As my birthday approaches and I am getting closer and closer to becoming seventeen, I can’t help but consider my future. College is a scary and exciting thought that has been racking my brain ever since I entered high school. As a freshmen I was just starting to show Bingo at the Arizona Paint Horse Club horse shows. It was immediately evident that Bingo and I were not as skilled as our competition. I threw myself into working Bingo everyday trying so hard to perfect our lope. Previously trainers had brought to my attention that Bingo was just not built to have a perfect lope but I was in denial. Bingo had carried me through my open showing years with grace and we had been named champion multiple times. It did not make sense that my perfect horse had limitations. When collegiate equestrian teams were brought to my attention the pressure on Bingo and I built. I could not imagine having to go through years of college without the creatures that keep me sane. Horseback riding is a stress reliever and showing my passion. By realizing that I want nothing more than to be able to continue my passion throughout college is what eventually led me to realize Bingo has limitations. This is where Belle came in. The search for Belle was a long and extensive one, but it was a worthy one. In the beginning, I was too picky. I wanted a jaw-dropping spotted beauty like Bingo. I wanted spots galore. I wanted a gelding because that is what I had grown used to. I wanted a minimum of 16 hands that excelled in western events. I was shooting for the stars. Eventually after being shown multiple horses and many vet checks falling through I was once again pointed in the direction of Belle. Though she was a brown mare, Lisa continued to point me in her direction. As they say, your trainer knows best. I am so happy that Belle has been added to our family. Everyday I see improvement and she learns so quickly. Belle loves her job and Bingo loves his new one. I could not stand to see Bingo’s talents go to waste and decided that he too needed to move forward. Now he is teaching a new little girl how this crazy world works. She is learning that a lazy horse is the most tiring and rewarding thing out there. She is learning that hard work pays off and I can only hope that she grows to love the equestrian world as much as I have. As for me, I am striving toward a world champion title (hopefully more than one) and a spot on a collegiate equestrian team.