Ilianna Ward | Lakota Young Professionals

Ilianna Ward

Ilianna WardHometown: Stockton, CA
Specific Styles: Barrel Racing
Primary Horse’s Name: “Anita Belle”


“My name is Ilianna Ward. I’m from Stockton, California. I was born on December 13th, 2002. When I was 10, I started riding in a therapeutic riding program. I graduated from there a year and a half later and began taking western lessons.

I started competing in gymkhanas with lesson horses. That’s when I started winning ribbons. Then, my family bought me my first horse who was thunder. Then, we sold him because I out grew him.But overtime I started to love Barrel racing. So my mom bought me my first barrel horse which is Belle. I’ve trained both horses on barrels myself. Belle has won me many checks at barrel races and a NBHA D8 Belt buckle. I have another barrel horse who is 4 years old which is Bullseye and I just started barrels and competing. My role model is Fallon Taylor and she’s the one who inspired me in horses and barrel racing. I’m proud of winning checks and training both horses myself even though it was rough.”

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