Laurel Bleichner. I am 10 years old.
How long have you been riding? How long have you been riding with Kim?
I have been riding for 3 years and all three years with Kim.
Who do you ride currently and who have you ridden in the past?
I ride Romeo and Champ. I have ridden Cassie in the past.
What is your riding history?
My mom rode horses and got my sister and I interested. I take lessons and lease two days a week. I do gymkhanas and have done one dressage show.
Tell a little about your current mount:
Romeo is a cuddle- and lovebug. He is a Welsh Pony who loves to barrel race. He also knows how to unzip jackets!
What is your favorite discipline(s)?
Western riding is my favorite. I love gymkhana. Trail riding is pretty cool too.
What is your favorite thing to do at the barn (other than riding)?
I like to make grain and bran mash. And I like to bathe horses.
What is your favorite 2017 memory so far?
Romeo and I got second place in Division 7 in our last gymkhana.
What are your 2017 riding goals?
To get a higher place than 9th at the CSHA state gymkhana competition.
What are your long term riding goals?
To get really good on Romeo then move on to different horses!
What do you get out of spending time at Franklin Canyon Stables?
I get more self confidence. I have a lot of fun being with my horse and human friends there. And I love being outdoors.
What do you get out of spending time with horses?
I get happiness and confidence. When I’m on the trail I feel calm and peaceful.
Have you ever won any riding/show awards? If so, what?
Romeo and I got 9th place in Division 7 at the CSHA state gymkhana competition. We earned a fancy buckle!