A horse rider since age 6, Washington resident Morgan Holdmeyer, 12, recently earned 22 medals and a grand champion trophy during two horse shows in the Midwest.
Morgan, who will be in seventh grade at Washington Middle School this fall, trains with Liz Otten, Beaufort. Susie Otten owns the training facility.
Morgan is the daughter of Bernie and Liz Holdmeyer.
Liz Holdmeyer said she bought her daughter a pony when she was 4 or 5 years old, but that initially Morgan was scared of it. Liz Otten gave Morgan a different pony, “Bob,” that helped get her started riding and showing on her own.
“(The Ottens) help me a lot. They’re very supportive,” Morgan said. “But the real support comes from my mom and dad.”
The Mid-American Regional was held in Kingsman, Kan., June 21-24. Holdmeyer also attended the Midwest Regional in Gordyville USA, Gifford, Ill. June 28 to July 1.
Through the competitions, Morgan won two high points, one for having the most points and another for having the fastest time in an event.
She also won 22 medals in various events like western pleasure, showmanship, jumping and more.
Morgan was named grand champion in halter.
“My goal is to keep riding and hopefully get to go to Color Breed Congress,” she said. Color Breed Congress is a national show.
“Riding horses has taught me patience, and that just because you can’t get something the first time doesn’t mean you can’t do it the next time,” she said.
Morgan is the third generation of her family to train at the Otten farm. She rides horses every day in the summer and every weekend in the winter. She has two horses at her home and two at her training center.
Morgan rides a POA, or Ponies of the Americas. She describes her horse as a miniature Appaloosa in terms of size and looks.
“I like them because they’re very forgiving and they’re normally easy to ride,” she said, noting that she has been bucked a few times while riding young horses.
The two horses Holdmeyer rode were named “SRB & Royal Te” and “M&N’s Magnificent Future.”
Morgan is a member of the Eager Beavers 4-H Club and a part of the Franklin County Horsemanship group.
When she grows up, she aspires to be a large animal chiropractor and a horse trainer.
Someday, she said she’d like to go to the Olympics for jumping.