Big news, EN! Remember the Horseware Grassroots Rider contest that will award one lucky rider a one-year €10,000 sponsorship deal? Well the finalists have been announced, and our own Kira Young is the ONLY American in the top seven out of thousands of entries. The contest is won through popular vote, and Kira needs our help! “Great Britain has three riders as finalists … Three! We can’t let them have all the glory. They already have William Fox-Pitt.” Well said, Kira. A vote for Kira is a vote for America, not to mention eventing!
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What Horseware Ireland says about Kira:
Kira and her 15 year old TB, Rhodes Point (Rhodie) compete up to Intermediate level in eventing. Kira has been riding since she was ten, and describes her first horse as “a fire-breathing dragon! She was the epitome of a moody mare! While she did NOT want to be an eventer (galloping was out of the question), she helped me learn how to interact with horses and understand the importance of being a confident leader in a horse-rider partnership.”
One of Kira’s highlights was achieving one star level with Rhodie last year, and they are looking forward to competing at Intermediate level this year, aiming for Plantation Field CIC2* later in the year.
Kira and Rhodie have a wonderful partnership and we love how far they have come together: “We have been through many obstacles together, and I am thrilled that he and I have come as far as we have. It is incredibly validating because our journey was not an easy one. There were days when I wanted to give up on him, and yet, he taught me the importance of perseverance. He is sensitive, finicky, and can be hot-headed, but he has been one of my greatest teachers. In return for my patience, he rewards me with the incredible thrill of flying through our cross country courses effortlessly!”
Go Kira! Go Eventing!