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Summerlynd Nelson: 2013 Equiery Perpetual Hunter Award Winner


tition year together. “I want to learn as much as I can from him and just have some fun,” Sum- merlynd said of her 2014 competition goals. Fun is also a goal of Amy’s for Summerlynd this year. “I want to take the pressure off a bit and go to bigger shows with the goal to just do better than last year. She already won in the Classics at PG last weekend [April 5-6], which is better than she did last year.” T is season, now that Sum-


merlynd is a bit older and a bit taller, she has been able to start showing some diff erent ponies and schooling ponies for the younger kids. “When Sum- merlynd was younger, the older girls like Sarah and Grace Bos- ton would hop on and school her ponies for her and now


Summerlynd and Logan competing at home last April


Amy allows Summerlynd to do the same thing for the younger riders at the barn,” MaryRose explained. “Summerlynd is very appreciative of that opportunity and really enjoys it. It makes her feel proud that Amy trust her to do that.” Summerlynd has learned how hard showing is–“sometimes we get up at 4:30 to get to the far shows”–and has learned all it takes to get herself and her pony ready to compete, “I need to get my hair braided and bows done, and I need to clean Logan and give him a bath and get all my show stuff ready and everything packed.” She said the best tip she can give other young riders is “try and always have fun. It really is about having fun.” “We have


no regrets in terms of getting Summerlynd into this sport.


Even


Before leasing Logan, Summerlynd was the 2012 Short Stirrup Champion at the WIHS Local Day aboard Braddock.


an ER visit for a concussion can be scary but horses are her passion and we cannot ignore that,” MaryRose said. “It brings joy to us. T ere is no turning


With the reorganization of the MHSA show calendar and changes to divisions, classes, etc., The Equiery Perpetural Hunter Award in its current form is being retired. Stay tuned for details on future Equiery awards.


McDonogh pony riders Sarah Boston, Grace Nabit, Summerlynd Nelson, Izzy Wheaton, Piper Borz, Grace Boston, Deni Wheaton and Serena Wheaton last October


back. She wants to ride forever and would like to be a veterinarian some day.” “She’s just a really good kid. Tries really hard and


I never have to ask her to anything more than she already has been doing,” Amy concluded.


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