MHSA member Kendall Cox is one of 12 riders nationwide selected to participate in the Winter Intensive Training Program with former Olympian and USDF Hall of Fame member Lendon Gray in Wellington, Florida. This program is open to dressage riders under the age of 22. She will receive dressage training with current and past American and European Olympians. In addition to private, semi-private, and group riding lessons, the program also includes lectures, labs, field trips, and physical training.
Kendall, a high school senior, started showing Academy with MHSA in 2008 through Diane Stephens’ Clover Ridge Riding Center, showing both Hunt Seat and Saddleseat. She moved out of Academy in 2011, showing predominantly Hunt Seat. Career highlights include winning the Hunt Seat on the Flat Championship at the St. Louis National Charity Show in 2013 on Jacque Tasche’s Saddlebred It’s That Special Look and winning MHSA high point Morgan Hunt Seat in 2014 and 2015 on Anna Ehlen’s Morgan Ashdon’s Commando’s Topic. It was in showing Morgans that she became acquainted with Nancy Allen of Equilink Stables, who encouraged her to pursue her dream and connected her with her dressage instructor, Lotta Eklund of the St. Louis Equestrian Center. Under Lotta’s instruction, she has risen from Training Level to Third Level in dressage in just four months.
After graduating from the W.I.T. program, Kendall plans to continue her training and hopes to eventually represent our nation in the Olympics. If you would like to help Kendall reach her dream, visit her GoFundMe Account at https://www.gofundme.com/2mg3p5qk.