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September 2, 2010

The Ethel Walker School Appoints Champion as Equestrian Head Trainer

The Ethel Walker School is delighted to announce the appointment of Hillary Rheinheimer as Head Trainer/Coach of its noted 99-year old riding program.  Rheinheimer, an accomplished rider in hunter/ jumper and hunter seat equitation with extensive showing and training experience, joins the School later this month.

Rheinheimier’s outstanding equestrian accomplishments both on the national horse show and Intercollegiate circuit make her an outstanding match for Walker’s program, where student riders compete both locally and around the nation. She has qualified for and competed in the prestigious ASPCA Maclay, USET and USEF Medal Finals, placing in the top 15 in all. She has won the CHJA Medal Finals and was reserve champion at the New England Equitation Finals, Reserve Champion at the Cacchione Cup Finals, and in college, winner of the International Intercollegiate Show Jumping and Team Dressage Competitions.  At Hollins University, she was voted Athlete of the Year and Old Dominion Athletic Conference Rider of the Year for four consecutive years. She has owned a training and showing facility since 2006, and for over a decade has trained riders at every level .  In addition, she has extensive experience in equine care.

Bessie Speers, Walker’s Head of School, comments,”Hillary's commitment to excellence, along with her impressive equestrian record, will greatly benefit all riders in our equestrian program. She is an excellent role model, and reflects the School's core values as a leader, teacher and athlete." Walker’s Director of Riding Kathleen Battiston agrees; “Hillary's significant equestrian accomplishments on the National Horse Show and Intercollegiate circuits as well as her professionalism and exceptional charactermake her an outstanding match for our program."

Walker’s riding program dates back to the founding of the School in 1911. Ethel Walker felt that a solid athletic program went hand in hand with a solid academic program, and her legacy continues today at a school where athletics and riding at every level supplement the classroom experience.

The Ethel Walker School is an independent, college preparatory school for girls in grades 6-12. Walker’s combination of academics, arts and athletic opportunities allow girls to pursue their interests while receiving a superior education. At Walker’s, girls emerge.

For more information, or to schedule interviews please contact Vivian Elba at 860.408.4213

 
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