2012-2013 TEAM MEMBERS


Name: Michelle DuBois

Birthday: January 6

Hometown: West Springfield, MA

High School: West Springfield H.S.

Favorite Food: Ice Cream

Favorite Movie: "Kill Bill"

Favorite Book: "Eat Pray Love"

Favorite Band: "Lady Antebellum"

Most Embarrassing Moment: "It said you could win $100,000 on a bag of M&M's if you got a brown bag.  I thought I won, until my co-worker told me it was the actual M&M's that had to be brown, and all M&M's come in brown bags."

Proudest Moment: "My engagement to my fiance"

Advice to Young Riders: "Never give up you will have ups and downs and horses may come in and out of your life, but it is never too late to reach your dreams."



Name: Ellen Hainey

Birthday: April 7

Hometown: Springfield, OH

High School: Shawnee H.S.

Favorite Food: Taco,  Pizza

Favorite Movie: "Fight Club"

Favorite Book: "Catcher in the Rye"

Favorite Band: "Fleet Foxes"

Most Embarrassing Moment: "In kindergarten I called my friends dad his grandpa."

Proudest Moment: "Getting 4th place with my mare in Versatility."

Advice to Young Riders: "Don't give up.  When you fall, get back on."


Name: Rachel Harrington

Birthday: January 27

Hometown: Holly, Michigan

High School: Holly H.S.

Favorite Food: "Popcorn"

Favorite Movie: "Crazy Stupid Love"

Favorite Book: "The Help"

Favorite Band: "Kenny Chesney"

Most Embarrassing Moment: "Forgetting Inspection in a Showmanship pattern!  The judge told me it would have been 1st Place!!"

Proudest Moment: "Finishing Top 10 at high school Ski Racing State Finals."

Advice to Young Riders: "Don't be afraid to try new things!  Girls can be mean in the show ring!  Be proud of what you can do!"



Name: Lauren Howe

Birthday: April 28

Hometown: Clinton Twp, MI

High School: Chippewa Valley H.S.

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Movie: "Step Brothers"

Favorite Book: "Lovely Bones"

Favorite Band: "?"

Most Embarrassing Moment: "Getting dumped at a horse show, getting a severe concussion and hitting on the EMT!"

Proudest Moment: "Winning my first blue ribbon in an MHJA circuit show in Open Hunter Over Fences with my 15 hand Quarter/Appy!"

Advice to Young Riders: "Never end a ride negatively.  If you are frustrated with one thing, go to the next, perfect it, give your horse a pat and end positively."


Name: Lauren McEvilly

Birthday: April 13

Hometown: Clarkston, MI

High School: Clarkston H.S.

Favorite Food: Watermelon

Favorite Movie: "She's the Man"

Favorite Book: "Hunger Games"

Favorite Band: Taylor Swift

Most Embarrassing Moment: "Slipping over a soccer ball and breaking my leg"

Proudest Moment: "being on the Eq Team at State Finals"

Advice to Young Riders: "If you have a bad ride in the show ring, don't drag it out into your next class, take a deep breath and move on and focus on what's next."



Name: Rachel Obee

Birthday: November 1

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

High School: Farmington High School

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Movie: "Prom Night"

Favorite Book: "Hunger Games"

Favorite Band: "Drake"

Most Embarrassing Moment: "I tripped going up the stairs at school in front of a ton of people."

Proudest Moment: "Winning my first class with my favorite horse at our second show together."

Advice to Young Riders: "Stay calm, stay relaxed and try your best."



Name: Alexis Rea

Birthday: September 27

Hometown: New Baltimore, MI

High School: Anchor Bay H.S.

Favorite Food: Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Favorite Movie: "The Notebook"

Favorite Book: Sarah Dessen books

Favorite Band: "Anything country"

Most Embarrassing Moment: "In 3rd grade some boy put a sticker on my seat so it would stick to my butt and I got laughed at."

Proudest Moment: "When the boy I teach swimming lessons to, who has Down's Syndrome, floated on his back by himself."

Advice to Young Riders: "If you have a passion for horseback riding, never give up, even if you have no time or money, or medical problems, or any other reason.  Anything is possible!"



Name: Frannie Steele

Birthday: November 19

Hometown: Holland, MI

High School: Hamilton H.S.

Favorite Food: Cheesy Popcorn

Favorite Movie: "Silence of the Lambs"

Favorite Book: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"

Favorite Band: "AWOLNATION"

Most Embarrassing Moment: "Once I was walking forward and looking at my friend when I walked into the branch of a tree and knocked my tooth out."

Proudest Moment: "When I won a half marathon in Grand Rapids this spring."

Advice to Young Riders: "Don't look at the ground when riding because otherwise that's where you'll end up."



Name: Breanne Thomas

Birthday: September 16

Hometown: "Michigan - all over!"

High School: Holly H.S.

Favorite Food: Tacos

Favorite Movie: "Blind Side"

Favorite Book: "Harry Potter Series"

Favorite Band: Taylor Swift

Most Embarrassing Moment: "Whenever I run into things in public"

Proudest Moment: "Qualifying for States for swimming in high school, twice!"

Advice to Young Riders: "Just be yourself and have fun!  Make sure you set your goals and work toward achieving them.  Don't be afraid to try new things."



Name: Caitlin Tilli

Birthday: February 25

Hometown: Clinton Twp, MI

High School: Chippewa Valley, MI

Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite Movie: "Step Brother"

Favorite Book: "The Five People You Meet in Heaven"

Favorite Band: "Fun"

Most Embarrassing Moment: "When I almost dismounted and fell into a mud puddle at an IHSA show last year."

Proudest Moment: "When my new horse Rascal and I won first on both of his very first dressage tests this year."

Advice to Young Riders: "When life brings you down, keep your chin up, head high and get back on the horse with the biggest smile on your face"



Name: Amy Willaert

Birthday: November 27

Hometown: Shelby Twp, MI

High School: Eisenhower H.S.

Favorite Food: Grilled Cheese

Favorite Movie: "The Young Victoria"

Favorite Book: "My Sister's Keeper"

Favorite Band: "May Erlewine"

Most Embarrassing Moment: "Being too scared in a class and standing in the middle of the ring."

Proudest Moment: "Making it to the 2011 IHSA Zone Finals."

Advice to Young Riders:  "Never give up.  If you want to be a great rider you will eventually get there.  It just takes time!"