$10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Awarded to Iliana Close
The Woodside-area Horse Owners Association (WHOA!) and the Mounted Patrol Foundation (MPF), joint sponsors of the $10,000 Woodside-area Equestrian Merit Scholarship Award, congratulate Iliana Close, recent graduate of Carlmont High School, on being awarded this significant scholarship.
Anne Van Camp, WHOA!, commented, “This year’s impressive applicants are deeply involved in the equestrian community, their academic commitment,s and community service.” Don Pugh, MPF, added, “Their achievements and dedication assure a bright future.”
“It is an incredible honor to receive this scholarship,” said Iliana Close. “A college education is a high-cost endeavor, and my earlier cancer diagnosis and treatment complicated my family’s financial planning for college expenses. This scholarship will help me pursue my education at Stanford University, continue my research into inflammatory and rare diseases, and broaden the scope of my non-profit charity, EcoLogic Health. It will also allow me to continue volunteering at the Stanford Red Barn and the animal fostering charity, Rescue the Underdog. My hope for the future is to use my education to give back to the community through research, education, and outreach.”
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By: Lindsay Berreth Feb 11, 2022 – 10:57 PM
The Chronicle of the Horse
Name: Eileen Morgenthaler
Hometown: Portola Valley, California
Twenty years ago, a hack with a friend added a new dimension to Eileen Morgenthaler’s life.
She was just getting back into riding after a long break—she rode casually in her 20s, before her job and family took priority—when a friend at the Horse Park at Woodside, in Woodside, California, offered to take her out for a hack. They jumped some logs, and Morgenthaler was hooked: Eventing would be her next sport.
“I thought that was the coolest thing I’d ever done,” she said. “You could hear me screaming to Los Gatos about how fun it was. It was like nirvana. It became an incredible passion. I ended up buying a second horse and went to the horse park with a trainer there and was there for 16 years, then moved to another trainer for all eventing.”
Eventing is not a sport for the faint of heart, and picking it up in yours 40s isn’t common, but Morgenthaler is a bit of a thrill seeker: her other favorite pastimes include snow skiing, water skiing, paddle boarding and hiking.
Last year, Morgenthaler realized a goal by competing in the beginner novice rider division at the 2021 USEA American Eventing Championships (Kentucky) on Chicago GS, an 11-year-old Trakehner gelding of unrecorded breeding.
“It was an extraordinary experience,” she said. “It was so much fun. The Kentucky Horse Park was an incredibly beautiful place to hold it. You didn’t feel like there were 1,200 horses there. To ride in the Rolex Arena and have your name in the lights on the scoreboard was kind of a dream come true. Never would have dreamed it, but it happened. I’m very happy I went.”
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