By Plaid Horse Intern Ivey Roth
Thanksgiving is a time of thanks. We all know how hard out trainers work, and sometimes we don’t always show our appreciation. The Plaid Horse interns want to take a moment to show our appreciation to our trainers.
Ivey with trainers Chad Crosby and Connie Lena
Without my trainer, Chad Crosby, I wouldn’t be half the rider I am right now. My level of appreciation for him is beyond what anyone could ever imagine. I have been so privileged to have the honor of riding with Chad. He always seems to have a smile on his face even in the hardest of situations. Somehow he manages to do that, and I admire that most about him. I only wish to aspire to the things he has achieved. Telling him that he is “appreciated” does not do his hard work and dedication justice. For all he does, I will be forever grateful he is not only my trainer, but also a great friend I hope to never lose. Words cannot express my feelings, nor my thanks for all his help.
In the short time I’ve known Connie Lena, I’ve learned so much. I am so thankful to have her in my life. I thank her from the bottom of my heart for all she have done to make me not only a better horsewoman, but also a better person. I cannot begin to express my appreciation for all the help she have given me on various tasks.. Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone, so I want her to understand just how much I admire and appreciate her in my life. Connie’s support has made me a strong and driven individual and I will forever be grateful and indebted to her for that. I will never forget her influence on my life from her positive attitude towards everything. I will forever be thankful to have her in my life.
Love always, Ivey Roth
Bailey Fuller (Tualatin, Oregon):
Bailey and trainer Johanna Siefert
My name is Bailey Fuller and I train with Johanna Siefert at Foxridge Farm in Portland, Oregon. I’ve ridden with “Jo” for almost a year and I cannot express how grateful I am to have found her. I am Jo’s working student, and I have the upmost respect for her as my boss, but I never feel like just an “employee”. Jo is not only my boss, but my mentor, and my friend. She has improved my riding in this past year more than I could have ever imagined. I am so thankful for everything Jo has done for me both in my riding and in my life.
Thank you so much Jo!!
Carly with trainer Ashley McDonald
I am thankful for my trainer because without her I wouldn’t have learned so much. She has taught me everything from the basics of riding and horsemanship to the common ways of facing the world. I’ve know her for almost seven years now and couldn’t be more thankful to have her in my life. Since I don’t have any siblings, she like the big sister I’ve never had but always wanted! For that, I am grateful to have her in my life as a coach, friend, and mentor.
Love, Carly Nasznic
Olivia Ferro (South Hadley, Massachusetts):
Olivia Ferro and trainer Heather MacIver
All of my trainers at Orion Farm are wonderful, but Heather MacIver is special to me. Not only does she help me become a better rider, but also to be a better person by being a role model. She stresses the importance of horsemanship and she shows me by example. Over the years, Heather has become more than a trainer to me, she is family. She has given me confidence in my ability to ride and handle any situation. I am incredibly thankful for Heather and the advice she has given me over the years.
Love, Olivia Ferro
Kerry and trainer Samantha Craig
I am very thankful for my bosses Wendy Brayman and Samantha Craig for everything they have done for me. I wouldn’t have been able to go to all the amazing places that I have if it wasn’t for them. They have taught me tons of things that will helpme not only with horses but in everyday life.
Love, Kerry White
Caroline Nickolaus (Dix Hill, New York):
Caroline and trainer Andrea Misuraca (On horse: Natalie Nikolaus)
I have been training with Andrea Misuraca for four years now. I leased Andrea’s horse, Connor, for most of that time. He is a 22 year old chestnut Thoroughbred gelding. Andrea has owned him since he was three or four years old and taught him everything he knows. They know each other inside and out and he won’t stop looking at her when she is teaching in the ring! Connor is the sweetest, funniest horse with a heart of gold and is very forgiving. He was a big confidence builder for me. He is now happily retired and turned out with his best friend, Hunter. Andrea understands me both as a rider and person and pushes me to improve in lessons. She has taught me most of what I know both in the saddle and in horse care back in the barn. I am thankful for Andrea and for her letting me ride her beloved Connor! Thank you Andrea!
Love, Caroline Nikolaus
Johanna Sixl (Bellevue, Washington):
Johanna and trainer Lizzie Kerron
I want to start by saying thank you. Thank you for helping me and Wenda become a good team and being able to really trust each other. Thank you for all the hard work and time you put into making me the rider I am now.
This year was one of the most successful one’s I’ve had, after moving to Legacy in May things already started to look better. Then at our first show with Legacy Wenda and I were able to win the classic with 20+ entries both weeks and capture the Hunter Championship the second week. That was a great way to kick off the new year. Two weeks later we traveled up to Milner Down, Canada and once again the things I had learned over the past month showed trough, we had a very successful first show ever, in Canada. Many shows followed but personally another one of my favorite moments this year was when Wenda and Lizzie were able to capture the Reserve Championship in the Large Hunters at Thunderbird. This really showed everything Wenda had learned at Legacy, going from a Jumper last fall, to a Hunter winning out of 25+ horses in summer. For everything that you’ve done for Wenda and I this year, thank you!
Sincerely, Johanna Sixl
Morgan Bullock (Mt Ulla, North Carolina):
Morgan riding while trainer Cathy Geitner keeps it interesting!
I would like to thank my incredible trainers, Cathy and Daniel Geitner, for all they have done for me in the past two years! They have given me opportunities I never could have dreamed of, and put me on some of the most incredible horses. Sometimes it feels a little like a fairytale, from being a little pony starting out and becoming a working student for such a successful farm. Thank you Daniel and Cathy, for believing in me and pushing me to be the best horseman I can!
Libby and trainer Emily Elek with barnmates Elizabeth Woods and Lexi Miller
I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to work with Emily Elek for the past four years! Allowing me to ride and show so many wonderful ponies for her and for other trainers has taught me so much and made me a much stronger rider. I would not be where I am today without her guidance and support. I cannot thank her enough for the foundation she has given me, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds!!
Love, Libby Pollock
Courtney May (North Port, Florida):
Courtney and trainer Clay Farrell
This thanksgiving I am thankful for my barn family in addition to my actual family. First of all my trainer Clay Farrell and his wife Kim Farrell who own Fox Lea Farm. I am very blessed for the opportunity to ride their ponies and horses. Their son Clayton is like a little brother to me and makes me laugh on a daily basis.Flash, Fiddle and Winter are all the ponies and horses I ride here and I value them very much like my own. I am also thankful for both Brittany’s who work at my barn for their friendship. Everyone that I share this barn with I am blessed to have memories with. They have created memories for a lifetime and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving from The Plaid Horse- we are so thankful for everyone who surrounds us in this sport!