My horse project

Lena joins her rider, Jaida Wellman, at the western region 4-H horse show at UT Martin.

I’m Jaida Wellman, a sophomore at Henry County High School, where I have taken my FFA and 4-H experience to a whole different level. Since I was young, horses have always been my favorite animal and the piece of livestock I’ve always wanted to own. Some say that I just haven’t left the pony stage, which I guess isn’t entirely wrong. I am a 15-year- old who is accompanied many times by my service dog, a red Merle Australian shepherd.

There was an area horse show for West Tennessee on June 5. Vicky Aiosa provided me with the opportunity to accompany another rider at
the show at the University
of Tennessee at Martin, so training began. I worked many long, exhausting and difficult hours preparing for what would be the time of my life. I rode

two horses in different types of riding. Lena Dun Smoked (aka Lena) accompanied me in many winnings in my English and Western classes, where

I earned senior high point in my western division. Pushing the Cash (aka Gus) was with me through my gaited classes, where we placed in nearly all classes we entered.

On June 15-16, I was sent to the state horse show, where all of the Tennessee riders joined together to compete against one another. Aiosa also appointed me to go with Taylor Dunagan. We took the almost 3-hour journey to Shelbyville at the Champions Tennessee Walking Horse arena, where I got to see the home of walking horses.

At the state show, I was joined with Lena Dun Smoked, who helped me excel through my English and Western divi- sions. Kraken helped me pro- ceed through gaited classes.

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