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Hunt Seat Team head coach
A Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) master-level instructor, Randi Gardner joined the Held Center staff in October. Previously an instructor, stable manager, and team coach at YMCA Camp Letts Equestrian Center just outside of Washington, D.C., Gardner has a wealth of experience working with horses and riders in multiple disciplines, including hunt seat, western, eventing, dressage, and even polocrosse. Prior to her work at Camp Letts, she was the barn manager and head riding instructor at Reverie Acres Riding Academy, the first United States Pony Club-approved riding center in Maryland. Gardner was also the center administrator for the USPC program at Reverie Acres, as well as the leader for the stable’s 4-H club.
Since coming on board as coach in 2011, Gardner has had many individuals and the team compete at the IHSA regional, zone and national levels. The Albion College hunt seat team was the champion regional team in 2013 and 2014, and Gardner coached the team's first individual rider to IHSA Nationals in 2014. She also serves as the associate director of the Held Equestrian Center.
Hunt Seat Team assistant coach
After being the owner and head trainer of Cornerstone Show Stable in Edgewater, Maryland for 23 years, David Loman moved to Albion to begin his position as stable manager/instructor in January 2015. His facility in Maryland developed hunter/jumper riders that competed in WIHS, Maclay, USET, THIS, and Pessoa Medal Finals. Loman also coached riders to Zone Final wins, as well as three equitation finals winners (MHSA Adult Medal and Gittings Horsemanship). He first launched his career as a groom at the home facility for then current 1984 Olympic show jumpers Joe Fargis and Conrad Homfeld. Loman continued on for several years grooming and riding at top show and sales barns in Virginia and New York, gaining experience from successful Grand Prix riders. For two years, Loman was also the head groom and rider for David Hopper at Longreen Farm in Amenia, New York, one of the most prolific sales barns in the U.S.
Loman served as the Equitation Chair on the Maryland Horse Show Association's board of directors, and he has been very involved with the Thoroughbred Replacement Recourse and the Thoroughbred Makeover National Symposium – both projects that focus on retraining retired race horses.
While Loman has been an instructor at the Held Equestrian Center since his hire, he is new to his role as assistant coach for the hunt seat team as of the fall 2015 semester. He looks forward to coaching the team at their competitions and hopes for a successful first season. He also serves as stable manager of the Held Equestrian Center.
Previously an instructor and coach at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Danielle Menteer joined the staff of the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center in July of 2007. She holds a B.S. degree in Equine Studies from Lake Erie and represented the Lake Erie Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) hunt seat team at the IHSA National Finals during her time as a student there.
Since then, Menteer has worked in eastern Ohio as a professional trainer and stable manager, working with horses and riders in dressage, hunters, and jumpers. Her experience is extensive: she has successfully competed on the Florida winter circuit, shown hunters and jumpers in "A" rated shows, and earned her United States Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze and silver medals in recognized dressage competitions, competing through the FEI level. Most recently, she graduated from the USDF "L" education program with distinction and was accepted into the USEF "r" judge training program.
Menteer coached the Albion Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) team to National Finals berths in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2013 with top ten team finishes. Individuals from Menteer's team competed at IDA Nationas each year from 2011 through 2015 where she coached three reserve national champion individual riders to their titles. She also serves as the director of the Held Equestrian Center.
Stock Seat Team
Denise Webber brings over 45 years of riding experience to her role as coach of the Albion College western team. As owner and head trainer of Nottawa Paint Horses, LLC in nearby Marshall, Michigan, Webber is active as both a trainer and a judge for 4-H, open, and Pony of the Americas (POA) horse show circuits.
As coach of the Albion College team, Webber's riders have won multiple high point and reserve high point awards not only as a team, but also as individuals. Riders from the Albion College western team have competed at IHSA Nationals as individuals in 2009, 2012 and 2014. Webber's students have also made appearances at the IHSA Semi-Finals every year since 2009. In just a few years, Webber has built the western program into a top contender in IHSA Zone 6, Region 4, consistently qualifying her riders for post-season competition in the Regional, Zone, and National finals.