American Paint Horse and the Equestrian Sport Application Essay

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It Takes a Team with Passion
When I first purchased my horse it was my goal to be able to compete under the lights and banners and in the arenas that make up the World Show. I know that the competition is stiff and that every competitor wants the same thing, to take home the World Champion title. Every time I receive my new APHA journal I flip through the pages in awe of all of the horses and riders that compete at this level each year setting my sights on obtaining that goal myself. In the 2012 issues I read of a new opportunity, the world games. I knew as soon as I had read about the opportunity I would be applying for the 2014 games for my last year as a youth. I am very passionate about the American Paint Horse and love to share my
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I know that competing at the world games would give me an opportunity to learn more about the sport and I would also be able to compete at the world level which has always been a dream of mine. Showmanship and trail are two of my favorite events when competing. I love the precision of both of these events and the fact that both of these events are very challenging. In showmanship you create a bond with the horse on the ground that showcases the foundation of the beginning of a relationship between a horse and rider that will later transfer into the riding classes. In trail I enjoy the thrill of learning how to maneuver over various obstacles with precision and ease. Both of these events have to flow and you have to have a connection with the horse you are riding in order to have a winning pattern. These two events are very fascinating to me and it would be an honor for me to be able to represent team USA in either of these events. I know that from my past competitions I will bring a lot to Team USA in either of these disciplines. Leading up to the games I will continue to practice, study and work with horses that are not my own in both of these areas so that I will be competitive once I get to the world show. I would be determined and honored to represent team USA in the world games to my best ability. I have learned from competing for multiple years that riding horses is a team effort and through the American Paint Horse Association I have created

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