Excited to announce our 2023 Youth Advisors and Youth Representative....
LACEY FIRTH, KAELEIGH FARRINGTON and LINDSAY LLOYD KENT.
Callie Leslie September ,2022
JOANNA COOK July, 2022
My name is Joanna Cook and I am seventeen years old. I have always had an interest in horses. I started off riding young before I was even born and then once I was born I got to sit and ride on my mom's horses, Chippy and Angus. Then I got my very own strawberry roan miniature horse named Huckelberry and he helped me learn to persevere even when things get tough and you end up in the dirt. Then I was 9 and I no longer fit Huckelberry and got an older mare named Dixie. She was in her early twenties her registered name was Docs Dixie Twister and she helped me to start my journey with horses. I had a few lessons growing up but mostly my mom taught me. Then I got Lucky and I began learning a few patterns and found that I loved it. We got Lucky from the Amish and she came with two scars but that 9 year old girl saw something in Lucky and got her . Lucky was broke to ride but not reallyas I had to start from the ground up and teach her everything I knew including teaching myself. It took a few years for her to trust and her personality to come out we went to the odd fall fair. Anyone who knows Lucky and I and from where we started to now could tell you that we took things slow, very slow. But eventually we got out to more shows and we started to grow more confident as a team. Lucky can be one of the sweetest horses you can find. She has some attitude too, but we are improving every second we spend working together. Our summers are busy, packed with many horse shows at North River Riders shows and taking lessons. I have had Lucky for 8 years now and it is amazing how far we have come together as a team. Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me and made this possible!
RACHEL CAMERON April ,2022
My name is Rachel Cameron and I am fourteen years old. I have always had an interest in horses but didn’t start riding until four summers ago when it all began with a simple trail ride. My parents have a friend, Tracey, who owns an older mare who helped me to start my journey with horses. At her place I began learning a few patterns and found that I loved it. Tracey brought me to my very first show which was at North River Riders and I rode Cowgirl. Anyone who was there could tell you we took things slow, very slow. But eventually we got out to more shows and we started to grow more confident as a team. After two years with Cowgirl it was time for her to retire and an opportunity for me to have my own horse was presented. Her is name is Sophie (aka Peppys Little D Bar) and she is also one of the sweetest horses you can find. She has some attitude too, but we are improving every second we spend working together. Our summers are busy, packed with many horse shows at North River Riders, Turn N Burn, and NBHA. This is only my fifth summer with horses and I can’t wait for so many more! Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me and made this possible!
CHLOE TELFORD March ,2022
Hi, I’m Chloe Telford. I am 14. Last year I talked to my mom about getting a project horse. She convinced me to get Goouch from her best friend who had raced him at Ajax Downs. His race name is Its Pay Day. Since he stopped racing he had only been used for some trail riding. I like to go fast and so does he. Over the last year we have done some jumping for fun and a couple of clinics. Done lots of trail riding and shown western games at NRR and Turn N Burn. These shows are close to home and since Goouch raced before we can get money through the Quarter Horse Incentive based on how we do. I have been part of NRR most of my life and have rode lots of different horses there. I started in leadline and now I show in youth. I am hoping there is a youth tournament so we can go this year and show with other youth from NRR. We might not be the fastest team but we have fun together. Goouch is my heart horse and my best friend. I love to hang out with him and fuss over him. I think he likes it too.
KYA LAFRENIERE February ,2022
ABBY WOOD January 2022
Hi, I am Abby Wood and I am almost 13. My grandma got me started riding when I was just 2 years old. Before I could walk she would sit me up on their backs while they ate. That's what started my love of horses. When I was 2 we got my first ponies TC and Rocket. TC was my starter. I started learning to ride on her and when I was 4 I started riding her in the Oro Fair and lead line with NRR. I rode with TC until I was 9 and then she moved to help another little girl get started and I moved on to my horse Sweetie. I have been riding English since then and have been taking lessons at different barns. I also owned a pair of haflingers that are now my uncle’s. I am not afraid to get on any horse and have a true love for them. This year I decided I would back into the western games with my Gramma and I have rejoined NRR. While I don’t have Sweetie any longer, I’m looking for a new horse to ride and hope to get out to as many shows as I can this summer. I look forward to seeing everyone at ODAS in May for the first show
Youth activities with the club