By DOROTHY WILLMAN

Progress Correspondent



There’s just something about little girls and horses.

Ask Brenda Lagers. Her “best babysitter” for daughter Lynse Faye was a rubber tire “horse” the family called Rowdy. The equine version of an old tire swing was attached to a horse walker.

“She would ride for hours,” said Brenda.

By the age of five, the little horse lover was competing in lead line classes. “I loved it!” said Lynse. She soon advanced from lead line to walk trot classes mounted on Babe, a family raised Quarter horse mare that produced nine foals before being brought back to work in the show ring with Lynse.

Then Lynse’s parents and grandparents, John and Faye Baker, found The Artichoke Dude, an aged gelding with almost two decades of successful show experience. The big palomino was purchased to safely teach Lynse about a variety of horse show classes.

Lynse caught on quickly! Just a week after acquiring Dude, she insisted that she was ready for a showmanship class, went to the nearby show and won. She still has the feed bucket as proof of her success that day!

Soon the big horse-little girl team was competing in both western and English style events plus having a lot of fun in costume classes. Horse enthusiasts around Claremore are still talking about the little blonde in the hula skirt and the big horse wearing sunglasses for one competition.

Lynse’s love for horses is evident as she gives her mounts credit for her successes.

The petite 13-year-old is now showing another palomino Quarter horse gelding, Case Seven. He was strictly a western pleasure horse when Lynse began riding him. “He’s a real fast learner!” she says of the horse she recently exhibited in world class competition.

Under the guidance of trainers Leigh and Leonard Berryhill, Lynse and “Seven” are now competing not only in western pleasure and showmanship, but also in western horsemanship, trail, ranch horse, western riding, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation and road hack.

They placed in the top ten in six classes at the recently completed Palomino Youth World Show in Tulsa. That accomplishment wasn’t as good as she’d hoped for, but Lynse never stopped smiling, never stopped offering good wishes and encouragement to the other riders and never stopped patting and praising her horse.

She clearly loves the horses and the show ring. “I love to dress up. I love the show clothes.” she said.

Lynse will be an eighth grader at Will Rogers Junior High. She plays the flute and loves band.

Hobbies include riding her four wheeler and “going to the barn and hanging out with Dude.”

There’s just something about little girls and horses.