K-Lani Vickery has been riding horses since she was 8 years old but had never competed in a national horse show. So when she is asked if she was nervous about competing in the Arabian Youth Nationals in Oklahoma City last month, her answer doesn’t come as a surprise.
“Was I nervous? Absolutely,” Vickery said. “Just the thought of being in the ring with previous national champion show horses — which have been to nationals many times and I have never even shown my horse in a national show — was very nerve-wracking. But I didn’t let that get in my way.”
No, she did not. The Navarre High School junior turned in quite the showing at nationals with her horse JSN Bahama Mama, earning top 10 honors in her class in a competition featuring 21 other horses. She had finishes of fifth, eighth and ninth on the judges’ cards.
“Although it was my first youth national show, I felt like JSN Bahama Mama and I belonged in that arena with the best horses in the country,” Vickery said. “I was ecstatic.”
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