Mavis Spencer (Equestrian)

Mavis Spencer

Mavis is the daughter of actress Alfre Woodard and writer/producer Roderick Spencer.


Mavis, born on June 13th, 1991, is a nationally ranked equestrian. 

She is a very accomplished show jumper who won the Silver Medal at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival (2009) on a borrowed horse named Jencoyeh. However, most of her brilliant performances have been astride her own equally talented 11 year old Belgian Warmblood mare, Winia Van’t Vennehof.

According to JustWorldInternational , “Mavis Spencer began riding with coaches Dick Carvin and Susie Schroer in 2000. Under their tutelage, Mavis has advanced from the three-foot equitation division to competing in the 2008 Adequan/ USEF National Junior Jumper Championship in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she won Team and Individual Silver medals and was honored with the William C. Steinkraus Style of Riding Award.”  She also recently participated in the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, Australia.

From Town & Country Magazine – Aug 2012:

Age: 21.

Riding Since: 1994.

Primary Horse: Valentino, a 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood.

Stables: Kent Farrington LLC, Wellington, FL.

Parents: Her mother, Alfre Woodard, is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actess. Her father, Roderick Spencer, is a screenwriter and producer.
Read more:

 MOMMY AND ME: ALFRE WOODARD AND MAVIS SPENCERActress Alfre Woodard and her daughter Mavis Spencer are featured in the May issue of Essence magazine. Here is an excerpt from the article:“Every mother wamavis spencer & alfre woodard2nts to see her child fly, but perhaps not as literally as Alfre Woodard, whose 18-year-old daughter, Mavis Spencer, is a champion equestrian. “Even when she was a little girl, I never got nervous when she’d do five-foot jumps, because it was a God thing,” says the Emmy Award-winning actress. “I feel like the Creator speaks when I’m watching her.”
This past January, Alfre coaxed Mavis into trading boots and jodhpurs for high heels and a Valentino gown to assume the role of 2010′s Miss Golden Globe. “I rarely put makeup on. Afterward I was like, It’s time to get back to reality!” Mavis says of embodying the statuette at the sixty-seventh annual telecast, adding with a shrug, “I was always an independent person.” It’s something that makes Mama proud. “Mavis is smart,” says Alfre, who’s up next in the TNT police drama “Delta Blues.” “She’s an alpha girl and she’s unapologetic about it.”Photos:Essence magazine, May 2010 issuemavis spencer2Mavis rides her Belgian Warmblood mare,
Winia Van’t Vennehof, in a mild snaffle bit and doesn’t
clamp her horse’s mouth shut with a tight flash noseband
or tie her head down with a martingale.mavis spencer and parentsAt the 2010 Golden Globes with her supportive parents
Roderick Spencer & Alfre Woodard

mavis spencer model
 Mavis Spencer, the 18-year-old daughter of actress Alfre Woodard, is designer Zac Posen’s latest muse.Mavis, who is a student, an equestrian and a model, is one of the models for Zac’s Target collection, which features prom gowns and dresses for under $100.
Style My Ride

mavisspencer3Equestrian Highlights

  • Working for Darragh Kenny and Oakland Ventures LLC
  • United States team member at 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Sydney, Australia.
  • 4th Team, Australian Youth Olympic Festival, Sydney, AUS
  • 1st High Jr./Am.-Owner Champion, Sacramento International, CA Winia van’t Vennehof
  • 1st $25,000 High Jr./Am.-Owner Classic, Sacramento International, CA
  • Winia van’t Vennehof William C. Steinkraus Style of Riding Award, Harrisburg, PA
  • Silver Individual, USEF National Junior Jumper Championship, Harrisburg, PA
  • Winia van’t Vennehof Silver Team, USEF National Junior Jumper Championship, Harrisburg, PA
  • Winia van’t Vennehof 1st USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, Showpark Summer Classic, CA

About Mavis

Mavis began her equestrian career at age five, riding with Judge My Ride’s own Rob Gage.  Mavis has  impressively secured positions on several US Young Riders teams amid a vastly competitive field. In conjunction with her riding pursuits, Mavis is in attendance at Columbia University in New York City and, on occasion, enjoys modeling for various fashion publications. You may have seen her featured in both Teen Vogue and In Style magazines. As a result of her selection as Miss Golden Globe 2010, Mavis was featured as one of People magazines’ top 100 most beautiful people.

Source: Style My Ride!mavis-spencer-/c1ezj

About bfequestrian

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