Kaydyn Kintzley has been riding horses since she was two years old and she was recently earned a championship win within the American Stock Horse Association.
Kintzley has been competing in the local Lake County Horsemen’s Association (LCHA) shows, Modoc mounted posse show, the 4-H horse show, Oregon High School Equestrian Team and the American Stock Horse Association and the Western States Stock Horse Association for as long as she can remember.
The last two years she competed in Oregon High School Equestrian Teams (OHSET) and qualified to compete at the state level, which has not yet been held due to COVID. Kintzley said she decided to put her efforts into competing at a higher level because she would like to attend a college where she can continue to compete in the reined cow horse discipline. She focused on competing in the Western States Stock Horse and the American Stock Horse Association.
The series started in April and finished in November. It is an intense series which includes two days of competition for each show competing in four classes that includes Cow Work, Trail, Pleasure and Reining. There was a total of 10 shows this season and Kintzley competed in the Youth 14-18 age group. All of the points are tallied on horse and rider. Kintzley’s partner in the shows is her quarter horse gelding, Lotto Talkin, AKA LOTTO. The pair competed at shows in Eugene, Nampa, and Rigby Idaho.
Kintzley’s hard work and determination paid off this year. For the American Stock Horse Association, at the national level Kintzley was the Champion in Reining, Trail and Pleasure and was the Reserve Champion in Cow Work. This gave her the All-Around National Champion award for the American Stock Horse Association.
While that was a major accomplish, Kintzley did not stop there. For the Western States Stock Horse Association she was also the Champion in Reining, Trail and Pleasure and was the Reserve Champion in Cow Work. This earned her the All-Around Western States Stock Horse Champion award as well.
This was the goal she had been working toward. Kintzley said that riding her horses is the best time ever, rain or shine. Kintzley wants all riders to know that their dreams on their horse can happen if they just believe and work hard and trust in their horse.
Kintzley said there are many fantastic people who have supported her through her journey. She expressed gratitude for her trainer Stephanie Schmidt, and Janet Pennington, Deannie Sheridan, Carmen Tague, Jack O’Leary and Elise Flynn. “It takes a village to support me to ride at this level. You’re all awesome, and each of you have all added to my horse experience,” she said.
The finale was Kintzley being the recipient of the Western States Stock Horse High School scholarship for juniors or seniors in high school working toward college.