Judge – Linda Wagner

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Horses are my passion for life! I began riding at the age of nine months old on a POA pony. My pony gave me the opportunity to learn to ride and grow. She also taught me about the tough times; how to fall and get back in the saddle again! As I got older my love for horses and desire to learn has never stopped.

I have had the opportunity to ride many horses as my knowledge level increased. I began taking English lessons to learn better balance in the saddle. I got involved with 4-H for several years where I competed in showmanship, bareback, western, English and trail classes. During my time in 4-H, I was able to experience showing in the county and state fairs. Aside from showing my horse in 4-H, I also won the junior judging trophy.

As my 4-H years came to an end, I began showing open shows and the Appaloosa breed shows. I continued taking lessons and became quite involved with showmanship and halter classes. I won 8th place Rookie of the Year my first year showing Appaloosas.

As my knowledge increased, I became interested in training. I assisted training at an Appaloosa farm where I had the opportunity to do everything involved with horses from the ground up: breeding, handling foals, conditioning halter horses, grooming, starting western pleasure horses under saddle and showing. From there I moved on to a quarter horse farm where I had the opportunity to establish the foundation work on the weanlings and yearlings and start the two and three olds under saddle for western pleasure.

For the last six years I decided to get involved with new disciplines. I joined The Tacoma Lariettes drill team where I have been able to experience the excitement of drill. I decided I prefer riding at a slower pace and discovered Extreme Mountain Trail. I was introduced to Mark and Lee, and Bolender Horse Park. I began taking lessons with Mark and attending a few clinics where I have been able to learn how to establish a true partnership with my horses. I began showing in trail challenges at Bolender Horse Park and my love for this discipline hasn’t stopped. I have always had an interest in judging, so I attended the judges clinic where I could learn what the judges are looking for and understand the scoring system. Now I am proud to say I am a Mountain Trail judge. My plans are to continue judging and I look forward to the opportunities I may have by judging at other challenges. I enjoy watching Mountain Trail grow as a discipline, as well as seeing so many skilled horses and riders!