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(Elk Grove, CA) January 1, 2013 – Michele Vaughn, owner, manager and trainer at Starr Vaughn Equestrian in Elk Grove, California, is pleased to announce an expanded lineup of services in 2013:

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Genay's photo is featured in The Chronicle of the Horse online!






(Elk Grove, CA) August 1, 2012 – Genay Vaughn’s summer is sizzling, thanks to her qualification for three national dressage championships in the Young Rider Division for competitors age 16 to 21.


Number one ranked United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Region 7 Young Rider Genay Vaughn brought home team silver from the Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC) presented by Gotham North on July 17-22 at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY.


At the NAJYRC, Genay rode Starr Vaughn Equestrian’s 11-year-old black Hanoverian stallion Donarweiss GGF to a score of 67.184% in the Prix St. Georges Team Test, the second highest score for the Region 7 Young Rider Team’s silver medal. In the individual test, Genay and Donarweiss scored 67.789% for 8th place, and in the freestyle they took 5th place on a score of 67.600%.


Earlier this summer at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Dressage Festival of Champions, held June 9-10 at the historic USEF Foundation Headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey, Genay qualified and competed on two horses in the USEF National Dressage Championships, a unique distinction for a Young Rider.


At the USEF National Dressage Championships, Genay’s two-day average of 67.869% with Donarweiss earned third place, and her two-day average of 64.698% with Michele Vaughn’s elite Hanoverian mare Waranja also ranked her sixth, both in the Young Rider Division. During prior years’ competition in 2009 and 2010, Genay ranked third in the USEF National Dressage Championships Junior Division.


Next, Genay will represent USDF Region 7 in the 2012 USEF Dressage Seat Medal Final presented by Dressage Today, at Lamplight Equestrian Center in St. Charles, IL, during the August 23-26 Dressage at Lamplight August I/II shows. She qualified for this national championship by winning the USDF/USEF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals in October 2011.


Genay clinics with USET Olympic team member Jan Ebeling and USEF National Youth Coach Jeremy Steinberg, and is coached at home by her mother Michele Vaughn, a USDF gold medalist. At Gladstone, she appreciated coaching from Hilltop Farm’s Chris Hickey, who trained and competed Donarweiss up to the Grand Prix level before endorsing the stallion as Genay’s new competition partner. “I expect this combination to be very competitive in the Young Rider and Brentina Cup divisions,” Chris remarked at the time.


Accomplishing those goals is Genay’s focus, and thanks to her family’s perspective on dressage as a competitive athletic sport, she has the kind of support a young athlete needs to succeed. Her mother Michele, herself a dressage trainer and FEI-level competitor, is Genay’s “eyes on the ground” at home and away at shows. Genay’s father Greg helps her with sports psychology, a topic he knows thoroughly from his own experience as a left field power hitter in major league baseball for more than 15 years. She can also compare notes with her brother Cory, who is beginning his own professional baseball career with the New York Mets farm team.


“I would love to represent the US at the FEI World Cup Dressage for Young Riders in Frankfurt, Germany,” Genay, already a USDF Bronze and Silver medalist, stated. “My dream would be to someday represent my country in competitions like the Olympics and the World Cup. I know this sport takes a team, and I am so grateful for my horses and the support of my family and my coaches. I know I couldn’t do it without them, and I can’t thank them enough.”


            Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center in Elk Grove, California, is a leading breeder of Hanoverian sport horses, featuring a select number of well-bred youngsters, winning show horses and fine breeding stock for sale. Starr Vaughn hosts recognized dressage and hunter/jumper shows, USDF clinics, and other events at its world-class facility, in addition to its boarding, training, and rehabilitation services.


For more information about Starr Vaughn Equestrian, visit or call 916-869-7942. For more information about breeding to Donarweiss GGF, contact Natalie DiBernardinis at or call 410-658-9898



Starr Vaughn Equestrian is excited to announce that Genay Vaughn and Donarweiss, ranked #1, and Waranja, ranked #5, have qualified and have been invited to compete at The Dressage Festival of Champions in the Young Rider Division the weekend of June 8-10, 2012 in Gladstone, New Jersey. The top 12 young riders in the Nation will be competing head to head!

The USEF will live stream the Festival of Champions coverage at





Check out the March 2012 issue of Sidelines, with Genay Vaughn and Donarweiss on the cover:

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We're excited to announce our new edition to Starr Vaughn Equestrian, 'Donarweiss', a 10 year old approved Hanoverian stallion from Hill Top Farm!

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2011 USDF JR/YR Clinic with Jeremy Steinberg

Pictured are (left to right): Stephanie Early (mounted), Jaclyn Pepper, Genay Vaughn, Ciara Viola, Arianna Barzman-Grennan, Jeremy Steinberg, Collette, Michele Vaughn, Alyssa Buechler (mounted), (Meg Adams not pictured)

We are proud to announce Genay Vaughn and Waranja, on Oct 9, 2011, placed first in the USDF /USEF Dressage Seat Medal Semi-Finals, held at the Great American USDF Regional Championships at Rancho Murieta, Ca.  Genay and Waranja are now invited to attend the 2012 Dressage Seat Medal Finals, date and location to be determined. The USEF dressage Seat Medal program celebrates excellence in equitation and strives to develop a solid foundation for future success in the international dressage arena .

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Starr Vaughn Spectacular Mini Prix April 22-25,2010 Congratulates Julia Smith and Cum-Laude Z. from Prestige Equestrian!

Congratulations Region 7 Juniors Team Silver Medalists! 
2010 NAJYRC in Kentucky
Jamie Pestana, Genay Vaughn, Meg Adams, Stephanie Early

Congratulations  Genay and Waranja at NAJYRC in Kentucky 2010
placing 7th Junior Individual 66.632 %
and 4th Place in the Freestyle with 70.150 %!

Congratulations Genay and Waranja!
Placing 3rd over all 67.638 % 
Jr Team Test 68.486 and Jr Ind Test 66.78
at 2010 Collecting Gaits Farms/USEF Festival of Champions

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Genay Vaughn  and Waranja once again qualified for the 2010 FEI North American Junior Championships for CA  Region 7 Team at Kentucky Horse Park July 27- 31st, and the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm / USEF Dressage Festival of Champions as one of the top 12 horse / rider combinations in the country, in the junior division to be held August 13-15, 2010 in Gladstone, New Jersey.  GOOD LUCK Genay and Waranja!



2009 Starr Vaughn Champions of Hunter/Jumper HP Series


2009 Starr Vaughn Equestrian Trainer of the Year  

Hilary Johnson


Congratulations to Region 7 Juniors, earning 6th Place at the FEI North American Junior Championships
Lexington, Kentucky
July 22-26, 2009

Courtney Baine, Genay Vaughn, Rebecca Raede


Congratulations Genay Vaughn and Waranja
Junior Individual Test

2009 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions
June 18-21- 2009 Gladstone , New Jersey

National Junior Dressage Champions

Left: Genay Vaughn & Waranja CA  67.421%. Center: Laura Knopp & Rho Dance FL 68.316%. Riana Porter & Romax Foldager  CA 70.368%.


For the 2009 show season, in addition to our Trainer of the Year program, Starr Vaughn is introducing something new... our Featured Trainer.

This year during each show in our series, every trainer attending a particular show will have their name entered in a drawing. Trainers will be entered regardless of the number of horses they bring to the show. The trainer whose name is drawn will be the “featured trainer” in the next Starr Vaughn horse show prize list. They may use the space in the prize list to advertise their barn, congratulate their students, write a short biography about their background, or otherwise promote their program to a mailing list of over 500.


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