August 7, 2013
By Larri Jo StarkeyThe American Quarter Horse Journal
Sisters Lauren, left and Claire Streeter represent Wyoming. (Journal photo)
Every single member of the Wyoming Quarter Horse Association youth delegation uses the same address.
That’s because they’re related.
Sisters Claire and Lauren Streeter from Cheyenne, Wyoming, share their American Quarter Horse dreams in ranch pleasure and reining, and they arrived this year for their first Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show as the only Wyoming competitors.
“It’s been fun,” Claire said. “I wish there were more kids who got involved. It’s really an honor to get to come and represent Wyoming.”
Claire, 16, and Lauren, 14, arrived knowing only one other person – besides their parents, Jan and Marshall – and then they went to the pin-swap and snow cone party August 5.
“There were a lot of kids, and since we were Wyoming, people came up afterward and said ‘Hey, can we have more pins?’ ” Claire said.
Other youth have tracked the sisters down at their tack stalls to try to add the rare Wyoming pins to their collections, Jan said.
“I really liked the pin swap,” said Lauren, who has amassed a collection of pins from more than 20 states. “I just thought it was really fun and you got to meet new people.”
There was also a shopping day, hitting the Oklahoma City merchants, as well as the vendors at the trade show.
“Looking at show jackets,” Claire said with a smile. “They’re always fun to look at. They’re sparkly.”
But back to the main reason the Streeters came to Oklahoma City – the competition.
Right before they left Wyoming, Claire’s reining horse had a harsh encounter with a fence and she had to scratch out of reining.
“The vet says I can ride him in three weeks, but it’ll take four to five months to heal completely,” Claire said. “He should make a full recovery.”
Though disappointed she couldn’t ride her reiner, she enjoyed her ride on Shined Up To Win in ranch pleasure.
“It could have been better,” she said. “He didn’t go over the logs very well, but other than that, all the transitions were smooth and everything else went well.”
Lauren had a similar sunny outlook on her ranch pleasure go on AJR Freckled Dunit, aka “Coin.”
“I thought my run was pretty good,” Lauren said. “The transitions were a little uneasy, but we have something to practice and work on for next year.”
Lauren ran 109th in the reining preliminaries but didn’t make the finals. Next year, she hopes to return and do better.
“The show is a great experience, even when things don’t go great,” Claire said. “Just the experience of getting to come, and it’s exciting to be in the arena.”
Pin swappers who didn’t get a Wyoming pin can find the Streeter sisters near their stalls, in front of fans. At their home in Cheyenne, temperatures this week have been in the high 70s, so each horse gets two fans per stall in Oklahoma City, where temperatures have hovered around 100 all week.
“They really stand in front of the fans,” Lauren said. “They seem to be OK. They’re not extremely comfortable, but they’re OK.”
Claire, Lauren, Jan and Marshall congregate near the big aisle fan, though Jan and Marshall, as Oklahoma State University grads, should be used to Oklahoma weather.
After a week in Oklahoma, Claire and Lauren have gathered some advice to share with future Ford Youth World exhibitors.
Claire: Bring all the fans you can.
Lauren: It’s really hot, so be prepared.
Claire: Have fun.
Lauren: When you’re here, you should just enjoy it, because even if you don’t do as well as you hoped, you should still have fun.
Claire: Don’t think too much about the competition. Be here to enjoy the experience, because you never know what’s going to happen.
Claire and Lauren: Make new friends.