Valley girl takes national riding award
Every day Kelle Deeter exercises her four Arabian horses on the beautiful land near her family’s home in the foothill area.
Deeter, 14, who said she has been riding since she was born and showing since she was 10, is the National Champion in the Arabian English Show Hack JTR (junior-to-ride) 13 and under division.
Until this summer, Deeter had never been in a regional or national competition.
She said she was surprised to win because she had only been training for the show hack competition for six months.
“When they announced my name as champion, I was hysterical. I almost started hyperventilating,” Deeter said. “It was such a surprise.”
Besides the intensity of the competition, the heat in Oklahoma City, where the competition took place, reached 106 degrees and 98 percent humidity.
“It was hot,” Deeter said. “Some people back there would pass out. Some of the horses died.”
I’m-on-Fire, the horse Deeter rode for the competition, was bought by the family two years ago and was not intended to be a show horse. It was bought so Deeter’s mother Jill could learn to ride.
The Deeters own three other horses, Kellany, Lying Eyes and Sim. Kellany is the oldest of the four and Sim does tricks, like hugging and kissing his owners.
“I think I have a special bond with one of my horses. Her name is Lying Eyes. She was the first horse I really started showing on,” she said.
Deeter received a $500 scholarship along with trophies and ribbons for winning the competition.
She will be in 9th grade at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School. After high school, Deeter wants to attend a school in Ohio to become a horse trainer.
For now she plays volleyball on the freshman team. She has also been playing soccer and basketball for six years.
Deeter plans to continue training for horse shows and wants to attend a national competition in Canada next year.
Jill Deeter is obviously proud of her daughter’s accomplishment.
“What she did is actually very prestigious because it’s 10 gates. There has to be a highly trained horse and rider,” Jill Deeter said.
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