Name: Emma McCracken, 14
School: Clayton Valley High School
Accomplishment: Emma McCracken is one horseback-rider who could easily conquer the trails of Clayton.
She's been riding horses since she was 7 years old. She has ridden at Wishing Wells Stables and Leap of Faith Farms and currently is at Isabella Farms with her horse, Moira.
"My grandma first started taking me on trail rides," Emma says, and added that she fell in love with the sport immediately.
Horseback riding is a time-consuming and and challenging sport. When she's competing, Emma rides her horse five days a week for at least an hour. This allows plenty of time to exercise her horse and learn new skills.
Although Emma loves dedicating her time to Moira, she admits,"It is sometimes frustrating trying to manage school and take care of my horse."
Emma is a talented English rider. This means she competes in dressage, stadium jumping and cross country. Emma explains:"Dressage is very fancy, stadium jumping is jumping over poles and cross country is jumping over logs."
Each type requires multiple skill sets and a lot of practice. When asked why she loves horseback riding, Emma says, "I am passionate about riding because it's the one thing that will always be part of me no matter what. When I'm not riding I feel like a piece of me is missing. My proudest accomplishments are learning new skills and winning ribbons in competitions."
Horseback riding has taught Emma patience and responsibility. She says she hopes to continue to improve her skills by competing and moving to higher levels of competition.