Featured Rider: Anissa Wagenlander

Name and barn you are currently riding at. (Please include area your barn is located in)

My name is Anissa Wagenlander and I ride at Emerald Pine Stables.

Tell a little bit about you and your horse

I am 14 years old and a freshman at Cooper High school. I play basketball for Cooper and ride horses. I’ve been riding since I was 5, I got riding lessons for my 5th birthday and fell in love.  My horse’s name is UK Maestro aka Joey. He’s a UK Mito Boss baby. I’ve had him for about a year, he’s 7 years old.  Joey is either a Lovebug or he wants to be left alone. There’s no in between. His favorite treat and red sliced apples. But he’s AMAZING.

What are your goals as an equestrian? (Can be short term, long term, or both)

A goal of mine is to show in the Rolex arena at the Kentucky Horse Park with  Joey and along the way better know and learn with Joey as we train and compete.

How are you working towards those goals?

I ride Joey 6 days  and jump at least twice a week. We’ve worked with a Dressage trainer before to help me ask him to do different things. Also, we work in a rope halter to help with manners because he can be stall and food aggressive so it makes him have more respect for me and everyone out at Emerald Pine. I have lessons at least once a week with my trainer Colette Restanio. I’ve always had ridden with her and she’s helped me accomplish so much.

Who is your riding role model? Who is it and why?

My biggest equestrian role model is Morgan. I’ve known Morgan Restanio ever since I started riding. She is my trainer’s, Colette Restanio’s, daughter.  She’s my role model because she can ride any horse and do well on them. I’ve learned to ride Joey better by watching her ride her own horse and sometimes she’s got on mine so I know how to ask him better and fix what I was doing wrong.  I’ve always have looked up to her as a rider and a person.

Biggest success or funniest fail?

My biggest success has been coming to The All American Quarter Horse Congress and competing. I’ve always wanted to come and we’ve finally made it. It’s such a great atmosphere to be in and it’s just an honor to ride here.

For those of you who haven’t heard about the All American Quarter Horse Congress, you can see my write up here.

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