Kariel started riding and caring for horses when she was five years old. Over the course of her career with the horses, she has started her own horse, been USDF youth volunteer of the year and won numerous year-end awards for USEF, USDF and NEDA. She currently has two horses, Fascy, a 27 year-old now retired and Vegas, an Arab she purchased as a yearling and trained to second level.
While she finds it challenging to describe why she loves hoses, she thinks it is because she grew up with them and can't image my life with out them. She loves that every horse she has met in the last 17 years has had its own personality and brings something different to the table. She came to Bear Spot after seeing Jane at shows and noticing how kind she is to her horses. Kariel works with the horses in order to take the best possible care of them and we are thrilled to have her on our team.
Callie is a 21 year old bronze and silver USDF medalist and has competed through I1. Career highlights include becoming CADI (Children of the American Dressage Invitational) combined champion with a score of 74.76% in 2012. At age 14, Callie was the 2012 NEDA Region 8 Champion in Dressage Seat Equitation, age 14-18 with a score of 79%. Callie competed for region 8 at NAJYRC in 2014 on the Junior Team and qualified for the Region 8 team in 2017 for the Young Riders Team. Callie won the first level JR/YR regional championship in 2016 on Furst Story, age five and 3rd level regional championship in 2018 when he was seven. Callie was just chosen to represent the Dressage Foundation as one of four US riders to attend Aachen as part of the Dressage International Dream Program in 2018. In 2019, Callie competed Zorba at Third level and finished 4th in the Third level Region 8 Jr/Yr championships, and finished 8th overall in the 3rd level USDF Jr/Yr rankings for 2019. She also received high point with 75% for Jr/Yr for the entire NEDA Fall show. With Weltgang, Callie competed him in the Young Rider division and PSG, and finished the year with a 69.8% average and was ranked 3rd in the country for Jr/Yr at PSG through USDF. She also won the Region 8 Young Rider and Jr/Yr PSG regional championships. With Beirholm’s Ebony she was champion in the I1 Jr/Yr Championships.
Callie earned her USDF riding instructor license in 2018 and has been Jane Karol's working student at Bear Spot Farm since 2015. Callie was recently promoted to Assistant Trainer at Bear Spot. As a senior fashion design student at MassArt College in Boston, she hopes to combine her passions to create new styles in equestrian clothing.
Hope is a senior at Connecticut College. She is a triple major in Dance, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Africana Studies. Since Hope was two years old her love for horses has been the main focus in her life. She began riding more seriously when she was 12 years old starting in the FEI children’s division. Hope’s first big win was the Children of Americas Dressage Invitational (CADI) when she was 13 on a pony named Sparrow! Hope then went on to have the number one seat on the Junior team for Region 8 with Don Diamond in 2013. They placed 7th at the Festival of Champions, Juniors, that year. In 2014 she competed for the Region 8 YR team and won the individual bronze medal, as well as helped the Region 8 Young Riders win team bronze. Hope and Diamond also achieved the NEDA year-end award as Champion in YR Freestyle in 2014. In 2016, Hope was the Region 8 PSG and I1 champion with Hot Chocolate W. in the Jr/YR division. She again won the Region 8 Championship for I1 on Hot Chocolate in 2017. Hope also rode for the US Dressage Team in the Maccabi Games in Israel the summer of 2017 on a borrowed horse helping the U.S. team win silver that year. She has successfully trained two horses to Grand Prix; Don Diamond and Hot Chocolate. Hope and Don Diamond have been partners for six years. Hope has trained Diamond from Juniors to U25 Grand Prix, and Chocolate (owned by Mary Mansfield), from 3rd Level to Grand Prix. Both horses qualified in the top 12 in the country for the US national Brentina Cup championship in Lamplight for 2019. Hope brought Hot chocolate to compete at lamplight and placed third in the country overall and second in the freestyle! Hope is and assistant trainer at Bear Spot Farm under her mother, Jane Karol and has worked extensively with Lendon Gray, and Juan Matute.
Sue McKeown is thrilled to be the Show Secretary for the Bear Spot Foundation Benefit Shows this summer. Sue has been an active competitor in the New England area with her two Swedish Warmbloods, Genghis Gustaf (Gus) and Marshal (Marty), and earned her Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals.
While competing Marty she had the best help you could imagine, with Kariel as her Number 1 groom! With Marty’s retirement Sue has moved into the show office, and is Manager and/or Secretary for over 15 shows during the summer. She also is the chair for the USDF Competition Management Committee, and helps out at the USDF National Show as Barn Manager.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you in August!
Sal started his career with horses at Bear Spot, and we are thrilled he has stayed in the area to keep working with us. You can find Sal at Bear Spot once or twice a month working his way through the barn.
Observing the subtle nuances that horses provide as feedback, Sal correlates this to the actual feel of muscle tissue during the massage therapy session. Combined with traditional medicine, rider feedback, top-notch daily care, and training, this creates the best possible environment for horses with a high-performance focus. In addition to regular sessions at the stable, Sal excels in massage at competitions and tailors the therapy to the specific needs of the horse while at the show. Sal has a thorough knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. One of the many important ways Sal has enhanced his knowledge and experience had been through participation in anatomy labs at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Robinson comes to Bear Spot once or twice a month to provide accupuncture and chiropractic work on the horses. He went to undergraduate and vet school at Purdue University, graduating in 1984. After practicing for 15 years for his own Equine veterinary proctice he sustained a back injury. He was told by an orthopedic surgeon that His spinal cord space was 70% occluded by disc material. He was told that statistically he would get the same results as surgery if he would go to a chiropractor, have physical therapy, and acupuncture. He chose the least invasive route and healed, which inspired him to help horses this way.
He took the IVAS acupuncture course and the ACVA certification course, and has been treating horses with acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments ever since. He feels that experiencing his own pain and healing with these holistic modalities allows him to understand when clients are uncertain about using chiropractic or acupuncture for their horses. He notes, "It is a process and an evolution to engage a new and often personally unexplored system of medicine. It takes a certain amount of courage, faith and openness."
The horses at Bear Spot are grateful for his wonderful work. They feel markedly different after he has worked on them.