Sponsored Riders

  

Barbara Ruziska

DOB 5/12/97
Lives in IjamsvilleMD

Barbara Ruziska is one of the top up and coming riders, and I Sell Tack.com is happy to be one of her sponsors.  She trains with Benjamin Meredith, and Erynn Ballard out of "Looking Back Farm" Ontario Canada.  In 3 years she has gone to indoor finals in jumper divisions, winning multiple ribbons from WIHS and Harrisburg.  2012 was Barbara's 3rd year competing in the College Preparatory Invitational at WEF 1.  In 2011, she was an impressive 2nd in the open division in equitation over fences up to 3'3", the most advanced division in college competition.

This year will be Barbara's 4th year travelling to Florida for Winter Equestrian Festival in Welllington, where her goals are to do the Young Rider Series this winter with her 2 mounts, Victoire Van Het Dingenshof and Quite High.  After she wraps up the WEF, Barbara is looking to achieve her first Grand Prix competition in the spring of 2013.  Join us as we cheer on this young superstar on her climb to the top!

Accomplishments/Achievements: 

  • 2010 Overall 10,000 Showplace Leading Rider Circuit Champion (horse-Rebound)
  • Feb, 2011 WEF 6, World Championship Hunter week, 4th place overall, out of 47 in Childrens Hunters (horse-Alena)
  • August, 2011 VHSA (Virginia) Children's equitation medal Finals winner/champion (37 qualifiers for final), Lexington VA (horse-Beringer)
  • April 2012, HITS Culpeper 10,000 High Jr/AO Classic 2nd place, overall champion for show (horse-Quite High)
  • June 2012, HITS on the Hudson (Saugreties) 10,000 High Jr/AO Champion/1st place (horse-Victoire)
  • July, 2012 Lake Placid, multiple placings in SJHOF/High Jr/AO (horse-Victoire)
  • Summer 2012, multiple placings at Palgraves and Angelstone, Ontario Canada in 1.40 (horse-Quite High)
  • Summer 2012, 1st appearance at NAJYR for zone 3, Lexington KY (horse-Victoire)
  • October 2012, North American Jr/AO 1.40 Jumper Challenge, Capital Challenge, 2nd place. Only 2 horse rider combinations went double clear (horse-Victoire)
Coming up:
  • October 2012, Harrisburg, Prix de States, zone 3, Championship (horse-Victorie)
  • October 2012, WIHS, High Jr Jumper Championship (waitlisted) (horse-Victorie)
  • November 2012, Toronto, Ontario finals, "The Royal", 1.40 Championship, (horse-Quite High)

 

 

 

Nikki Prokopchak


Hailing from Dickerson, MD, Nikki trains with Melinda Cohen of "Dream Catcher Farm" in Adamstown, MD.  She has gone to indoor finals and zone finals this past year, and is looking to start competing in junior jumpers this winter as she rounds out her list of accomplishments.

Accomplishments:
  • March 2012 High Children's Jumper Champion at Showplace Spring Festival
  • April 2012 $1,500 High Children's Jumper Classic Winner at Lexington Spring Premiere 
  • May 2012 High Children's Jumper Champion at Lexington Spring Encore
  • May 2012 Best Child Rider at Lexington Spring Encore
  • June 2012 $3,000 State College Challenge Prix Winner
  • July 2012 High Children's Jumper Champion at HITS Culpeper
  • August 2012 $1,500 Children's Jumper Classic Winner at Lexington National Horse Show
  • August 2012 Children's Jumper Champion at Lexington National Horse Show
  • August 2012 6th place finisher in the USHJA Tad Coffin Zone 3 Junior Equitation Finals 
  • August 2012 Children's Jumper Champion at HITS Culpeper
  • September 2012 High Children's Jumper Champion at USGPL Finals at HITS Culpeper
  • September 2012 High Children's Jumper Circuit Champion at HITS Culpeper
  • October 2012 3rd place in the USHJA Zone 3 Children's Jumper Finals
  • Ranked #1 in Zone 3 for the High Children's Jumpers
  • Ranked #1 in Maryland  for the High Children's Jumpers (MHSA)
  • Ranked #1 in Virginia for High Children's Jumpers (VHSA)

 
Monica Sakurai of Sakura Hill Farm LLC.
DOB 10/15/86
Gainesville, FL

During her Junior riding career, Minoca rode in the"Big Equitation" on the Northeast show circuits with her 17.3h Hanoverian gelding, Cat Burglar. When Monica was 13, the pair were Grand Champion and Grand Reserve Champion of the Fairfield-Westchester Cos. Professional Horsemen's Association Mini- Medal and the Mini-Maclay year-end finals respectively. The following year, they competed in all of the East Coast "Big Equitation" national finals including
the Maclay, USEF Medal finals in Harrisburg, PA, USET East Coast Talent Search in Gladstone, NJ and the CHJA Junior Medal finals in Fairfield, CT (placing 6th) and qualified for New England Junior Medal Finals.  After retiring her equitation horse, Monica continued riding as a catch rider on an array of horses including a newly imported 5-year old warmblood in the Pre-green Hunters at Ocala HITS in 2003. Beginning in 2005, Monica competed on Tisolde VDL, a 2000 KWPN mare imported by Sakura Hill Farm, LLC, at the Level 5 and eventually Level 6 Junior Jumpers with excellent results.

Monica graduated in May, 2009, from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts as a Biology major vet with a minor in Russian. At Mount Holyoke, Monica competed in the Intercollegiate Open Division on the Hunt Seat Equitation team and consistently went to the Zone 4 Regionals.

Since graduation from Mount Holyoke College, Monica has been focusing on the jumpers, starting and educating young horses with a strong focus on flatwork and rideability. After having worked with United Kingdom Nations Cup rider John Brown over the summer of 2009, she began working with United Kingdom show jumper rider and Olympian Tim Stockdale in Northampton, England in the fall of 2009. She returned to Florida in 2010 to continue training with John Brown and has been training, riding, and competing Sakura Hill horses and helping others with their young horses on a very selective basis.  Beginning in 2011, Monica began riding and training for Le Cheval Francais owned by Marjory Berkache an accomplished Eventing and Dressage rider. She hopes to continue her education starting, producing and competing her own as well as outsider young horses. She has become adept as an equine photographer and as a website designer and social media marketer for Sakura Hill Farm as well as for her own business, The Equine Media Project

 
Shannon Elizabeth


Over the last few years, Shannon has focused her efforts on the sales aspect of her business, bringing along young prospects and is now expanding into more lessons, training, and more competitions, in addition to her sales program. With over 75 successful matches in the two years, she has developed a program that works exceptionally well with finding homes for all types of horses. 

Accomplishments:
  • 2008 - Young Rider Preliminary Reserve Champion for Area IV Eventing
  • 2009 - High Point at Training Level Dressage at multiple shows 
  • High Point at 1st level dressage at multiple shows, qualified for Championships at 3 separate levels. 
  • 2010 - Competed through 2nd level dressage with multiple wins 
  • Competed through Meter 1.2 in jumpers on a self made mare 
  • 2011 - 8 top 4 finishes at 5 shows on 3 different self made horses in eventing. Qualified for AECs at Training level at horses first season eventing 
  • 2012 - 6 horses brought through training level eventing from scratch, with top 10 finishes at every nearly every outing. 

 

Mallory Slack
Mallory Slack is another young rider that is sponsored by I Sell Tack.com.  She shares with us some of her memories, accomplishments and goals, below.
"I rode on and off for a few years as a child. When I was 13, I started riding daily and got my first horse, Oberon.  We started in the pre-children’s then moved up to the pre-minis and then the minis. Oberon and I achieved many championships and were series Pre-Mini Champions and Equitation Challenge Champions at the Hunter’s Isle Horse Shows in 2009. I also received a bronze medal for equitation from the LIHS in 2009.  Following that, I competed for a short time in the Junior Eq on a friend’s investment horse. From May 2011 to August 2011 I was offered and rode a very large and “hot” Irish warm blood in the level 1 and level 2 jumpers.  We were champions at virtually every show we competed in on Long Island, achieving a 3rd place award for the year in the Long Island High Score after competing for only 4 months. 

I purchased McKinley, my current horse in October 2011 and have spent this year showing him in the Children’s Hunters and the M&S Medal. We were series Reserve Champions in the Children’s Hunters this summer in the Winner’s Circle/Hunter’s Isle Horse Shows. We also qualified for the M&S finals in both the Children’s Hunters and the Medal. We placed 10th of 66 in the Children’s Hunters.  I have qualified for Zone 2 Finals in 4th place in the Children’s Hunters. At Zone Finals, we placed 4th in the first over fences class, 8th in the second over fences class and 8th in the hack.

I am planning on a career in the equestrian field and an currently exploring my options for an internship."
 
Please join all of us here at I Sell Tack.com in wishing Mallory the best of luck - we are sure she will find an internship to take her to the next level!