Local horseback rider qualifies for nationals

The competition is April 28-May 1 in Hartford, Pennsylvania, see how you can help

VICTORIA, Texas — A Victoria horseback rider is preparing for nationals after she qualified to compete for the national title in ranch riding and horsemanship through the interscholastic equestrian association. 15 year old Mallorie Prickett has been competing on horseback since she was nine-years-old.

Prickett is competing in the ranch riding and horsemanship categories in nationals. An important fact about competing in these competitions is that the athletes do not get to ride their own horse, they do not get to use your own equipment and they do not get to warm up on the horses. The riders have to be able to hop on a random horse and be able to command and  complete an unknown pattern. The judges score the rider based on the willingness the horse shows to complete each action. Prickett prepares for each competition by riding as many horses as she can.

I am looking forward to meeting all the other riders and competitors, said Prickett. I am hoping that we do well.

Prickett’s favorite competition is ranch riding because it is less formal than horsemanship. In horsemanship, you have to dress-up and wear jewelry. While in ranch riding, you can be more casual. Prickett’s mother Terri Prickett is amazed at how well her daughter is doing. Some of the reasons Terri thinks Mallorie is doing well is because of how calm Mallorie is, the use of her problem solving skills, and being a commanding leader of the horses, which are all valuable skills to have in this sport.

You always want to see your children benefit from what you do and now she is really beginning to show her talent, said Terri. She is so humble and such a hard-worker and I am proud to call her my daughter.

At the regional competition, Mallorie had to win four different competitions in a row in order to qualify for nationals. Mallorie will be competing for saddles, scholarships and other prizes. Mallorie hopes to win and help her goal of attending north central

The competition is April 28-May 1 in Hartford, Pennsylvania.

To help sponsor Mallorie, click here to donate to her Gofundme Page.