Colton Smith
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Colton Smith

Name: Colton Smith Age: 10 and in 3rd grade. Where do you live and with who?:  Bellefontaine, OH and lives with his parents Dewey and Tammi Smith. How did you get involved with horses?:  Colton has been around horses all his life and when they were building their new barn in Oklahoma, he became super attached.  What disciplines/classes do you show in and why did you choose that discipline or class(es)?: He shows in Halter, both his parents have shown halter and they have a breeding program for halter horses. What would be impossible for you to give up? (something that’s non horse related): “I could never give up my family, because they have taught me everything I know.” Tell us something nobody knows about you:  “I’m
Marley Mainwaring
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Marley Mainwaring

Name: Marley Mainwaring Age: 17 1. Where do you live and with who?  Marley lives in San Pedro, California with her mom, Mindie Maus.   2. How did you get involved in horses?  "My mom used to show when she was little, I also started taking lessons when I was little and my career and love for horses took off from there," Marley told me.   3. What discipline(s)/class(es) do you show in and why did you choose that discipline(s) or class(es)? Marley competes in the All-Around events (Western Horsemanship, Showmanship, Trail, Western Riding, Western Pleasure) because that's what her mom started showing.   4. What would be impossible for you to give up? As Marley told me, she wouldn't be able to live without her dogs. She wouldn't
Maggie Cain
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Maggie Cain

Name: Maggie Cain Age: 16 Where do you live and with who? I live in Sunbury, Ohio with my mom, my dad, and my younger brother.   How did you get involved in horses? I got involved through my mom because she barrel raced, and I’ve always been in the barn since an early age.   What disciplines/classes do you show in and why did you choose those disciplines/classes? I show in contesting because it’s based on a clock and you get to go fast, and it’s an adrenaline rush.   What is something non- horse related that would be impossible for you to give up? Going on trips with my mom across the country and state.   Tell us something no one knows about you. Not many people know that I raise and show pigs to take to fairs.   Where can we find you when
Gavin Patterson
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Gavin Patterson

  Age: 18 Where do you live and with who? I live in Frankfurt, Ohio, with my mom and dad, Samantha and Kevin Patterson.   How did you get involved in horses? My cousin used to work at a racehorse barn, so I would go with her and help brush the horses. One day, she finally put me on one and have always ridden since.   What discipline(s)/class(es) do you show in and why did you choose that discipline or class(es)? I show in Western Pleasure. I chose to show in it because I am a perfectionist, and the pleasure is all about controlling the horse’s movement, along with perfecting the horse, not yourself.   What would be impossible for you to give up? (something that's not horse related) Whenever I am not riding or showing horses, I am
Youth Spotlight - Mason Dorsey
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Youth Spotlight - Mason Dorsey

  Where do you live and with who? Mason Dorsey lives with his mother, father, two sisters, and a brother in Powell, Ohio.   How did you get involved with horses? Mason got involved with horses through his grandfathers. Both of them were involved with horses, which is how he got interested in the animal and the sport.   What discipline/ classes do you show in and why did you choose that discipline or classes? Mason shows the Western All-Around events which would include the Horsemanship, Showmanship, Western Pleasure, Trail, Halter, and Ranch Riding. He says I show the events my horse likes to do.         What would be impossible for you to give up (something that is not horse related) Mason says his Family is something
Tana Drew
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Tana Drew

Name:  Tana Drew Age: 11   Where do you live and with who: I split my time between Malvern, OH with my Mom and step-dad, Mike and Ashland, OH with my Dad and step-mom, Melissa.   What would be impossible for you to give up? My dog, Jewel.  She is a 3 year old, very spoiled, black and tan dachshund.   Tell us something that no one knows about you. I am a bookworm and a very fast reader.  My favorite books are Christian fiction.   Where can we find you when you aren’t at a horse show? You can find me taking care of my horses, doing my home-school work, and hanging out at my grandparent's houses.   Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I will be starting my Junior year of High School and I would like to be starting a young horse on the barrels.
Dylan Jordan
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Dylan Jordan

Name:  Dylan Jordan Age:  11   Where do you live and with whom:   I live in Delaware Ohio with my mom Jessica Daniels, dad Aaron Jordan and younger sister Rylee.   Other current activities: I enjoy fishing, working and showing dairy feeders, and hanging out with my friends.   What would be impossible for you to give up? Living on a farm is something I couldn't give up!   Tell us something that no one knows about you. I had surgery when I was 3 months old to remove fluid on my skull. I have a scar on the right side of my head.   Where can we find you when not at a horse show? A friends house, our family cottage in New York, or working on the farm.    Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I will be in high school and getting my drivers license. 
Seth Craft
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Seth Craft

Name:  Seth Craft Age:  15   Where do you live and with whom:   I live in West Alexandria, Ohio with my parents, Nicholas & Kimberly Craft and with my 4 of 8 siblings that are still living at home.   Other current activities: I am currently involved in 4-H where I show a miniature horse. I won first place at The Ohio State Fair in Driving Reinsmanship with my mini.  I run cross country and am long jumper in track, I mow grass for several different people and bale hay. I enjoy spending time with my family and working on cars.   What would be impossible for you to give up? It would be impossible for me to give up showing horses. I really enjoy showing my horse and driving my miniature horse.   Tell us something that no one knows about
Caleb Sturgeon
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Caleb Sturgeon

  Caleb Sturgeon is a candidate for 2016 AQHYA Region 4 National Director.   Where do you live and with who: I live in Beloit, Ohio with my Mom, Valerie, my Dad, Eric, and my whippet dog, Celeste   How do you want to be remembered by your peers? I hope to be remembered as an honorable person with the respect of my peers, as well as someone with an unquestionable work ethic.   What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses? My biggest strengths are that I am very willing to attempt anything that is asked of me. I am very persistent until I achieve my goals.  My biggest weakness is sometimes I can get in a  hurry and don’t finish a job to the best of my ability.       Who do you admire the most and why? I most admire my parents. They are
Olivia Tordoff
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Olivia Tordoff

Olivia Tordoff is a candidate for 2016 AQHYA Region 4 National Director.   How do you want to be remembered by your peers? I want to be remembered by my peers as someone with the highest level of integrity, an undeniable work ethic and a great friend.    What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses? My biggest strengths are that I am very determined and willing to do what ever it takes to be successful. Another strength of mine would be that I strive for perfection, I believe that if you are ambitious about something you should do it perfectly and to the best of your ability or not at all.  My biggest weakness are that I am actually very shy, I can be very hard on myself, and I always feel as though good is never good enough.