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How Family Riding Creates Lasting Bonds


The only thing better than doing what you love is sharing it with those you love. A passion for horses can be passed on from generation to generation and become a family affair. This is exactly what has happened for Katie Meagher and her daughter, of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Four decades removed, Meagher remembers the minute she was introduced to horses like it was yesterday. "We were driving down the road when we saw a girl bathing her horse at Halstead Ranch," recalls Meagher. "My mom said that's what I want you to be involved in rather than just being a mall rat." And so it began.

Two years into her riding career, Katie began taking weekly lessons at Pam Baker's Hillcrest Farm in Virginia Beach. She bought her first horse, On Parade, and started competing in the Children's Hunter division. At the time Baker's group of students, who would train and travel the circuit with her, also included Chris Wynne.

Fast forward to her amateur career and Meagher was still training with Baker, even though Baker had since relocated to Bealeton, Virginia. "I would either meet up with her at horse shows or spend the weekend at the farm so I could ride my horse," says Meagher. This arrangement worked well for Meagher as she had much success on mounts - Plus One and Keep the Faith. Tricolors were not uncommon for both of these horses, each taking Meagher to Devon, Pennsylvania National and the Washington International Horse Show.

In between the careers of Plus One and Keep the Faith, Meagher took a break from showing and welcomed her daughter into the world. However, it didn't take her long to make it back to horses. "She was riding as a newborn practically, we just put her up on a pony," remarks Meagher. By the time she was four, her daughter had already shown under the oaks at the Upperville Colt & Horse Show in leadline, dressed to the nines in her mini shadbelly.

By age 6, she was a barn rat, taking regular lessons and loving her time at the barn. Chris Wynne, from Katie's Virginia Beach Hillcrest Farm days, had taken the reins and was now training the youngster at his own Breckenridge Manor. Not only was she taking lessons, she began competing on the A-rated hunter circuit.

Watching her daughter step into the show ring is far more stressful for Katie than walking into the show ring herself. "I want it so bad for her," says Meagher. "I never would have thought I would have been as successful as I had been with horses, so to see her be successful and qualify for indoors is unbelievable."

Things came full circle for Meagher in 2013 when her daughter showed in the small ponies at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Katie's trainer, Pam Baker, who had led Katies' daughter in her first leadline class at Upperville, trained her for her first trip to indoors. "She was going to be Chris's only customer, so rather than have him make the trip up just for her, Pam agreed to train her," explains Meagher. "It was so special to have Pam help her. When she walked into the ring, I burst into tears, knowing Pam had a part in this chapter of her life." Not only did she have a great experience under Baker's watchful eye, she won the Pennsylvania National Horse Show Sportsmanship Award.

Mom and daughter can now share their own memories and talk about their own experiences at Devon, Pennsylvania National and Washington International Horse Show. "It's been a great adventure so far," shares Meagher. Their travels also included a trip to the 2014 Pony Finals in Lexington, Kentucky. "It was really special to share this experience together as I had never done it," says Meagher. The youngster proved Virginia girls can ride on the national stage, bringing home 4th place in the medium ponies on one mount and Grand Champion Welsh Pony on another.

Not only has riding brought Katie and her daughter closer, it has helped her learn some important life lessons. "Trainers expect a lot of out of their students, most importantly that they listen and concentrate," explains Meagher. "She uses this skill both in the ring and in the classroom." But most of all, riding has made her more competitive. "She wants to be her best, whether on a horse or at school," you can't argue with that says Meagher.

After experiencing so much success in her own equine adventures, Katie often gets asked why she no longer competes. "There is no way I could get both of us ready to show and be focused enough on my horse if we were competing at the same show," says Meagher. Meagher is proud to wear the title "Horse Show Mom."


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