This week we got some insight from a new Verden rider, Raina. You may have seen some videos of Raina jumping her new lease horse, Nitrous on the Facebook and Instagram page. Lets see what Raina had to say since moving to Verden from the hunters.
“My experience at Verden Stables is really good! When I first started riding in the fourth grade I was so excited to ride a horse. One year later i showed 2 feet and thought it was really big, but now I’ve jumped 3’9 on Nitrous! I’ve leased ponies since I’ve started riding and have done the hunters with them, now I’m leasing my first horse and Nitrous is helping me get into the jumpers. I got hooked on riding so I continued doing it. Now that I’m doing jumpers sometimes I feel like I’m soaring through the sky!
When I first came to Verden, everyone was so nice and helpful. Tom and Abby are both great instructors and are always giving corrections to make me better. I’ve loved it here, I’ve improved so fast since I started, Abby is helping me achieve my goals. I’m doing more each lesson and don’t feel like I’m still in the same spot since I started. They have really nice horses and they can jump the moon!
Since I’ve always done the hunters I decided to switch to jumpers because I always see the Grand Prixs and the Olympics and that's my dream to make it there someday. I like the jumpers because I’ve learned that it’s not about looking pretty in a show, but actually about learning and getting the task done. Everyday I get to learn and practice because I’m under constant supervision. This year I hope to qualify on Nitrous for the WIHS Low Child Jumper Championships.”
Keep an eye out for this 12 year old with Nitrous who will be sweeping the blues in the shows this year. We are all very excited to watch these two grow and see Raina become a very competitive rider.