``I think of her as a scholar athlete because she is also in honor society,’’ said Betsy.
Betsy said Daisy started off small by showing at the local fairs in Walton and Morris. She said her daughter also works with a personal trainer, Mary Hansen, at Healthlinks at FoxCare in Oneonta in order to improve on things such as her upper body and leg strength for riding.
Daisy said she used to think she wanted to turn her passion for horses and riding into a career one day, but said she does not think she wants to do that anymore.
``I would rather own and show my own horses than train them,’’ she said.
Betsy said she thinks Daisy’s involvement in riding has been a great thing for her because it has helped with her self-confidence.
``It’s great to have something she is so passionate for,’’ she said.
``As important as it is, it is not the only thing in her life. In many ways it is like playing any sport and trying to balance school. You still have to do your homework,’’ added Betsy.
Betsy said although the training facility is more than an hour away, she feels it is worth the travel because of its family-like atmosphere.
She said those who train at the stables often go to shows together and if someone is not showing sometimes they come just to cheer the others on.
The emphasis at the facility is to develop skills so that riders can ride any horse, said Betsy. Riders do not have to show, they can just take lessons if they want, she added.
With the riding season coming around the corner in April, Daisy said she, of course, wants to do just as well as she did last season. However, she said just because you do well one year does not guarantee you be the winner the next year.