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Spotlight Member

Our bimonthly spotlight member is: 

Erika Mellott

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Ever since I can remember I have been the little girl obsessed with horses. I began taking lessons at a local farm for my 8th birthday, and eventually was able to get my own horse. Fast forward a few years, and I was actively involved in the United States Pony Club and competing in eventing and show jumping. Once I graduated high school I moved more towards showing in the pleasure circuit.

When I began competing at the Chambersburg Saddle Club I took notice of the miniature horse division. One of my close friends introduced me to all of the fun and enjoyment you can have with miniatures. Then, my hunt started for my own miniature. I purchased my first mini as a companion for my show horse, and eventually found a show mini working her way into my heart. Westwind Scout’s Good To Go SunLyte, Honey, has been with me for three and a half years. We started showing with the All State Miniature Horse and Donkey Club and found our way to joining Mason Dixon as well.  Honey has been my heart horse, and the joy I have received from training her inspired me to continue to explore all of the opportunities miniatures have to offer.

I have broadened my show string, and now have three minis that I show consistently throughout the various show circuits. Rocky Pine Acres Always a Jazzman is my black 2 year old gelding that I bought as a weanling! My fiancé and I will be showing him in the Green Horse Division next year at MDMHA. Mini Brook Farms Flash Dance is a new addition to my “herd,” and is graciously teaching this amateur how to drive. Driving has been a BLAST, and we are excited to explore more driving opportunities next year.

I would like to continue training and working with miniatures, and showing both sanctioned and local shows with them.  None of my accomplishments would have been possible without the love and support from my family and fiancé. Especially my mom, who has always been my number one fan and the BEST groom I know. The people (AND HORSES) that I have met through miniatures are some of the most genuine and supportive people I know. I am so blessed to have all of the amazing horsewomen, and men, in my life and to get to share my passion with so many. 

 

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