Big Month Ahead for Mackenna Shea

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PC: Ellie Leonard

This past month was a very exciting one for Mackenna and she is looking forward to many more exciting things ahead! In April, Mackenna was named as one of two recipients of the 2017 Karen E. Stives Eventing Endowment Fund Grants. This will allow Mackenna to participate in the Karen E. Stives European Emerging Athlete Tour, giving her the chance to represent the United States on the international stage at the 2017 Houghton Hall CICO3* and Bramham International CCI3*-U25 in Great Britain with her own Landioso.

In addition to the exciting competition opportunities, this grant will also allow Mackenna to further her education by spending a month in Great Britain under the mentorship of British Olympic Gold Medalist Leslie Law, visit Olympian Carl Hester’s yard, and visit a steeplechase yard. Mackenna is honored and incredibly thankful to be chosen, and she would like to send a huge thank you to her entire team of coaches, sponsors, friends, and family as well as Karen Stives whose incredible gift to the Emerging Athlete Program has made this possible.
Click here to learn more about the Karen Stives Grant.

While finishing preparations for their big trip to Europe, Mackenna and Landioso notched an impressive win at Twin Rivers in the highly competitive CIC3* division, a solid confidence boost for the pair before they head overseas. Mackenna also had a stellar final event on home turf with several of her other horses last weekend at the Galway Downs Horse Trials, where she contested the Open Preliminary with Peggy Moore’s Graceland’s Liebling and Kyrie McRoy’s Cheval de Tonnerre, who finished in 6th, and rode Judith McSwain’s Fleeceworks Ghost and Kaitlin Vosseller’s Graceland’s Lenox in Open Novice to 3rd and 9th place finishes respectively.

As she leaves today for Europe, Mackenna would like to send a huge thank you to her amazing support team – from her incredible coaches, Tamie and Heather, to her wonderful owners, sponsors, friends, and family for their unwavering support. She’s so excited to begin her adventure, and she hopes this opportunity will further prepare her to continue representing the United States internationally in the future.