Savanah Wilson, OCTRA’s Youth Committee Chair, reached out to our Juniors at the end of last season asking them to submit stories on their experiences from the 2016 season.  Two Juniors answered the call and their stories have been posted to the OCTRA web site.  

Both these Junior Riders will receive a gift certificate for Great Leads ‘n Reins courtesy of OCTRA.  If any Juniors are interested in getting involved with this Committee or would like to submit their 2016 story, please contact the Chair at Savanah Wilson.

Ally James

My name is Ally James.  This past season was my first and what an amazing season it was!

I completed my first 25-mile ride in July at Madawaska and I loved every second of it.  I rode in two more 25-mile rides, completing one, and completed my first 50-mile ride at the Lopin’ Larose.  I have met so many wonderful, welcoming and helpful people who have made me fall in love with this endurance family.

I am so incredibly lucky to be mentored by Lynda Townsend and Wendy MacCoubrey and to have the opportunity to ride Furion.  Although sometimes we have arguments about speed, I love riding him and he is an amazing partner.  I am so grateful for all the time and effort that Lynda has put into helping me and the endless knowledge Lynda and Wendy have passed on to me.  Whether it was forgetting my crewing gear or almost running into a tree, there were lots of mishaps, laughs and stories along the way.

For this coming season, I am hoping to complete more 50-mile rides and to continue riding to gain more mileage and experience.  I also hope to achieve on of my goals and eventually try an FEI 1*.  I can’t wait for another season of miles and smiles!


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