Ten Questions with Mission Valley’s Camryn D.

Do you remember your first riding experience? If so, tell us what you remember. If not, what have you been told about it?

I started riding before I could walk because I was part of a program called Hippotherapy, which uses horses to help children like me develop stronger muscles. I later started lessons with a trainer at 4 years old.

What are your favorite things about being in Pony Club?

I love Pony Club because I get to learn about horse management and also interact with other people that have the same hobby as I do.

Tell us about each of the horses you own. Who are you competing with now? Do you have other pets?

I have two horses, Ellie, an Irish Sport Horse mare that I do Eventing on. Right now we are competing at the Beginner Novice level. My second Horse, named Sky, is an 8 year old warmblood/quarter horse. We rescued him from a kill pin and he has been a good companion horse to Ellie. Besides horses I also have dogs, cats, and chickens.

What is your favorite discipline? Why do you love it? How long have you been focused on it?

My favorite riding discipline is Eventing. I love Eventing because I get to do three of my favorite events: dressage, stadium jumping, and cross country. My favorite event is cross country because you get to ride through water, jump ditches, and go over banks in an open field. I started Eventing a year ago after several of my Pony Club friends encouraged me to try out the sport, and even let me practice on their horses first to get the hang of it.

Who is your current trainer? What do you like about working with her? Who else do you credit for your progress?

I currently train with Julie Wolfert Eventing. I love working with Julie

because she knows my horse, Ellie, very well and she helps push us in the way that makes us a stronger team. Julie has really helped me with my confidence, my riding position and helping to understand my horse and how to get the most out of her.

Pony Club has helped me grow so much as a rider. When I first joined Pony Club I needed the older members to jog with me to feel safe. Many of the older Mission Valley members have helped me along the way, from jogging beside me, to handing down their riding gear, and most importantly encouraging me to try new things. I really enjoy all of the Pony Club instructors and always learn so many new things at our mounted and unmounted meetings.

What has been your proudest moment in riding so far?

My proudest moment in riding so far was completing my first Beginner Novice show on Ellie. At that time I had only been riding Ellie for six months. Before owning Ellie I was scared to canter on a horse, so competing in this show was a big accomplishment for me.

What has been your biggest disappointment or setback? What did you learn from it, if anything? What did you do to move past it?

My biggest setback happened in the second month of riding Ellie. I was struggling with understanding how she jumped and what commands to use to keep her moving forward. It took lots of practice for me to understand how different Ellie was from my previous horse, but we eventually became a great team.

How do you balance riding with the rest of your life such as family and school?

I go to an online school so that I can manage my riding and school work. The great thing about being online schooled is that I get to have my riding lessons during the day so in the afternoon I can spend my time with family and friends.

Outside of your favorite discipline, what other types of riding do you enjoy? What do you enjoy besides riding?

Outside of Eventing I enjoy Foxhunting and competing in Jumper Shows. My other hobbies include photography, traveling and spending time with my family and friends.