Three is a Charm for this Young Rider
HH: Who is Macie? Tell us a little about yourself …
I am a 14-year-old girl who loves animals! I do the beginner juniors on my horse Caspian and I ride with Virado equestrians. I have been riding for about 6 years and I love it.
HH: What horse(s) do you have right now and what are you working on?
I own three horses. The first one is Killian who is a 12-year-old paint gelding who I enjoy hacking and riding bareback. My second horse is Caspian, my sister and I share him and he is a 16-year-old thoroughbred Dutch warmblood. Last we have Siggy, he is a 5-year-old Slovakian warmblood who my mom rides. Currently I am focused on riding Caspian because we are preparing for medal finals. We are working on staying relaxed and finding a good pace.
HH: What were some of your accomplishments this past year and what are your future goals?
In the past year I have been showing in the Beginner Juniors and this is an accomplishment to me because I have done better than I anticipated. This is also an accomplishment to me because Caspian is a very forward ride with a shorter stride, so we have worked really hard on staying relaxed while extending his stride. I am proud of our progress! In the future one of my goals is to be able to do the CHJA Juniors.
HH: Who do you idolize in the sport?
Someone that I idolize would be Taylor St. Jacques. She is a beautiful rider!
HH: Who have you ridden with and what have you taken from each trainer?
I have ridden with Kindra Warner for almost my whole riding career. She has taught me everything that I know about riding. Some things that she has taught me have included being savvy in the show ring, being patient with your horse, great balance, and too many more to list. I truly don’t know how I would be where I am without her.
HH: If your horse(s) was/were a person who do you think he/she would be like?
If Killian were a person he would be like the friend that likes to get into trouble.
If Caspian were a person he would be like Usain Bolt because he knows he’s good at what he does and he likes to go fast.
If Siggy were a person he would be a model because he knows he’s handsome.
HH: What is always in your tack trunk?
In my tack trunk I always have a show pad, mirror, girth, treats, and a clean show sheet.
HH: What’s your favorite show and why?
My favorite show is Copper Penny up in Estes. This is my favorite show because I love being able to spend quality time with my friends and my team always finds ways to make each year beyond fun and special. I also love it because it is a relaxing show that I can spend with my horses and enjoy like a vacation.
HH: Do you have any good luck charms or are you superstitious about anything?
The only good luck charms that I have would be my horses. I don’t think I am a very superstitious person when it comes to stuff like horse shows.
HH: If you weren’t riding and showing what do you think you’d be doing?
If I weren’t riding I would be doing something that was related to animals and horses. I have no idea what I would do with out horseback riding because it is the only sport that I really connect with.