DATE OF BIRTH
BASED OUT OF
Denworth Equine in Caledon, ON
FAVOURITE INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE
“The human head weighs 8 pounds.”
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
In university, hopefully at Guelph or U of T.
CURRENT MOUNT: Rookie
DATE OF BIRTH:1998
HATES: Ear stuffies
IF HE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL, HE WOULD BE: Captain of the football team
I first started riding at the age of 7 at a lesson barn not far from where we lived at the time. I learned the basics and got to ride a bunch of lesson ponies for the 2 years I was there. But, we soon realized it was time to make more of a commitment.
My first pony Bandit (show name Bazinga), was a medium pinto cross. I showed Bandit in the Short Stirrup division on the Georgian Bay Trillium Circuit. Bandit had a really naughty stop, and I probably fell off in as many trips as I finished. I loved him, but eventually got tired of spending so much time on the ground! We were really lucky to find a great home for him with a western trail trainer who did a lot of natural horsemanship – no more drilling kids into the dirt for Bandit!
My next pony was Duck Duck Goose, a 14hh bay welsh cross. I showed Goose for a couple of years in the Short Stirrup and Large Pony Hunter divisions on the Georgian Bay Trillium Circuit. Growing out of Goose was one of the hardest things I had to deal with as a rider. I was too tall to keep riding him, but I wasn’t ready to let him go. Goose is a quirky pony who has a free spirit and a little too much sass to be a hunter pony – it wasn’t a job he loved. He is leased to a wonderful girl who does Pony Club on him and they are having an awesome time together!
Last year, I did my first full ‘A’ Circuit season on a wonderful large black Hanoverian/Welsh pony mare named Izzy. Although Izzy was green she was very smart, so even though she had never shown before, we finished 5th overall in the Children’s Pony division.
This year I have leased Rookie, a 19 year old Dutch Warmblood gelding that I am showing in the 0.90m Junior Jumpers and OHJA Mini Medal. Rookie was the first horse I tried, and I knew he was the guy for me! One year later and I still think every day that I made the right choice. Rookie knows his job and gets me around safely. He jumps like a superstar and flats like a dressage horse. However, he doesn’t give anything up for free, so I am comfortable and safe, but still learning! Rookie has been showing at the Caledon Equestrian Park for a long time. It makes me smile when people come up and say they know him or yell “Hi Rookie!” in the warm-up ring. He is a very special guy!
One of my favourite things is walking a course and figuring out where the course designer is trying to trick the riders. I love talking to my trainer and coming up with strategies that suit my horse’s strengths. I believe in an intelligent ride with turns over burns. When I go in the ring, the most important thing to me is to leave with the respect of the other riders and trainers. I want people to watch my rides and know that I am passionate about my sport, but that my horse always comes first.
I am still trying to decide what I will show next year. At first, I thought I would like to go back to the hunters, but I am really enjoying the jumpers. I think I will probably look for another jumper to step up on, but it will be hard to beat Rookie.
My future goal is to go to University to obtain a Business degree. I do know that I would like to compete to as high a level as I can, and continue working in the Equestrian industry. The experiences I have had through our family business, My Barn Child, have helped me to meet and work with some amazing people. I have met many of the equestrian industry’s most successful entrepreneurs, and a lot of them have become friends and mentors to me.
I have been very lucky to have had some great trainers for each stage of my riding. I am very thankful for the life lessons, not just the riding lessons, I have gotten from each one; they are wonderful ladies!
If I was giving advice to other young people who want to eventually make a living in our sport, it would be to talk to as many people as you can! Make friends. Offer to help. Offer to ride ponies. If you are friendly and helpful, people will give you opportunities.
I like to think that people will only remember your red ribbon for a little while, but they will remember you as a great horse person always.
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