Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Exciting New Staff Announcements!

Point Above Farm is pleased to announce the addition of a brand new full time staff! You will all be getting to know our new team soon enough at competitions, clinics and out around town! Please don't hesitate to come into the barn to say hi the next time you are over for a lesson!

Farm Manager
Cindy Levin was born in Bergen County, New Jersey but spent much of her childhood riding horses and ponies in Virginia. After graduating Magna Cum Laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey, Cindy returned to Virginia to apply her degree in Environmental Studies working on a federally funded research project with the Virginia Department of Forestry. During this time she was also employeed in the private sector sampling and monitoring groundwater. Next, Cindy spent 8 years working as an apprentice to professional land surveyors. With th eend of the latest construction boom, Condy returned to work with horses full time, combining her life long experience with and love for all things equine with her strong business management skills. She is very enthiuasistic about her now position as barn manager with Point Above Farm and hopes the opportunity to train wiht Bonnie will strengthen her riding while she is "waiting for her next horse to find her." Cindy is looking forward to being a member of Bonnie's team and supporting her to international success. She currently resides in Orange, VA with her Jack Russell, Annie, and her beagle, Wiggly.

Assistant Trainer
Ashley Adams will join Point Above Farm following the Christmas holiday and is looking forward to her responsibilities which include helping Bonnie re-train several OTTB and several other young horses as well as teaching the working students the finer points of grooming for a top level event rider.

Ashley has a busy spring awaiting her as she will be preparing the young horses for their first competitions while preparing herself for her first CCI**** at Rolex Kentucky! Ashley comes from an impressive background of top notch trainers including Kim Severson and, most recently, Holly Hepp. Her experience and positive attitude are going to be a valuable assett to Point Above Farm. Look for Ashley competing many of our young horses this spring and in the warm up arena assisting Bonnie when her own ride times prevent her from helping all her students get "into the box."

Ashley and her 1998 OTTB, Vaunted, have an impressive resume including:

10th place finish in 2005 Foxhall CCI**
3 time CCI** NAYRC Team Member 2005-Area 2, 2006 Area 2-team silver, 2007 Area 8 - team silver
Finishers at Fair Hill CCI*** 2007
9th place finish 2008 Jersey Fresh CCI***
16th finish 2008 Fair Hill CCI***

She has owned Vaunted for almost 8 years and is excitidely preparing for her CCI**** debut, the culmination how many trot sets, jump schools and dressage lessons?

In her downtime Ashely loves relaxing with a good book and hot cup of coffee.

Working Student
Lucy Drinkwater, 16, is spending the winter trimester of her Junior year in high school as Point Above Farm's winter working student. So far Lucy's hard work and dedication have impressed everyone at the farm. She spends her days working with the horses and her evenings taking high school courses and doing homework on-line!

Lucy and her horse Blue Suede Shoes, aka Suede, moved to Point Above Farm from Michigan and will be with us until March. Lucy has competed successfully at Training level and hopes that her time with Bonnie will allow her to safely move up to Preliminary and be competitive enough this spring to try out for the Area VIII NAYJRC CCI* team.

At home and away from the barn Lucy spends her "free" time swimming, reading and hanging out with her friends.

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