Area Representatives

 

The Regional Reps are a great local contact for all WPCSA Members and The Board Of Directors invites you to contact your Regional Reps for your Welsh needs on a local level.

Also be sure to check out the Blog for up to date news from your Region and across the Country.
You can view the entire Blog by Clicking Here or you can select your specific Region off of the Menu above under “About WPCSA”
(Hold your mouse on “Blog” on the menu (under the primary selection of “About WPCSA”) and then select your Region from that Menu.)

 

 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 the 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. Outside of the horse world, Kristy is a student in the Siena College/Albany Medical College Program in Humanities and Medicine, and is also a double Philosophy and Spanish minor. She enjoys doing community service, playing the alto saxophone and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to become a doctor and continue breeding and showing Welsh.

 

Carol Wilkinson – Northeast Region


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Carol Wilkinson, born and raised in Guilderland, NY, has been riding horses and ponies since she was a young girl. Carol has been on the Northeastern Welsh Pony Association Board of Directors for over ten years, served a year as Vice President, and is the annual NEWPA Show Concierge. Carol is famous for her hospitality at the Welsh shows; she loves to cook both ringside and at the end of a long show day at the Wilkinson RV. Carol and her husband, Gary,built and own Tri-City Fire Extinguisher, which has been in business for over 25 years. When she is not in the office as secretary, she enjoys spending time with her family and ponies.

 

Christine Fisher – Northeast Region


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Bio coming soon.

 

Elrita Annett – Southeast Region


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Elrita Annett has over 45 years experience with horses and has personally ridden and shown different breeds and disciplines. She started her show career at Miles River Riding School with Mrs. Barner and Mrs. McNeil starting with Leadline, progressing to Short Stirrup, then Adult Hunt Seat Equitation and has shown in other disciplines since then. For many years, Elrita showed Class A Arabians with Double JJ Arabians. She has also trained in reining, cutting and roping plus obtained her FQHR judge’s card and has judged these events.. She has judged over 100 open and 4-H shows. There is a special place in her heart for the Welsh since she learned to ride on the Welsh ponies at Miles River. Elrita currently owns Section A and Section D Welsh ponies. She teaches riding lessons with her daughter, Mirina Brown, at their farm on their Welsh ponies. Locally, Elrita is on the 4-H Horse Advisory Board and is active in horse 4-H activities.

 

Deb Branson – Southeast Region


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I got into Welsh ponies shortly after retiring from the Navy.  As a result of cancer surgery on my leg, I could no longer ride or handle my large warmbloods in dressage and over fences competition.  By accident, I discovered the wonderful Welsh. Everything I learned from my military career flying helicopters translated well into driving ponies.  I have competed with my Welsh ponies driving them single, pair and four-in-hand in CDE, pleasure and Welsh shows.  For the past 10 years I’ve been breeding section A and B and 1/2 Welsh and presently stand one stallion, Bay Ridge Magnific Blue. I wanted to show my ponies and found there were no Welsh shows in North or South Carolina so, if you want something, do it yourself! Since 2008 I’ve managed from 2 to 6 shows per year in North Carolina. The Carolina Welsh Club which began with our first show in 2007, has gone from a handful of members to a healthy group.  In my daily life I am a college professor, the rest of the time I’m playing with my ponies on our NC farm with my husband of 37 years.

 

Lois Ferson – Southeast Region


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I have had horses and ponies for over fifty years.  Growing up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; I was active in a local foxhunt and also trail rode extensively.  After marrying Jim, we had Arabians and Quarter horses for many years, and eventually we moved to North Carolina in 1979.  We acquired our first Section B over 10 years ago, and since then we have been actively showing, breeding and thoroughly enjoying our ponies and the Welsh community.  In addition to the Section B ponies that Jim shows, I have a Section D mare that I show in dressage and at the local Welsh shows.   In my professional life I was the manager of technical publications and standards for an international technical society.  Although I still do some consulting work, my true passion is spending time with our ponies.  I especially enjoy working with the members of the South East region, our headquarters staff, and the many volunteer officers I have met since becoming a regional representative.

 

Joann Williams – Northcentral Region


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Bio coming soon.

 

Donna Ley – Northcentral Region


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My first memory involves riding my aunt’s Shetland ponies when I was about 5 years old.  Ponies and horses have been a part of my life ever since.  I grew up with the Shetlands, a POA mare, stock horses, and Tennessee Walking Horses.  We got our first Welsh in 1988, not having the first clue of what we had.  In 1995, I started the club, Heart of Minnesota Welsh, so that people in our area could network and share their love of the ponies and cobs.  We held our first WPCSA sanctioned show in 1997 and the club has held at least 1 show every year since.  I have worn every hat in show management and in running the club at one point or another.  My girls and I have been breeding Welsh ponies, half Welsh, and a cob since 1989.  We raise, train, and show them ourselves.  Now that my kids are all grown, the grandchildren are getting involved in showing the ponies too.  I’m passionate about the Welsh as a breed and feel that the people who loves these ponies and cobs are some of the best in the world.

 

Denise Dougherty – Southcentral Region


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Bio coming soon.

 

Winona Myers – Southcentral Region


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Winona Myers has owned horses or ponies for 54 years. As an adult she and her husband Rod bought their first Morgan as a college graduation present to themselves and continued buying and breeding Morgans, Saddlebreds pinto Arabs and now Welsh Mountain Ponies. She has shown Morgans to National top ten in western, dressage, and English pleasure while Rod did the same in driving. Together they managed the Wheat State Morgan Horse show and various smaller shows.They bought their first Welsh Mountain Pony for their son in 1986 but did not get serious until they bought Cat Creek Inuendo. They now have a herd of Section A ponies-all with strong Coed Coch lines on their Imprint Farm, home of GreyGlyn Welsh Mountain Ponies. Winona enjoys grooming for shows and leading the ponies back and forth from the barn to the pasture. rod enjoys showing Welsh roadster. “I think the Welsh Mountain Pony is incredibly important to the breed and is a treasure in the equine world. People only have to meet a Welsh Pony or Cob to fall in love. It is our job to introduce them.” Winona has been an active member of the 2012-2015 American National Welsh Pony and Cob show held in Tulsa.She is a retired journalism and 6th grade teacher and business owner. She also shows AKC obedience, rally and conformation toy poodles.

 

Pam Christensen – Northwest Region


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Cindy DiBrino – Northwest Region


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Bio coming soon.

 

Heather Gaffer-McKereghan – Northwest Region


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Bio coming soon.

 

Judy Hubert – Southwest Region


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My name is Judy Hubert, and we have been involved with the Welsh Ponies since “the beginning of time”. In 1972, Jay was asked to join the local club (WPAC), but in order to do so, he needed to own a pony – so we purchased Welmore Rebecca from Roger & Aileen VanCleve, and that was the beginning! To go back a bit farther, Jay has handicapped twin sisters, and one of them wanted a pony. After many years of begging, her family connected with Florence and Roy Stradan, where the first Welsh Pony for the Hubert family was found – Seren Elm. There have been many other ponies over the years. We did some breeding with some very old line ponies for several years, as well as showing. Jay decided years ago that if he had to haul ponies for his sister, he was going to “play” as well. He started with driving a Roadster pony, Stradan’s Country Boy, and after several years, moved on to the Combined Driving world. I, on the other hand, kept to the “business” end of things, volunteering 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.

 

Deborah Elliott-Fisk – Southwest Region


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I am very happy to join Judy Hubert as one of the two WPCSA’s area representatives for the southwest region, which includes the states of Arizona, California, and Nevada. Like Judy, I too enjoyed the recent AGM in Orlando, and I was happy to be asked during the meeting to serve as one of the WPCSA area I have been involved with Welsh ponies since 1960 when I was a young child. I was a pony crazy kid who loved Welsh and Shetland ponies, and I had colts and geldings and was involved in 4-H. But, with school and family moves around California and our farm in Oregon, the ponies were gone eventually for the more urban southern California setting. Then off to college and to become a UC Davis professor. When I reached the point where I was working up to 125 hours a week for the university (yes, this is true), I decided to make a change and get back into Welsh, as I knew caring for the ponies would keep me from working that many hours. In 1997, I purchased my favorite Welsh 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.

 

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.