Her parents, Rick and Diane Hoyme, bought Katie her first horse when she was seven. Today, at 18, Katie is rethinking her career goals and options. She still loves her horse, but not as a career. “At seven, I had tunnel vision and could think of nothing else,” she said.
She has been competing in English pleasure and English equitation for two years. Hoyme is presently taking lessons at the Fox and Stable in Maple Lake.
“I’m not very competitive in sports at school but I like competing with my horse “Skip N Squire,” Hoyme said. “You are a partner with your horse in shows. You have to work together or you won’t get anywhere.”
Hoyme said working with her horse has taught her patience, especially with this horse. “If you raise your voice, Skip won’t do what you want him to. He’s entirely different than the last horse I had,” she added.
On Friday, Sept. 25, Hoyme will be competing at the Western Saddle Club Association Champ Show at the State Fair Grounds.
In order to compete at this show, a person must have finished either first or second in a previous show. Hoyme placed first in the English pleasure class and second in the English equitation class at the Litchfield fairgrounds.
Last year she competed against 60 other people at the show in her class. “Skip and I had only been together a month and we didn’t do well as we were still getting to know each other,” she added. “Now after a year of working together, he’s awesome!”
Hoyme used to practice everyday but lately she is finding there are other things she would like to do during her senior year. “The horse knows the routine for the show. Skip is very smart,” she added.
Besides competing in horse shows, Hoyme has also given riding lessons at a camp for handicapped children. “I loved working with the kids and sharing my skills with them. It taught me a lot of patience and how to communicate better with people,” she added.
After the horse show, Hoyme plans on selling Skip and directing her thinking to her senior year in high school and college. “My parents have been very supportive of my decisions,” she said.
“I’ll be picky to whom I sell Skip,” Hoyme said. “He’s like family.”
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