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2020 Graduate: Julia Glidewell



Julia Glidewell – Corinth, Mississippi 

WHAT HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE ARE YOU GRADUATING FROM?
In May, I intended on walking the stage at Northeast Mississippi Community College one last time. While at NEMCC, I was an active member of Phi Theta Kappa and maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout my Associates Degree in Accounting.

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOLLOWING GRADUATION?
Following graduation, I have been accepted into the College of Business at the University of North Alabama, where I plan to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business Law. 

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED IN THE TENNESSEE WALKING HORSE INDUSTRY AND/OR HOW ARE YOU RELATED TO THE INDUSTRY?
My family has bred and raised Tennessee Walking Horses throughout my entire life. My show career began in the fall of 2017 aboard my first pony, Skywalk’s Threat (better known as Luke). I am very thankful to Mr. Bob Reed, Mrs. Sudie Reed and Ross Campbell Stables for allowing my family the opportunity to purchase Luke.  

DO YOU CURRENTLY HAVE HORSES IN TRAINING AND IF SO, WHO ARE THEY AND WHO IS YOUR TRAINER?
My family and I currently have three horses in training at Robert Stiver’s Stables in Corinth, Mississippi. In addition to my pony Luke, my mother, Michelle, shows I’m Dialed In in the Amateur division, and Robert Stiver’s shows Offensive Line in the 15.2 & Under Riders' Cup division.

TELL US ABOUT A SPECIAL HORSE RELATED MEMORY WHETHER IN THE RING, ON THE TRAIL OR AT THE BARN?
My special memory would be receiving Jailbird as a Christmas present the winter after I started showing! Also, my first time showing in the big oval was one to remember!

HOW HAVE HORSES HELPED YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR FUTURE?
My experience with horses has taught me many things that we all will encounter in life. We all must learn to win and lose, and at the end of the day, we always need to remember the main reasons we show are for the love of this breed and our horse show family. Showing horses has given me the opportunity to meet several of my closest friends as well as many people that have positively impacted my life.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PERSONAL WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PASS ALONG TO FELLOW SENIORS DURING THIS TIME?
This pandemic has reminded us the importance of patience and discipline. As Ikeda once said, “with love and patience, nothing is impossible.” 

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