MEET OUR BRAND AMBASSADORS
My name is Jessica Pyfer, I am 22 years old and I am about to start my career as a Professional Thoroughbred Jockey. I have ridden in equestrian my entire life. Previously I rode in Hunter/Jumpers and traveling throughout the country as well as internationally. My family is full of equestrians so I was basically bred to be an equestrian as well. My mother rode and trained Hunter/Jumpers as well as riding a few races and galloping on the racetrack for over 30 years. My biological father was a jockey as well, and my step-father is Philip D'Amato, a top thoroughbred trainer who has horses stabled across the country. When I turned 16 and was able to get a license on the racetrack, I started working for my fathers stable, first ponying the racehorses, then galloping and working horses before school. When I graduated high school I decided to sell my jumper and gallop on the racetrack early in the mornings and go to college after. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Pre-law this past spring. When thinking about what I wanted to do next, there was nothing but the thought of riding races in my mind. It is my passion and my love for the horses is greater than anything. I am very excited for what is to come and blessed to be able to follow my dream as a jockey.
The Stronach Group, Vice President
Equestrian, Board Member: Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA).
Nicole Walker is Vice President at The Stronach Group, a world-class entertainment and real estate development company with Thoroughbred horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering at the core. At The Stronach Group she works closely with her mother, Belinda Stronach, on engaging the next generation of fans in the sport of Thoroughbred racing by helping to shape many areas of the business including the marquee racing events such as the Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Preakness Stakes. Nicole is an integral part of the Thoroughbred retirement and aftercare programs at Adena Springs.
A 2014 Wilfrid Laurier University graduate of Environmental Studies and Business Management, Nicole is an accomplished up and coming equestrian on the international show jumping circuit. She has had international sanctioned victories across Canada, America and Europe. Currently, Nicole is a member of the Canadian Show Jumping team and reigning Canadian Show Jumping Championship at the prestigious Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Nicole has competed for the Canadian Junior Nation’s Cup Team, won the 2017 Penn National Grand Prix 3* in Harrisburg, PA and the 2017 U25 Canadian National Champion.
Outside of the competition ring, Nicole assists with the management of the Adena Springs Thoroughbred Retirement program located at her home base in Aurora, Ontario and serves on the board of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Both endeavours help to retrain and rehome Thoroughbred racehorses once they have retired from their on-track racing careers.
International Grand Prix Rider and Trainer
From Sydney to San Diego:
Australian Emma Weinert started riding lessons as a child in her home city of Sydney, Australia, where she discovered a lifelong love for horses. As a teenager, Emma’s family bought her a warmblood horse, a big four year old gelding named Darius. From there, Emma was well and truly bitten by the dressage bug. An avid learner, Emma immersed herself in the sport and climbed the ranks to FEI levels on a team of horses she produced herself.
Justine Wilson has ridden her entire life and originally began her professional career in the jumpers but quickly discovered Dressage and fell in love with the sport. Over the course of a few short years she has transitioned her program into one entirely focused on high performance dressage. Her farm, Breezy Hill South, stands KWPN stallion Special D and GOV/ISR/DWB Licensed stallion Hero whom she competes along with several extremely talented mares, including Erludine DVB, and from whom she produces her next generation. She has had success in the USEF Young Horse and Developing program as well as Small Tour CDI and nearing her ultimate goal of CDI Grand Prix. She also raises young stallions in Holland to add to the breeding program here in the US. Justine is the Vice President of the South Carolina Dressage and Combined Training Association and on the Stallion Committee for KWPN-NA. She has worked with Oded Shimoni, Elly Schobel and Linda Zang as well as Coby and Marlies Von Baalen in the Netherlands.
Isabelle was born and raised in Los Angeles. She began riding at the young age of 4. Growing up she competed at numerous So Cal equestrian facilities including the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, Earl Warren Showgrounds and the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. In 2009 Isabelle started The Modern Equestrian blog, which was created with the intention of catering towards the fashionable and forward-thinking equestrian or equestrian enthusiast. She loves connecting with other equestrian influencers and spreading positivity amongst the equestrian community. Isabelle currently works in the television industry in Los Angeles and continues to compete locally.
I train horses for a living, specializing in preparing ottbs for new careers. I also help in my husband's race stable. I graduated a few years ago with a degree in biology, but I decided that living a passionate life doing what I truly love was the better direction. I was a trainer for the rrp Thoroughbred Makeover last year and ended up 8th of 300 for the Thoroughbred Ambassador Award. I compete regularly in local dressage, jumping, and eventing shows and I'm always keeping my eye out for that special horse to 'take all the way.' I am the vice president of the largest chapter of the Idaho Dressage and Eventing Association and the head instructor for the Boise Pony Club. My friends refer to me as the one wearing all the colors and I'm known for my incessant positivity.
Thank you for this opportunity to partner with your company, in promoting your amazing jewellery. I have been a nationally ranked rider (Junior Hunters /Equitation)in Canada for the past three years. This past year (April 2016), I relocated to Langley, BC in order to compete on the West Coast circuit, including CA & WA. My riding goals include qualifying for indoor finals both in Canada & USA. I am 17 years old but very determined, mature & independent. My followers are very interactive, which I feel is a reflection on my authentic style. I absolutely love your products & would be honoured to apart of the AtelierCG Team.