Sixteen-year-old Jenna Drago of Aurora has obtained some well-deserved recognition for her equestrian achievements from the Thoroughbred Charities of America.
The highest Junior within the Hunter division was sixth within the Excessive-Rating standings and third within the TAKE2 Jumper Finals on the Kentucky Nationwide Horse Present held in Lexington September 20th.
She received within the junior Hunter division for 16- and 17-year-olds, using Sandriano, a Warmblood she owns and retains at Petrie Present Stables in Medina. She received once more within the TAKE2 Hunter division using Irascibull, aka Buddy, a Thoroughbred owned by the Drago household’s Hartville veterinarian, Dr. Sue Seman, and her father, Frank Seman, the mayor of Ravenna. TAKE2 is a program that companions with Thoroughbred Charities of American and gives retired Thoroughbreds the chance for a second profession as rivals in horse reveals.
Jenna Drago represents a household of equestrians who return 4 generations to her nice grandfather Pete Wallace, an expert horseman in Pennsylvania and Ohio, who was lured to Ravenna by the late Sterling Smith, an industrialist who wished somebody with some experience to assist him with Sunbeau Valley Farm in Ravenna Township.
In accordance with Jenna’s mom, Debbie Mann, who can be a rider, Jenna wished to journey virtually from the time she might stroll, however needed to look ahead to her probability.
“Born 10 weeks untimely at 11 inches lengthy and a pair of.2 kilos,” Debbie stated, “Jenna was at all times so small that her grandmother (the late Barbara Mann) would inform her, ‘You may journey subsequent 12 months if you end up greater.’ When Jenna turned 6 and weighed 16 kilos, she was allowed to journey.”
Using at first in Geauga County, she and her mom had joined forces with coach Scott Petrie on the Petrie Present Stables in Medina. That’s the place she met her TAKE2 accomplice, Irascibull, aka Buddy, the horse owned by veterinarian Dr. Sue Seman and her father, Frank, the Ravenna mayor.
The son of Horse of the Yr “Holy Bull,” Irascibull was winless in 9 begins on the monitor, however has grow to be a star within the present ring being ridden by Jenna.
“Buddy,” her mom explains, “is a special journey then Jennna’s horse, Sandriano. He has taught Jenna to be on her toes always, particularly with any climate adjustments.”
In accordance with Jenna, “Thoroughbreds are particular horses. They beautiful a lot know in the event that they such as you or not after the primary couple of rides. Buddy has taught me to be taught to decelerate his tempo by half-halting relatively than pulling again on the rein. Pulling on his mouth is usually a ‘put together to dismount’ state of affairs at occasions. However we acquired alongside in a short time. I at all times say that Buddy and I get alongside even when errors are made, as a result of we respect one another. We now have taught one another persistence. And he can stand his floor in a line-up of Warmbloods.”
Irascibull and Jenna took Blue Ribbon honors on the Kids’s Hunter division at Chagrin Valley Farms simply earlier than COVID-19 hit, and challenged champion horse, Lucca and reserve champion MVP within the TAKE2 Hunter finals. Final 12 months, she and Irascibull have been named No. 1 within the U.S. Equestrian Federation Horse and Junior Rider competitors.
In accordance with Debbie, Jenna has been centered on profitable from a younger age.
“When she was 10, we have been on trip and Jenna stated she wished to be one of the best and requested how might she do it. I instructed her that I learn a ebook referred to as ‘The Outliers.’ To be one of the best, she must proceed to have the fervour to journey and put in 10,000 hours within the saddle.”
“She reached 10,000 hours by the point she was 13 years previous!”
Jenna stated she want to have a profession with horses, however, “if not a profession, using will probably be my exercise and a strategy to loosen up and breathe. Horses will at all times be part of my life.”
She particularly likes the TAKE2 program as a result of it provides Thoroughbred race horses a second probability.
“Not all thoroughbreds can succeed at racing, however they will all achieve success by discovering that rider that simply understands them,” Jenna stated. “Irascibull and I’ve grow to be a workforce, and a profitable workforce at that!”
Pleased with his daughter, Dr. Sue Seman, and their horse, Irascibull, Mayor Seman has a bit in his workplace that acknowledges Jenna and Irascibull and the honors they’re profitable.
David E. Dix is a former writer of the Report-Courier.