By ALISON FOSTER-GREEN
For some, showing horses is about legacy. The experience derives meaning from competing astride horses that they bred, raised, and trained themselves. Then, there are those who have a passion for a single event and diligently pursue excellence in a specialized field. For others, showing horses is all about facilitating talent in a wide array of disciplines. Whether it’s Western Pleasure or Halter, these horsemen are drawn to superb bloodlines, sterling conformation, and beautiful movement. They want to pursue it all.
Anita Wiescamp, of Quitman, Texas, belongs to this final category. “For me, showing horses is all about learning,” she says. “I have a wide array of interests when it comes to showing horses, and I find every event to be fascinating in its own unique way. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to pursue my passions in a variety of disciplines from Ranch Riding to Western Pleasure. However, the one thing that remains constant, regardless of the class, is my love of exceptional animals. I consider it my responsibility, both as a horsewoman and a client, not just to do the very best I can to learn and improve, but also to find talented animals for my trainers and me to ride and train. I love nothing more than my trainers calling and saying they found an incredible horse and then returning 90 days later to see what that trainer has produced. They never stop amazing me with what they can accomplish.”
When asked how many horses she currently owns, Anita just laughs. She currently owns a diverse herd of horses that are under the guidance of multiple trainers in many different states. The grand total? Well, as Anita would say, “Who’s counting?”
She currently has Halter horses with Tim Finkenbinder, and Ranch horses with Alex Ross and Don Beard. She has Barrel Racing horses with Brian Henry and Toni Hardin, and Working Cow horses with Brad Barkemeyer. She also has Western Pleasure horses with Rusty Green and Simons Show Horses. And don’t forget the new Hunter Under Saddle horses she purchased in September that are under the guidance of Julian Harris. She says, “It’s a crazy life, but I just can’t resist! They are all so spectacular in their own way!”Click here to read the complete article