I ride a 9 year old Quarter horse gelding named LW (Little Wreck, his dam's name was Train Wreck). I've had him since he was a weanling. He has always been a real willing partner. LW and I have done a lot of trail riding, checking cows in the pasture, and a couple of cattle round-ups in Wyoming. We were looking for some new adventures……
I heard about NLVRHA at the Horse Expo, when Dave Currin (NVRHA President) was giving a roping demonstration, and he helped me and a friend figure out how to build a loop. He was such a sweet guy, and so helpful, as were all the folks involved.... that we immediately knew that we wanted to find out MORE! So I participated in two clinics in 2012 and found out that I had no stop, no rollback, and no spin, but we did okay in the trail class and my horse wasn't afraid of cows, so we went home and spent the winter workin' on the basics. I came back for the awards banquet in January 2013, and got to know a few members better and decided to do the Spring Rendezvous in Kansas where we met some outstanding folks and learned a lot. I was hooked from then on -- we did all of the remaining events, and even ended up going to the Finals in AZ where we won the saddle for Novice High Point Year End Award, and had an absolute blast meeting all the great friends that do NVRHA :-)
I love the new challenges that emerge at each clinic - it's never the same. And each clinician teaches differently, so sometimes you get that "OH - that's what they mean" moment that is sooo cool! And the best part is, everyone is so willing to help you get better and that just doesn't happen at a lot of horse events. All the friends I've found through NLVRHA and all the good times and memories….it is SO phenomenal!
So we are looking forward to 2014 -- YEEHAW!
Sue is pictured with a saddle she won at Nationals in Queen Creek, Arizona