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Issue 3 • 2019

The Official Magazine of the Arabian Horse Association


Join us in congratulating the 2019 Arabian Horse Foundation Scholarship winners!

The Arabian Horse Foundation is pleased to announce the 2019 scholarship winners... For the past 10 years the Arabian Horse Foundation has funded scholarships to deserving youths associated with and involved with owning Arabian horses.

Aidan Love

Alexa McVoy

Amy Sager

Annaliese Wood

Audra Homanberg

Jaimie Serier

Jenna Kerkaet

Karoline Lewis

Katie Treadwell

Katherine Roche

Lillian Gramling

Lorena Sistig

Mackenna Basteyns

Madison Officer

Margaret Willis


Everything Strong Begins With A Solid Foundation...

Caden Cruise

Emma Hiland

Grace Kueker

Haley Freeman

Hannah Jones

Kristina Wigren

Lacie Cruise

Laurel Pollock

Lauren Miller

Leah Blanchard

Mary Baker

Ryan Melendez

Sophia Janssen-Madden

Taylor Latham

Vienna Volpe

The scholarships are generously funded by individuals and dedicated scholarship funds and are awarded by the board of directors for the foundation. In addition to providing scholarships, the Foundation provides funding for important equine health research for the Arabian horse. More details regarding past research funding, the scholarship selection process, and applications may be found at www.arabianhorsefoundation.org


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On the cover: Our 2018 Youth of the Year, Ashley Lounsberry from Pawnee, Ill., graces the cover, along with her horse Colt Forty-Five CCR .

PARTNERSHIP Equine Athlete Veterinary Services

Understanding the Link Between Laminitis & Metabolic Status in the Horse Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction and Equine Metabolic Syndrom are complex metabolic conditions that are important to address.

By Bailey Smith, DVM

Photography by Hannah Draughan, hannahdraughan.com

WHOA Build Confidence Jumping a Progressive Gymnastic These gymnastic exercises will eventually help you and your horse feel confident over higher and wider fences.

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IMPACT How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls? The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West.

By Janet de Acevedo Macdonald Life Lessons as Riding Lessons Edgewood Farms, owned by Lisa Mann, brings new life to retired show horses and life lessons to challenged kids.

By Stephanie J. Ruff

By Cindy Tobek

GET INVOLVED AHA Discovery Farm The Discovery Farm program was founded in 2002 as a way to connect the public with the Arabian horse and introduce newcomers to the breed.

By Emma Kersey-Doherty

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HERITAGE Arabians on the Shelf

The Equine Artistry of Maureen Love Some of the most enduring mass-produced model horse designs of the twentieth century were originally created in the 1950s by Maureen Love.

By Teresa Rogers

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THE NOW AHA Youth of the Year

Ashley Lounsberry and Getting Things Done Meet the 2018 Arabian Horse Association Youth of the Year Award winner, Ashley Lounsberry.

By Colleen Scott Darley Awards Delivers Inspiration,

Recognizes America’s Best in Arabian Racing During an elegant ceremony in Houston, Texas, 2018’s best of Arabian racing were announced.

Member Profile:

Working Western, Wyatt Wilms AHA member Wyatt Wilms competes on the Arizona High School Rodeo circuit on his Purebred and Half-Arabian horses.


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Moving Forward in a New Reality

DEAR MEMBERS: I hope you are enjoying your summer with your horses. Things have been very busy with your Arabian Horse Association. I found this quote in a magazine, and it applies to all Agricultural-focused industries. “Agriculture cannot reverse itself to a bygone era. Our rural communities cannot reinvent themselves overnight.” To that end, I am happy to share some great news with you. As part of the Local Outreach Ad-Hoc committee, we have had Arabian/Half-Arabian barns accepted into a pilot program sponsored by the American Horse Council — a Time to Ride program. The goal is to develop the next generation of horsemen and women; not just riders and owners, but professionals in the industry. This is a much needed step in the right direction on the road to the new reality. We have several Ad-Hoc committees and task forces that are working very hard toward moving the AHA forward in an efficient manner and to work within the Assocation to effect significant change. This is difficult and does not come without some costs. There are people who believe it takes longer than necessary while it is going too fast for others. It is a tough position as we must adapt, but it should not be just for change’s-sake. We need to adjust to a new reality. This cannot be at the cost of members and customers. Change must improve and move us forward, not just sideways. Some of our other Ad-Hoc committees include the Regional Restructure Committee — this group is now 6

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focused on the best options for Regional Horse shows. They will be bringing recommendations forward to the board meeting in August and subsequently to the Convention. The Ad-Hoc Show Commission Evaluation Committee is reviewing the way the show commissions work together internally and crosscommissions. We need to make sure we provide the best experience for our exhibitors, vendors and sponsors at the various National events.” Some improvements are in the background, but are no less important. Included on this list must be the Handbook Re-write Committee. This group has been working diligently to make the Handbook more logical and much easier for new people to understand. Already in the 2019 Handbook, you can see changes that improve readability. A new project that will be handled out of the AHA office, but is an example of the cross-cooperation between groups, is the AHA Young Leadership Program. This program financially helps five applicants as they work with mentors at events and in the general horse industry. Thanks to the Arabian Horse Foundation sponsorship monies, this program helps educate and encourage those aged 19-35 to participate in leadership roles (show management, AHA Governance, Judge, Grassroots leader, etc.) We must build infrastructure of new leaders for the future. Thank you to the Arabian Horse Foundation for their support of this program. We continue to bring your Association into a new era with the Future State project, which remains within budget. As you know, we have instituted a three percent fee for transactions completed using a credit card. This is a decision that was based upon the evaluation of other business models of the same size doing similar transactions. Associations can improve, and the current environment is ever changing and evolving. It is the responsibility of the Association’s leadership to keep Arabian horses and horse ownership relevant in a society where horses are no longer necessary for the survival of their owners. I appreciate that change is always needed, and I personally would like to thank those who work together within our Association to help us move forward.

Regards, Nancy Harvey AHA President nancy.harvey@arabianhorses.org


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AHA and SafeSport for Our Youth

DEAR MEMBERS:

SafeSport is a term that is now entrenched in our horse industry world. It gained notoriety out of the Gymnastics and Swimming Olympic worlds as well as associated with priests and college coaches, but the horse industry has not been immune either. So in 2017, Congress passed the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act. Out of this Act, the US Center for Safe Sport was formed, which resulted in US Equestrian being involved because it is the National Governing Body (NGB) for equestrian sport in the US through the US Olympic Committee. Because AHA is an affiliate organization of US Equestrian, we fall under their Safe Sport rules as well as the federal statute. Other non-US Equestrian breed and discipline organizations are not exempt because they fall under the federal Act. US Equestrian just released Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies (MAAP), which became effective June 1, 2019. A link to the full MAAP Policy is www.usef.org/forms-pubs/YXj0R68pxq0/safesport-policy#page=13. Recently, President Nancy Harvey and I had a meeting with US Equestrian leadership to get better clarity on what this Policy requires of our adults who have contact with minors defined as under the age of 18. First to consider would be restricting one-on-one interactions between a minor and an adult who is not the child’s parent or guardian at “a facility … under USEF’s jurisdiction.” USEF licensed horse shows would fall under this definition. The interaction must be 8

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observable by another adult and interruptible by another adult. There has been confusion on coaches and trainers needing to unfriend minors from their Social Media sites. This is not necessary as long as posts are public to all friends and not one-on-one communications. As for texting with minors, it is allowed as long as a parent or another adult, who could be an assistant to the trainer, is copied. For transportation, an adult transporting a minor must have two other minors and/or another adult present. When necessary for one-on-one transportation, written approval by the minor’s parent(s) is required in advance. In emergency situations, a related adult can transport a minor. US Equestrian has sample consent language available through this link www.usef.org/media/press-releases/ five-fast-facts-about-usef-minor-athlete. To date, all of AHA’s Board of Directors, Licensed Officials, and AHA staff have had Safe Sport training. Judges have also had criminal background checks because they are in a position of authority. Further, adults authorized by AHA who have regular contact with, or authority over, minor athletes are required to have Safe Sport training by July 1, 2019. In addition, all USEF Senior Active and Life members must have SafeSport training. Those that haven’t are on an Ineligible to Compete list. For those on a Temporary Suspension or Permanent Suspension list, AHA enforces that list. That includes at AHA recognized competitions not sanctioned by USEF. Reporting of suspected abuse, if sexual misconduct in nature, should go directly to the US Center for Safe Sport, www.safesport. org, (720) 524-5640. If a minor is involved then it has to be reported to the authorities, too. For abuse not involving sexual misconduct, such as Emotional Misconduct, Physical Misconduct, Bullying, Harassment, and Hazing, US Equestrian is the place to report, www.safesport.usef.org, (859) 225-6915. There is much more in the MAAP than I have touched on here, so I would highly recommend that members follow the link to see the full Policy. Anyone with questions should feel free to contact Safe Sport, US Equestrian, or AHA. We as an association continue to support Safe Sport so that our youth can feel secure and enjoy the industry we love. Sincerely,

Glenn T. Petty Executive Vice President glenn.petty@arabianhorses.org


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Letter to the Editor DEAR STEPHANIE, I have read with interest your well-balanced coverage of hot topics, both current and mixed with past stories of legendary breeders and horses alike, including your pieces on McCormick Ranch and Scottsdale. Kudos on the interesting variety, from Youth to Tevis! Of special interest was your story on the Black Stallion movie. I recall the actual thrill of being in the stands at The Arabian Horse Fair in Reno, as Cass Ole was presented several times — ridden once by Francesca Cuello of San Antonio Arabians, then by Kelly Reno, the young actor and finally at liberty, doing stunts with handler Corky Randall. It was beyond thrilling, seeing the movie and book come alive in front of you! We Arabian owners know the great capabilities of our horses, but Cass Ole was in a league of his own. In my 40+ years of breeding Arabians, I have had the joy of knowing breeders of his co-star ‘stunt horses,’ and fondly know how these events help anchor our love for the breed and attract potential interest from new persons and become real. Events like the Black Stallion movie — and Arabian Fair — are worth recalling, as they bring the excitement of Arabians to new and old. Again, thanks for the coverage! It indeed captured the interest of a nation and beyond. ~Bob Ramsey, Victoria, BC

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Dear Bob. Thank you for your email. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the article. As an avid “Black Stallion” fan, I really liked it as well. I’m also pleased that you like the article variety we have been doing. We are trying to provide a wide variety of content, and it’s good to know that it is appreciated. I hope you continue to enjoy the magazine.

We want to hear from you! Have an opinion or suggestion? Praise or constructive criticism? Contact us through Facebook, or email editor@arabianhorses.org.

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AHL Wins at AHP Awards Managing Editor Stephanie Ruff (left) and writer Tobi Lopez Taylor (right) accepted the Honorable Mention for Editorial Personality Profile at the American Horse Publications Equine Media Awards on June 1 in Albuquerque, N.M.


in memoriam

Johnny Johnston Passed April 9, 2019

JOHNNY JOHNSTON WAS A PHOTOGRAPHER of legend

within the Arabian horse industry and shot many of the great horses from the last fifty years. According to his Facebook page, he passed away on April 9, 2019. The following was posted on the Johnny Johnston Photos Facebook page. “He has led an incredible life; the kind of life anyone would aspire to live, and

he was so well loved and respected by all. We are attempting to reach out to as many of you by phone as possible, and from those of you we have reached, we have heard such wonderful stories, and you have shared many fond memories and laughter with us about Johnny's larger than life character. It was against Johnny's wishes to have a service, so in his memory, we would like to ask that in lieu of sending flowers, you post to his page a photo of a living flower. Photography was Johnny's passion, and we would love that you could share that passion in honor of his memory.” n

Bruno Guiraldelli July 10, 1988 - May 15, 2019 Remembering Bruno AS A LITTLE BOY IN THE SMALL TOWN of Franca, Brazil,

Bruno Guiraldelli had a passion for horses that was palpable. In his teen years, he moved to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a successful horse trainer. He got his start working for Midwest Training Center, which gave him the tools to go on to work for Gallun Farms, which then gave him the knowledge to ultimately become the head trainer at Rae-Dawn Arabians. Bruno inspired the Arabian Horse Community with his climb to become one of the most celebrated trainers in the industry. Not only was he an amazing horseman, his bright smile, funloving personality, talent, and huge heart gave new life to the Arabian Horse Community. He touched the lives of all he met, and ignited passion for the Arabian Horse in not only those who had spent years with horses, but people new to the Arabian breed. His death was shocking and tragic, bringing the Arabian Horse community to its knees. Bruno’s glow will forever be missed in the show ring and his spirit will never be forgotten. A bright light put out too soon, may he rest in peace and be forever in our hearts. n

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Chris Picardi September 5, 1966 - March 23, 2019

CHRISTOPHER JOHN BENISCHKO PICARDI, of Pawtucket, R.I., and

Harvard, Mass., passed away on March 23. He was a lifelong, talented horseman whose love for all animals was unsurpassed, and he was a strong supporter of AHA and Arabian Horse Life. He is survived by his partner, John Lajiness, mother Brigitte Picardi, father Amato Picardi, sister Deborah Picardi and adoring nieces Isabella and Lilyanna and all his beloved horses, dogs and cats. n

*Emigrant PASB (Ararat x Emigrantka) THE ONE AND ONLY EMIGRANT passed away May 1, 2019

at his home at Valley Oak Arabians. He was truly one of the most significant breeding horses of his time. Manny Vierra, owner of Valley Oak Arabians in Brentwood, Calif., was honored to be able to purchase him from Michalów State Stud in Poland. Emigrant leaves behind some great daughters and sons at the farm. He was 28 years old. Emigrant will be greatly missed. n

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Understanding the Link Between Laminitis & Metabolic Status in the Horse

Equine Athlete Veterinary Services PITUITARY PARS INTERMEDIA DYSFUNCTION (PPID) AND EQUINE METABOLIC Syndrome (EMS) are complex metabolic conditions that are important to address, especially in predisposed breeds such as the Arabian. If not caught through routine veterinary work, suspicion for PPID and EMS often occurs because of lameness resulting from laminitis. Laminitic episodes can vary from mild (in some cases, undetectable) to episodes of profound lameness. Formerly known as Equine Cushing’s Disease, PPID is the most common endocrine disease, affecting approximately 15 percent of horses over the age of 15. In the diseased state, a lack of regulation on a gland in the brain, the pituitary, precipitates overgrowth of the gland. This produces excess hormones, including Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) and results in the clinical signs characterizing PPID. Early signs of PPID include lethargy, regional hairiness, muscle loss, increased sweating, and lameness involving laminitis or recurrent abscesses. Uncontrolled, clinical signs can advance to mentation changes, persistent long

EMS • Any age • Often obese • Cresty neck, fat around tail, head, etc • Non-seasonal

Prascend®), a medication that acts to regulate pituitary gland secretion. The laminitis risk associated with PPID is linked to the development of insulin resistance (IR). Similarly, EMS horses are those whose clinical examination suggests heightened risk for laminitis as a result of underlying IR. While PPID and EMS are separate entities, horses may suffer from both simultaneously. Unlike PPID, EMS is not a disease; rather a clinical syndrome, which can affect horses of any age. This condition is a result of excessive insulin levels and tissue resistance. These horses are often obese, may have fat deposits around the tail head, a cresty neck, and founder lines on their feet indicating chronic laminitis. However, not all EMS horses are overweight; some have a genetic predisposition to IR. Diagnosis of EMS is based on elevated blood insulin levels. Managing EMS is centered around weight loss and improving insulin sensitivity through dietary management and exercise. Diet management revolves around minimizing carbohydrates with a forage-based, grain free diet. The ideal forage is mature grass hay with less than 12 percent soluble fiber. Hay can be

PPID • Older horses • High • E arly Disease: blood insulin Long hair patches levels Muscle loss • Laminitic • A dvanced Disease: episodes Long, persistent coat Increased infection • Regional fat • Seasonal affects

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hair coats, increased drinking and urination and reduced ability to fight infection. Commonly, PPID presentation in the Arabian show horse is in the earlier stages of disease where horses have areas of longer hairs and unexplained bouts of laminitis. Presumptive PPID may be diagnosed based on the age of the horse and presentation to the veterinarian. Further diagnostics measuring blood ACTH and insulin are used to confirm diagnosis. With that said, the time of year testing is done is important, as there is typically a natural increase in ACTH concentrations between August and November. As a result, bloodwork from the fall cannot be compared to other times of the year, but it can be used to confirm diagnosis in advanced cases. Horses with minimal blood changes, yet display clear clinical signs, may need to be tested again at a different time of the year, or may require more sensitive tests to detect early disease. With no cure for PPID, regular monitoring and treatment is required to guide lifelong management of the disease. As these horses have an increased risk of secondary infections, aggressive preventative health care is also a necessity. Treatment for PPID includes the use of Pergolide (also known under the brand name Brought to you by:

submitted for analysis to determine carbohydrate levels or soaked to leach a portion of the carbohydrates. Soaking also removes essential nutrients and minerals so it is important to fortify the diet with a quality supplement. For working horses or thinner horses, molasses-free beet pulp or oil may be added for additional calories. Many commercial feeds offer low starch diets, but keep in mind these levels may not be low enough for an IR horse. In sound horses, exercise is encouraged to increases the horse’s metabolism, weight loss, and improve insulin sensitivity. When diet and exercise are insufficient, there are prescription medication options you may discuss with your veterinarian. In laminitic events, testing should be delayed until resolution of the episode, as the associated pain and stress may cause false elevations in ACTH and insulin. In the acute stage, we may treat the horse aggressively for PPID, EMS and laminitis in an attempt to stabilize the horse as quickly as possible until a true diagnosis can be reached. Early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of metabolic disease is essential in minimizing the adverse symptoms and prolonging the athletic career of your horse. Fortunately, the treatment and management strategies are reasonably effective with our improved understanding of disease processes. If you are suspicious of the metabolic status of your horse, be sure to discuss the signs with your veterinarian. ~ Bailey Smith, DVM Associate, Equine Athlete Veterinary Services

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Why Come to AHYA Convention?

• Get your Youth National Qualifier T-shirt • Meet those leading AHYA and vote for new leadership

• Learn about what is happening with AHYA

• Vote on a proposed Resolution to change the requirements for age splits • Meet new friends • Gain leadership skills

DATES+DEADLINES

Win This!

July 19 ~ AHYA Board Meeting July 20 ~ AHYA Convention July 20-27 ~ Youth Nationals, Oklahoma City, OK August 11-17 ~ Canadian Nationals, Brandon, MB September 3 ~ Youth of the Year Applications Due September 2-7 ~ Sport Horse Nationals, Crete, IL

AHYA Trails West Trailer Raffle Benefiting AHYA – Back this year is the raffle of an Adventure MX II 2-horse bumper pull trailer! Stop by the AHYA Booth at our National Shows or email youth@arabianhorses.org to purchase raffle tickets. $50/ticket or 5 for $200. Only 400 tickets will be sold!

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September 23 ~ Arabian Horse Judging and Hippology Contest Entries Due October 18-26 ~ U.S. Nationals, Tulsa, OK October 24-25 ~ Arabian Horse Hippology Contest, Tulsa, OK October 25 ~ Arabian Horse Judging Contest, Tulsa, OK


US EQUESTRIAN YOUTH SPORTSMAN’S AWARD AHA nominates one youth member for the US Equestrian Youth Sportsman's Award. Individuals interested in applying for the US Equestrian Youth Sportsman's Award must send in their application to AHA by September 3. Each breed affiliate may submit only one candidate for USEF's Youth Sportsman's Award. For more information, please contact youth@arabianhorses.org.

Youth of the Year • Recognition

• Résumé builder • Boost college applications • Leadership opportunities • $1,000 scholarship • www.arabianhorses.org/ ahayaYOTY

*All photos by Mike Ferrara

• Apply by September 3

EXHIBITORS Good Luck at Youth Nationals!

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hat do Wonder Woman, sharpshooter Annie Oakley, famed Arabian horse breeder Sheila Varian, and Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl from “Toy Story 2,” “Toy Story 3” and the recently released “Toy Story 4” have in common? You’ll find them all honored at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. This is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West. Its 200+ Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees include pioneers, artists, writers, entertainers, humanitarians, businesswomen, educators, ranchers and rodeo cowgirls. On March 9 of this year, following an intensive 13-month, $5.5 million remodel, the museum tipped its hat to reveal exciting secrets when it reopened its second floor. The renovated upstairs

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Cowgirls? housing the new “It’s Never Just a HorseTM” exhibition is now the Kit Moncrief Galleries renamed after the organization’s board president and patron. Entering the two-story, light-filled rotunda, you are welcomed at the film lounge with two video options. The first, a four-minute “How ‘bout Them Cowgirls?” video serenade by three-time Country Music Award Entertainer of the Year George Strait is certainly the best tribute song to one of America’s greatest national treasures, its cowgirls. Made specifically for the museum as an experience introduction, it features the myriad of cowgirls represented in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. “Toy Story’s” Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl is the second welcome offering. Jessie is the 2000 recipient of the museum’s Patsy Montana Award, which recognizes those whose work in the entertainment field continues and advances the tradition of the cowgirl in the areas of film, television, music, writing and theater. Seeing Jessie’s character development into the “Toy Story” narrative will particularly interest the younger set. In the future, the museum will continue to add vignettes to welcome guests. “With our ‘It’s Never Just a HorseTM’ exhibition and the new galleries, the museum is situated well to be a touchstone for those interested in horses, the West, and those women who rarely get included in history texts. Part of our continuing mission is to bring to the mainstream discussions those women who shape the West — and in turn change the world,” says Diana Vela, Ph.D., associate executive director. To date, there are two Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees with connections to the Arabian horse family; the much beloved Sheila Varian, a 2003 inductee, and 1981 Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree Mamie Francis Hafley, whose jumping horses were all Arabians.

The Cowgirl Museum Experience Walking through the museum you will find three motifs are continually used throughout: the rope, the horse, and the desert rose. These were part of its initial build in 2002. The desert rose, known for its strength, beauty, and ability

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Room where visitor-now-designer can create her own custom boots, shirt, or horse literally with the touch of a finger! The fan-favorite Bucking Bronc Ride superimposes the rider into a 1900’s era bronc ride perfect for sharing on today’s social media. Photo op for younger kids on a small, stationary paint horse with cowgirl backdrop is in the same area. What beckons both your eye and body into the spacious second-floor gallery is the floor-to-ceiling 180-degree backdrop where horses are projected moving gently at times through bucolic fields. Then with ears and noses twitching at a coming storm, they are transported to a black background where herd interactions are displayed in 11-foot

MISSION STATEMENT: The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. “Horses are mirrors to our emotions, and they have an uncanny ability to teach us about ourselves.” n

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to survive and even thrive in very difficult terrain and weather situations, often represents the cowgirl. It was also the inspiration for the museum’s logo. The first floor’s Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Shows Gallery has life-sized, motion-sensored holograms of the iconic five-foot-nothing sharpshooter Annie Oakley. Matter-of-factly, Oakley tells her engager that being the fifth of seven children in the 1860s, she taught herself to shoot so she could help feed her family. Oakley also tells of winning a shooting match at the age of 15 against traveling-show marksman Frank E. Butler — whom she would later marry — which set her on the road to become an international legend. The Anne W. Marion Gallery hosts temporary exhibits. Currently, “The Trail of the Cowgirl” by 2007 Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree Donna Howell-Sickles is on exhibit through September 2019. As you move to the renovated galleries, two separate staircases are beautifully adorned with 27 framed Hermès scarves that are worth spending time admiring for both their artisanship and thematic intricacies. Horses and the iconic Hermès horse carriage motif are at the heart of the French brand’s logo and even today remain one of the key themes in its scarf portfolio. The second floor is filled with hands-on activities for both young and the young-at-heart. The renovation brought impressive, interactive technology to the Western Design


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TOP 2003 Hall of Fame Honoree Sheila Varian, an icon of the Arabian Horse scence, riding Desperado V. Courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas.

MIDDLE Patricia E. Kelly, 2015 Cowgirl Honoree. A former U.S. marine, award-winning community leader, and equestrian trailblazer, Kelly has been at the helm of Ebony Horsewomen, Inc. for the over 30 years.

Courtesy Ebony Horsewomen, Inc.

BOTTOM 2018 Hall of Fame Honoree Camilla Naprous, horse master and stunt woman for the film industry, has ties to “Game of Thrones” and “Wonder Woman.” Photo courtesy of Camilla Naprous.

close-ups. Caught between magical and educational, the youngest visitors are often seen trying to touch and talk to the horses. The “It’s Never Just a Horse™” exhibition has five topical “islands” — Ranching, Competing, Healing, Business, and Inspiring — exploring how the horse connects with women through artifacts, some not seen before, displayed on the perimeter of each island. For instance, the Inspiration Island looks at how horses have inspired artists, writers and other creative types. Singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert’s autographed pink hummingbird guitar is displayed here.

Hollywood Features The “Wonder Woman” movie costume created by Lindy Hemming and worn by Israeli actress, singer, martial artist, and model Gal Gadot when she starred as Diana in the 2017 blockbuster, is now on display at the museum. The National Cowgirl Museum’s 2018 Honoree, Camilla Naprous, who worked as a horse master and stunt woman on Wonder Woman, generously loaned the costume to the museum.

RIGHT 2018 Hall of Fame Honoree Mamie Francis Hafley diving with her Half-Arabian mare, Babe. Courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas.

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Hafley-Shelton Wild West Rodeo Collection

Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl from the “Toy Story” franchise of films. Courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas.

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OPPOSITE BOTTOM Annie Oakley hologram shown in the Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Shows Gallery. Courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas.

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Serious Business Worth Supporting It’s not all fun, film and fantasy. The museum is considered an invaluable national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare photograph collection and awardwinning distance-learning programs for grades K-12 and adults. Bethany Dodson, the museum’s research and education manager, has students contacting her to research specific women in the Hall of Fame for National History Day, people researching family members, or historians working on books or Ph.D. dissertations. The Shop at The Cowgirl is well curated and has something of interest for cowgirls and cowboys alike at a variety of price points. Be sure to meander through the shop for unique t-shirts, original jewelry and accessories, children’s products, artwork, and books about or by honorees and other women of the American West. The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is a one-of-a-kind experience that is well worth your time. How ‘bout them cowgirls? Go — answer the question for yourself. Janet de Acevedo Macdonald is a freelance travel writer, horse owner, breeder, and adult amateur competitor who blogs about all things Arabian horse at www.arabianhorsetravel.com. 20

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ADDRESS: Janet de Acevedo Macdonald

1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX 76107. $10.00 parking fee in the Cultural District. ADMISSION RATES: Adults: $12.00 Seniors (age 65+): $9.00 Military & First Responders: $9.00 Children (age 4-12): $6.00 Children age 3 and under – free with paid admission OPEN HOURS: Summer Mondays Memorial Day through Labor Day: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Other Mondays: Closed Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

ABOVE The Desert Rose motif shown on a staircase of the museum, and used throughout the building.

BELOW A saddle used in the wildly popular series “Game of Thrones.” Courtesy of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, Fort Worth, Texas.

As part of the post-renovation celebration, the museum will stay open late, 5-7 p.m., the third Friday of each month through Dec. 20 for cowgirl cocktails. CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. WEBSITE: www.cowgirl.net SOCIAL MEDIA: www.facebook.com/NCMHOF twitter.com/cowgirlmuseum www.instagram.com/ cowgirlmuseum

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She is currently working on “Wonder Woman 1984,” the Wonder Woman sequel due out in June 2020. Naprous also took care of the horses on the award-winning HBO series “Game of Thrones.” She joined the series during its first season and notes with pride that a horse has never been injured during the show’s eightseason run. She choreographed all the horse scenes, stunts and fight sequences. Her company, The Devil’s Horsemen, based in Buckinghamshire, England, supplies horses to the film industry. It’s safe to say that any period movie or TV drama that has a horse in it, Naprous is usually involved. She teaches actors to ride, too. Olivia Colman, who just won the Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role as Queen Anne in “The Favourite,” was taught by Naprous. In this area you will also find the actual saddle from “Game of Thrones” used by Kit Harington, who played Jon Snow in the series.

The 33,000 square-foot National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is found on the Will Rogers Memorial Complex located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, which is also home to the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Amon Carter Museum.


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he Discovery Farm program was founded in 2002 as a way to connect the public with the Arabian horse and introduce newcomers to the breed. Part of the Arabian Horse Association (AHA) National outreach, there are currently hundreds of Discovery Farms across the United States and Canada. By scheduling a visit, newcomers and prospective owners can enjoy a free introduction to the world of Arabian horses. AHA helps farm owners focus on creating a low-pressure environment where families and individuals can get up close and hands-on. Anyone with a current AHA membership can sign up to become a Discovery Farm. There is a small fee which goes directly back into helping the program continue. Each facility that enrolls is supported in creating a positive experience for visitors through AHA’s educational enroll-


Visitors meet Arabian horses at Royal Legend Arabians, a Discovery Farm in Bryan, Texas.

ment packet. All the necessary materials are provided to help Discovery farms, new and old, kick start their programs. One AHA member who signed up is Lisabeth (Lisa) Robertson, owner of Royal Legend Arabians in Bryan, Texas. Having owned and bred Straight Egyptian Arabians since 1985, Lisa not only opens up her barn as a Discovery Farm, but also has a successful lesson and breeding program. With a herd of 55 comprised predominantly of Arabian horses and a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in Animal Science, Lisa is a wonderful and passionate ambassador for the breed. Speaking about her homebred horses, she shares: “Our Arabian horses go from the show ring, to the cross country course, to the beach and take it all in stride. My breeding program focuses on athletic horses with great legs, amazing minds and sweet personalities.”

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As well as helping students of all ages, from three to 78, show across different disciplines, Lisa takes time out of her busy schedule to entertain visitors at her barn who reach out to her through the Discovery Farm program. “AHA literature mentioned (the Discovery Farm program), so we looked into it,” Lisa shares. “Everyone needs to know horses, and of course, the best breed to know is the amazing, lovable, beautiful Arabian. So it only makes sense to show them to every child and family that just wants a chance to get close, to touch or look them in their intelligent eyes.” Between showing at everything from small schooling shows and play days, to A-rated Jumper shows and Class A Arabian shows, Royal Legend is also host to prospective Arabian lovers and those eager to learn more about the world’s oldest breed of horse. “We get calls fairly often from people that just want to come see...to be close to an Arabian horse, or even just a horse. We always are happy to show folks around and grab a few treats for them to give to the horses. We talk to them and explain more about horses, and the Arabian breed, during their visit. They get up close and pet, or even groom, the beautiful bodies of the Arabians once called ‘living art.’ It’s so great to see the smiles, the looks of wonder and delight and the awe of people who get to be near them,” Lisa says. Undoubtedly, this kind of outreach is crucial and a beautiful testament to the loving and people-oriented nature of our Arabian horse. When asked to share her advice for a barn considering becoming a part of the Discovery Farm program, Lisa responded, “Why are we in the horse business? For most of us it is to get to spend

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every day with the thing we love most. If we feel this way about Arabian horses, how can we not share that love? I would say: get busy and get started. It’s a reward to the heart, if not the pocketbook. All Arabian horse owners and riders should strive to show the world how amazing this breed is, even if it is done one child at a time.” “We often get called by people wanting to come over to learn more about Arabian horses, or just pet and visit with horses in general. We are always happy to accommodate them and love to encourage newcomers to visit, to touch the horses, to interact and connect with them and give them cookies. I keep a very large bag of horse cookies around for that very reason.” Dr. Josh Loyd, his wife Janice and their 12 children are one such family that came to know the joy of the Arabian horse through the Discovery Farm program. After connecting with Lisa and Royal Legend Arabians through the AHA listing of local facilities, they arranged a trip. “My son, Isaac, was turning seven, and he wanted to visit some stables for his birthday,” Janice recalls. “We looked online for facilities close to us and found Royal Legend. We called, and Lisa very graciously agreed to let us come by.” Like all visitors through the Discovery Farm program, the Loyd family were given hands on time with Arabian horses and introduced to the history, versatility, and people-oriented nature of the breed. “We explain to people which horses do show jumping, which are used for riding lessons, which pull carriages, which work as hunters and sporthorses and which ride Western or do speed events,” Lisa shares. “Many times the horses in question do several disciplines, which creates a great opportunity to discuss their versatility.”


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get involved n “We tell them that we love the beauty of the Arabian horse, but they also need to work and be useful once they are adults, just like people, which is why the broodmares and stallions are given jobs, as well as the geldings. We share a little history and provide information about getting started with riding lessons and summer camps, or pony parties. If they are interested, we share more about our Straight Egyptian breeding program and why Arabian horses are our breed of choice.” Their Discovery Farm meeting would spark an Arabian horse journey reaching further than ever imagined for Janice, Isaac, and the Loyd family. “The visit was amazing, and Isaac enjoyed getting to see the Arabian horses up close and learn a little bit about them,” Janice recalls. “Lisa was very kind. She took the time to walk us around and introduce us to each of the horses while sharing information about the Arabian breed and all the different things these horses can do.” Though the Discovery Farm visit came to an end, the experience stayed with the Loyds. When another family member later expressed an interest in horses, Janice immediately remembered their Arabian horse experience. “It was about five years on that my then 11-year-old daughter began to express a desire to work with horses,” Janice shares. “I was hesitant at first because I didn’t know how to ask about her being more involved, or how it would be received. My daughter persisted so I reached out to Lisa to see if she ever had kids volunteer. We were thrilled that she enthusiastically welcomed my daughter 26

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and one of her brothers back to Royal Legend to learn and experience day-to-day life at a stable. It’s been almost two years since that time, and my daughter has grown in her love for horses and more specifically, Arabians.” “The Loyd family has become very dear to our hearts,” Lisa says. “Now several of the children continue to volunteer at the barn, usually helping feed the horses or groom them. They are wonderful kids, and we love having them. Sometimes they bring their youngest siblings to pet horses or give them cookies — perhaps they will be our next generation of Arabian lovers thanks to that one initial Discovery Farm visit and connection.” In addition to the Loyds, Lisa has a number of families that came to her through the program and returned to continue their involvement with the breed. “It’s a lot like a big family that all likes doing the same thing — spending time with Arabian horses,” she says. “Regardless if it’s just hanging out at the barn and being in their presence, working on horsemanship and taking lessons, showing Class A, Jumper shows, attending local schooling shows or Combined Driving Events, we all enjoy the horses together.” “My daughter would be at the stables every day if she could!” Janice laughs. “She is often joined by at least one sibling and sometimes a friend or cousin. When I ask her what her favorite part of volunteering at the stables is she enthusiastically responds, ‘riding!’ Personally, as a parent, my favorite part is that I can go with all my kids, despite their different ages, and we are always made to feel welcome. There is something at the barn for each of us to enjoy; from petting puppies, to feeding cookies to the horses, to grooming and learning more about horsemanship and the history that Arabians carry. Lisa is warm and welcoming to our family, and we are certainly glad to know her and her Arabian horses.” “For any family that is considering visiting a Discovery Farm, I would without a doubt say, go for it! You never know what kind of life-long friendships might come out of it — human or equine.” We couldn’t agree more. The Discovery Farm program acts as a crucial bridge for newcomers to gain insight into our horses and community. If you, like Lisa, are passionate about being an ambassador and sharing the amazing Arabian horse with others, or if you would like to schedule a visit to learn about the breed, you can find out more about the Discovery Farm program and how to sign up on the AHA website, ArabianHorses.org. Emma Kersey-Doherty, Arabian Horse Life’s Senior Intern, currently lives in North Texas. She enjoys caring for and showing her two Amateur-Owner-Trained Purebreds and is passionate about the Arabian as a family horse.


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“I always tell the other youth,

By Colleen Scott

if you want to see things changed, then you need to be a part of it. Get involved!”

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he 2018 Arabian Horse Association Youth of the Year Award winner, Ashley Lounsberry, has a “get it done” attitude. And not just as it pertains to Arabian horses. Ashley applies that attitude to everything she does. If you’re wondering what she does besides compete on the Arabian circuit and serve in youth leadership roles in the Arabian industry — it’s a long list. There’s the University of Iowa where she just finished her first year studying animal science with a focus on preveterinary medicine. She is also participating on the Equestrian Team and serving as equine chair of the Pre-Vet Club. There’s dancing, in which she performs ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. There’s music. Ashley has been playing piano since the third grade and was in her high school’s marching percussion drum line. Voluntarism and her church are also important to Ashley. Long-time trainer Angie Sullivan, Randy Sullivan Training Center, says about Ashley, “Everything she sets her mind to, she achieves.” So, how did she go from never riding to becoming the selection for Youth of the Year? Let’s take a look at the last decade.

Ashley’s Riding Journey Begins Ashley, Pawnee, Ill., started her relationship with horses much like every other youth or adult amateur rider — with riding lessons at a local barn. At eight years old she expressed an interest in learning to ride. Her mother, although concerned about where this interest might lead (dollar signs ahead), acquiesced. “I had this gut feeling that this would not be a passing interest for her. Ashley always loved horses. We had friends with horses

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LEFT Ashley with Colt Forty-Five CCR at the family farm in Pawnee, Ill.

OPPOSITE, TOP TO BOTTOM Ashley and Milano LRA at the Scottsdale Show in 2018. Ashley and Colt Forty-Five at their first Youth Nationals in 2016. Alexa Mayer helps Ashley with her make-up at the 2018 NIAHAC Show.

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and when she was just a toddler, she loved to be with the horses. So, I was not surprised when she asked if she could take riding lessons,” Debbie recalls. Having grown up across the street from Randy Sullivan, Debbie turned to Randy and Angie to introduce Ashley to the sport. Ashley started riding, taking lessons from Angie throughout her 13 and under years. Soon, those lessons led to her first horse, a Quarter Horse named Peanut, who taught her the basics. Now 30, the trusted gelding lives in the Lounsberry’s backyard. After being safely packed around by the older schoolmaster, Ashley started showing walk/trot on the Half-Arabian gelding Colt Forty-Five CCR, a horse the family leased. “I remember being really upset and crying after our last show that first year we leased Colt because I thought it would be my last show with him, and I didn’t know who I was going to be able to ride,” she recalls. “And then, my parents had a surprise party for my tenth birthday and gave me Colt Forty-Five.” It turned out not only to be a surprise, but also the start of a great horse/rider relationship and a youth career 30

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filled with many accolades. Debbie, a horse lover herself, was on board from the very beginning and never missed a show. “It took my dad a little longer to come around I think,” recalls Ashley. “But once he saw how hard I worked and how much I loved it, he was really supportive. They have both been great.” Ashley’s brother, two years her junior, was also a fixture at the shows. When Ashley transitioned to the 14 -17 age bracket, Randy took over as her instructor. “Randy just couldn’t believe what a great listener she was and how hard she really tried to get things right,” recalls Angie. Ashley and Colt competed successfully throughout her youth career in the Western Pleasure division. At their first Youth Nationals, in 2016, her cut was made especially memorable when her rein fell off. “I had to call a time out. My first class ever at Youth Nationals,” Ashley recalls. “We were just sitting in the stands helplessly,” says Debbie. Ashley and Colt were unfazed and went on to make it to the finals where they would place 11th overall, just barely missing the sought-after Top Ten. (Although anyone who has competed at Youth Nationals can attest that the quality level is so high, making cuts is an incredible achievement.) Following Youth Nationals, Colt essentially retired from the ring and went to live with Peanut and a mini at the Lounsberry’s farm. With Colt retired, Ashley leased horses, showing the Half-Arabian STLA Purple Jade and Purebred Milano LRA to many Class A and regional championship titles. She also showed Milano LRA to several Scottsdale titles and both horses to Top Ten honors at Youth Nationals in 2017 and 2018. During those years, according to Debbie, in addition to learning riding skills, Ashley was also learning more important things. “Ashley learned trust — how to trust her gut and how to form trust with her equine partner. She


learned humility. She learned responsibility — you cannot always sleep in or go do what everyone else is doing when you have horses at home that you have to take care of. She learned not to take herself too seriously. She learned compassion and how to comfort others after a bad ride or the unthinkable loss of an equine companion.” Ashley also spent time working for the Sullivans in the summers of 2017 and 2018, truly learning the meaning of sweat equity as she lunged, groomed, tacked, bathed and prepped horses for lessons and shows. She also helped attend to the various health needs of the horses, including her own, an experience that almost led her to change her mind about pursuing veterinary medicine. “When it was my horse that was injured, I almost freaked out looking at it,” she recalls. “I wasn’t so sure I was going to be able to handle it. But looking back, I think it was because it was my horse, so it was hard to be objective.” Since that incident, she has had the opportunity to shadow a veterinarian, Kate Luthin, DVM, solidifying her decision to pursue veterinary medicine. At Iowa State University, Ashley’s riding continues as part of the Iowa State University Equestrian Team. While the team’s horses are primarily stock-type Quarter Horses, Paints and Appaloosas, she is embracing the diversity and the opportunity to learn about other breeds. “I love the team. It’s really nice to be around other people who come from very different backgrounds and experiences. But there’s one thing we all have in common — our love of horses,” she says. While she visits the Sullivans when she can, it isn’t the same not having her around according to Angie. “Ashley has been a wonderful part of our lives,” says Angie. “Every time

she ever came to the barn, she had a smile on her face. She was always so grateful and thankful. “We really miss her,” says Angie. “She was just such a joy to have around.” Debbie says Ashley truly felt at home at Randy Sullivan’s Training Center. “She is so appreciative and grateful for the opportunities that she has been given. She found a home with her barn family and a connection with others who share the same passion and interest.”

Outside the Ring While Ashley’s show ring achievements under the tutelage of the Sullivans are notable, it was her activities outside the ring that helper her earn the coveted Youth of the Year title, which comes with a $1,000 scholarship and perpetual trophy. With the same focus, determination and “get it done” attitude that she used to achieve her goals in the ring, Ashley immersed herself in the Arabian Horse Youth Association. Not satisfied just to be a member

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of the Arabian Horse Youth Association, (AHYA), she began taking on leadership roles. First, Ashley served as the Co-Director of the Region XI club in 2017 and 2018. During her tenure, she was instrumental in bringing additional activities for youth to the Region XI Championship Show. In that role, Ashley also represented the region at the 2017 Arabian Horse Association Convention and conducted a leadership workshop for other youth. She continued representing Region XI during the 2018 year at the March meeting and convention held during Youth Nationals. Her efforts in 2017, including taking Grinch, one of the Sullivan’s lesson horses, to visit a nursing home, earned her the Region XI 2017 Youth Ambassador Award. During the 2018 - 2019 year, she has served as secretary of the Arabian Horse Youth Association, responsible for recording official minutes of the executive board and facilitating the board’s involvement in the industry. She will complete this role at the next board meeting, which will be held at Youth Nationals. “I tell other youth riders that if they want to see things get changed, then you have to be the one to do it,” she says. “You can’t just wait for someone else to do something.” Debbie says these various roles have helped shape Ashley into the person she is today. “Ashley has learned confidence in herself. She has learned how to be a leader through her time as Regional Director and on the AHYA board. She has learned humility. She has learned perseverance and resilience. She has learned how to work hard — and has learned that sometimes no matter how hard you work, things just do not turn out the way you want.”

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Life Beyond Arabian Horses

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Excelling in the show ring, helping lead the Arabian youth and showcasing the Arabian horse in the community are already enough to make this young lady worthy of the Youth of the Year title. But there’s more. Dedicating herself to her education was (and still is) a priority for Ashley as demonstrated by her Glenwood High School class ranking (13 of 353) and weighted grade point average of a 5.4. During her high school years, she was a member of the Key Club, President and member of the National Honor Society, member of the GHS marching percussion drum line and served as a library aid. She was also awarded the 2018 Marine Corp Award for Scholastic Excellence, a selection made by the high school faculty, and 2018 Biology Student of the Year, a selection made by the science faculty. In her first year at Iowa State, she finished with an impressive 4.0 GPA while riding on the equestrian team and serving in a leadership position for the Pre-Vet Club. Outside of school, there’s the other long list of interests

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ABOVE Ashley, eye to eye, with Colt Forty-Five.

OPPOSITE, TOP TO BOTTOM Ashley and her Quarter Horse Grimms Fairy Tale (aka Peanut). STLA Purple Jade and Ashley at the 2017 NIAHAC Show. Ashley at the 2018 Dance N Flip Recital for which she choreographed her own senior solo. Ashley and fellow members of the Board of Youth Directors at the March 2019 meeting: Also pictured are Sarah Porter, Payne Harper, Cole Reser, Ashley, Savanna DeMott and Caroline Elik.

she has pursued: dance since the age of three; Music since third grade. How Ashley has found the time to excel in academics, equestrian sports, leadership, music and dance is beyond what many of us can imagine. She is also a volunteer — serving the Chatham Presbyterian Church as an assistant Sunday School teacher, nursery volunteer and Vacation Bible School leader. A love of history led her to a camp at Lincoln’s New Salem Historic Site, sponsored by Illinois College. After aging out as a camper, she returned as a camp counselor and volunteer interpreter, sharing historical facts about 18th century life with visitors. The list of Ashley’s activities is so long and varied, it begs the obvious question — how did/ does she find the time? When asked, she doesn’t have a secret tip. “I honestly have no idea how I managed to do everything,” she says. “I just enjoy having things to do and being active in my community.”

What’s Next? “I think it will be a while before I can return

to showing,” says Ashley. “With undergrad, vet school, then finding a job, student debt…but I’ll be back. I miss it so much!” Ashley’s advice to the upcoming youth riders? Besides getting involved to help improve and change things in the industry, get involved with and get to know the other people in the industry. “It’s not just about showing and riding,” she says. “Go meet other people outside your barn. Get out of your comfort zone. It’s very rewarding.” According to Debbie, just because Ashley isn’t showing right now doesn’t mean her affiliation with the Arabian industry is going to be over. “She has made so many friends from all over the state and country. Those relationships she will cherish forever.” Colleen Scott lives in Kansas City, Mo., and has been riding and showing on the Arabian circuit for more than 20 years; and writing about them for the same. Her current equine partner is Kiss A Girl LOA. She is also fortunate enough to have a related career, working for an advertising/public relations agency on an equine pharmaceutical account.

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1. A Peaceful Walk.

Photo submitted by Donna Pock 2. I Wuv You Soooo Much. Photo submitted by Cindy Luten 3. Sloppy Surprise.

Photo submitted by Kenny Mosher 4. Kindred Spirits.

Photo submitted by Sydnie Burrus 5. Proud Pair.

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Arabian Horse Life Magazine; mini issue 3 2019  

The Arabian Horse Association's (AHA) member magazine, Arabian Horse Life (AHL) is due to hit mailboxes the middle of July. Distributed to A...

Arabian Horse Life Magazine; mini issue 3 2019  

The Arabian Horse Association's (AHA) member magazine, Arabian Horse Life (AHL) is due to hit mailboxes the middle of July. Distributed to A...