By Jessica Crabtree
Little girls and horses go together like peanut butter and jelly, cake and ice cream or chips and dip.
To see a tiny little girl, seamlessly control a large, four-legged animal both mystifies and brings delight to any onlooker. A bond then develops, a friendship, then a love, one that lasts a lifetime.
Ask any girl who her childhood horse was, guarantee her eyes will sparkle in admiration. As they say, a girl’s best friend, someone she can kiss and hug, tell all her secrets to and cry on their shoulder is a horse, of course! At 12 years old Kendal Fellegy is taking the equine world by storm, she and her 12-year-old paint mare, “Fancy Sneakers” also known as Fancy.
In a short amount of time, the horse and rider have come leaps and bounds, conquering goals and earning several awards. Kendal has been riding four years and is a seventh grader at S&S (S and S Consolidated Independent School District) in Sadler, Texas. In a recent interview, we learned more about Kendal and her best pal, Fancy.
How did you get started riding horses?
“My mom [Dawn Fellegy] rode cutting horses. My cousin showed as well. The more I saw it the more I wanted to do it, too,” said Kendal. Mom, Dawn Fellegy added, “When she was eight, Kendal showed interest in riding. She started turning back for us and did well. That was when we pursued something a little safer than cutting, pleasure horses.” Also, Dawn has to give credit to the Sulphur Springs Youth Group saying, “It really started there. Angie Middleton helped us tremendously through the youth group!”
What discipline do you do and what is your favorite?
“I show in Western Pleasure and English. My favorite is English, because my horse is more of an English horse. She’s a very easy, good mover.” Kendal explained.
What are your favorite shows to compete in?
“One of our favorites is the Paint Horse Congress Show in Tulsa,” Dawn Fellegy said. Other favorite shows include the Junior World Paint Show in Fort Worth as well as the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo every January and Hunt County Horseman Association Show in Sulphur Springs.
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