We were contacted by Bonnie Efird, Junior and Young Rider veteran now majoring in journalism at Elon Universtity, in North Carolina about doing her internship with us for her degree. Efird has contributed to DressageDaily in the past, sharing her experiences,.
Look for feature coverage and articles this month from Bonnie who is in West Palm Beach this month. We are excited to have Bonnie on our team as we launch into 2010.
Bonnie Efird, 20, is a sophomore Journalism major at Elon University in Elon, NC. Having ridden since the age of six, Bonnie has spent about 14 years of her life pursuing her passion for horses. Starting as a hunter, Bonnie eventually chose Dressage over jumping and has made a name for herself in the FEI Junior and Young Rider programs. Bonnie is a USDF bronze & silver medalist who has focused on dressage for the last 8 years of her riding career. She has shown successfully through Intermediare I on her mare Magie Noir with scores up to 75%.
Bonnie trains with Diane Ritz of Hidden Spring Farm in Monroe, NC, and when at Elon, Bonnie trains with Tami Batts of Fellowship Farm in Greensboro, NC. Bonnie & “Maggie’s” biggest achievement was their win at the 2007 USEF Festival of Champions at the FEI Junior level. After competing in the USEF & NAJYRC FEI JR/YR circuit from 2006-2008, Bonnie took a break in 2009 to focus on college, but has continued to ride her mare Magie Noir, who is schooling most of the Grand Prix.
Bonnie hopes to graduate from Elon University Spring 2012, and hopes to continue riding and competing through college. Bonnie is grateful she can spend “Winter Term” in Wellington gaining experience in the journalism field. By interning for Mary Phelps-Hathaway & DressageDaily.com, Bonnie can combine her passion for Dressage and for writing. During her time with DressageDaily.com, Bonnie looks forward to helping expand the Young Rider section of the website and covering the big shows and events in Wellington. Through her first hand experience with dressage, Bonnie hopes to contribute her knowledge of both dressage and journalism to DressageDaily.com in order to better serve its readers and clients.