Event Team

Elizabeth York
was first introduced to horses at the age of three and began riding hunter jumpers full time at the age of five. Upon turning 13, she began training a 3-year old   Registered Quarter Horse, Storey’s Star and competed at Training Level Dressage in Atlanta,   Georgia. Once Star was of age to jump, Elizabeth and her quarter horse competed successfully  on the A Show Circuit throughout the Southeastern US. A few years later, she began competing in hunter jumper medal classes on her thoroughbred “Steele the Scene”. In 1993, Elizabeth and Steele qualified to compete in the prestigious national ASPCA Maclay Medal Final at Devon, PA but had to withdraw after her horse Steele broke his leg and had to be put down. Elizabeth moved to New York City after graduating from college and intermittently exercised horses in Westchester County while focusing on her career as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch. Twelve years later she decided to return to her childhood passion by combining her Dressage and Hunter Jumper backgrounds and joined Chelsea and the Penwick Eventing Team. 

Leigh Ann Czigler began riding at the age of 8. She started at camps than moved onto hunter/jumper barns and then into dressage. After realizing her love for dressage but, still having an urge to jump and keep dressage close by, Leigh Ann found Chelsea at age 15.  With Chelsea's close guidance Leigh Ann purchased her first horse, a 4 year old Cleveland Bay/TB while showing one of Chelsea's experienced horses' at the lower levels. With Chelsea's help Leigh Ann began working with the youngster and began showing him successfully. Leigh Ann is also part of the United States Pony Club where she currently holds a C-2 rating and is still pursuing to the higher ratings. She now is the proud owner of True Muse "aka Rex" and is competing at the Training level. Leigh Ann is an accounting major in college and continues to work with Chelsea and Penwick Eventing Team.

Amanda VanNess started riding at the age of 6. In her quest to get more experience jumping, she found the Penwick Event Team and has been riding with them ever since. She is currently riding Noble, an unraced 5 year old TB,  and is loving every minute of it. She is looking forward to competing beginner novice and novice next year on her new mount and getting her varsity letter from the USEF.

Beth Rumore began riding at age 11 in Southern Illinois.  When her family moved to Texas, her riding career  became sporadic until, as an adult, she purchased her first horse in 1996, an off the track Thoroughbred, Rebel Prince.  She rode briefly with Charles McDaniel at Wild Sunday Farm in San Antonio and soon relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Here she again trained and rode hunter/jumper with Carol Fulton at Westwood Stables for 7 years.  Frequent relocation once again put her riding career on hold.  She is  thrilled to have discovered Chelsea and the Penwick Team through Elizabeth Clouston.  Chelsea's coaching has revitalized her excitement for riding and she is thrilled to explore the world of eventing!


Heidi Kendall Middlemas grew up with horses at her family's home in Maine. Her grandmother was a dressage enthusiast who taught Heidi to ride at the age of three. Heidi's first horse was a strong willed bay Anglo Arab named Tamarack Mirage. Heidi continued her riding career at Skidmore College, focusing on hunter jumpers where she discovered her passion for training young horses. Heidi moved to New York City after graduating and worked as a trainer and instructor at Overpeck Stables, where she trained under Olympian Rusty Holzer before taking time off to focus on her career. Heidi found Chelsea and Penwick Eventing and without having ridden cross country before is now showing at Horse Trials and enjoying every minute of working with Chelsea to school and train young horses. She leases La Rouge from Chelsea and is looking forward to making her debut at recognized shows. 

Deena Woloshin began riding at the age of five, and began riding at hunter and equitation barns. However, after spending a summer at Vershire Riding School, when she was 14, she became interested in eventing. Deena has been riding with Chelsea for about a year and loves riding all types of horses and ponies, no matter how challenging they are. She dreams of one day going to college on an equestrian scholarship and can't wait to continue her career in eventing. 

Leyla Lesina started riding as a child in Ivory Coast and Senegal, West Africa.  Her father passed on his love for horses and encouraged her to continue riding once they got back to Italy.  She then with college and focusing on her career and did not ride regularly for almost 15 years.  A year ago, she met Chelsea; through her guidance, encouragement and lessons, Leyla is back to her childhood passion.  She recently bought Spiderman from Chelsea and is enjoying every minute with him.

Wendy Graham following a childhood dream started riding in 1998 in Budapest, Hungary at the age of 29.  Her primary focus was dressage under Eilika Hapsburg (who was born and raised in Germany) and Peter Gabor (who studied in Vienna, Austria).  She leased a beautiful black Irish Draft Horse, Tina, from a fellow American Expat couple and spent the next three years learning dressage and hacking with her dog, Sadie, in the Hungarian countryside before returning to the U.S. to attend business school.  In 2010, Wendy returned to horseback riding with a desire to return to the countryside.  Chelsea soon realized that Wendy had never learned how to jump and with a bit of encouragement, Wendy is now learning how to jump, working towards the next level of dressage, and enjoys hacking in the countryside with good friends.
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