2018-2019 WSCA Queen Heidi Lund
July 2019 Queen’s Message
Happy 4th of July! I hope you all are able to spend time enjoying the holiday with friends and family!
This month is the royalty contest deadline. I cannot encourage all saddle club queens enough to take the chance and run for this contest. It is an amazing experience. I can tell you quite honestly I almost didn’t run this last year. I was afraid to. I thank my lucky stars that one of my good friends encouraged me to take the chance because honestly if it wasn’t for her I don’t know if I would be writing this article to all of you right now. Angie was not only the one who helped encourage me to run but is also the reason I am the rider I am today. So this month I would like to dedicate this article to her.
We all have that one person in our lives who gave us our start. Who took a chance on us. Who never once gave up on us and always pushed us to be our best. That person to me is Angie. As many of you know I did not start riding until I was 19 years old. I started in western pleasure and soon wanted to expand my riding disciplines. I had a need for speed. I wrote on Facebook (of course. I am a millennial after all) and inquired if anyone in the area had a horse they could teach me to run barrels on. Angie, a complete stranger, reached out to me and offered to take me under her wing. That summer we spent many hours together at lessons and races. I learned so much not only about riding but about myself too. At the end of the summer, Angie came up to me after the final race of the series and told me if I was serious about barrels I needed a barrel horse. Without blinking an eye she offered me the horse I had been using that summer… for free. He was older, 18 at the time, but an incredible horse. He was patient and he was kind. He was exactly what I needed and Angie knew that. I am not sure if I will ever truly be able to thank her for that gift.
We all have an Angie in our lives. If I can make an impact as Queen on anyone I would encourage each and every one of you to reach out and thank your own Angie. Without people like her the world just wouldn’t go round.
I hope to see you all throughout the month at shows! I know myself and the rest of the court would love to get to know as many of you as we can these next few months. Feel free to say hi! I would love to hear about how you got your start in horses and meet the horses and people who helped make your dreams come true!
Until next time!
2018-2019 WSCA Queen xoxo