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Junior Exhibitor News From Mid-America Spring



By Kelly Creech

Editor's Note: Junior exhibitor Kelly Creech rides with Northern Tradition Farm. This is her first "Junior Exhibitor News" feature. She will be talking with junior exhibitors around the country to get their perspective on shows and on the industry.

The Mid-America Spring horse show had a great amount of quality to it this year. The riders that came all rode incredibly hard and the winners really had to work for their blue ribbons. Being the first show of the season, there were many new teams paired up for the first time. Here are just a few people we caught up with this weekend!

Elizabeth Reimer

Elizabeth debuted in the Pleasure Equitation division with Big Bad Voodoo Boy. Here is what she had to say.

SHR: How old are you?

ER: 13

SHR: What division do you show in? ER: Pleasure Equitation

SHR: What are your goals for this season?

ER: To win at least one first place

SHR: Who is your trainer?

ER: Tom Thorpe

SHR: What is your favorite thing about your horse?

ER: He is “big” and “bad."

SHR: When is your next show?

ER: Probably Madison

SHR: How did you feel about your class?

ER: I felt like I had a good class and was pretty confident.

SHR: If you get nervous, how do you handle your nerves?

ER: I chew my nails or talk to my friends.

SHR: What is your trainer's favorite saying?

ER: “Aim High, Work Hard, Win Lots”

Michelle Krentz

Michelle had a blue ribbon debut in the Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited division with her new horse Vignale. Here is some more about Michelle.

SHR: How old are you?

MK: 15

SHR: What division do you show in?

MK: Five-Gaited Junior Exhibitor

SHR: What are your goals for this season?

MK: To always do my best and have fun!

SHR: Who is your trainer?

MK: Scott and Carol Matton

SHR: What is your favorite thing about your horse?

MK: His sweet personality

SHR: When is your next show?

MK: Milwaukee Spring

SHR: How did you feel about your class?

MK: It went well and was really fun.

SHR: If you get nervous, how do you handle your nerves?

MK: I listen to music especially John Mayer

SHR: What is your trainer's favorite saying?

MK: If I mess up, he will say “stupid horse” sarcastically.

Margaux Walker

Margaux showed in the 10 and Under Walk/Trot Equitation division to a blue ribbon in a tough class. These are some facts about Margaux.

SHR: How old are you?

MW: 10

SHR: What division are you in?

MW: Walk and Trot 10 & Under

SHR: What are your goals for this season?

MW: To ride my best

SHR: Who is your trainer?

MW: Dale and Mike Arnston and Julie Ann Wroble

SHR: What is your favorite thing about your horse?

MW: She’s a happy horse and is a challenge.

SHR: Where is your next horse show? MW: I’m not exactly sure.

SHR: How did you feel about your class?

MW: Really excited! It was a lot of fun.

SHR: If you get nervous, how do you handle your nerves?

MW: I have whip fights with other people from my barn.

SHR: What is your trainer's favorite saying?

MW: “Look up!”

Kara Petruzzelli

Kara won the Junior Exhibitor Three-Gaited Championship with her new horse Heir’s To You. Here is some more information about Kara.

SHR: How old are you?

KP: 14

SHR: What are your goals for this season?

KP: To try and do my best. He is a young horse and I have never shown three-gaited before.

SHR: Who is your trainer?

KP: Martha Hoyt

SHR: What is your favorite thing about your horse?

KP: His attitude

SHR: When is your next horse show?

KP: Des Moines Springfest

SHR: How did you feel about your classes?

KP: They went well; I got the job done.

SHR: If you get nervous, how do you handle your nerves?

KP: I visualize my ride before I go in the ring.

SHR: What is your trainer's favorite saying?

KP: “That’s a girl!”

Be sure to look out for these girls at later horse shows. They are only bound to get better.

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