Alexa Rae VanderPoel
Hometown: CA, Pixley
Specific Styles: Barrel Racing
Primary Horse’s Name: “Smart Like Spook “Spook””
Born and raised in a family that was not associated with horses I never would have guessed I would be going around California barrel racing. In fact I never thought I would have even trained my own mare “Spook” on barrels and win a check as well as my first barrel! Spook has taught me so much on how to train a horse, the ups the downs, the rewards and what a bad mood can do to a ride. She has taught me to be confident and that barrel racing isn’t just about the money and prizes, it’s about teamwork, good sportsmanship, and the love that is needed for such a tough equestrian sport. As I compete I hope to set a good example for everyone out there and set out to be what a Lakota youth member should be.
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