William Rothpletz Spends May at Mane Stream
Will lives on a similarly sized farm to Mane Stream, about five minutes down the road from the facility. Growing up, he spent much of his free time caring for and riding his family’s horses. In middle school, Will competed in his first show while training under former Olympian Nona Garson. Since then, he has continued to ride competitively in the jumpers division with his German Holsteiner, Raska, along with help from his father and his trainer, Laura Chapot.
In his freshman year at the Pingry School, Will began searching for different opportunities in which he could give back to the community. Because of his passion for, and experience with horses, he quickly identified Mane Stream as the perfect outlet to accomplish his goal. As a leader, Will guided horses through lessons each week while ensuring the safety of each of his riders. After only a few sessions, Will fell in love with the Mane Stream horses and made special connections with each of his students. He also started the Mane Stream Club at Pingry in his junior year to encourage more of his peers volunteer and help out on the weekend.
With his senior year coming to a close, Will decided to return to Mane Stream for an internship for his Independent Senior Project (ISP). Seniors at Pingry spend this last month of school either in an internship or working on other outlined projects. At the end of month they write a paper and deliver a project.
During his time with us, Will worked on various projects involving fundraising, marketing, and managing volunteers, along with helping to plan the Boots on the Boardwalk event, in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the financial and managerial aspects of non-profit organization. Will is looking to study business next year in the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University. He was excited to gain first hand experience and a better understanding of these topics while being able to continue volunteering at Mane Stream when he can.