Young ranch riders fund raise their way to Congress
October 9th, 2017Tweet
By Lindsay Titus, OQHA Marketing and Communications
The prestige of the All American Quarter Horse Congress brings owners, breeders, exhibitors and enthusiasts from around the world to Columbus, Ohio each year. From newborns to the most experienced riders in the industry, the Congress is a bucket list item for many with equine roots.
Those roots mean everything to a group of young girls from upstate New York who fundraised their way to the Congress.
Brynn Tyler (9), Isabella Barber (11), Laura Larmon (12), Aurianna Hollister (13), and Bethany Tyler (18) of the Eastern Mountain Ranch Horse Association (EMRHA) raised the more than $2,000 they needed to make a weekend trip to Columbus just to experience the magic of the Cutting and Reining events.
“It’s easy to sit on the outside and tell them what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong when they are on the back of a horse,” said their youth advisor Jeanette Liebenow. “Here, we can actually let them see what we are talking about through other riders out there competing.”
The group was excited for all the events Congress has to offer including the cutting and shopping.
“I was excited to come out and see what other people do, how they control their horses and how they show,” said Barber.
Brynn Tyler mirrored those sentiments and said she was “looking forward to learning new things from watching the events.”
The girls all agreed they were excited for the shopping and to get new things for their horses.
“The Congress is bigger than anything we have anywhere near us,” said Linda Delisle, a chaperone of the group. “They wanted to be here and they raised the funds themselves throughout the entire show season to make it happen.”
Beginning just after last year’s Quarter Horse Congress until September, Brynn Tyler, Barber, Larmon, Hollister and Bethany Tyler held bake sales, bowl and roll events, youth dinners and other events with Congress at the forefront of their minds.
While they worked hard to reach a goal, the group did so with a fellow friend and rider who died in their hearts. From their fundraising efforts they donated $200 to the friend’s family.
“I am just so proud of them and what they have accomplished,” said Liebenow. “I can’t wait to see what they take away from being here.”
To follow the group, visit their Facebook page here.