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Youth Spotlight: Emma Wright




(Editor’s Note: The following Q&A took place between the Walking Horse Report’s editorial director Sadie Fowler and youth rider Emma Wright.)

WHR: Tell me about yourself.

Wright: I am nine years old and in fourth grade. I have one brother, Ryder, and a pug named Sprinkles. I love to play sports — basketball and softball are my favorites. I love showing horses, going to Disney World, and watching my favorite basketball team, the Kentucky Wildcats.

WHR: How did your journey into the horse business begin? 

Wright: My Daddy is a horse trainer and he taught me how to ride. I have learned to not give up and to keep on riding. I grew up around horses and have always loved them. I have been going to horse shows since I was a month old and have met a lot of friends along the way. 

WHR: Who has been your favorite horse over the years?

Wright: José Centerfold … She was the first horse I ever got to ride and show. 

WHR: What has it been like having your dad for your horse trainer?

Wright: Daddy has always been supportive. He is also very competitive and wants me to always do my best.

WHR: What accomplishment in the show ring are you most proud of?

Wright:
When I won the 17 and under championship at Tunica last year with José’s Centerfold.

WHR: What’s your world like outside of horses?

Wright: I love to play basketball and softball. When I grow up I want to play in the WNBA.

WHR: What is something new you’d like to learn to do?

Wright: I would love to learn how to canter.

WHR: Who is someone you admire and why?

Wright:
My Daddy, because he won on I Am José three years in a row and he works hard for our family. 

WHR: If you could have dinner with someone famous who would it be and what would you eat?

Wright: Luke Bryan … We would have macaroni and cheese.

WHR:
Who is your favorite American president and why?

Wright: George Washington, because he was the first president.

WHR:
What is some advice you’d give to someone new to the horse industry?

Wright: Just have fun and don’t be so serious.

WHR: What is a goal you have for the upcoming year?

Wright: To show for the first time at the Celebration.


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