Stettin, who served on the Junior Committee for two years before being named Youth Ambassador, said, "This has been my goal since my first day on Junior Committee, and I’m chomping at the bit to get started (no pun intended)!"
When Stettin joined the Junior Committee, she had no idea what to expect. "I didn’t need to know what being on Junior Committee entailed; I just knew I wanted to be a part of it,” she said. “I have been going to WIHS with my mother, a former equestrian herself, every year for almost a decade. It holds a very special place in my heart. That week as a Junior Committee member in October has been the highlight of my year."
Stettin brings past experience as a social media content creator for WIHS, among numerous other projects, including serving in costume as Major, the WIHS mascot. She has attended WIHS for many years, most recently traveling to Tryon International Equestrian Center to lend a hand in 2020.
As Youth Ambassador, Stettin hopes to help build awareness of WIHS, both locally and nationally, all while being safe.
"The pandemic certainly threw us a curveball last year, but we’re ready this time around," remarked Stettin. “This year’s show will be as incredible as ever.”
Junior Committee members Bea, Evie & Charlotte taking care of the Peeps Foundation Minis in 2019. Jump Media LLC.
As Social Media Ambassador, Bassow will focus on enhancing the unique elements of WIHS in a virtual environment and strengthening WIHS’ connection with the equestrian and non-equestrian worlds, while building relationships within the Junior Committee.
"There are certain traditions of WIHS that make it such a memorable event,” said Bassow. “With an emphasis on virtual viewing this year, I want to help bring some of these distinct traditions to the live stream and social channels. In such an isolating time due to COVID-19, sharing special moments like this, even virtually, is so important."
Olmstead will focus on the WIHS Regional Horse Show and USHJA Zone 3 Championship held at Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, Va., the week before WIHS at Tryon. She will guide committee members and manage participation in activities at the Regional Show.
"I want to help the Junior Committee come up with new volunteer events that allow everyone to participate either virtually or in person, while giving back to the local community and promoting WIHS," said Olmstead.
Supporting the Youth Ambassador and Junior Committee in their academic pursuits is Signature Academics. "We are delighted to return for the fifth year as sponsor of the WIHS Junior Committee," said Wendy Salomon, Executive Director of Signature Academics, a leading provider of educational services for student athletes, including a one-to-one fully accredited school in Wellington, Fla.
Since 2014, Salomon, an avid equestrian herself, and her Signature team have been tutoring equestrian student-athletes year-round, with a permanent location in Wellington, seasonally in Ocala, Fla., and at major national horse shows, including WIHS. "We specialize in supporting equestrian student-athletes who value education," said Salomon. "Our goal is to provide peace of mind to students and families that academic achievement is always a top priority, even in the face of non-stop training, traveling, and competition."