Riders

Paige Matthies

Paige Matthies

Paige Matthies, 15, currently shows in the equitation divisions and junior hunters, as well as the junior jumpers. She is enrolled in Laurel Springs Academy's online program and attends Palm Beach International Academy in Wellington, Florida during the winter months. Paige lives with her parents on her family's vineyard, where she spends her spare time helping out on the farm as well as in the family's winery. She enjoys fishing, hunting, reading, skiing and spending time at the beach.

Paige Matthies

After enjoying success in the Children's Pony division on her first pony, What a Girl Wants, Paige moved up to the Children's Hunter Horse and national equitation divisions, earning multiple zone championships over the years in 14 & under Equitation and Children's Hunter Horse divisions. She first qualified for the Maclay finals and Pessoa finals riding as an 11-year-old. She now competes in the Junior Hunter Division, earning a place at indoors every year since on her large and small junior hunters, taking home good ribbons. In 2015, she placed 10th at the Region 4 Maclay Championships, improving on that in 2016 with a third place finish. After qualifying for both Washington and Harrisburg on her low junior jumper, she is looking forward to moving on to the higher jumper divisions in 2017.

Paige Matthies

Paige Matthies


Mackenzie Snider

Mackenzie Snider

If Mackenzie Snider, age 16, could compete in every ring she would, however, she focuses mostly in the Junior Jumper and Equitation divisions. She enjoys living next to Northern Pines Farm in Maple City, Michigan with her mother and brother while attending Glen Lake High School. Mackenzie loves to help out at the barn, but also tries to balance a normal high school life as much as possible. Always active, if Mac is not at the barn, then you will find her wake-boarding, paddle-boarding, hiking, snowshoeing, fishing, playing with her younger brother, or just handing out with friends.

Mackenzie Snider

Mackenzie took her first riding lesson when she was 6 years old and has been riding full time ever since. Her love of the sport grew from hobby to passion while showing her first pony, "Rockin' Riely" and winning the Marshall and Sterling Children's Pony Medal Finals in 2011. At 10 years old, Mackenzie moved from the pony ring to the jumper ring, achieving multiple State and Zone Championships in the Children's Jumpers with "Rochette", " Varina", and "Amigo", ultimately arriving at Nationals in Harrisburg (2014 and 2016) and Washington D.C. (2016). Mackenzie makes it her goal to qualify for all the medals each year and also looks forward to competing more in the U.S.E.T. Talent Searches. For 2017, Mac is hopeful that she will have continued success riding "Questa Capriole" in the high junior jumpers and beyond.

Mackenzie Snider

Mackenzie Snider

Raleigh Cerre

Raleigh Cerre

Raleigh currently shows as a 16 year old in the Equitation divisions on her horse, Ravinia. She is a senior at Traverse City Central High School and plans to graduate with the class of 2018. Raleigh moved to Traverse City in the summer of 2015 to be able to ride with Melissa Hirt and Northern Pines Farm. In her spare time that isn't spent at the barn, she enjoys hanging out with friends, snowboarding, and going to the beach.

Raleigh Cerre

Prior to moving to Traverse City to ride with Melissa, Raleigh mainly competed at local shows, where she was very successful. With her first horse, she championed multiple times in the Children's Hunters and earned multiple year end awards. She then started riding with Melissa and bought her current horse, Ravinia. She has now owned Ravinia for nearly four years, and within those years she has gone from the Children's Hunters, to the Children's Jumpers, to the Big Eq. Last season was Raleigh's first time qualifying for the Region 4 Maclay Championships and Pessoa Finals. Her first time at Maclay Regionals went very well and Ravinia definitely stepped up to help Raleigh qualify for the finals in November. Hopefully this coming season will be just as amazing, if not better.

Raleigh Cerre

Raleigh Cerre

Mackenzie Cianciolo

Mackenzie Cianciolo

Mackenzie Cianciolo shows as a 14 year old in equitation on her horse, G-Star. She also competes in the Junior Hunters. Mackenzie is currently enrolled in the University of Indiana Online High School. She moved in August of 2016 from Montana to come and train with Melissa Hirt at Northern Pines Farm. When not at the barn, or at shows, she is often engaging with friends and traveling.

Mackenzie Cianciolo

Before Mackenzie started training with Melissa Hirt, she was showing in the West Coast International Shows and earned many championships on her pony. She then moved on to horses and the higher divisions. From her start competing in jumpers, hunters, and equitation, Mackenzie has been very successful. Since her move to Northern Pines Farm, she has done very well at several AA rated shows. Her goal for this year is to go to Maclay Finals and the Pessoa Finals and feels like she's right on track.

Mackenzie Cianciolo

Mackenzie Cianciolo

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Aristea Santoro

Aristea Santoro

Aristea Santoro moved to Michigan from Florida in 2014. She is currently riding as a 13 year old in the Equitation and Hunter rings, and enjoys bringing up young horses. She is in 8th grade at The Children's House Montessori in Traverse City, Michigan.

Aristea Santoro

In 2015, Aristea trained and qualified her small green pony, "Golden Ticket", for pony finals and was 4th in Zone 5 in Small Green Pony Hunters. She was GLEF Circuit Champion in the Large Children’s pony on Melissa Hirt’s "Illumination". She was third in the HJAM Children’s medal finals and had many blue ribbons in the 12-14 equitation and 3’ medals. In the autumn of 2015, as a 12 year old, Aristea had the opportunity to participate in the George Morris Clinic. On the back of her training with George Morris, she went on to win both the Marshall & Sterling Midwest Children’s Medal Final and IHJA Children’s Medal Finals on "Audience of One" at the Lamplight Equestrian Center. She and Audience of One continued their successful partnership into 2016 in both the Children’s Hunter and Equitation. They ended 2016 ranked 2nd in the NAL Children’s Hunter, 13th at Pennsylvania National Horse Show, and 3rd in WIHS Children’s Hunter. They were Circuit Champion at GLEF and Aristea was ROMPF Leading Children’s Hunter Rider. They were Zone 5 Children’s Hunter 14/u Champion, HJAM Children’s Hunter 14/u Champion and overall Children’s Hunter Champion, and IHJA Reserve Children’s Hunter 14/u Champion. They also won the Children’s Hunter Classic at the Kentucky National Horse Show. Aristea also had many equitation successes in 2016 both on "Audience of One" and her new horse "Comtico". She qualified for and participated in Maclay Regionals and Pessoa Finals in 2016, riding as a 12 year old. She was 3rd in the IHJA Junior Medal finals, 3rd in the M&S Horsemanship Medal Final and 5th in the M&S Junior Medal Final. She was 3rd in THIS medal at Kentucky National Horse Show. She was 3rd overall in the IHJA 12-14 Equitation year end results. She was also Reserve Circuit Champion in 12-14 Equitation at GLEF. In 2017, Aristea continues her equitation success on "Comtico" and is already qualified for Pessoa finals and brought home some excellent equitation ribbons from both WEF and WEC. She is bringing along a new 6 year old prospect, "Raquel", and is looking forward to showing her in the young hunter classes this summer.

Aristea Santoro

Kathy Lofquist

Kathy Lofquist

Kathy began riding at Northern Pines Farm in 2004. Although she doesn't own her own horse, she trains and has had success showing with one of the Northern Pines Farm lesson horses "Plain & Simple" or Pixie. Kathy credits her success to hard work and the excellent training she receives at Northern Pines.

Kathy Lofquist

Kathy and "Pixie" consistently win championships on the local show circuit. At the "A" circuit level, Kathy and "Pixie" have won two HJAM Medal rounds and most recently, were reserve champions in the Low Adult level at GLEF 2016.

Kathy Lofquist

Kathy Lofquist

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Madison Steinhebel

Madison Steinhebel

Madison Steinhebel is nine years old and has been riding with Northern Pines Farm since she was four. She currently rides her own pony, "Rockin' Riley". Madison lives in Lake Leelanau, Michigan with her mother, father, brother Eric and 2 dogs, 1 cat, and 9 chickens. Besides riding, Madison enjoys swimming, boating, golfing, and snowmobiling. She spends time with family and friends and helps her Great Uncle on his dairy farm.

Madison Steinhebel

Madison has been showing in the Stepping Stones Horse Show series for the past three years and won several championship ribbons. This year, Madison will be showing for the first time at the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival on her own pony, "Rockin' Riley".

Madison Steinhebel

Madison Steinhebel

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