MHC Dressage Team Captain Wins Leadership Award
Mazzeo '05 warms up Blitz for first-level competition.
(photo by Fred LeBlanc)
Holyoke’s dressage team,
which has dominated the national scene in recent years, continues
to rack up honors, even when not actively competing. This summer,
Nicole Mazzeo ’05, a four-year veteran of the team and 2004-2005
team captain, won the United States Dressage Federation’s
2005 Team Leadership Award. The prize was established to recognize
outstanding student leaders who are members of USDF intercollegiate/interscholastic
Founded in 1973, the United
States Dressage Foundation (USDF) is
preeminent dressage organization.
MHC dressage coach Rebecca Schurink nominated Mazzeo for the award,
praising her hard work, dedication, leadership, and ability to
motivate others. Other letters of recommendation noted Mazzeo's
initiative, leadership, and her status as a role model for others
involved in the program. As the winner, Mazzeo will receive a certificate
and a five-year participating membership with USDF.
Another MHC team member, Inge Schmidt ’05, who served as
both manager and horse master, received honorable mention.
thrilled that Nicole has been honored with such a prestigious
award from the USDF and that Inge received honorable mention,"
Schurink said. "Both these young women worked incredibly hard
over the years to make the MHC dressage club the best it could
influence is being felt now by the incoming team and captain,
sophomore Ashley Ireland. Due to Nicole and Inge's great initiative,
transition into leading this year’s team has been flawless.
All the new officers have been prepared well and remain in touch
with Nicole and Inge for guidance and support. We are fortunate
to have such remarkably giving and talented women in our programs."
Holyoke’s Dressage Team
States Dressage Foundation