Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

July 14, 2013

A love for horses

Glasgow Daily Times


Ella Dickinson and Keslie Hodges have one big thing in common. They both love horses.

The girls competed in a variety of events Saturday during the Barren County Fair Horse Show.

Ella, 11, of Glasgow, has been riding since she was 4.

She has had a passion for horses since she was born,” said her mother, Allison, adding that all of her daughter's toys were horses and barns.

Ella likes horses, she said, because “they are fun to ride and they never let you down.”

Ella began riding saddlebreds and tends to ride mostly English-style, but is branching out into western-style horseback riding. She is even learning to do barrel racing.

In a couple of weeks, Ella will attend a camp where she will learn to jump obstacles on horseback and how to stay calm while doing it, she said.

She's just trying to get her feet wet in all types of riding,” her mother said.

Ella said she enjoys barrel racing because “it's fast and you get to bond with the horse.”

Kelsie, 14, of Summer Shade, has been riding horses since she was about 2.

I grew up around horses and horses are my best friends,” she said.

She competes in barrel racing and pole bending.

It takes a lot of practice and training to do both,” she said.

Kelsie said she enjoys barrel racing because she likes the speed involved with the event.

Saturday was the first time she competed in pole bending, and before her name was called to go into the ring she said she probably likes the speed involved with that event too.

Kelsie likes to win events she competes in, but if she doesn't win she's OK with it.

It's good to win,” she said. “We're a close family here. We cheer you on whether you win or lose.”

Ella and Kelsie are both contemplating future careers related to horses.

Ella is leaning toward becoming a horse trainer and said she would like to give horseback riding lessons to special needs children.

Kelsie is contemplating a career as an equine therapist, or possibly a veterinarian.

Both girls earned awards by competing in the fair on Saturday.

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