Washington member Samantha Westby and her self-trained 11-year-old Quarter Horse gelding Snipper’s Remedy (Soul Remedy x Snipper Boss Music) finished the 2017 season #6 in the Nation and #2 in their region at the Introductory level in their first year of competing in the discipline.
In addition to these year-end accolades, the two took home the National Championship title at the Introductory level, an accomplishment worth noting.
Snipper’s Remedy has been in Samantha’s life for 9 years. “He is very intuitive with a playful personality,” she explains. “I have done some trail competitions with him prior to starting our Working Equitation journey, but mostly he helps me with my training horses.”
Like so many, Samantha’s first exposure to the sport came from a video online. “I watched a YouTube video and audited a clinician from Portugal and fell in love with the sport!” she exclaims.
Last year about this time, Samantha, her daughter Jessie, and some friends came to watch a WE United competition at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene, Oregon, where both Samantha and Jessie were quickly recruited as volunteers to “get a backstage view of the sport.” Fortunately for the greater WE community, they were both hooked.
“I feel it is a sport that promotes great horsemanship. All competitors and clinicians have been really welcoming.”
When asked if there was anyone she would like to thank for their help, Samantha didn’t have to think long at all to come up with a response. “My daughter Jessie has been really helpful with every show and clinic!”