Tack Boutique is proud to support local riders. We are fortunate to know so many talented athletes who represent themselves and our sport so well. Here is one of them….
Meet Sabrina Searles
Sabrina took time out of her busy schedule to sit down and discuss her accomplishments and goals, as well as her strategies for continued success in equine competition.
How long have you been riding and how did you get started?
I have been riding horses for 15 years. When I was four my sister and I were blessed enough to be surprised by our parents with a horse for Christmas, every little girls dream!
How often do you ride/train?
I throw my leg over a horse just about 7 days a week.
Who do you currently train with?
I currently train with Jenny Baker out of Ocala, FL. I have been training with Jenny for 7 years now.
How do you prepare for competitions?
The horse is just has much of an athlete as the rider. What we ask them to do does put a lot of stress on their body. In order to prepare for a competition I make sure my horse is physically in shape, healthy, and mentally in the right mind set to preform to our full ability.
Do you get nervous at horse shows?
I do not get nervous at horse shows. More than anything I get excited. Horse shows are not all about the competition, they are about having a good time and having a good experience with your horse.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
What inspires me the most about riding and showing horses is the competition. Each and every time I ride a horse I strive to improve myself as well as my horses performance in order to do our best in the show pen.
What is your favorite horse memory or moment?
My favorite horse memory is when I was 10 years old. I had a brood mare that was in foal and my family and I were lucky enough to be able to watch her have her baby. It was a very special moment to watch a life being brought into the world.
How did you feel when you found out you were reserve champion in the AQHA Youth World event?
Being Reserve World Champion in the Performance Halter Geldings at the AQHYA Youth World felt like a dream. It made me extremely proud that my father was also there with me in Oklahoma City and that my family back home was watching online. I am so thankful to have such an amazing and supportive family and friends.
What are your future plans, and do they include horses?
Currently, I have a full time job working for JB Show Horses as well as attending Santa Fe College to get my accounting degree. My main goal is to investigate sex crimes although horses will always be in my future.