This week on Member’s Spotlight, we chat with Top Trail Horse Member and Ambassador, Hope White
It is so enjoyable reading the answers I get on the interview questions sent to our members for these interviews, and this week is no different!
Hope hails from Turner, Kansas, and claims the state isn’t flat….Well, I spent 10 years in Kansas and, although I didn’t care at the time (as I knew no different), our family used to joke that the state was so flat we could see our visitors coming two weeks ahead of time! ? But, hey! We were in the southeast part of the state. Perhaps it is drastically different in Turner ?
Now, let’s check into Hope’s world and see how she answered my interview questions:
TTH: How long have you been with the Top Trail Program?
HW: I’ve been with Top Trail since the start. Troy Lynn and I are good friends.
TTH: Name dropping, huh? ? Alright! Well then! Next question: How many horses are in your stable?
HW: Seven horses:
- MRA Nadria, my riding partner. She’s an Arab and takes care of me, and yet she teaches me something new each time we ride;
- XD Michaela, my daughter’s competition horse as well as fellow TTH member, Sue Maiwald’s heart horse. Lots of good stories behind this beautiful mare.
- Big Red (aka, Rebel) – he was my first horse
- Gabby, a rescue horse from Rainbow Meadows Equine Rescue who was headed for the kill pen ?. She had been a brood mare and, because she was no longer being used for that purpose, she was no longer of any use. Now she lives out her days at our place.
- SS Bella Sara – my first Saddlebred/Arab cross. Funny horse to ride, but will NOT load into a trailer!
- SS Kemo Sabi – hoping he will be a replacement horse for my MRA Nadria. Both are from the same bloodline!
- SS Painted Victory is the baby, but is larger than the other horses! He’ll be my daughter’s replacement horse once he’s old enough.
TTH: what has your favorite achievement with the Top Trail Horse Program?
HW: Hitting my 1,000 mile mark last year. See, I had given up on riding long mileage rides and was only tracking like 100 miles per year…until late last year, that is. I fell in love with riding again, and tracked over 500 miles last year! This year’s goal is 1,000 miles tracked!
TTH: A thousand last year?!?! After your hiatus, I say that’s pretty great. We’re all happy you were able to find that love for riding again. Now, however, I’ve got a very important question here: do you ride in Cowboy Boots or tall English riding boots?
HW: Cowboy Boots!!!
I live in Kansas. No, Kansas is not flat.Hope-Ann on stereotypical Kansas comments.
TTH: Ha! That was an affirmative answer! ? I’m a tall English boot, myself, due to my prolific and problematic habit of slamming my knees on anything near them and my tall boots cover them nicely! Alright, Hope, why don’t you tell us about where you live. What’s the terrain? (since you say it’s NOT flat?)
HW: I live in Kansas. No, Kansas is not flat. We have rolling hills, beautiful meadows, and plenty of lakes within an hour drive time. We also have Rails-to-Trails that we can ride. They are old railroad tracks! Lots of lakes and creeks with beautiful scenery, and of course, the good ole gravel roads when it’s too wet to ride the Rail Trails. Also, we live in the area where an EF4 tornado hit! So, riding the roads at this point is very limited with the debris being hauled down the roads.
TTH: Well, this author’s experience in Kansas was a bit different, but it WAS the state I learned to ride in, so I have to give it props for that ?. I recall three tornados quite clearly during which I’d gotten too close for comfort. Each time I was on horseback when the sirens started sounding!
I sure thank you, Hope, for your time and for answering my questions today, and I thank you, the readers, for joining us! Check back soon for another great interview with one of our Top Trail Horse Program members.
Until then, riders, RIDE ON!!
? Ways YOU can win with the Top Trail Horse Program! ?
Top Trail Horse Challenge
Leaderboard is monthly, based on total mileage for the month, has three divisions, awards given
Top Trail Rider Challenge
Leaderboard is quarterly, based on total mileage for the quarter, has three divisions, awards given
Trail Master GPS Rider Challenge
Based on the number of rides logged by the rider for the quarter, has three divisions, awards given