These amazing athletes will perform July 14th, 2014 in Asheville, N.C. during the International Saddle Seat World Cup competition. Five nations now participate in this international competition.

Judges for this year’s competition held December 7, 2014 at William Words University were Donna Pettry-Smith, Gary Garone, Richard Wright and Cindy Mugnier.

Riders were given only seven minutes to warm up before each phase. Both rail work and pattern work were expected of the riders. Horses were provided by William Woods University, Stephens College, Glendale Stables and Fairview Farm. The horses, which the participants had not ridden before, were representative of horses typically used in the Saddle Seat discipline.


Aleia Brown/15/Dayton, Ohio
Quinn Mercier/19/Auburn, N. H.
Macey Miles/14/Rockport, Ind.
Kristen Smith/20 /Crestwood, Ky.
Nadine Van Zomeren/18/Leighton, Io-wa
Brooke Boyer/17/Johnston, Iowa (alternate)


Maise Benfield/13/Louisville, Ky.
McGee Bosworth/16/Greenville, S.C.
Emily Gutenkunst/18/Pewaukee, Wis.
William Nalty/15/Metairie, La.
Eleanor Rainbolt-Forbes/15/Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sydney Shaw/16/Scottsdale, Az. (alternate)