Board of Directors

Amanda Miller

Amanda Miller

President

Amanda Miller started out as Eventing Chairman in 2010, becoming VP in 2016 and now President in 2017.  Amanda resides in Clayton. She runs her own business, Miller Eventing, which provides training for horse and rider. She has competed through the Advanced level of eventing and Third level dressage. Amanda attended NC State University, studying Animal Science. In 2006, she became an USEA Certified Instructor, the youngest to be certified at that time. In 2012, Amanda received her "r" Event Judge's License and was promoted to a "R" in 2016, one of only 5 in the US. Amanda is excited about this opportunity to step into this position and continue to help NCDCTA grow.

Lynn Kerin

Lynn Kerin

Vice President

Lynn Kerin and her husband Jon, own and operate Brookside Farm in Fuquay Varina, NC. Lynn graduated from East Stroudsburg University in Pa. They have two daughters. Keni, the youngest rides and trains with Jules Nyssen. Lynn is an Adult Amateur dressage rider, who enjoys learning and competing on her horse Wicarla, an imported Dutch Warmblood mare.

Lorraine Musselman

Lorraine Musselman

Treasurer

Treasurer Lorraine Musselman has been involved with horses for over 40 years and has a degree in Equestrian Studies from Findlay College. She is a licensed CPA in the State of North Carolina and holds a MBA from Northeastern University. She is a self confessed Yankee transplant, having moved to North Carolina from Cambridge, MA after growing up in New York State. Lorraine and her partner, Lucille Ginsberg own and operate Cattolica Farm in Zebulon, NC. They hold several NCDCTA schooling shows and dressage clinics annually as well as provide horse laundry services. Lorraine rides dressage as an adult amateur on her home bred gelding, Flight Control, aka "Freddie". She and her husband, Paul live on the farm with their "kids" - all four legged - 4 dogs, 4 cats and 2 horses.

Kathy Gubar

Kathy Gubar

Secretary

Kathy Gubar of Apex is an active competitor in Adult Amateur dressage and USDF L graduate.  She has a degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  She has worked in the music industry and video production for many years.  She enjoys riding her Hanoverian gelding Murano and has worked from Second Level to PSG with him.  He helped her earn her USDF Bronze Medal, and is one score away from her silver medal.

Janice Aquino

Janice Aquino

Competition Chair

Janice and her husband Bill, live in MIddlesex, NC on their 80 acre semi self-sufficient working farm.  Janice recently retired from the pharmaceutical industry after 30 years of working in oncology clinical research.  She has been a competing NCDCTA member since 1989.  Janice earned her bronze medal and hopes to compete at 4th level with Royal Quest, a 10 year old Hanoverian gelding she purchased as a yearling.  Rounding out their family are 3 retired horses, 3 dogs, and 2 cats.  Janice looks forward to becoming more active with the NCDCTA leadership and members.

Cassidy Sitton

Cassidy Sitton

Communications Chair

Cassidy lives in Zebulon, and runs her own C-Horse Equestrian out of Hidden Spring Farm in Knightdale. She is co-owner of Sporting Services, a dressage show organizing company and has competed through Intermediate level Eventing, earned her USDF Bronze Medal, and regularly competes in the hunter/jumper world. Originally from the midwest, Cassidy graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. Cassidy enjoys combining her interest in horses and communications as the NCDCTA Communications Chair.

Mary Tompkins

Mary Tompkins

Education Co-Chair

Mary Tompkins grew up in Chicago, Illinois and spent most of her teenage years fox hunting. After receiving her DVM and PhD from the University of Illinois, she moved to North Carolina to take a position at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and to focus her riding on dressage. After 26 years on the college faculty, she retired to devote more time to her dressage horses (Deep Blue, Delmonico, and Leander). She is a USDF bronze medalist and recipient of all 6 Master's Challenge Awards (Training level through FEI). An NCDCTA member since 1988, she has chaired the Dressage Education Committee since 2014. This is her second time on the Board, as she was Membership Secretary for 4 years in the late 90s. Mary and her husband Wayne live on a 40 acre farm near Apex along with 4 retired horses, 2 dogs, and 4 cats.

Jennifer Flowers

Jennifer Flowers

Education Co-Chair

Jennifer Flowers is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and "L" Graduate. In addition to these USDF awards, Jennifer is also a level 4 CHA Instructor in Dressage and Jumping and a CHA Assistant Clinical Instructor.  She is based out of her family owned 47 acre property, Full Circle Farm in Statesville, NC. Jennifer is aiming for her Gold Medal and bringing up several of her young horses through the levels for 2017. Jennifer specializes in correct classical principals and cross training for all breeds of Dressage.   When not competing or at the barn, you can find Jennifer with her husband Tom, daughter Finleigh, and son Benjamin. Jennifer is excited to bring her love of teaching and education values to the NCDCTA and it's me bers through symposiums, clinics and educational opportunities.

Monica von Windheim

Monika von Windheim

Jr/YR Chair

Monika von Windheim and her family live in Durham, NC. She had worked on a family horse farm in Canada before moving to NC 25 years ago. She shares her passion for horses with her husband and two daughters while her two sons honor their Canadian heritage and play hockey. After purchasing an eleven  old Polish TB mare, Optimistic, for her daughter in 2012 she became more involved with the dressage community. She is a novice rider who looks forward to any opportunity to be around horses.

Amy Howes

Amy Howes

Eventing Chair

Amy and her husband Don live on their farm in Hillsborough, NC and enjoy Eventing and fox hunting together. Amy is an adult amateur and has competed though Training level eventing. She hopes to continue to move up through the levels with her horses Milo and Rosie. She graduated with a BS in Zoology from NC State, and Masters in Physical Therapy from East Carolina University. She works at WakeMed as a physical therapist and judges-rated and schooling hunter/jumper shows. Amy is excited for the opportunity to work as the Eventing Chairman.

Laura Pendleton

Laura Pendleton

Member at Large – Annual Awards Gala

Laura Pendleton lives in Raleigh with her husband, Gary, who is owner of Pendleton Financial which specializes in wealth management and estate planning. Laura serves as chief financial officer in this family business. They have two grown children and a spoiled yellow Labrador. Laura graduated from UNC - Chapel Hill as a dental hygienist and served as president of the NC Dental Hygienists Association. She currently is the dressage trainer and instructor at MacNair's Country Acres. She has her USDF Bronze and Silver Medals. Laura began riding at an early age and has ridden and shown in barrel racing, pole bending, hunters and dressage. In her spare time, she can be found traveling, cooking, working in the yard and reading.

Karyn Becerra

Karyn Becerra

Member at Large

Karyn Becerra started her first colt when she was seven, and began breaking colts professionally when she was fourteen. She has done barrel racing, trail riding, hunters, jumpers, endurance, and eventing. She was even a licensed jockey in Colorado. But dressage was Becerra's true love (aside from husband, Mark). So in 1985, the couple moved to NC to be closer to the dressage world. Becerra now boards horses, teaches, and trains at their Iron Horse Farm in Zebulon. She works with kids and adults, horses and ponies, including Godfather, her 16.2-hand imported Oldenburg stallion, and Twinkletoes Tiara, a homebred Welsh Swedish pony mare who now competes at 3rd level. Becerra and Godfather made their Intermediaire I debut at the Capital Dressage Classic, scoring 60.79%; and worked with Felicitas von Neumann-Cosel at the NCDCTA-sponsored symposium at the Hunt Horse Complex. (L.B.)

Karen Mahaffey

Karen Mahaffey

Member at Large

 

Karen Mahaffey resides in Sanford North Carolina with her husband Mark and daughter Rebecca. Together they run a small private equine facility that offers lessons and training. Karen has a BS in Animal Science from Clemson University. She has  competed through the CCI** level and fourth level dressage as well as earning her Bronze Medal. She is now in the process of acquiring her "L" with USDF. She has been an instructor for 25 years and is still actively competing.