Appaloosa Journal

OCT 2018

Appaloosa Journal is the official publication of the Appaloosa Horse Club, the international registry for the Appaloosa horse.

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94 Appaloosa Journal October 2018 H By Carly Rutledge orseback riding and gymnastics are considered two of the most dangerous sports—but what happens when adolescent girls combine the two? Aside from some pretty nervous par- ents, you get the thrilling and glamorous sport of trick riding! That's exactly what sisters Angela and Jenessa Robertson did. Growing up, Angela and Jenessa were always the first in line at birthday pony rides. Their love for horses unsurprisingly arose at an early age. But they didn't grow up with horses at home. In- stead, they rented them through the Westernaires Organization, a non-profit equestrian program based out of Golden, Colorado. It was here the sisters discovered trick riding. Letting go of the Reins Angela and Jenessa were in middle school when they got their Dangerously Tricky Ride Robertson Sisters A with the first Appaloosa horses. They immediately fell in love with the breed and have had them ever since. According to Angela, "They make you work harder than the average horse, but once you partner with them, the bond is so rewarding, incredible, and worth it!" When it comes to training, Jenessa said Appaloosas have a great "will- ingness to learn which allows them to adapt to new tricks easily." Between the horse having someone perform risky moves on their backs, and the rider having little to no control of the reins, there's a great deal of trust that must be built before either the rider or the horse can learn any tricks. Still, some horses are not cut out for this unique sport. According to Jenessa, "my first two horses weren't very good at trick riding." She didn't give up on her passion though, and now Jenessa's been trick riding with her horse Quazar for about six years. Still, she says, "It took him at least a year to fully get the picture of what his job was." Angela has also had her share of challenges, finding certain horses to be opposed to tricks on their rear or neck ar- eas. Despite all obstacles, the sisters' love of horses, extraordinary bravery, and natural-born talent led them to continue trick riding after graduating from the Westernaires. Angela and Jenessa joined the Twisted Trick Riders, a group comprised of remarkably talent- ed young women who travel to perform at rodeos in the Western United States. No Rest for the Tricky This is the first year Angela and Jenessa are both members of the Twisted Trick Riders. They celebrated their first routine to- gether this past March and have since been busy performing at weekly summer events. Summer is by far their busiest season— but work doesn't stop after practice and competitions. Angela and Jenessa both have full-time jobs and Angela owns her own board- ing business, Dakota Ridge Stables, LLC. Angela Robertson is the kind of self-starter and dream chaser most of us aspire to be. From growing up renting horses to now owning her own stables, she's devoted the time and work to fol- low her dream since she was a kid. Every morning, Angela is up before the sun to give her horses food, water, and plenty of TLC before heading to her job at Murdoch's Ranch and Home Supply where she works as a Key Carrier. Following a full day of work, she's right back to the stables to care for the horses she boards as well as her own. Waking up at 5 a.m. to work her day job in the medical field, Jenessa's schedule doesn't differ much from her sister's. She too Angela and Ty, photographer: Richard Gill

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