Horse competition is big for one dedicated THS student.
Amber Guy has been riding horses ever since she was three-years-old and started to compete in shows when she turned five. And, she said, it is not easy.
Amber Guy clears a jump atop her horse.
"Training your horse to do what you want it to do and being able to keep your balance while you are jumping," are just a few of the hardest obstacles, she said.
When competition comes around, she puts in extra practices. Amber bathes, brushes and braids her horse's mane and tail and goes for extra practice with her horse.
Like all sports, dedication and hard work is the key to anything. Amber has both; she spends about two hours almost every day riding and training her horse. Because of her dedication, she sometimes doesn't get to spend as much time with friends and family as she would like.
This year Amber had a decision to make: play softball or stay with horse competition, two sports she loves. In the end, she chose the horse competition.
When asked about how she felt about choosing horse competition over softball, she replied, "I would choose horse competition because I have been riding for a long time and I love horses and competing in horse events."
Amber has some advice to those who might be interested in horse competing: "Work hard with your horses and be very patient with them," she said. "Taking time to bring your horse along will make a lot of difference when you show them."
The most important advice from Amber is to remember that, "A rider and their horse must be a team."
For all the help people put into assisting Amber, she would like to thank Sharon Wilson and Kim Keith, her riding instructors. They have been coaching her for about 10 years.