in dressage, including FDR on whom she has earned many honors with the USDF at 3rd and 4th level. Graduating from Virginia Tech this spring, Katherine plans to pursue a career training, teaching, and competing in the equine industry.

Molly Ryan has been a member of the United States Pony Club for eight years. She holds a C-2 certification and has competed in the national championships multiple times in both the quiz and dressage divisions, through first level. She was a member of the 2012 winning team at training level dressage as well as the winning pas de deux, scoring an 85.5%, seventeen points higher than the next highest scoring pair.

Molly has been showing in USDF recognized dressage shows since she was fourteen. She and her current mount, What’s Up Doc, were ranked 32nd in the nation for junior training level dressage last year. They have received numerous accolades, including champion of the BLM Region 1 Pas de Deux Finals, with a high score of 86% from one of three judges; reserve champion of the Sport Horse Amateur Challenge hosted by Dressage at Lexington, with an average score of 69%; fifth place individual at the BLM Region 1 Finals for Jr/Yr training level dressage; and she will receive multiple year end awards for her local and state USDF chapters, including her SWVADA bronze medal for achievement at USDF recognized competitions.

Molly also volunteers as an instructor for her pony club, is president of her 4H club, and is an assistant instructor at Harmony Hills Equestrian Center. She graduates from Blacksburg High School this spring and will study at Virginia Tech this fall, while continuing to compete in dressage.

Katherine and Molly ride for life in memory of Laurie Tyler, the mother of Katherine’s best friend, Katherine’s mothers best friend and one of “their” Pony Club mom’s. They lost Laurie after a brave battle to breast cancer several years ago. Laurie was an awesome pony club and 4H mom. Their clubs carry on her memory with the ‘Laurie Tyler Angel Tree Fund’ where each year they raise funds to buy presents for the Salvation Army Christmas Angels that get returned without presents to the Salvation Army. Buying presents for the Angels was something Laurie loved to do. Katherine and Molly, are proud to do what ever they can to stop this disease that has taken so many wonderful people from them.


Barbara Strawson

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: Maryland, USA

Barbara Strawson-Amicelli

Barbara is an FEI dressage competitor, trainer, and instructor who has brought her 20 years of experience to training and competing horses from USDF Training level through FEI Grand Prix. Earning her USDF Gold, Silver and Bronze medals as well as her USDF Silver Freestyle Medal, Barb continues to seek out and provide excellent levels of education to horse and rider.

As an active competitor, Barb has studied and competed in Europe under the tutelage of four-time Olympic gold medal winner, Nicole Uphoff-Selke, and is working towards representing her country internationally. While in Germany for 3 years, Barbara trained and competed through Grand Prix while riding as Nicole’s assistant.

Barbara began her FEI career as a young rider, winning a team bronze in the 1985 North American Young Rider’s Championships. She continued this training with Scott Hassler, USEF National Young Horse Dressage Coach. She was the Assistant trainer at Hilltop Farm in Colora, MD from 1990 to 2003. After her return from Germany in 2005, Barbara established her own business, Barbara Strawson, LLC. She is currently managing her own facility, in Clarksburg, MD.

Through her European based training, degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware and her certification in Balimo™, Barbara exceeds the expectations and the varying training needs of both her riders and horses by providing each the necessary tools to achieve their goals. Barbara’s skills and sensitivity allow her to bring out the potential in a variety of horse types and personalities. In addition, her philosophy, that each client is an individual with a unique learning style, results in her ability to help each horse and client to connect to the power of their own potential.

In addition to being an experienced trainer and instructor, Barbara co-authored My Riding Goals Journal and contributed to Equestrian Education. Both books are dedicated to improving personal performance in riding and instruction methods. In addition she has written or been featured in several articles for horse publications such as Dressage Today Magazine.

Barbara is also dedicated to giving back to the community in such endeavors as co-founder of the PVDA Ride for Life Dancing Horse Challenge, riding in several fundraisers giving freestyle demonstrations and donating her services to silent auctions.

In Barbara’s words, “I ‘Ride for Life’ … literally. The connection with a horse is life giving … their companionship, power and beauty are an inspiration. They connect us to nature, inspire passion within us and teach us a lot about ourselves and life. I am ‘Riding for Life’ in the Dancing Horse Challenge because it is an honor to share this beauty and inspiration to help such a worthy cause. On a more personal level, this evening is very special to me. I became involved at the inception of the Dancing Horse Challenge to honor my mentor and good friend Jill Hassler Scoop. Jill was the most devoted advocate of the horse that I will ever know. She facilitated the ‘Ride for Life’ for so many people and helped countless people experience the healing that our equine partners can offer. On June 22nd I will ride for this legacy of Jill’s. I will also ride for the healing of my many friends whose lives have been affected by cancer and for the memory of those whose lives have been lost to cancer.”


DVCTA Quad Squad

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: Pennsylvania, USA


The Delaware Valley Combined Training Association (DVCTA) is a non-profit educational organization of over 300 members who share a common interest in horses and related activities. The quadrille team was honored to perform a “Patriotic Tribute to the Heroes of 911” at Dressage at Devon in 2011. The team was invited back this past September to perform “THINK PINK,” a tribute to breast cancer awareness. They are very excited to be able to share that ride again at the Ride for Life Dancing Horse Challenge.

So many fellow riders, friends and family members have been affected by breast cancer, either directly or indirectly. THINK PINK is a musical ride set to a medley of upbeat songs that are both inspirational and encouraging. With this performance, the DVCTA Drill Team would like to pay tribute to those stricken with this terrible disease and empower them to keep fighting.


Rebecca Langwost-Barlow

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: Maryland, USA


Rebecca’s equestrian career started both as a competitor and instructor in equitation and jumping during her teen years. Soon thereafter, she worked as an exercise rider of thoroughbred race horses at breeding farms and race tracks in Florida. Her next endeavors led her to dressage where she subsequently earned her Bronze, Silver and Gold medals and became a USDF Certified Instructor through Fourth Level.

The Dressage Foundation selected Rebecca as their first scholarship recipient, enabling her to train in Germany under Dr. Reiner Klimke and Ralf Isselhorst. Rebecca has also worked under other notable trainers including: Rudolf Zeilinger, Willy Arts, Georg Theodorescu, Michael Klimke, Hans Jurgen Ambrose, Conrad Schumacher, Bent Jensen and Debbie McDonald. Rebecca has ridden in two USDF National Symposiums, once under Reiner Klimke on her Elite Hanoverian Stallion, Guderian and also under Conrad Schumacher on a previous Grand Prix mount, Gomerant. Gomerant was the lead horse in the USDF Freestyle Symposium given in Raleigh, NC and was featured on the cover of USDF Connection magazine.

Rebecca has won many USDF National year end awards from First Level to Grand Prix on numerous horses she has started and trained including: Adonis, Escapade, Gomerant and Welfenstein. Rebecca also started Rhett, Jim Koford’s successful Grand Prix horse. In 2012, Rebecca and Libertina won both the USDF Region 1 and CBLM Championships at Second Level as well as at First Level Musical Freestyle. She and her latest FEI Young Horse, Chesapeake, also won the 2012 CBLM Intermediare I Open and Freestyle Championship as well as the USDF Region 1 Intermediare Freestyle Championship.

Rebecca has been published in national publications such as Dressage Today and Practical Horseman. She currently trains both horses and people out of her own farm in Preston, MD as well as Wyndham Oaks in Boyds, MD.

Rebecca is dedicating her 2013 Dancing Horse Challenge performance to her beautiful sister-in-law, Rene Langwost, and her equally beautiful friend and student, Kathryn Hardie. Both are fighting the fight and are incredibly courageous and inspiring. The world is a better place because they are in it.


Jeff Dwyer

Country of Birth: USA
Residence: Maryland, USA

Jeff and Coca

Jeffrey Dwyer began riding at the age of ten when he started sneaking into a neighbor’s pasture and climbing on the back of her unbroken horse. Jeff has carried a certain lack of regard for tack or traditional methods of horse training ever since.

Jeff has a mosaic of horse experience ranging from breeding and starting gaited horses to ranch work to Spanish haute ecole dressage while working as trainer for Medieval Times. Jeff jokingly refers to himself as a ‘horse repair man’ often taking on ‘problem’ or ‘dangerous’ horses.

Coca was bred and raised in the mountains of Vermont. Coca’s owner, Colette, purchased his mother – a golden saint of an old broodmare, when she was in foal with Coca. The mare was Colette’s first horse and she took the pair home to raise the new foal in the backyard. While Colette loves Coca madly, green riders and fresh Morgan colts are not the best match.

Coca came to Jeff under two years ago as a rough started, ‘unrideable’ horse. Within days Jeff had developed a lasting report with Coca after once again disregarding traditional methods and simply climbing on Coca’s bare back. In the midst of a busy schedule of training horses, boarders, and farm work Jeff has continued to play with Coca as time allows teaching him to capriole, bow, lie down, and generally anything else that strikes their fancy. Coca also enjoys regular trail rides with his ‘Auntie L’, a novice rider.

Colette has continued to keep in touch, visit and now happily ride her baby boy. In January 2013, Colette was diagnosed with breast cancer, had a mastectomy, and is currently in chemo. Jeff’s mother was also diagnosed with breast cancer in 2000 and had a double mastectomy. As a teenager, Jeff lost a major source of inspiration in his life, Aunt Teresa, to breast cancer.

Jeff believes that there is a greater purpose in life guiding our movements. Coca came to Jeff for a reason long before either knew why. We are all told that we can succeed at anything we set our minds to. Horses inspire and humble us at the right moments. Colette and Jeff have become great friends and Colette has taken solace in the knowledge that her horse is loved and cared for while she cannot do it. Jeff rides for life to remember the family he has lost to breast cancer and honor all those who are still struggling with the disease and the aftermath.