Wellington, FL – Mary-Cameron Rollins, Lauren Knopp and Rebecca Cohen are three confident young riders and stars on their way up in the dressage world. Thanks to a new mentoring program by the dressage boutique ShowChic all three young ladies will have help as they travel the road to success within the horse industry. “I have a strong desire to help young riders get started and find success,” said Michele Hundt, owner of ShowChic. “Our ShowChic Mentoring Program will give our riders an opportunity to head in the right direction while being ambassadors for us at the same time. I am excited to launch the mentoring program and look forward to watching these three young ladies blossom.”
As part of the ShowChic mentoring program, Rollins, Knopp and Cohen will attend and assist with the boutique’s monthly “Shop Talk” program, present ShowChic sponsored awards at dressage shows and assist Hundt with fashion shows and educational events ShowChic takes part in. “The girls will also post on our Facebook page and act as spokespersons for ShowChic,” Hundt said.
In addition to the rewards of learning more about the equestrian industry, each rider in the mentoring program receives a minimum of $500 a year in store credit. This will enable each rider to successfully dress and compete at the upper levels. “I am very excited to have Mary-Cameron, Lauren and Rebecca on board. They all are doing extremely well in the show world and ShowChic is proud to have them as part of our team,” Hundt said.
Rollins, 24, began her dressage career at the tender age of 13 when she rode her first Prix St. Georges on a horse named Vesper. She said it wasn’t an “exceptional” ride but it helped her realize that dressage is what she wanted to do with her life. She is a bronze and silver medalist and has her silver freestyle bar. In 2009, Rollins competed at NAJYRC on the Region 3 team, earning a bronze team medal and an individual gold. Her goal for 2012 is to compete at the USEF National Championships in Gladstone in the Brentina Cup on her horse Rose Noir 2.
Knopp is a 2009 National Junior Reserve Champion at Gladstone. She also won the team and individual silver medal at NAJRYC in 2009 and she won the Silver Stirrup Award Reserve Champion. She continues to progress and this year she is competing in the Young Riders division and scored a combined score of 70.757% at the Welcome Back to White Fences II and III shows. Knopp also found great success competing at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington during the winter.
Cohen, 16, is thrilled to be part of the ShowChic mentoring program. She also found great success at the Global Dressage Festival during the winter circuit, riding away with scores in the 70’s on her 17.2 hand Westphalen gelding Downtown. Cohen was the Region 3 Junior Rider Champion in 2010 at 3rd and 4th level. In 2009 she was the Junior Rider Reserve Champion in Region 3 at 1st and 2nd Levels. She has also competed at Gladstone and NAJRYC.
“They are a very talented group of young ladies and we are going to have a great time together,” Hundt said. “I am looking forward to everyone meeting them and if you attend our next ‘Shop Talk’ it will be the perfect chance to learn more about them.”
“Shop Talk” is a monthly gathering for the equestrian community and it takes place the second Tuesday of each month. ShowChic is located at 3220 Fairlane Farms Road in Wellington. “We offer the finest in dressage apparel and we stock the following name brands: Arista, Cavallo, Kentucky, Pikeur, Samshield, GPA and Charles Owen. We also offer beautiful handmade stock ties, BrowBands with Bling stock pins, Carol Ehrlich jewelry and more,” Hundt said.
For more information on ShowChic, visit their website at www.showchicdressage.com or call them at 561-319-2121.