In the Arena with Fan of the Month Abby Yarkosky

Yesterday, you met Abby Yarkosky, January’s Fan of the Month. Today, you’ll learn about this barrel racer’s riding and routines and catch a glimpse into what makes a tough youth competitor just that — tough!

Tell us about the other horses you run. My two horses are:
Heart Of Fashion – Go Hank x Jet Deck
Bids Lucky Doc – Biduino x Doc Bar

Another horse I’ve run is:
VF Smooth N Rare (also owned by Valerie Watson)
On The Money Red x Rare Jet

What are your goals, both in competition and otherwise, for you and your horses?
My goals for this year are to have the best runs we possibly can, and to stay consistant. I would also like to try to go to a few clinics, it never hurts to learn something new.

What have been your biggest accomplishments in the show ring? 
In 2005 I placed 10th at the Quarter Horse Congress, on my (now retired) horse, Angel Bianco in the 18 and under pole bending.

My first time running Frenchy was June 26th, 2010 at the MVP show at Circle G Arena. We won the youth by three tenths of a second, running a 15.8

In April, at the MVP Dash for Cash show held at Circle G arena, I placed 9th out of 282 horses on my horse, Lil Wrangler Val, who recently passed away.

What do you need to work on the most, riding-wise? 
I would like to learn more exercises to help keep my horses tuned up and working their best.

How often do you get to work with your horses? 
All of my horses are at my own barn at my house, so I have the chance to work with them everyday.

What is your daily routine at the barn? 
As long as the weather is nice I ride them, then I clean their stalls, fill up water, and feed them.

What is your horse’s favorite treat? 
Anything with peppermint in it.

Abby and Fashion at Simmons Equestrian Center. Special thanks to Abby for answering our questions and being a part of our Fan of the Month contest! Look for our next contest starting Jan. 10!

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