July 22, 2018
Equestrian GCHS Princesses and Queen
Cameron was literally born into a horse-oriented family, one that has been involved in the Germantown Charity Horse Show for generations. Her great grandparents, William and Audrey Taylor were owners of Wildwood Farms, one of only a few remaining working horse farms in the heart of Germantown. The Taylor family were part of the in the show from its beginning, as exhibitors, as riders, as volunteers, as supporters. Their involvement with horses and the show has been passed to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, perpetuating traditions based on the love of horses.
Wildwood Farms started with Saddlebreds and gaited horses, with her great grandmother Audrey riding in gaited horse shows. Then the farm started raising, training, and competing polo ponies, the Memphis Polo Club matches formerly held near the intersection of Germantown and Winchester Roads. Cameron’s mom was a groom and exercise rider for the Taylors; then got into riding hunter/jumpers, dressage, and foxhunting. As a child, Cameron went foxhunting with her mom. Cameron’s dad rode polo ponies for her great uncle Lee Taylor.
Cameron’s sister Sloan Tate rode for a while, too, and was Queen of the horse show in 2008 for its 60th anniversary. Both girls began riding as young children and horses have always been a part of their family.
Cameron got started in the hunter/jumper world as a child rider, competing in short stirrup and medium pony classes until she entered high school. At age 13, Cameron qualified and participated in pony finals in Lexington Kentucky, where she placed 9th in the medal round. During her showing career her medium pony, Thank Goodness It’s Friday was awarded pony of the year.
Cameron has varied athletic interests. In high school she played in the top six on the tennis team all four years, receiving the coach’s award in 2010 and 2011 seasons. She traveled to Alaska with Wilderness Ventures where she sea kayaked, ice climbed, and backpacked through the beautiful back country. She has traveled to Australia with International Youth Leadership Forum to study medicine. She attends the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she is a student athletic trainer for the Lady Volunteers. She has worked with the swimming and diving team and currently works with the soccer team.
“Our family has always had time for the Germantown Charity Horse Show,” Cameron said. “My great grandmother always had a box. It’s been a family event for us every year and always been a part of my life.”
Princess Alexandria Aldrich
Alex has been riding for about 14-15 years. She started riding at a friend’s barn, then owned her own horse at age 13. Her current horse is Suave Brisa, who lives at Autumn Chase Farm, where Alex is coached by Jason Schnelle. They regularly compete in the Modified Children’s/Adult division at 2’6”-2’9” at area horse shows. She plans to ride in the Germantown Charity Horse Show.
Alex and her mom, Stephanie Aldridge, actually share Suave Brisa and her mom showed him at the WTHJA Memphis in May shows. “We share him, but I need to steal him back,” she joked. “I get to show him at GCHS and one more show before colleges.”
Allie is a senior at Lausanne Collegiate School and she will attend Mississippi College in the fall, where she will compete in their Equestrian Team. “I’m excited about joining!” she said. “I want to be able to continue riding in college and this is perfect!” She imagines her mom will continue to show Suave Brisa in her absence and she will show him when she comes home for breaks. “Mom rode as a teenager and through college. She did jumpers and she’s been showing for a while.” At the recent WTHJA Memphis in May shows at the Germantown Charity Arena, Alex’s mom showed Suave Brisa in the Modified Children’s/Adult division.
Allie represents West TN Hunter Jumper Association.
Princess Brynna Bartlett
Brynna is an Honor student entering her senior year at St. Georges Independent School where she is a National Math and Spanish Honor Society Inductee, a member of the Varsity Water Polo Team, and a State Championship Qualifying member of the Varsity Swim and Chess Teams. She volunteers for Special Olympics, Calvary Rescue Mission, Women of Hope International and Shelby Farms Equestrian Alliance. Brynna has been working on her pistol and rifle marksmanship abilities, so when this is combined with her love for swimming and riding, it is no wonder that the women's Pentathalon is her favorite Olympic sport! “If only she had time to take up fencing and running!” her mother said.
Brynna has been riding for 7 years with Mrs. Peggy Hart as her trainer. Currently, Brynna and Peggy are in the process of training a “green,” Tovero Paint named Zip in the Hunter and Dressage disciplines for a private owner at Southwind Stables. “Riding Zip has been an incredibly challenging and rewarding experience - much different than riding a horse that already knows how to do everything. Zip is very fast and a little unpredictable, but he is an honest horse and he works hard. I hope to foxhunt him one day with Oak Grove Hunt Club where I am a junior member.”
In the hunt field Brynna rides a Haflinger named Gus for owners Dr. and Mrs. Shannon McGee, DVM. Brynna rides alongside Peggy Hart or with Gus' owner, Amanda McGee, where she is learning the responsibilities of a Whipper-In. “Only in the hunt territory does every aspect of horsemanship come together in one hair-raising place,” her mother said.
Brynna represents Oak Grove Hunt Club.
Princess Lindsey Cayce
Princess Lindsey has been riding since she was about 5 or 6 years old. Her mother rode and her aunt, former State Senator Jamie Woodson, had horses, so watching them ride inspired her to ride. “I tried it and fell in love [with riding],” she said. In 2012 Lindsay competed at the prestigious Washington International Horse Show on Classic Lady, where she finished 13th in the nation.
After a two-year partial break from showing, she now has a new horse: Play To Win, aka “Apollo.” A 17 hand warmblood, he has a sweet personality, Lindsey describes. “I have a 4-year-old brother and he just loves it when my brother comes. He lowers his head to be petted.” Apollo resides at Autumn Chase Farm where Lindsey trains with Jason Schnelle.
At the WTHJA Memphis in May II show, riding Madison Harwood’s Play To Win, Lindsay won the WIHS Equitation Overall and the WIHS Jumper Phase. She was second in the WIHS Hunter Phase; third in the Pessoa/US Hunter Seat Medal; and seventh in the ASPCA/Maclay Medal.
Lindsay will be riding at the Germantown Charity Horse Show in all the medal classes and hopes to move up to the High Child/Adult jumper classes.
Lindsey just completed her junior year at St. George’s Independent School. She is involved multiple clubs, like Ali’s Way, Smile Train, and Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Lindsey represents Southwind Garden Club.
Princess Caroline Cook
Princess Caroline shows her horse GQ in jumper and equitation divisions. GQ is a 17’1” hand Hanoverian, whom she keeps at Spring Mill Farm in Eads, TN and trains with Dave Pellegrini and Emily Hertz. Caroline and GQ recently showed at the WTHJA Springtime and Memphis in May shows in 15-17 Equitation on the Flat, the ASPCA/Maclay medal, Pessoa US Hunter Seat Medal, and the Low Children/Adult Jumper Classic. Look for her at the Germantown Charity Horse Show in the Children/Adult Jumper classes, the 15-17 Equitation classes, and the Versatility Challenge.
Caroline came to partner with GQ after his owner went off to college and just left him “in the pasture.” She started working with him to bring him back to fitness, and has ridden him for about 3-4 years.
Caroline is working with a new horse, Zantana, aka “Ziggy,” who lives at Windcrest Farm near Collierville, TN. She is working to get him in shape to show and may show him next year in the Maclay medal and in Junior Equitation.
Caroline has ridden horses for a great deal of her life. It was her mother who got her interested in horses, taking her to her first lesson about 10-11 years ago. “I loved it,” she said and has been hooked on horses ever since.
She is a junior at St. Agnes Academy where she is in the honors program and has been a magna sum laude student for three years.
Caroline represents Pegasus of Germantown.
Princess Camille Cowart
Princess Camille is not currently showing, but will resume competing her pony Patches next semester at the MegFord shows in the Modified/Child/Adult Hunter 2’6” Division. Patches is a large pony, approximately 13-years-old, who resides at Shady Side Farm, where Ann Ford Upshaw coaches Camille.
Camille got Patches about six years ago when she was in the 5th grade. At the time, Patches was green broke and had not been ridden very much, only some trail riding. So Camille set out to train Patches to jump, do lead changes, and work on her distances to fences. “She loves to jump,” Camille said. “It’s just a matter of how pretty she looks.” So the training focus now is all about improving her style for the perfect hunter round.
Camille is also a member of the Paint Pony Association, where she has been one of the high point riders two years in a row – in the top five!
Camille is a junior at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, where she is a member of the National Honor Society.
Camille represents MegFord Horse Shows.
Princess Ali Goss
Although not currently riding, Ali formerly rode hunter/jumper horses for pleasure at Hunter’s Edge Stables, under the tutelage of Louise Cohen Carruthers. She rode the hunter Superman. Over the last three years the heavy workload of high school and work have, unfortunately, not left room for horses. Ali is a junior at Briarcrest Christrian School, where she is an honor student. She performs community service with the Collierville Animal Shelter.
Ali represents Suburban Garden Club.
Princess Allie Lyle
Allie was Alabama 4-H Junior High Point Rider and was awarded the 2012 AHJA Reserve Champion in Children’s Equitation. She and her horse Poetry In Motion were also 2012 AHJA Thoroughbred Hunter Champions. Allie is a junior home-schooled student and is a junior Board Member of the Alabama Hunter Jumper Association.
Allie represents Oak View Stables.
Princess Becca Siciliano
Princess Becca started riding when she was seven years old. She currently has two horses – Sleet and Gus, and has been showing Gus in the hunter shows for about ten years. Last season she showed Gus in the 2’9” Childrens/Adult division. Her horses board at Heritage Park Equestrian Center, with Frank Hernandez as her trainer. Her dad also shows Sleet in the Pre-Adult division at the hunter shows.
Becca’s interest in horses was first sparked when she saw her friends riding horses and she thought it was the coolest thing in the world! So, she asked her parents for a horse. They informed her of all the responsibilities that go with having a horse and the teen activities she would give up. Her answer was a resounding “Yes!”
About two years after Becca started riding, her dad decided to give riding a try, too. So riding has become a Siciliano family activity, with Becca’s mom being the “Horse Show Mom.” Her mom occasionally bakes home-made horse treats.
Becca recalled a particular show in which her division and the one her dad had entered were combined. In the under saddle class, there were just two competitors: Becca and her dad! She won the class, so she likes to tease him about that.
Her freshman and sophomore years in high school, Becca was a member of the USEF Varsity Athlete Program, which honors high school equestrian athletes. The program runs June 1–May 31 of each year, and honors those who document their training and competition involvement by awarding emblems and pins, letterman’s jackets and participants get college recognition like other varsity athletes.
Becca is a member of West Tennessee Hunter Jumper Association and the U.S. Equestrian Federation. She is a junior at Saint Benedict at Auburndale High School, where she is an honors and advanced placement student.
Becca represents Nashoba Carriage Association.
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