KRISTY WILKINSON – NORTHEAST REGION
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Kristy Wilkinson, born and raised in Albany, NY, has been involved with Welsh Ponies since she was seven years old. Kristy was an active youth member of WPCSA and strives to be even more active as an adult. In high school, Kristy built and managed the web page for Northeastern Welsh Pony Association for more than three years. In addition to having extensive show experience in the WPCSA in hand and performance rings, she has also excelled nationally with USDF and USEF. Outside of the horse world, Kristy is a graduate of Siena College (2016), earning a BA in Biology and a double minor in Philosophy and Spanish. Currently, she is a member of the class of 2020 at Albany Medical College studying to become a doctor. She enjoys doing community service, playing the alto saxophone and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to become a physician and continue breeding and showing Welsh.
acquired Asgard Bronze Sand, and it began. To find out more about her, we contacted the Asgard farm, owned by the Lapicola sisters. They were so happy to know where she was and they ended up leasing her from us for a couple of years. I also ended up leasing, then buying from them the Sec B filly, Asgard Silver Harp, and so our life in showing the Welsh began. Our farm is now a family affair with all of us working with the ponies. Jim takes care of the farm and most of the hay hauling. Tasha and I do most of the showing and we all work on the training of the foals. I started driving about 7 years ago and love it. I show in pleasure, carriage and draft. I have even been know to ride in a class or two in the past. We raise Sec A, B, the occasional 1/2 Welsh, and possibly even a C foal now and then.
breeding program, we have been thrilled to incorporate the Welsh Cob and are looking forward to many more years with these amazing Ponies and Cobs. In addition to managing the breeding program, my wife and I have been thrilled to also return Smoke Tree Welsh to the show ring on a National level. Additionally, I have served on both the Show Committee, and more specifically, the WPCSA American National Show Committee successfully working closely with the Director that chairs this committee. I will serve as the Co American National show Superintendent, which I regard as a huge honor! Over the last several years I have immersed myself in this wonderful Welsh family and have forged several lifelong friendships in the process. The Welsh breed is a unique special breed with so many willing to offer guidance and knowledge, which should be archived and cherished. The Welsh breed and association has given so much to our family. It is my turn to give back. I look forward to working with the members in the South Central Region as a Regional Representative. Please feel free to contact me with anything you believe I will be able to help you with.
Mountain Pony Tri-Ef Elfin Heather (she is now 31), got involved with WPCAC and the WPCSA, and started my herd. In 1998, I purchased two beautiful Welsh Cob mares as well as two Chincoteague Pony weanlings (I work with the Chincoteague Ponies on Assateague Island, Virginia/Maryland), and my dream of owning a fine group of ponies took off. I acquired more ponies (especially section A), a stallion, attended many shows, did a bit of breeding with my Sea Star prefix, and became fully engaged in the Welsh, buying my own farm in 2003. I absolutely love our members, as the friendly people make our Welsh shows so enjoyable! I have been past secretary and president of WPCAC and I am currently a board member, working on our newsletter, email communication, and publicity. I have managed shows and served as show secretary. I try to attend the WPCSA AGM every year, and I am currently a member of the scholarship committee, as well as involved with the section A and section D focus groups. I think the WPCSA is a fantastic organization that continues toget stronger and solidify our ties with other equine groups. I look forward to working with all of our members across the southwest region to maintain and improve WPCSA connections with our members. I believe that I know our members and the region well, and I look forward to helping you address your needs as a WPCSA member.
many ways for the WPCAC (we added the Cobs to the name of the club). Shortly after acquiring the above mentioned ponies, Jay was voted in as President of the WPAC (Welsh Pony Association of CA), and we have been “involved” since that time. I took over the Welsh Newsletter, and for many years, was the editor. This was during the “cut and paste” days. We became involved in the shows, ending up in the management end of the operation. It was during this time that Jackie started showing, beginning with Lead Line, showing a pony for the Stradan’s (Stradan’s Roxanne), and graduating to getting her own pony, Searle’s Starbright, purchased from Jill Whiting, who turned out to be a very good personal friend. During this “era”, the WPCSA initiated the Regional Representative Program, and we worked with folks in the southern part of the state, to help encourage other Welsh Owners to participate in shows. Lew Kingston (deceased), and Ed Profio (deceased) coordinated groups from both the southern part of the state, as well as the mid-state (Santa Barbara) areas, and we had some great sessions. I believe it was from these efforts that CA became one of the most popular areas for shows – state-wide. Sadly, over the years, this program ceased for lack of effort/interest. It’s time to bring it back to life, and that’s what we are going to try to do.
TRACY DOPKO – CANADA
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My name is Tracy Dopko. My husband and I own and operate Daventry Equestrian, located in Darwell, Alberta, Canada. I have been a Life Member with the WPCSA for over 10 years and focus on breeding Section B, D & Half Welsh. We currently stand two WPCSA stallions and produce a few foals each year. I am also an Approved WPCSA and USEF Welsh Pony Judge and on various Welsh Committees with both organizations.