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Eagle-bulletin. ([Fayetteville, N.Y.]) 1979-current, July 16, 1986, Image 19

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She's By Bill Kurtz While many children spend their summer vacations running around and riding bicycles, 12-year-old Jennifer Mil­ ler prefers to spend her spare time another way. Instead of riding on two wheels, she rides on the back of her appaloosa, com­ peting in regional and national competi­ tions against other youngsters her age. \It's hard sometimes to do things with my friends because I know that I'll have to go down and ride my horse,\ Jennifer says. \It gets in the way sometimes but it's worth it in the end.\ Very worth it. At the 1986 National Appaloosa Horse Show in Columbus, Ohio, July 2 to 6, Jennifer competed in the 12-and-under class against as many as 48 other riders from all over the country. In the Huntseat Equitation competi­ tion, where 32 riders competed on En­ glish saddles and wore special clothes, Jennifer finished second, making her the 1986 National Reserve Champion in huntseat horsemanship. She also finished third among 48 riders in the Western competition, where riders wear western attire — cowboy hats, chaps and spurs. Jennifer, who lives on Woodchuck Hill Rd , Fayetteville, began riding horses four years ago, but only started to ride in competitions this year. Her success has been a pleasant sur­ prise. \This is her first year of showing and for a young girl to be doing so well, I was really excited,\ said Jennifer's mother, Kathy, who was at the national competi­ tion with her husband, Joseph. Jennifer was excited too and surprised. \I was competing against people from all over the country,\ she said. \Most of them have ridden longer than I have.\ During the summer, Jennifer goes to the Top T stables in Kirkville every day to ride her appaloosa, Azucar, which means sugar in Spanish. While she is in Bchool, she rideB every other day. Jen- .,i. i .\I\\'.' i . ji ill\\ MMSaja* nifer will be in eighth grdde at Wellwood Middle School in the fall. Jennifer began taking lessons at the stables from the owner, Patti Schroder, four years ago. Jennifer bought Jher horse in October 1985 and began taking her showing lessons from Cindy Vorndran, who works at Top T stables. The two teachers were also in Ohio with Jen­ nifer's parents to watch the competition. Jennifer said none of her success would have happened without her parents, the trainer or the owner. \I couldn't have done it without them,\ she said. \Cindy works with me and my horse to do the best we can. I would not have gotten very far without her. She makes it very enjoyable, but she makes me work, too.\ Before the national competition in Ohio, Jennifer competed at two regionals in New Jersey in early May, once at the State Fairgrounds in the last week of May, and at one show in Massachusetts in the middle of June. \She did not excel by any means like she did at the nationals,\ Mrs. Miller said. \These four were like warmups, a preseason, for the national competition.\ Mrs. Miller said that they probably wouldn't have gone to Ohio if their trainer had not thought Jennifer could compete at the nationals. During the competition, riders take their horses through a walk, a trot and a canter while judges watch the rider and the horse. For the Western and Huntseat competitions, judges deduct points for dif­ ferent mistakes. Mrs. Miller also said that the nationals were a good experience for Jennifer. \Usually she competes against about 10 to 18 other riders in her class, but for the nationals there were 30 to 50 riders,\ she said. \It's very exciting for the kids to meet other kids from the rest of the coun- try.\ Jennifer said she was very nervous at the competition, but once she is actually riding she forgets her nervousness. \It's hard at the end waiting to see who BRECONWOOD KENNELS RD3 Box 514, Canastota, N.Y. 13032 PEMBROKE WELSH CORGIS JIM & SU EWING (315) 697-3830 • Boarding (All Breeds) • Limited Grooming • Training Jennifer Miller sits high as the 1986 National Appaloosa Reserve Champion at the National Ap­ paloosa Youth Assn. Horse Show, held in Columbus, Ohio, earlier this is champion, but everyone (the other rid­ ers) is very supportive,\ she said. Before a show begins, Jennifer gives her six-year-old horse a good bath, and carefully grooms him, making sure the different colors of his skin on his back, what appaloosas are known for, stand out clearly. Judges inspect both rider and horse in the competition. Because Jennifer came in the top two in the Huntseat competition, she was in a rideoff for overall champion with the first-place winner and the top two win­ ners of the 13-to-15-year-old bracket and 16-to-18-year-old bracket. A rider from the oldest age group won. Jennifer spent most of the week follow­ ing the nationals relaxing because her horse had not come back from Ohio yet. \I was telling my mom that I could - never spend the whole summer without seeing him,\ she said during an interview last week. Azucar, a grandson of the famous thoroughbred Secretariat, is only six years old, a young age for a successful horse, and Jennifer is already thinking about the next horse she will get. \I think she pretty much has her father convinced that by the end of this year wmmF month. Standing beside the young champion are, from left, her father, Joseph, her mother, Kathy, and Patti Schroder of Top T stables. she'll have another horse,\ Mrs. Miller said. Jennifer says it will be another ap­ paloosa, but this time it will be a game horse, one that can maneuver quickly around obstacles. After she gets this horse, she will be able to compete in even more competitions. Although she is only in eighth grade, Jennifer's mother said she will probably attend a college with an equestrian pro­ gram. And who knows? Maybe she will be an Olympic equestrian. '' I think she is kind of young,\ Mrs. Miller said. \I really believe she has the potential. Most Olympic equestrians are around 27 or older.\ For now, though, Jennifer is hoping to qualify for the world championships. She qualifies by earning points for her per­ formances at competitions, and she is on the right track after her performance at the nationals. She hopes to continue to perform well when she competes in the Greater East­ ern Appaloosa Regionals July 16 to 19 at the State Fairgrounds. After that, there will be more competi­ tions and undoubtedly more honors. 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