Executive Board

Our Executive Board is a group of students and community members who oversee the Hoofer Riding Club. This dedicated group of volunteers meets every first and third Wednesday of the month at Memorial Union. Meetings are open to the public!

Any Hoofer Riding Club member can join our Executive Board. Positions require various levels of commitment, and they can be a great way for even new members to become more involved.

President

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Kendra Lofthus

I am from New Auburn, WI, a small town 45 minutes North of Eau Claire. I grew up riding horses on my grandparent’s farm and started taking formal lessons when I was 13. I wasn’t able to start competing until I joined the Wisconsin Equestrian Team during my freshman year at UW. I am currently a senior at UW - Madison studying mathematics and plan on becoming an actuary after graduation. As president of the Hoofer Riding Club, I am in charge of facilitating our bi-weekly meetings as well as encouraging our members to take advantage of all our advancement and educational opportunities. I also attend Hoofer Council Meetings and meet with our advisors on a regular basis. I am also able to direct you to the correct executive board member if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. You can get in touch with me at ridingpresident@hoofers.org.


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Vice President of Internal Affairs

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MaKenna Kalosis

I am a senior from La Crosse, Wisconsin studying Animal Science. I started riding horses when I was 12 years old and showed competitively for many years before taking a break just before college. After graduating, I hope to attend veterinary school to become an equine vet. I joined the Wisconsin Equestrian Team my junior year and absolutely love my team, as well as the Hoofer Riding Club. As VP-Internal Affairs I am responsible for assisting and supporting Executive Board members in their roles. I also maintain constant open communication between Executive Officers, Executive Board members, club members, and the club advisor. I am available via email at vp@hooferriding.org to chat about the club.

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Vice President of Finance

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Jeanae Gimenez

I am a senior studying actuarial science, risk management & insurance, and Spanish. After graduation, I hope to get accreditation through the Society of Actuaries and work as an actuary in the business world. I grew up trail riding with friends and family and had the opportunity to be a part of the equestrian team for a year and a half. As the VP of Finance, I am in charge of the budget and keeping track of expenses and revenues. I am in contact with other members to complete my duties and help facilitate projects and plans through the club. Email me at vpfinance@hooferriding.org to discuss the riding club and how we use our donations to benefit our members.

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Vice President of Administration

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Sarah Candee

I am a junior studying Theatre & Drama and Communication Arts. I am from Kenosha, WI, and I have been riding horses since I was stable on my own two feet. I joined the Wisconsin Equestrian Team and Hoofer Riding Club immediately upon my arrival at UW and they are my favorite organizations on campus—we foster a welcoming environment for all. As VP-Admin, I record meeting minutes that include all decisions and discussions for our executive board to be referred to at a later date and to keep the public informed. I maintain online copies of all documents so our Club can continue to run smoothly and continuously better itself. Contact me at vpadmin@hooferriding.org to talk about the organization of the club or our governing documents.

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Fundraising Coordinator

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Contact President Kendra to inquire about the position at ridingpresident@hoofers.org!

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Marketing Coordinator

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Abby Boswell

Hello! I am a junior marketing and finance major and cannot wait to serve as the marketing chair for the Hoofer Riding Club! After college, I hope to get an account position with an advertising agency. I have grown up around horses my whole life, and I currently own a horse named Elora (I may be biased, but she is so cute!). I was a member of the Hoofer Riding Club my freshman year and I am super happy to be back now! My role with the HRC is to help to market our club activities as well as send out our monthly newsletter and would love to chat with you. Email me at marketing@hooferriding.org.


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Show and Clinic Coordinator

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Mercedes Cullen

I will be an undergraduate senior in the fall, majoring in Violin Performance with a Criminal Justice certificate. Growing up taking advantage of low-cost educational clinics and open shows, I am looking forward to planning a wide variety of clinics and schooling shows this year. If you have any questions or suggestions about our shows or clinics, shoot me an email at showandclinic@hooferriding.org.

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Community Outreach Coordinator

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Jennifer Scianna

Hi there! I am an incoming Ph.D. student in Curriculum and Instruction. Horses are my sanctuary outside of teaching and research; I have been riding and training horses for the better part of two decades. As a long time resident of Madison, I look forward to connecting Hoofers Riding Club to the greater Wisconsin Equine Community. I help plan educational seminars and other activities through the riding club including summer youth camp and social opportunities for members. I would love to hear your questions or suggestions so send me an email at outreach@hooferriding.org.

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Horse Care Coordinator

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Katie Bartelt

I am a Senior Animal Science major and previous HRC President. I’ve grown up with horses and my parents still live on our hobby farm in Sheboygan, WI. I joined HRC through the Wisconsin Equestrian Team during my freshman year and fell in love with the sense of community and overwhelming support. I am in charge of keeping our three horses, Classy, Finn, and Fritz happy and healthy! I will also chat with you about any in-kind donations you would like the club to have. The club is not currently accepting horse donations. Email me at barn@hooferriding.org with any related inquiries.

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Webmaster

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Contact President Kendra to inquire about the position at ridingpresident@hoofers.org!

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Team Representatives

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Team President - Liz Morrow

I am a Junior Biology major on a pre-veterinary track. I am from Milwaukee WI, and I have been riding since I was in elementary school. I joined the Wisconsin Equestrian Team as a freshman and it has been my favorite part of UW Madison! If you have questions about the team, contact me via email at egmorrow@wisc.edu.

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Team Captain - Mercedes Cullen

I have been riding since age 8 and started Western before I saw how fun jumping looked! I have ridden a wide variety of lesson and lease horses before trying out for the team my freshman year. I am looking forward to a year of growth and competitive drive within my teammates and myself. We are responsible for the Wisconsin Equestrian Team, a subsidiary organization of the Hoofer Riding Club. Contact President Liz with any questions.

Team Coach

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Andi Bill

Advises club leaders and works in conjunction to manage club programming, as well as coaches the equestrian team for IHSA.

Andi has been riding since she was born, competing at Pony Finals every year from 1986 to 1995, and showing in the 3'6" equitation through her remaining years as a junior. She attended Mount Holyoke College and competed on their IHSA team, serving as captain her junior and senior years. It was at Mount Holyoke that Andi discovered that she enjoys teaching as much as she enjoys riding! Andi now owns Sugar Creek Stables LLC, teaching both hunt seat and dressage lessons.

Volunteer Assistant Team Coach

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Abby Douglas

Abby Douglas has been riding since she was eight years old, and was initially trained in the Western discipline. She came to UW-Madison for college and joined the Hoofer Riding Club. Here she learned to ride English and has been jumping for the past six years. She believes there are many similarities between the two disciplines and uses her knowledge of both to become a strong rider and instructor.

Volunteer Assistant Team Coach

Anna

Anna Rzchowski

Anna has been riding since she was six years old, competing in hunters, jumpers, and equitation. Anna grew up riding any horse she could gaining experience on a diverse range of horses. While attending Mount Holyoke, Anna competed on the IHSA team for all four years, representing Mount Holyoke at three Zone finals and Nationals competitions and was a member of the Reserve Champion team at IHSA Nationals in 2016. Currently she works full time as a naturalist for the Department of Natural Resources and shows her horse in hunters and equitation.