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Taylah Ogilvie of Australia heads to her first Youth World

Taylah Ogilvie of Australia heads to her first Youth World

Age: 18 Family: Mother, Tracey Woods; Father, Charles Ogilvie; Brother, Dylan Ogilvie Education: Glenella State School from preschool to grade seven ( 2003-2010); 2015 graduate of Pioneer High school. Career Goals: Next year I am going to study for my certificate III and IV in fitness. I became interested in fitness when I was living in Victoria with my trainers, Kelly […]

Marian Naumann of Solana Beach, California

Marian Naumann of Solana Beach, California

Native of: Norwich, Connecticut Family: Met my husband, Jim Naumann at a sales training class in New Jersey. Married in 1980. We have a daughter, Stephanie, 29, a yoga teacher extraordinaire. Education: Quinnipiac College, Hamden, Conecticut 1972-1974; University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, 1974 to 1977. Majored in Biology/Chemistry. Occupation: Senior apparel and footwear buyer for Mary’s Tack & Feed, Del Mar, […]

Madison Nirenstein of Mill Valley, California

Madison Nirenstein of Mill Valley, California

Age: 18 Family: Parents, John and Michelle Nirenstein; brother, Parker. Education: Elementary and middle school in Tiburon, California; Redwood High School, Larkspur, California (graduated in 2015); currently attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor but in the process of transferring to a California school so I can show my horse more. Career Goals: I want to work in the automotive industry […]

Jenna Tolson says she has big dreams

Jenna Tolson says she has big dreams

Jenna Tolson, of McPherson, Kansas, first fell in love with horses while on a trail ride in Colorado with her family. For months she and her sisters, Jillian and Gretchen, begged their parents to take lessons somewhere, so Brent and Sue Wall found a semi-local pony club for the girls to join. All three girls would be dropped […]

Madison Anger loves the sense of community at shows

Madison Anger loves the sense of community at shows

Youth competitor Madison Anger has only been showing for the past four years, but her love for horses began at an early age. Growing up in Clyde Hill, Washington, the only daughter of Kristin and Matt Anger began riding at her grandparent’s barn in Clovis, California. Ginger and Bob Thomas promised they would get her a horse so she could […]

For Dodie Howard patience is key to successful program

For Dodie Howard patience is key to successful program

New York trainer Dodie Howard said it’s not always easy to tell people what they don’t want to hear but if it’s truthful and comes from the heart most will understand. Howard’s parents always instilled in her the message that honesty is the best policy and as a professional horse trainer that advice has always served her well. “I […]

Jaclyn Landers says her show partner is quite a character

Jaclyn Landers says her show partner is quite a character

When she was just 6 years old, Jaclyn Landers asked her mother if she could have a horse. The answer was simple: “If you still like horses in a year I will get you riding lessons.” Sure enough, Landers was riding a year later. “My first lessons were on an old horse named Smirf,” Landers recalled. […]

Grace Himes has a close bond with Gota Lota Lace

Grace Himes has a close bond with Gota Lota Lace

Grace Ann Himes has a close bond with her show partner, Gota Lota Lace. She likes to think she knows everything about the 2003 American Quarter Horse bay mare by Gota Lota Potential out of Iron N Lace. Like how she oinks like a pig when Gracie pokes her on the nose. Or like how she gets so excited when […]

Nick and Carmen Mayabb are proud of their business

Nick and Carmen Mayabb are proud of their business

“Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.” Georgia trainers Nick and Carmen Mayabb say that’s the best advice they’ve ever been given and it’s reflective of their operation. Growing up in Dacula, Georgia, Carmen’s mother, Christie Moss, was a horse trainer so she grew up on a farm and at age 4 she […]

Once Carly Epp wanted to fit in; now thrives on standing out

Once Carly Epp wanted to fit in; now thrives on standing out

When Carly Epp first moved from her home in Ontario, Canada to attend Texas Christian University, all she wanted to do was fit in, she didn’t even care about showing. But with the help of trainers, Will and Elizabeth Knabenshue, she has learned the benefits of standing out. Born and raised in Brampton, Ontario, 22-year-old Epp has had […]

Showing horses has been a roller-coaster for Sydnie Ochs

Showing horses has been a roller-coaster for Sydnie Ochs

Dan and Jacquie Ochs, have always encouraged their children to find something special they love and give it 110 percent. For their 13-year-old daughter, Sydnie, that something special has always been a horse. She has a real passion for her horses and there’s nothing she enjoys more than traveling around the country to accomplish her goals. Sydnie was born and […]

Heath McNeill: His son taught him not to sweat the small stuff

Heath McNeill: His son taught him not to sweat the small stuff

Heath McNeill says the best part about being a horse trainer is having the opportunity to take a colt or filly that knows nothing, and taking it all the way to a finished show horse. And, as a 40-year-old professional trainer he says he’s lucky to get to do a part of that every day. […]