Nov. 16, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn Equestrian team signed three riders for the 2013-14 season, Auburn head coach Greg Williams announced Friday. Caroline Becker, Ashley Foster and Jacqueline Shilen each signed National Letters of Intent to ride for the Tigers next season.
Caroline Becker is from Branchville, N.J., and grew up on her family's Little Pine Farm riding and showing sale horses and ponies. Becker trains with Julie Becker, Jamie Stryker and Michael Dowling.
"We have known Caroline for years," Williams said. "We got to have an early track on her because her older sister (Anna) has been on our team for four years. I have seen Caroline at large events before she even started high school. Caroline is not only a talented rider, she has a great grasp on college athletics so the rigorous schedule won't be a surprise. She simply wants Auburn to win championships. As a coach, I cannot agree more."
In 2012, Becker qualified and participated at the USEF Talent Search East Finals, USEF Medal Finals, Maclay Finals, PHS Finals, and Mashall & Sterling Finals. Becker finished 10th at the 2012 Southeast Maclay Regional. She qualified three different horses for Junior Hunter Finals in 2012.
Becker collected a number of top ribbons at HITS Ocala and qualified for the 2012 Ronnie Mutch Equitation Classic. Becker also finished 9th at the National PHA Finals in 2011 and qualified for USEF Medal Finals in 2009 and 2011.
Ashley Foster is from Brookeville, Md., and trains with Patty Foster, Mary Lisa Leffler, Missy Clark and Bobby Braswell. Foster has had tremendous success in the equitation, junior jumpers, junior hunters, and pony hunters.
"Ashley has not only won at some of the nation's biggest events, she has grown up as a trainer's daughter so she has a lot of experience riding a variety of horses," Williams said. "She will have the high level competitive experience coupled with the ability to ride any horse. We look for her to have an early impact."
In 2012, Foster was champion in the Large Junior Hunters 16-17 at the National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show, Capital Challenge and the Upperville Colt & Horse Show. Her junior hunter, Charade, is currently standing first nationally in the USEF.
Foster's high junior jumper, Indy, is currently standing ninth nationally in the USEF with a grand prix win in the Swan Lake Summer Grand Prix. She also qualified and participated at the National Junior Young Rider Championships and the Prix de States National Championships.
Foster qualified and participated at the 2012 WIHS Equitation Finals, Maclay Finals and USEF Medal Finals. Foster has collected multiple championships throughout her career at the Jacksonville Winter Series, HITS Ocala, HITS Culpepper, HITS Saugerties and Vermont Summer Festival.
She is a blue ribbon winner at the Devon Horse Show, Pennsylvania National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show and the National Horse Show. Foster also won the 2012 VHSA Francis Rowe Award for the Junior Exhibitor of the Year.
Jacqueline Shilen is from Greenwich, Conn., and trains with Christina and Fred Schauder of Country Lane Farm, Inc,. and Stacia Madden of Beacon Hill Show Stables. She began riding at six years old and started competing when she was 10.
"Jacqueline is another rider coming to us with a lot of national experience," Williams said. "We also feel that she not only has natural talent, but our belief is that she will be a rider that can adjust to all of the horses thrown her way in college. We are really excited to have her coming in next fall."
Shilen has qualified and competed at most of the major equitation championships in 2011and 2012, including the USEF Talent Search Finals, ASPCA Maclay Finals, USEF Medal Finals and the New England Equitation Championships.
Shilen has won numerous top ribbons at many of the major horse shows in 2012, including the Winter Equestrian Festival, the Lake Placid Horse Show, the Vermont Summer Festival and the Hampton Classic. Shilen's 2012 season was capped off by finishing 18th overall at the prestigious USEF Talent Search Finals East.
In 2011, Shilen was the Fairfield-Westchester Professional Horsemen's Association Grand Champion and finished sixth in the Connecticut Hunter Jumper Association Masters.