2019 Ballot and Candidates Biographies
have been posted October 26th
WNRDC Elections 2019
November 2th will be our Annual Meeting
7:00 pm at 48 Baileys Lane, West Newbury.
Please park on one side of the paved road – do not park in the field or along dirt driveway. The Board will provide appetizers and drinks. Club members, please feel free to bring food/libations to drink or to share.
All current WNRDC members, plus new members-to-be are welcome. You may join or renew membership on line by October 30th, 2019 or at the door November 2nd, 2019, if you prefer.
Under the Club’s amended bylaws, Directors and Officers are elected on a staggered basis for two-year terms to ensure that some experienced members are retained each year. This year, two Officers and two Board positions are up for election. There will also be a vote to amend our By-Laws. for changes please click on proposed changes the changes proposed are in red type.
All members in good standing, which are those who have paid their annual dues for 2019, are invited to vote at the Annual Meeting.
You may pay your dues at the Annual Meeting or on-line by the Wednesday before the meeting.
If you are not able to attend, you may mail or email your ballot to be received by the Wednesday before the meeting.
Absentee ballots must be received by October 30th, 2019. Please send your WNRDC Mail/Email in Ballot mail to:
WNRDC Election c/o Deb Hamilton, 227 Middle St, West Newbury MA 01985
If you need to renew click here to go to Membership
If you are not able to attend, you may mail in your WNRDC Mail In Ballot
2019 Candidate Biographies
Board Officer Candidates
My husband Mark and I moved to West Newbury in 2011 motivated by the equestrian-friendly nature of the town, the trails, and the Pipestave Hill facility.Imagine my pleasant surprise to learn of the existence of the West Newbury Riding and Driving Club! Horses are a lifelong passion; at the age of 3 I began begging for a pony and the desire never left! It took me another 27 years (with huge gratitude to Mark) to embark on the grand adventure of having owned 4 horses. Horses have taken me to parts of Massachusetts, and the US, which I would never have seen otherwise! Currently I have two riding horses and compete in Eventing. Favorite moments include finishing Fitches’ on a perfect cross-country run, finishing a dressage test in our first event back after a layup, and going to Cranes. Mark enjoys dressage and hacking. Professionally, I am a computer scientist turned management consultant.I lead a Professional Services organization to deliver strategic advisory services and implement software solutions to bring clients’ business process out of spreadsheets and into web-based enterprise systems.It is a true pleasure to be part of the WNRDC. I hope to lend my talents from my professional life and my passion for the WNRDC Mission to the team of the Board as we prepare for the future and celebrate the good fortune to have a gem of a club of equine enthusiasts in a beautiful location!
How do I compress all the experiences of becoming an equestrian and everything I have enjoyed with the WNRDC? Simply, I grew up with several ponies, learning to ride, play with and drive them. After a many year break, I started trail riding here in West Newbury with Madelyn Cirinna. She introduced me to the WNRDC. This was probably around 1993 and since then I have be both an active participant in our events as well as volunteering to run them. When the club finally achieved our non profit status, I joined the Board of Directors and a few years later, found my self President of the Club. It has been an honor to serve for eight years. I am excited by the new board members, as they bring vitality, energy and caring to our equestrian interests here in town. In 1997, Rick and I took the opportunity to purchase the farm we named Riverrun, raising our two girls there. I learned the business of running a boarding facility and this experience, including doing my own bookkeeping, will serve me well as your Treasurer.
Board Member Candidates:
As an active member with the WNRDC for seven years, I enjoy taking part in a lifelong mission with regard to the safety, success, and enjoyment of horses. I will rise to the occasion to serve on the Board of Directors with a readiness and willingness to help preserve and improve all the WNRDC has to offer. I work full time as a high school art teacher in the Lawrence Public School District and prior to teaching I owned and operated my own business as a photographer and stylist for 16 years. I have a Master’s Degree in Teaching Visual Art and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. The most important thing for me is to meet each day with uncontainable thankfulness as I am living my childhood dream with my Kentucky Mountain Saddle horse in this beautiful, equestrian town of West Newbury.
Mike Robbins is a popular trainer and coach based West Newbury MA at MKR Equestrian. Recently he has served as the TD for the Pipestave Hill Horse Trials.
Mike was born and raised on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Like most children in the area who wish to ride, Mike began lessons at Pine Tree Equestrian Center in Beverly Farms. The knowledge and appreciation for horses Mike found there laid the foundation for what would become his lifelong passion and career.
During his high school years Mike began to train under the guidance of Ferial Johnson at Ledyard Farm in Wenham. His efforts and dedication to the sport were rewarded with two invitations to represent Area 1 USEA at North American Young Rider Championships in 2004 and 2005. After college, Mike relocated to Southern Pines, NC to work with Bobby Costello (who finished 8th individually at the Olympics Games in 2000 and won Team Gold at the Pan American Games. Mike next spent a year working for Mark Weissbecker, an international competitor, FEI judge and official, who has also served on the USEF Eventing Selection Committee. At the end of his time with Mark, Mike returned home to Massachusetts. While working to build his own teaching and training business, Mike had the opportunity to continue working with top professionals. Mike spent a year working and riding for Cindi Rose Wylie, USDF Gold Medallist and USDF "R" judge and certified instructor.
Through the education he received from these top trainers and others, Mike has culled these ideas and techniques to develop his own unique approach to teaching riders and training horses. It is a patient, straightforward approach designed to instill confidence in horse-and-rider teams while maintaining a correct, healthful approach to development of the horse-regardless of age or level. With experience up to the Intermediate/CCI ** level, Mike is able to help just about anyone who looks to improve.
2019 Candidates CLUB OFFICERS
Presidential Candidate: Anne Donelan
Treasurer Candidate: Kathy Feehery
2019 Candidates Board Member Positions