According to national surveys, teachers spent an average of $750 out of pocket on school supplies for their classroom during the 2020-2021 school year. That number is expected to be even higher this year due to the increased cost of most consumer goods. Join us in helping teachers, who are also our fellow equestrians, prepare their classrooms for the upcoming school year by purchasing items from their wishlists.
Dunbar High School - Kentucky (11th Grade English)
I’ve been fortunate to grow up showing Quarter Horses ever since I’ve been in small fry! I rode on TCU’s equestrian team, and now I’m a new classroom teacher. I’m so grateful for the support from this industry and for the people it has brought into my life.
Montgomery Central Elementary - Tennessee (4th Grade ELA & Social Studies)
After showing Paints as a youth, I took a 30-year break. Then, ten years ago I got back into showing with an APHA all arounder named Ima Secret Kid, winning an APHA Championship and many superiors. He is now 20 years old and on vacation here on my farm. I just bought a new broodmare last summer who is now in foal to Makin Me Willy Wild due in March. I am beyond excited!
Gaithersburg High School - Maryland (9th & 11th Grade Honors English)
In addition to teaching, I am the barn manager for Dee Dee’s All Around Horses which is a training/show barn in Poolesville, Maryland. I recently bought a 2 year old gelding who will eventually be my show horse.
Kennard Elementary School - Maryland (5th Grade)
I have ridden horses my whole life and I've been showing since I was in leadline. I currently show my Appaloosa, Close Enough, as a non-pro at ApHC and local open shows. I also have two retired quarter horses that I showed as a youth and at the beginning of my amateur career. My students love hearing about my horses and seeing pictures of them. I even had the opportunity once to bring my retired show horse, Bart, to school for them to learn about grooming.
Union City Community Schools - Michigan (7th & 8th Grade Special Education)
My daughter and I both show our AQHA mare, Sophisticated Maid, in the all around events at AQHA shows regionally and nationally.
Genoa Elementary - Illinois (4th Grade)
Horses have always been part of my life. I was raised on a farm in northern Illinois where both my mother and my grandmother ran our horse business. They trained, gave lessons, bred, boarded, and had several clients they took to shows on the AQHA circuit for many years. Personally, I began riding at the age of 2, and showing at the age of 4. I showed consistently all through my youth career, and most of those years with my late horse Booker Dee Scotch. Once I headed off for college, I joined our collegiate western show team where I showed on the IHSA level for four years, eventually moving past the Advanced Division and making it to the Open and Reining Divisions. My senior year, I was also the coach of our western team at ISU. I've been semi-retired from showing since graduating college, but still find time to get out to the barn and ride as much as possible.
Wards Creek Elementary - Florida (4th Grade Math & Science)
I grew up loving horses and was finally able to start showing through IHSA in college. Following college, I showed APHA for several years, but sold my horse during the pandemic. This summer, I was blessed enough to purchase two amazing AQHA horses to start my show career back up under the guidance of Kayla Kohler. They are both out of Machine Made, and I absolutely cannot wait to show them soon.
Conner High School - Kentucky (10th - 12th Grade Biology)
I have been involved in the equine industry since the 8th grade. I worked an internship with Bennie Sargent in college and proceeded to work for him the next 7 years once I graduated. I have a farm where my 4 kids, husband and I raise and show Quarter Horses. My husband is a farrier who specializes in performance horses. My daughter is an officer for the KyQHYA who wants to become an equine chiropractor. Horses are in our blood.
Standish-Sterling Central Elementary - Michigan (3rd Grade)
I’m a weekend warrior type of AQHA exhibitor that strategically plans my allotted personal days throughout the school year to attend shows and spend as much summer/vacation time as financially possible to compete. I was in an auto accident coming home from the Tom Powers several years ago, and I’ve worked hard the since then to get back in the pen. My two daughters, now college age, were the focus during their youth years attending the Youth World Show, but now it’s mom’s turn! I show our older gelding in the all-around events when I can and trail ride him often. I also have a young horse in training that I travel hundreds of miles to practice with and show along with a prospect that is just staying home and growing up for a bit. I’ve also been known to share some live feed performances of events during inside recess and lunch time!
Winterset Middle School - Iowa (Special Education)
My family and I own and operate Hatten Pleasure Horses in Winterset, Iowa where I am also a special education teacher working with students with special needs.
Warsaw Elementary - Ohio (Pre-K)
I have shown horses since I was 9 years old. It began with 4-H & open shows and quickly transitioned to the Quarter Horse Circuit. I currently ride & train with Irongate Quarter Horses in Croton, Ohio. I hold memberships with AQHA, NSBA, OQHA, OAQHA, EOQHA, & SOQHA. I am an active member & a director for OAQHA as well as EOQHA. This is my first year being a director for OAQHA & I am absolutely loving every minute of it. For the past 4 years, I have been a director & the youth advisor for EOQHA.
White Oak Elementary - North Carolina (3rd Grade)
I have been involved in the equine industry my entire life. At the age of 3 I was given my own pony, who was with me up until she passed away when I was 19 years old. I grew up showing at my local 4H, PHBA, and MI quarter horse circuits. Three years ago I purchased my current palomino gelding and have been showing with Carey Ready in South Carolina. He is my dream horse and I am so lucky to have found him. I am currently 8 months pregnant and my mom and a youth have taken over showing him for this year until I can be back in the saddle next this fall.
Aledo High School - Texas (Special Education)
I have been showing quarter horses since I was 14 years old. Through 4-H, I was able to participate in the horse less horse project which eventually led to my participation in AQHA approved shows. I currently have all-around horses in training with Will and Elizabeth Knabenshue. I participate in western pleasure, trail, halter, and horsemanship classes when I am not in the classroom.
Sand Creek Community School - Michigan (Kindergarten)
I have been showing on the AQHA circuit since 2001. I began showing horses in 4H and then on the Appaloosa circuit and have been showing on the AQHA circuit since 2001. My favorite shows are the NSBA futurity and maturity events. I enjoy every moment I get to spend with my horses, whether showing or just riding around. I am currently showing an Allocate Your Assets gelding in maturity hunter under saddle events. He is the last foal out of my Luke At Me broodmare. He is becoming a great show horse and I am so fortunate to be able to show with Beckey Schooler. She and her assistants, Austin Lester and Kyle Dougherty, are an amazing team. Austin and Beckey have worked so hard with my Luke to make him the show horse he is.
E.A. Cox Middle School - Tennessee (5th - 8th Grade Robotics & STEM)
I show APHA/PtHA with my boy “The Ultimate Kid” (Wilson). I also trail ride my Tennessee Walking Horse, Spike. My kids have shown 4H in the horse events throughout their grade school years. We loved every second. We all still participate in breed, open, and club shows. I help the local 4H students with judging and showing. I’ve made great relationships through horses, and I appreciate the chance for these great animals to help my classroom get ready for another year!
Bicentennial Elementary School - Illinois (1st Grade)
I am a walk trot amateur who shows APHA horses at the breed show level. I have shown for about 12 years, and love meeting my friends at the shows! My current horse is a 14 year old mare by All Time Fancy, named All The Joy, aka "Virginia ". We show the all around, and our new challenge is trail!
Dayton Oaks Elementary - Maryland (2nd Grade)
My mom and I show our all around gelding JS NoPlaceLikeChrome at AQHA shows in PA, OH, MD, NJ, and VA under the guidance of Dickerson Show Horses. I also have a Ranch Riding gelding name The Best Nvestment that I raised from a weanling. We just started showing him at AQHA shows this year. My 3 year old twins, Finley and Sawyer, are starting to show leadline. Showing is a family affair for us. I grew up participating in 4H and love to volunteer for our local 4H club and now I help with our county fair horse show and our county horse bowl team contest. As a teacher I love incorporating horses into my classroom. My classroom is decorated with horses and my reading groups are named after different horse breeds. On the first week of school my students are assigned reading groups and they get to learn about the different horse breed characteristics. My goal is to help children develop a love for reading and horses.
Filer Elementary School - Idaho (Kindergarten)
I work as a behavior specialist with children with different needs and abilities both in school and out in the community as well. I use horses as a form of therapy to help my children with autism, sensory issues, and many other things. Horses help my students to relax, cope with emotions, and most of all laugh and have fun! As a graduate from Feather River College, I like to train and ride colts and start them from the ground up to use to help our children. I have a five-year-old mare that I rescued and trained and she is the horse I currently use with my students.
Ness City Elementary School - Kansas (3rd - 6th Grade Special Education)
I showed all around as a youth and then even competed in the roping at the Youth World As an amateur, I showed hunt seat for several years and won my very first class at my very first All-American Quarter Horse Congress in the Novice Amateur Hunt Seat Equitation on Invious Mister in 2014. We were also top 5 at the World Show that year. Although I had to take a break from my beloved horses for awhile, I’ve decided to jump back on and took a trip to the roping pen just last week!