Each issue, MSEDA will highlight a member who is active in the organization to give other members a peek into their horse-loving lives. Interested in being featured? Email Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org
By Sarah E Coleman
MSEDA: Where are you from?
Kassandra Hickey: Alberta, Canada. My father’s employment brought us here.
MSEDA: When did you begin riding?
KH: As soon as I could walk I was on top of a horse!
MSEDA: How long have you been competing?
KH: 9 years
MSEDA: When did you get your first horse?
KH: When I was 5.
MSEDA: What horses do you own now?
KH: I currently own all Thoroughbreds.
MSEDA: How did you get him/her?
KH: They are all off the track.
MSEDA: What horses do you compete (and what do you compete in?)
KH: I ride Hidden Glitter in the hunter/jumpers, Bubblin Brew in hunters and dressage, and Nacho Man in eventing.
MSEDA: How long have you been a MSEDA member?
KH: Two years.
MSEDA: What is your favorite event? Why?
KH: I love Jump Start Horse Trials--the atmosphere is always so friendly and inviting.
MSEDA: What level do you compete?
KH: I ride Nacho Man in Novice.
MSEDA: What are your horse's favorite treats?
KH: Green peppermints!
MSEDA: What is your favorite show? Why?
KH: I enjoy competing at River Glen Horse Trials. It’s always a tough competition!
MSEDA: What do you?
KH: I currently attend Otterbein University and am studying equine business management. I love the hands-on experience there.
MSEDA: What are your favorite equestrian brands?
KH: HKM Lauria Garrelli line and Equine Couture
MSEDA: What are your horse's quirks?
KH: During feeding he sticks his tongue out and shakes his head “yes!”
MSEDA: What is your goal this year?
KH: To have consistent scores in Novice as we've just moved up.
MSEDA: Who do you ride with?
KH: Jeri Matheny
MSEDA: Where do you ride?
KH: Wind Ridge Farm out of Campbellsburg, KY
MSEDA: What is your favorite part of your barn/trainer/boarding stable?
KH: She's made me part of her family and welcomed me with open arms. She is a very patient teacher!
MSEDA: What is the biggest obstacle you have overcome with your horse?
KH: It's hard to pick just one as he wasn't able to jump through a grid without having a mental breakdown and stay relaxed in the dressage ring!
MSEDA: Describe your horse in 10 words.
KH: Physically and emotionally sensitive with the heart of a lion.
MSEDA: What is your favorite memory?
KH: Skipping my senior prom and going to Ocala, Fla., and being a groom to my trainer.
MSEDA: What other animals do you own?
KH: A dog and a cat.