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Spotlight on: Amanda Pennington






Amanda Pennington and Cumano Boy Z at the Maclay Regionals in St. Louis where they finished 11th to qualify for the Maclay Finals. Photos Andrew Ryback Photography

Oconomowoc, WI – October 19, 2017 – Amanda Pennington’s 2017 show season is coming to a close, but not before she heads to the indoor championships. Pennington qualified for the ASPCA Maclay Finals and the Dover/USEF Medal Finals and plans to have a fun experience this year to help her get the most out of her last junior year in 2018.
 
Pennington, 17, makes a 45-minute drive one way from her home in Mequon, Wisconsin, to Integrity Farm in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, to train with Kathleen Caya and Natalie Hansen. She has made huge progress with her horse, Cumano Boy Z, also known as Wally, who was a green equitation horse when Pennington purchased him 2 ½ years ago. Now he is a completely different horse who is intelligent and confident and headed to the medal finals. Pennington frequently refers to the 10-year-old Zangersheide as her puppy dog with a big heart. The pair earned the Circuit Championship in the 15-17 Equitation at the Balmoral Park Chicago series this summer.

"Everyone at Integrity Farm would like to congratulate Amanda on her accomplishments this year. We wish her luck at indoors and look forward to what 2018 brings for her," said trainer Kathleen Caya. 
 
“My goal for indoors is mainly just to have fun with Wally,” said Pennington. “I am very nervous but at the same time I am very excited! As of right now, the excitement levels are higher than the nerve levels but I know that is going to change once I am actually warming up at finals!”
 
To prepare for indoors, Pennington has worked on bending lines, rollbacks, and wide oxers. One of the most important things she focuses on is flat work with plenty of counter cantering, transitions, and mainly extended sitting trot.  She has participated in the Maclay Regionals two other times, but this is her first time going to Maclay Finals and her second year going to USEF Finals.
 
Pennington is a senior at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, Wisconsin, and has been riding for about nine years. When she’s not riding, Pennington likes to hang out with friends from school and play with her dogs and horses that live at her house.

 
Amanda Pennington rode her way to the Maclay Finals with Integrity Farm trainer Kathleen Caya. 

“I would really like to thank my parents for constantly supporting me,” said Pennington.  “My mom especially, she has spent thousands of hours with me driving to the barn, driving to shows, watching me ride, and always being there when I have great success or not so much. I would also like to thank my trainers, Kathleen Caya, Natalie Hansen, and Robert Cheska. They have taught me so much and helped me improve as a rider and as a person. The countless hours that they have spent dealing with me and with my horses is something I will never be able to thank them enough for.”
 
“The 2018 show season is my last junior year, so I am really looking forward to making the best of it. I never know what will be thrown at me, but I am ready to take on all challenges.”


 About Integrity Farm

 

Integrity Farm has two locations in Oconomowoc, one on the north side of town on Mapleton Road and one on the south side of town on Golden Lake Road. Both facilities have large stalls, heated indoor arenas, wash stalls, large outdoor arenas, spacious tack room and lounge areas and ample turnout. They always have a large selection of horses for sale to suit any budget and any job.

Contact Integrity Farm for more information on their services and facilities:
www.integrityfarmwi.com
 
Phone:  
Kathleen - (608) 217-4805 
Robert - (414) 688-1803 
Natalie - (414) 698-1934
 
Email: 
kathleencaya@hotmail.com
natalie.e.hansen@gmail.com
 
Address: 
N87W36615 Mapleton Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
1327 Golden Lake Road, Oconomowoc, WI 53066

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