While I was at Biltmore, I took advantage of the presence of some of the young riders going to participate to the
along the coast and over the biggest dunes in Namibia.
She was 9 when she completed her first ride, she has now over 2500 miles, has been Namibian Champion in 2007, selected as the Namibian team captain for the African championships of 2009.
Anna will be riding DJB Tessarah owned by Darolyn Butler at theNAYRER.
They completed the Biltmore CEI*** at Biltmore in 17th place with a ride time of 16:44.
Anna is selected to represent Namibia at the WEG.
Josie Mc Ghee - 20 - Georgia
Her mum (Angie Mc Ghee) put Josie on a horse as soon as she came back from the hospital, she was just a couple of days old.
She started riding really young (i'm sure most of you have seen her very famous videos).
She did her first 50 when she was 10 since she has completed more than 2400 miles.
Her favorite ride is Million Pines for the atmosphere, fun and hospitality.
Josie will be riding Reminisonce+/ owned by Lynn Kennely.
Kyle Gibbon - 20 - Vermont
Kyle started riding ponies around the fields bareback, later moved on to "formal" trail riding. He took some english lessons, he showed in English pleasure/equitation and Hunter/Jumpers.
He did his 1st CTR at 14 on his paint Kolby, he also competed him in endurance before getting his arabian mare which he completed his 1st 100 with in 2007.
Kyle has more than 3200 endurance miles, has completed 15 100.
Kyle will be riding Salt owned by Steven Rojeck.
Kirsten Kimbler - 21 - South Dakota
Kirsten started taking lessons at an arabian show barn, then started showing arabians.
She got into endurance when her dad saw an article about Tevis, he had always dreamt about riding.
They started to compete in endurance rides, since then Kirsten has completed 2290 miles. Her favorite ride was in Canada, it was a great family experience, they managed to go through some difficulties on trails and turn the situation into a funny story to remember.
Kirsten will be riding Cody Canuck that she owns. There will be 3 other riders from Kirsten's familly riding the NAYRER.
Lindsay Bean - 20 - Maine
Lindsay received the best gift a little girl can dream of when she was 4: a pony!
She rode him until she was old enough to handle the farm Belgians.
She started to ride endurance with Tom Hutchison and Kathy Brunges in 2006, she has now almost 1000 miles.
Her favorite ride is Pine Tree.
She will be riding Tektonic owned by Kathy Brunjes at NAYRER.
I could not get in touch with every rider, but I know there are some more: Jennifer Stevens, Jessica D'camillo, France Chase Dunn and some Canadians including Lee Hutton.
I can't wait to hear stories and see pictures from these young talented riders!