BY MICHELLE MILLER
Daisy Beisler went to a friend’s birthday party that had horse riding for entertainment and loved it so much that she has continued to do it ever since.
Daisy, who is a junior at Milford Central School, said she has been riding horses for about nine years. The 16-year-old took the reserve champion ribbon at the Worlds Championship Morgan Horse Show in Okalahoma last October. She placed second out of 22 in the Classic Pleasure Saddle Championships for 14-17 year olds.
Daisy said she has some horses at her barn at home that she rides for fun and through trails, but has a couple of Morgan horses she keeps and trains at Reindance Stables in Sauquoit. She said she recently bought her English Pleasure Morgan named Greywoods Arthur and has been showing her Morgan, Syncopation, in saddle seat classes. That is the horse she won reserve champion with and placed seventh in her first time at the world championships. According to Daisy, she has shown Syncopation twice at the world championships in Okalahoma, but had to skip a year because her trainer was the judge. However, Daisy said she still went to watch and support her trainer, Sally Lindabury, with signs and words of encouragement.
Daisy said she goes to Sauquoit to train twice a week right before championships begin and generally goes once a week the rest of the year. She said she mainly participates in the horse shows included in the New England circuit, but plans to venture to North Carolina this coming riding season, which begins in April.
According to Daisy’s mom Betsy, her daughter typically participates in about five shows a year.
``It’s an expensive endeavor,’’ she said. ``It takes dedication and commitment.’’ Betsy said there are usually more than 1,000 horses at the world championships, for which Daisy has to miss a week of school. It’s hard keeping a balance between competing and remembering there is a whole other life beyond riding, said Betsy, who said she thinks her daughter does a good job at balancing her school work and her passion for riding.
BY MICHELLE MILLER
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