On Christmas morning, 2014, a little girl received a new pair of western boots from Santa. In that boot box was a note from Santa explaining that she would also be starting horseback ridding lessons! Little did any of us know how that note would change all of our lives!
The little girl was 9 year old, Aubrey Kai Davis and she was “over the moon’ happy with her present from Santa. She began riding at the POA dedicated farm, Hestedalen and trained with, Alissa Henning, of Henning Performance Horses. Her first riding experience, and every other one since, was on J-N “Sierra” Gold.
Aubrey started riding in January and, in April, 2014, on her 10th birthday-Sierra became her very own pony!
Sierra had been expertly trained for many years and ridden by, Christina Blomquist. Even though she was very smart and won many awards- she was very patient with Aubrey as she learned how and what to do. As time passed the two became very good friends. They worked diligently together as they prepared for their first show as a team. They would be competing in the newly formed Novice Walk-Trot division- a perfect fit for them!
Aubrey and Sierra did very well at their first show, as well as, all of the shows after.
They clearly loved each other and enjoyed showing together. As the season progressed and they continued to grow together, they started working towards competing at the national level -the National POA Congress - in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their hard work paid off as they placed in every class that they showed in and were named in the “Top Five” in their division. It was a huge accomplishment for them and they had a great time doing it!
In the later months of the show season, Aubrey was named as the Iowa POAC Princess for 2015 while riding Sierra. She received her princess crown and belt buckle AND was awarded the Novice High-Point Award for the Iowa POA club on the same night! Needless to say, she was very happy and said that she was “so proud of Sierra” when she was congratulated on her wins.
In February 2015, Aubrey, traveled to the National POAC Conference and Awards Banquet in Grapevine, Texas where she received the National POAC Novice High-Point Award. She will be competing in her second National Congress this year in the 10-13 age division classes as well as the Novice Walk-Trot-Canter classes.
After watching all of the fun her big sister was having riding Sierra, Presley began showing Suncrests Pied Piper, owned and trained by Alissa Henning. She has had much success with Piper, especially in showmanship! She and Piper have made an excellent team and are competing at their first National Congress this year! We look forward to great things from this very special pair this show season.
Who knew, on that Christmas morning that our family would eventually become part of the wonderful POA family! We have all enjoyed being involved with such an incredible group of people and have made many life long friends. We are so excited to see what the future holds for our girls and ponies! We are very blessed and thankful for each and every experience and lesson learned.