Washington International Horse Show Announces 2024 Youth Ambassadors and Junior Committee Presented by Signature Academics

Junior Committee members at the 2024 Kick Off Meeting at the Show Place Arena!

Edited Press Release

We are pleased to announce Samantha Bourque, Glenwood, MD, Natalie Paley, Germantown, MD, and Natasha Randhawa, Marriottsville, MD, have been selected as the 2024 Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) Junior Committee Co-Youth Ambassadors. They will lead 40 local teens attending schools in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, who have been accepted to the 2024 WIHS Junior Committee, presented by Signature Academics and Signature One-to-One School. 

Junior Committee members are an integral part of WIHS, working alongside staff during show week and serving as WIHS representatives within the local equestrian community. Junior Committee members participate in monthly show planning and brainstorming meetings as well as participate in volunteer opportunities with local charitable organizations throughout the year.

The WIHS Youth Ambassadors hold a leadership role as chairwomen of the Junior Committee and represent the show’s youth perspective to the media.

2024 Co-Youth Ambassador Samantha Bourque, 16, of Glenwood, M.D.

Samantha Bourque will be one of the Youth Ambassadors at WIHS 2024 and has been riding since she was 3 years old. Thirteen years later, she is still riding and showing at Willow Wood Show Stables. She has also been on the IEA team with Free Rein Farm LLC for four years. Sam has aspired to be a Youth Ambassador since she started on the committee back in 2021. Throughout her years on the committee, she has met and worked with many dedicated team members who love horses as much as she does and also want to learn more about horse shows from the Regional level all the way to WIHS week. She hopes to use her experience on the committee to help unite the team members and be successful contributing to WIHS and engage attendees, riders and the community to help expand the show!

2024 Co-Youth Ambassador Natalie Paley, 17, of Germantown, M.D.

Natalie Paley has been named a second Youth Ambassador for 2024. This is her fourth year on the Junior Committee and she is hoping to make it the best one yet! Paley’s years on the Junior Committee have brought her new friends, experiences and memories. Currently she is a junior at Northwest Highschool in Germantown, MD. Outside of school she competes in the jumpers with her horse Take A Chance On Me, also known as Chance. Riding has always been a big part of her life, and getting to be a part of WIHS is an honor to her. Outside of the barn, she enjoys spending time with friends exploring new music.

2024 Co-Youth Ambassador Natasha Randawa, 17, of Marriottsville, M.D.

Natasha Randawa, of Marriottsville, MD, is our third Youth Ambassador for 2024. She is 17 years old and in her junior year. She currently shows in the hunters and equitation classes with her horse Fine Time M. It is her third year on the Junior Committee and her favorite part about WIHS is Kids’ Day! She is excited to be a part of both the Junior Committee and WIHS again this year and will bring her knowledge from being the Kids Day Ambassador in 2023 to help make this year the best one yet.

Supporting the Youth Ambassadors and Junior Committee in their academic pursuits is Signature Academics and Signature One-to-One School. “We are delighted to return for the fifth year as sponsor of the WIHS Junior Committee,” said Wendy Salomon, Executive Director of Signature Academics and Signature One-to-One School, a leading provider of educational services for student athletes, including a one-to-one fully accredited school in Wellington, FL.

Since 2014, Salomon, an avid equestrian herself, and her Signature team have been tutoring equestrian student-athletes year-round, with a permanent location in Wellington, seasonally in Ocala, Fla., and at major national horse shows, including WIHS. “We specialize in supporting equestrian student-athletes who value education,” said Salomon. “Our goal is to provide peace of mind to students and families that academic achievement is always a top priority, even in the face of non-stop training, traveling, and competition.”

Visit the WIHS website and WIHS JC Instagram to view member profiles and learn more about the 2024 Junior Committee!

WIHS Junior Committee Class of 2024

  • Julia Babington | Herndon, VA
  • Samantha Bourque | Glenwood, MD
  • Alexis Briarton | Arlington, VA
  • Julia Butenhuys | Aldie, VA
  • Audrey Contardo | Davidsonville, MD
  • Mia Cook | Potomac, MD
  • Mira Cooper | Bethesda, MD
  • Ryan Fellner | Mechanicsville, MD
  • Chloe Footer | Potomac, MD
  • Grace Glavan | Huntingtown, MD
  • Anna Gustin | Millersville, MD
  • Bridget Holmes | Vienna, VA
  • Emma Illig | Rockville, MD
  • Kaitlyn Killian | Gaithersburg, MD
  • Sophie Kim | McLean, VA
  • Juliana Langlois | Sandy Spring, MD
  • Grace Lowe | Arlington, VA
  • Zelly Main | Fairfax Station, VA
  • Haley Meehan | Washington, DC
  • Martha Morales | Woodbine, MD
  • Olga Mueller | Kensington, MD
  • Fallon Owens | Brookeville, MD
  • Byrdie Paisley | Midlothian, VA
  • Natalie Paley | Germantown, MD
  • Shea Radman | Takoma Park, MD
  • Kory Ragsdale | Arlington, VA
  • Natasha Randhawa | Marriottsville, MD
  • Ellie Russell | Takoma Park, MD
  • Isabella Salas | Oakton, VA
  • Maddie Santos | McLean, VA
  • Lily Sonneborn | Washington, DC
  • Siena Stevens | Clarksburge, MD
  • Rachel Taffetani | Laurel, MD
  • Allie Thomas | Cheverly, MD
  • Kate Thomas | Darnestown, MD
  • Katherine VanValzah | Fredricksburg, VA
  • Alix VonSchaumburg | Alexandria, VA
  • Taylor Ward | Stevenson, MD
  • Hannah Weingast | Vienna, VA
  • Audrey Weland | Washington, DC

About Signature Academics and Signature One-to-One School
Signature Academics and Signature One-to-One School deliver a complete range of educational offerings, including fully accredited one-to-one school, to support today’s ambitious student-athletes. From Wellington and Ocala, Fla., through Devon and the fall indoor horse shows, Signature educators provide personalized, accredited one-to-one school plus year-round and seasonal subject tutoring, standardized test preparation, and college counseling to students in middle school through college. By combining academic excellence and a full understanding of the equestrian world and its challenges, the teams at Signature Academics and Signature One-to-One School are uniquely qualified to help equestrian student-athletes excel. Learn more at SignatureAcademics.com.

About Washington International Horse Show
Established in 1958, the Washington International Horse Show is one of North America’s most prestigious and entertaining equestrian events with highlights including the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington for the President’s Cup and the WIHS Equitation Finals. WIHS is an official USEF Heritage Competition, and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. For more information, visit wihs.org.