Thursday, Jul. 25, 2024

Christy DiStefano

Age: 18

Hometown: Ramsey, N.J.

Horse: Rodin, 9-year-old warmblood owned by Shelby Wakeman.

Trainers: Stacia Madden, Max Amaya, Krista Freundlich and Heather Senia

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Age: 18

Hometown: Ramsey, N.J.

Horse: Rodin, 9-year-old warmblood owned by Shelby Wakeman.

Trainers: Stacia Madden, Max Amaya, Krista Freundlich and Heather Senia

Equitation Competitive Highlights:           
2009 Devon (Pa.): R.W. “Ronnie” Mutch Equitation Championship, 1st
2009 Capital Challenge (Md.): 17-year-old equitation reserve champion
2009 Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Searach Finals-East, 8th
2008 ASPCA Maclay National Championship, 4th
2008 Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search Finals-East, 7th
2008 North American Equitation Championship Final, 7th

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Pre-show routine: “I’m pretty laid back at the show. I hate being late, so I make sure I’m on time and I have my boots polished and everything ready.”

Good luck charm: “Last year at the USET finals they gave us pins from the USEF. Stacia had us wear them and I’ve kept it in my left pocket ever since.”

Most embarrassing moment: “I’ve had so many. Falling off at the end of the ring and having to walk the entire field back is never fun. That happened to me a few years ago.”           

Fun Fact: “I’m really into cooking and baking, and I was considering attending culinary school. I decided to pursue a liberal arts degree first.”           

Hardest Lesson: “Last year before the Maclay finals it was raining outside and the horses were wild. Stacia put up cones and trash cans to make us use the entire ring. It was challenging and difficult, but we learned a lot.”

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