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Julie Hoefling is just trying to chase her dreams

Julie Hoefling is just trying to chase her dreams

Julie Hoefling describes herself as a “small-town farm kid who is trying to make a few dreams come true.” The Michigan native lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband, Jerry, and spends her free time riding and competing at American Quarter Horse Association shows across the United States. “I’ve been blessed with a lot of […]

Taft Dickerson: North Carolina horse trainer born into the business

Taft Dickerson: North Carolina horse trainer born into the business

His father is a 25-time Quarter Horse Congress Champion horse trainer. His mother, Millie, was a five-time Congress Non-Pro Western Pleasure Champion and his sister, Jennifer Dickerson Webb, was a two-time Congress Non-Pro Western Pleasure Champion and two-time Reserve Champion. Taft Dickerson, of Mount Airy, North Carolina, says there was actually zero chance he’d be […]

Blake Britton approaches each day with patience

Blake Britton approaches each day with patience

Blake Britton has always had big aspirations. As a youngster, growing up in Chillicothe, Ohio, his parents Jana and Tony Britton, always had horses. Blake was not very old when his folks presented him with a pony as a gift. But Blake refused to ride it. “I told them I wanted a horse,” Britton recalls. […]

Hayley Saul enjoys the challenge of starting over

Hayley Saul enjoys the challenge of starting over

Hayley Saul, a 27-year-old Amateur competitor from Des Arc, Arkansas admits it’s not easy starting over with a new show partner, especially in Trail and other all-around events, but it’s what she loves the most and what motivates her to show. “I love the reward of finishing a young horse,” she said. “Taking them to […]

Abi Tuiasosopo makes joyous return to the show arena

Abi Tuiasosopo makes joyous return to the show arena

These days, each time Abi Owings Tuiasosopo swings a leg over the back of a horse she closes her eyes and thanks the Lord for the opportunity to be in the saddle again. Because for a very long time that didn’t seem possible. Abi was seven years old when she discovered what made her feel […]

Randy Mitchell puts focus the on matching clients with horses

Randy Mitchell puts focus the on matching clients with horses

Keep your eye on Randy Mitchell as he’s coaching clients in the show pen and you can easily tell if they are having a good ride. If he adjusts his ball cap and it gets lower on his head…things are not going well. It’s an inside joke,” Mitchell said. “That’s what I love about my […]

Lauren Crivelli has a routine when preparing to compete

Lauren Crivelli has a routine when preparing to compete

Lauren Crivelli has a routine she sticks to as she prepares to enter the show arena to compete. She’s impossible to talk to so don’t even try. She’s in her “zone.” “I get so focused on the way my horse is feeling and the way I want them to feel in the arena that I […]

Sydney Riden grateful for opportunity to show horses

Sydney Riden grateful for opportunity to show horses

Family is the most important thing to 16-year-old Sydney Riden, of Good Hope, Illinois. It was family – parents, Scott and Mindy Riden, grandparents, aunts and sister have all shown horses all their lives and they got Sydney involved when she was just a toddler. “My first show was when I was a year old […]

NJ trainer Danny Desmond not afraid of hard work

NJ trainer Danny Desmond not afraid of hard work

New Jersey trainer Danny Desmond understands the value of hard work. He says a very wise man – who happens to be his own father – once told him that “your results are directly proportional to how much time you have spent.” That’s something Desmond has never forgotten. “Any successful man knows this is true […]

Chase Barnes has always wanted to be a horse trainer

Chase Barnes has always wanted to be a horse trainer

Native of: Warren, Pennsylvania.  Age: 30. Activities: I played baseball when I was young until I got more involved in the horses. I was involved in 4-H and also did a lot of skiing, hunting and fishing.  Introduction to Horses: I grew up around horses. We had a little farm and my family had a few horses. When I was […]

Katlin Schultz says her dad is her biggest influence

Katlin Schultz says her dad is her biggest influence

  Native of: Ludington, Michigan.  Age: 28  Family: Parents, Brian and Gerri Schultz; sister, Bre Schultz; brother, Brian Schultz. Education: Attended Ludington High School but was home schooled most of high school, living with my horse trainers at the time and hauling for national titles; 2006 graduate of American Schools.  Occupation: National Director of Donor Relations for Be Someone’s Hero, a […]

Kacie Scharf wants to earn a degree in Business

Kacie Scharf wants to earn a degree in Business

Age: 17 Hometown: Gretna, Nebraska Family: Parents, Gayle and Robert Sharf; sister and brother-in-law, Nichole and Kent McKendry; brothers, Kevin and Will Scharf. Education: Member of the class of 2017 at Gretna High School, Gretna, Nebraska. Career Goals: I am planning to go into business. I’ll probably get a degree in general business, although, I don’t know for sure. I […]