At The Plaid Horse, we are committed to giving young riders a platform to be heard and to develop their love of riding, writing and horsemanship. We hope that someday they will be voices for the betterment of our sport.
Below is a lovely submission from Ella Deonanan. Ella is 11 years old and attends Calvary Day School in Winston Salem, North Carolina. She rides with Kristi Watson and Lynn Forgione at Peacock Acres.
I own one mini pony named Banks and I lease a large pony named Romeo. Since I was a little girl I always loved horses. I started riding when I was seven years old. On August 17, 2013, my little brother Breiner had passed away. He was a 4-year-old boy who was crazy as can be, he was my best friend. I was so sad that I knew I needed something… My really good friend Hannah Smith had rode horses. She always took me to shows and her barn. I told my mom about it and said I wanted to start riding. That next day I arrived for my first lesson at Peacock Acres. I was so excited and I thought I was the coolest thing ever. I had rode a medium pony that was thirty-eight named Maryanne, she was the sweetest thing ever. I told her all my secrets and I could tell her anything. I had my first pony I leased name petunia, she was a doll! I won the Greensboro Horse Show 2015 C circuit on her. I then moved on to a medium pony named dolly. After her I got the man of my dreams, Romeo. Romeo is more then just a horse he is a best friend, that I can cry on, laugh on, tell jokes to not sure he laughs though, and much much more. Romeo is from Briar Field Farm, they were so sweet to let me lease this pony of a lifetime. I have had many accomplishments on him. When he goes back in December I’m going to cry my eyes out. In December I will be looking for a pre children’s to children’s hunter horse. After that I hopefully will be taking a step forward and moving to the equation, my goal is to qualify for the Maclay Finals. I can not thank my trainers Kristi Watson and Lynn Forgione, my whole Peacock Acres barn family, my amazing and wonderful parents for helping and letting me do this amazing sport.