Pony Club Podcast cohosts Sarah Evers Conrad and Megan Scharfenberg interview Liz Halliday-Sharp, a 5* Event rider who got her start in Pony Club, and Lydia Eilinger, chair of the NYB. This month's episode is brought to you by Stoneleigh-Burnham School and supported by Kentucky Equine Research.
Guest, Liz Halliday-Sharp: Liz Halliday-Sharp is a C-3 alum from Fallbrook Pony Club in Southern California and an inductee into the 2008 USPC Academy of Achievement. She has been a strong member of high-performance eventing for many years. She has represented the U.S. in multiple Nations Cup teams, was reserve for both of the most recent World Equestrian Games and the Pan American Games, was selected for the 2020 Olympic Team, as well being named the 2020 U.S. Eventing Rider of the Year. Currently, she is the #1 Eventing rider in the U.S. and ranked within the top 10 in the world according to points rankings, in addition to placing in the top 3 at last month’s Land Rover Kentucky Five-Star Three-Day Event. With the most international eventing wins in the world for the past three years running (more than any other man or woman), Liz is very excited for the future with her talented group of horses and hopes to be a part of many U.S. teams for years to come. In addition to competing, she has a passion for inspiring young athletes in equestrian sport, and she hopes to encourage the next generation of top eventers to be their very best.
Guest, Lydia Eilinger: Lydia Eilinger has been a member of Pony Club since age 8 and is an H-A HM and C-2 in Eventing. She serves as the District Commissioner of Milton Pony Club in the South Region. Lydia stays super busy with Pony Club activities as she just moved into the Chair position of the NYB after starting out as the secretary, and the Chair of the NYB Regional Youth Board Committee. She has also been a Visiting Instructor and traveled all around to teach Pony Club groups. She also represented the South Region as part of the 2022 National Youth Congress. She is also the Quiz secretary at this year’s USPC Championships East.