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My name is Ainslee Myers and I am a 15-year-old girl who started out as a hunter. When I was 12 I decided the hunters weren’t for me and moved to an eventing barn with my quarter horse Cole, whom I got when I was 11 as a Christmas gift. My parents told me repeatedly that they wouldn’t get me him because he had melanoma — it broke my heart. On December 10th (yes, I still remember the date:) they surprised me with my “best friend”!
When I started with Cole as a hunter he was 15 and, man, I hated him because he would constantly get into a frame during my flat classes. I cried and cried again and finally I decided that we both wanted to be eventers! (Before Cole came to my hunter barn he was evented up to Novice by a trainer near me.) So I moved to an eventing barn at the beginning November of 2014 and competed in my first rated event at Beginner Novice at the end of November 2014. Granted Cole and I came in 8th place because we were WAYYY too slow, but Cole and I continued to compete and get 4th and 5ths.
I knew that because he was a quarter horse that I would never be able to really compete against the warmbloods in dressage, but Cole can do one heck of a cross country course. At at one show Cole and I got a 32 in dressage — a real triumph for the hunter queen and her short-strided steed — and we ended up winning that show!! Also we placed 2nd at Richland Horse Trials in 2016 at Novice!!
Today Cole is 18 years old and has so much spunk, he bucks to do flying changes and has the best attitude if ever seen in a horse. I’ve outgrown him but now my mom has taken on the challenge of riding him!