Prais­ing the Horsey Par­ents

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This week­end my 12-year-old daugh­ter, Sophia, will ride in her first hunter pace. Watch­ing her pre­pare re­minds me of when I was her age, get­ting ready for my first show. I was a bun­dle of nerves, but so ex­cited to be do­ing what I loved. It also re­minds me of how my par­ents—non­horsepeo­ple—were right there to support me through ev­ery phase of my horse-crazy child­hood. Now I get to foster that love and pas­sion in Sophia and play the role of the par­ent—only be­ing a horseper­son seems to make it that much more special.

This month we fo­cus on the young rid­ers in our sport and their pur­suit to be­come bet­ter rid­ers and horsepeo­ple. We also honor the par­ents be­hind the kids who ride. DT’s man­ag­ing ed­i­tor, Lind­say Paulsen, of­fers a heart­felt thanks to her par­ents and grand­par­ents (all non­horsepeo­ple) for their never-end­ing support of her pur­suit of dres­sage. She shares with us her fa­ther’s sur­pris­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the sport after she found him en­grossed in watch­ing an In­tro­duc­tory Level dres­sage test. She found her fa­ther’s ap­pre­ci­a­tion of dres­sage—“in its most ba­sic form, with­out any of the glam­our and ex­cite­ment of the ad­vanced move­ments”—some­thing very special. You can read “A Daugh­ter’s Grat­i­tude” on p. 20. We also high­light the train­ers be­hind the kids in this is­sue. The first is FEI-level com­peti­tor and trainer Katie Poag who helps stu­dents earn their USDF medal scores while re­fin­ing their skills in dres­sage. In this ar­ti­cle (p. 30), we read about two of Poag’s stu­dents—17-year-old Juli­ette Cain and 15-year-old Lily Dar­win—who both re­cently earned their bronze medals. We learn of the girls’ com­mit­ment and what each of them must do to reach the goals they set for them­selves.

The other FEI trainer we hear from is Sarah Lock­man, a “B” Pony Club grad­u­ate who is giv­ing back to Pony Club in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Re­cently, Lock­man taught a free dres­sage clinic to 16 young rid­ers, in which she demon­strated the dis­ci­pline’s broad ap­pli­ca­bil­ity. “I was a to­tal Pony Club nerd,” she said. “I re­mem­ber study­ing for hours ev­ery night. I took it all to heart and I think that the things I learned are one of the rea­sons I’ve be­come suc­cess­ful.” Lock­man talks about the dif­fer­ent rid­ers she worked with and what they fo­cused on to help them be suc­cess­ful (p. 38).

There’s much more this month, in­clud­ing our “Tips” ar­ti­cle that fo­cuses on how to get your horse in front of your leg (p. 26) and a heart­warm­ing story on p. 46 about the Square Peg Foun­da­tion, a non­profit adap­tive-rid­ing fa­cil­ity and Thor­ough­bred res­cue that works with autis­tic chil­dren and sec­ond-chance horses. Whether you’re a young rider pur­su­ing your pas­sion or a par­ent (horsey or not) sup­port­ing your young rider, we hope you find this is­sue in­spir­ing.

Un­til next time,

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