Name and barn you are currently riding at.
Aidan Mewha owner/trainer at Free Rein Equestrian operating out of Mill Creek Equestrian in New Carlisle, OH
Tell a little bit about you and your horse.
I have been an avid equestrian for the past 25 years. I was a barn rat growing up and rode anything I could get my hands on. I went on to train many successful hunters and jumpers that still are teaching kids how to ride and horse show. I was the inaugural coach for the University of Dayton’s Equestrian team. And now I am currently running my own lesson and training business.
My horse Badger is a 10yo draft cross that I purchased four years ago from a friend that got him from the Amish. He was trained to drive but not really do anything else…He couldn’t even really canter. But, he had the sweetest eye of any horse I have ever met and bought him on the spot. Now he teaches lessons to kids of all ages and packs them around in everything from cross rails to the rated jumpers.
What are your goals as an equestrian? (Can be short term, long term, or both)
I just started my own business, so building a strong base clientele is my short term goal and my long term goal. Riding wise, I want to continue developing my green horses and help them climb the levels successfully and confidently.
How are you working towards those goals?
I ride at least 6 days a week traveling to different farms and riding as many horses as I can. I also make sure that I continuously read and try to take lessons so I can keep improving my skills.
Who is your riding role model? Who is it and why?
Beezie Madden is my idol. She is absolutely flawless and I strive to be as empathetic and effective as she is every day.
Biggest success or funniest fail?
My biggest success was qualifying my Appendix Quarter Horse for Harrisburg in the Amateur Owners. I had started riding him when he was three years old and I was only 12. We grew up together and I actually did all of the training on that horse. We finally made it to that pinnacle the year I graduated from high school.
My funniest fail was when my 4yo jumped me out of the tack really hard at WEC. Mr. Robert’s had been watching schooling and called me over to tell me that he wanted to pull the security footage to see how the heck I stayed on!