Callie O’Connell (MA)
Callie is a 19-year-old from Wilmington, Massachusetts. She will be entering her Junior year at MassArt College in Boston in the fall, where she is studying Fashion Design. Callie trains with Jane Karol at Bear Spot Farm (Concord, MA) and has been Jane’s working student since 2015. She has been training in dressage since she was 8 years old, received her bronze medal when she was 14 and is currently working toward her silver medal. Callie was the 2012 NEDA Fall Champion in Region 8 Dressage Seat Equitation for ages 14-18, she competed for Region 8 at NAJYRC in 2014 on the Junior Team, and qualified for the Region 8 Young Riders Team in 2017. Callie and her current partner, Furst Story (“Ferry”), began their partnership in 2016 when he arrived from Germany as a 4-year-old. This is Callie’s first young horse that she is training up through the levels -- and she’s loving every minute of it. They won the First Level Regional Championship as a Jr/YR their first season competing, and they are currently training and competing at Third/Fourth Level. Callie is honored to have been selected for the TDF’s Young Rider International Dream Program and cannot wait to meet the team and experience Aachen together.