LYPA Rider of the Week: Chloe Salisbury
A barrel racer from a small town in Idaho, Chloe was our very first Lakota Young Professional admitted to the association. We caught up with her to find out more about her and her horse, TripinRiver – they make a great team!
5 Quick Questions:
Q: How did you get involved with horses?
I’d always loved horses but didn’t come from a horse family, and I wanted so bad to ride. When I was 5 years old my parents got me into riding lessons, and my trainer happened to be a barrel racer!
Q: What makes your horse special?
So many things! I love her beyond words, she is so dear to me. But, I’ll say, her gentle, kind, and willing spirit. She is such a sweet horse, she’s so calm but when she gets in the arena she’s FAST!
Q: What’s your good luck charm?
I actually don’t have a good luck charm- but I always pray before I run because I know the Lord will protect us and has a plan greater than mine.
Q: How do you combat horse show nerves?
To be honest, I’m super bad about nerves and stress at races. But I do my best to trust Jesus because He already knows the outcome! I also sing Christian music in my head before I run, I pet and talk softly to my horse, and take deep breaths. Those things do help, but for nerves, I’m still a work in progress!
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given by another horseman/woman?
Hmm, this is a tough question. There are so many amazing things I’ve learned from various trainers and horse people, but one thing that really sticks out to me is what my dad said to me at my last race, right before I ran, he said “Look at these races like practice runs but with more push and people watching.”
I often over think racing at events and end up not doing as well as I could have because of that. When I look at my run in an event as just a practice run with more speed, it really helps calm me down. I know someday everything will come together and through God I’ll conquer my pre-race nerves!
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Check out the Lakota blog next Tuesday for the next LYPA Rider of the Week…it could be you!