Hi, today I am going to talk about a horse named Ellie. Ellie is a twelve to fourteen-year-old, bay Arabian cross. This is the story of how we got Ellie. My friend Anais was looking for a horse. Angie [ a lady who teaches me riding] found Ellie, she said she would be a good horse for Anais. When Ellie came Anais tried her but Ellie did not work for her. Ellie could not canter and would not stand near the wall. Ellie also had very bad ground manners. So Angie told my mom that Ellie would be a good horse for Whitney. Ellie was going to be there for a camp. So Whitney was going to ride her for the camp. Whitney rode her for five days straight. whitney got Ellie to canter. Whitney is also the only one who can canter her that week. Since it is Whitney’s birthday Ellie is now ours.
Hi, today I am going to talk about my horse named rocket. Rocket is an eighteen-year-old, sorrel quarter horse. Rocket was born in 2000 in the state of Oregon. He came to California because he was abused and out of control. He came to this place in California. They got him to calm down a little. The owner decided that she should sell him. She sold him to a lady named Erin. she did rodeo on him until he was twelve. Then decided that he should be sold. My aunt bought him for my cousins. They rode him in rodeos for about two years. Then they put him in a pasture for two years. he sat there and sat there. Learning all of these bad habits, until I came looking for a horse of my own. My aunt told me not to go looking for a horse because rocket was ready for a new rider. I looked for a horse but did not find one I liked. So I tried rocket out and liked him. I did not have him until last year. Now I have my best friend.
You might be wondering what NATRC is. NATRC stands for North America Trail Ride Association also known as competitive trail ride. In a competitive trail ride, there are different regions. I ride in what is called region one. There are also different divisions, for example, novice, Competitive pleasure, and open. I ride my horse named rocket during them. You have a number that is on a bib. Everywhere you go during competition you have to wear it. You also have to put your number on your horses and the trailer. during the ride, you can not have help from anyone and no one can touch your horse except you. You can do an A ride which is one day and you do fifteen miles. You can also do a B ride which is two days and you can do fifteen miles to twenty-three miles a day. There are also prizes at the end of the competition. once the season is over there is a convention in California. Where you get regional prizes. NATRC is very fun and exciting. The people you ride with are your friends even if you are competing against them. If you forgot something they are always there to help.