Rider Spotlight: Ally, Mikayla, and Ella

Check out these three talented ladies that won my latest giveaway!


Aly has owned her unicorn of a quarter horse named Moe for just over a year. He has helped her regain so much confidence from when things didn’t work out with her first horse, which left her feeling very timid and anxious about riding. Ally has been riding Hunter/Jumpers and Equitation for over 16 years, dabbling in local and circuit shows. She hopes over the course of the next few years to venture into the CT and eventing world, which has been a dream of hers for a long time. This year Ally’s riding goals are to get comfortable cantering over fences again, do a few low level schooling shows, and go trail riding with Moe this summer. Ally is so happy to have a horse that she can enjoy and expand her skills with.

Follow Ally and Moe’s journey on Instagram at @purplepianist92!


Mikayla Alexis is a 17 year old 4-H rider. She rides her 4-H project horse, Jewel, who is a 17 year old mare leased by her trainer. Jewel is a true mare, but Mikayla Ioves her! She is a well-trained horse in Western Pleasure and she’s an amazing Hunter/Jumper, but Mikayla only rides her for English Pleasure and shows her in Showmanship classes. Since this 4-H year is almost done, Mikayla sadly won’t be riding and working with her for much longer and she will miss Jewel a ton!

Follow Mikayla on Instagram to keep up with her equestrian journey! @mikayla.equine


Ella Thompson is fourteen years old and has been riding for about seven years. She started to help train horses when she bought her first pony, Cody, at age eleven. At the beginning of last summer Ella sold Cody, and moved on to her current horse, Feef. Feef is a seven year old Hanoverian. They have been competing at hunter/jumper shows throughout Washington and Oregon this past year. Feef is super sweet, and although she is not as experienced as some others, she is very willing and always tries her best.

Keep up with Ella and Feef on Instagram at @ellajo.equestrian!

Rider Spotlight: Bailey Petronis

Meet Bailey Petronis! She’s the recent winner of my silly horse photo contest, and if you haven’t seen her winning entries, you seriously need to go look at them now lol.

Bailey is 12 years old and in the 7th grade. This year she will be showing her pony Picasso in hunters and horse Tonto in jumpers. She knows its a hard year ahead with a lot of new things to learn, but she’s so excited! It will be so fun! Bailey loves all animals, especially her dogs.

You can keep up with Bailey’s adventures on Instagram by following her at @my5geldings.

Thanks for being in my first rider spotlight ever Bailey!

Happy Budgeting!

-Hannah + Z