Stacy Palen  President

Stacy Palen has been riding horses and working in barns since she was 10 years old.  She began in hunter/jumpers, moved on to eventing and finally arrived in dressage.  She and her husband John own a small farm in Ogden, UT, where she supplements her full time job as an astrophysics professor by training horses and riders.



Sydni Nusink Vice President

Sydni Nusink has been riding since she was 6 years old.  As a child she started with vaulting, while this helped with her balance and coordination while on a moving horse, she wanted to do something that enabled her to spend more personal time with the horse.  Sydni found Trisha Kerwin and started to learn how to jump and competed in Eventing through Novice level and enjoyed it but found that her passion clearly was dressage. Once solely dedicated to dressage, success followed, she was able to work one on one with Trisha Kerwin and Sarah and Clayton Martin, all of whom are FEI dressage trainers.  At the young age of 15, Sydni became a National Champion at the US Sporthorse National Championship at Training Level Dressage and has since been Reserve National Champion twice at 2nd and 3rd Levels. Her success simply motivated her to learn more and as she transitioned from Young Rider to a Professional, she has never stopped attending clinics, symposiums and taking lessons.

Sydni is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. She has participated in USDF Certified Instructor Workshops and is currently enrolled in the “L” Judges Training Program.




Celeste Rosquist Treasurer

Celeste Rosquiest grew up in a life filled with horses. She was riding before she could walk, her favorite mount as a small girl was an a very challenging Shetland pony whom she rode bareback everywhere, sometimes where she wanted but all too often ended where he wanted to go. Her family had a dude ranch up in Sunlight Basin near Cody Wyoming where she was a wrangler and was responsible for rounding up 70 head of horses into the corrals every morning, catching and tacking up about 20 all before breakfast. Then she would head out rides every day, doing this as a youth age 9 till 13 years old.

I have a super supportive husband, Ron, and 3 wonderful grown up children. I am enjoying riding, training, and showing my Connemara ponies. (yes, I back to ponies, I guess I never out grew them) My immediate goal is to earn my bronze, then perhaps even more.

When she is not riding she keeps myself busy by taking care of her husband’s Chiropractic business and her own business as a Real Estate agent.

She is excited to serve the Utah dressage community as treasurer and looks forward to meeting many more of you. We have so many amazing people in the dressage world here in Utah and Celeste is very grateful for the influence they have been in her life.



Lindi Kopecko Secretary

Lindi Kopecko is a 2008 graduate of University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Throughout her lengthy academic career, she became very adept in taking notes and keeping those notes in order. In her undergraduate career, she was an honors English student, which allowed her writing and communication skills to grow.

Lindi has a deep love of dressage. She has been riding dressage since 8 years old. She has only been in Utah for a short period, but during that time she has been active in the Utah Dressage Society. She believes dressage has a promising future here in Utah and would like to help ensure that future is encouraged and nurtured.  Lindi believes that volunteering and staying active in UDS is the best way to make this possible. 



Emily Sagers Director of Membership

Emily Sagers has ridden and owned horses her entire life.  She was raised in Alvin, Texas where she spent her childhood riding and loving horses. She was introduced to the horse show world when her family moved to Utah in 1986. Emily spent many years riding and showing Arabian horses locally and riding the trails. She was introduced to Dressage years later and fell in love with the sport.  She has enjoyed the friendships and knowledge found at competitions and clinics and enjoys helping others when needed.



Sarah Lind Event Coordinator

Sarah Lind has ridden and owned horses all of her life. She was raised on a cattle ranch in the summers in Oakley, Utah where she spent most of her childhood chasing cows, jumping ditches, barrel racing, and just being a kid. She started competing riding cutting horses at the age of 12 and started riding jumpers and doing cross-country for a bit shortly after that.  Sarah rode at Serendipity Stables for a short time and eventually moved over to Rose Ranch where she rode with Barbara and Allison Wicks up until about three years ago. She competed with her cutting horse through high school where she qualified and competed at the National Finals in Shawnee, Oklahoma. She rode a couple years on the Intercollegiate Level in jumping and equitation. She had a mare named LaMonica's Ducati she competed in the childrens and adult jumpers with UHJA earning Reserve Champion in 2003 and Champion in 2004.

Sarah has experience in show management with Rose Ranch and helping with the UHJA shows; mostly through helping Barbara Wicks put on lots of shows over the years including dressage. She has helped in course design, announcing, stewardship, ingate, and judging and also volunteered at UDS shows. She used to own a small floral design business and promoted several year end awards for UHJA as well as helping with banquet planning.



Jasmine Beckstead Director of Communications & Newsletter Editor

Jasmine Beckstead recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with a minor in business management. She is a lifelong horse girl who spent her adolescence heavily involved in raising, training, and competing dressage horses. She currently helps run the family real estate appraisal business and sport horse breeding program. 



Donnette Hicks Director of Education

Donnette’s passion is in the art of the equine-human relationship. She enjoys capturing the journey through many expressions — photography, poetry, film, coaching champions and most of all being a full time student of the horse.

The Impact Of The Horse was born out of her desire to merge a private enterprise, Sage Creek Equestrian, with the BLM Wild Horse and Burro program bringing a new possibility of human partnership for America’s wild mustang herds. Donnette started working with starting colts and working with problem horses under the tutelage of Ben Quinters. Ben introduced Donnette to the world renowned horseman Ray Hunt and thus the desire to understand a willing partnership was born and has been her driving goal now for over 30 years. Donnette is a well educated horseman specializing in Dressage. Her purchase of a Grand Prix German school master catapulted Donnette into developing a deep understanding of quality upper level movements. Donnette’s greatest devotion is her love of witnessing humans succeed in having a beautiful partnership with their horse.



Eva Adolphi Special Advisor

My mother was the horse crazy one and dragged me off to ride at the Lazy Bar Ranch when I was 8. At 12 I was given a horse and by 19, when we got our own property, the emphasis changed to Dressage I was a founding member of the Utah Dressage Society and served on the board for 33 years! I am now the adviser to the board. I have been a show secretary, show manager, and competitor. I am a USEF licensed Technical Delegate and enjoy traveling to shows in other states. I also enjoy working with my students. I attend the USDF Convention every year now that I am retired, usually as a delegate.

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Junior & Young Rider Coordinator

Open Position - If you are interested in this position, please contact the UDS President, Stacy Palen.