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March 16, 2010

It's A Great Honor To Win The R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch Scholarship

Kristen Mohr receives some last-minute advice from trainer Kate Conover before heading into the ring with Pam Wildman's ChaCha. Photo by ESI.

Kristen Mohr, winner of the 2010 R.W. "Ronnie" Mutch Scholarship, has agreed to blog about her showing experiences this year and the opportunities she's been able to take advantage of after winning the scholarship.

I have recently been fortunate enough to receive the Ronnie Mutch Scholarship, and I am so grateful as I have been given the opportunity to ride horses for Emil Spadone in Ocala, Fla. This scholarship is allowing me to pursue this great opportunity.  

I am 13 years old, and I am from Long Valley, N.J. I won the 2008 THIS National Children’s Medal at Capital Challenge (Md.), the 2008 WIHS Children’s Hunter Finals, and I was in the top 30 at the 2009 Maclay Finals.

I’ve been riding at Redfield Farm with Emil and Kate Conover since November after indoors ended. I am having a blast with them, and I am learning so much. I have been riding so many green ponies/horses, and it has been so much fun. Emil and Kate help me a lot in bringing along the horses, and it is so exciting to see everything start to fall into place with these horses.

At Redfield it’s not just about riding, it is a lot about horsemanship too, and that so important to me because we keep a few of our horses at home, so my family and I take care of them. I currently have one horse at home, (well, he’s REALLY my sister’s but he’s pretty much mine!) Marvel, and he is getting the winter off. I miss him so much, and I am so ready to get back to riding him, but I know this rest is good for him since sometimes the summer shows can be a lot! I am so excited for the weeks we have left in Florida and what exciting things will come!

I will write about my experiences in Ocala starting this week!

Talk to you later!

Kristen Mohr

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