I am 14 years old, and I attend Norris High School of Firth Nebraska. I am the youngest of 4 children. I began riding at the age of 7, and have been involved in Horse 4 H since I was 9. I am presently a member of the Salt Valley 4H Club of Lancaster County.
Lots of what I know now has sprouted from the roots of my mom, Cindy. I am not sure if I would be a horse lover without her. (I have a feeling I would have been more involved in the sport world.) My grandfather bought her first horse for her when I was only 7 years old. Mom and I had always been horsey, western people..but I never imagined we would have a horse that belonged to the family. Little me began asking for at horse of my own. That fall we brought home a horse named Turbo who was from a lesson camp. Later on in November we brought home a little 20yr old Arabian named Lacey, and she became my new mount since Turbo had to eventually go back to him real home in the spring. 2 years later I advanced to my show horse, Sonador (Sone-ya-door). (Lacey still lives with us and is now 25yrs old, still trucking along as the little bay Arabian I will always remember.)
Sonador Is a 9 year old Bay Quarter Horse. She stands 16H tall and weighs about 1200lbs. Sonador has proven to be an invaluable partner for me. Sonador has a calm spirit, thinks her way through obstacles, wants to please and is always willing to give her whole heart and best try. She is sure footed, and always tries her very best to perform the movements and tasks asked of her.
I have shown Sonador in Local, County, and the Nebraska State Horse shows in 2010 and 2011. We are the 2010 Nebraska State Reserve Champions in Junior English Equitation. Together we show English Pleasure, English Equitation, Western pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Showmanship, Halter, Trail, and the first levels of Dressage. Sonador has also been a trusted mount for a leisurely ride out on the trail.
I am an advocate of Natural Horsemanship, and it has truly shown in our relationship. On warm sunny days it’s not uncommon to see Sonador lying down by the barn with me alongside her. I mostly enjoy arena riding, so we will see where it takes me in the derby!:)