YHD Behinds the Scenes - Brynne Matula & Remi

2017 Young Horse Development Program participant, Brynne, shares her experiences training her filly.

Brynne and Remi displaying a well deserved ribbon. Hard work pays off! Photo Credit: Brynne Matula

I grew up in a small state and, more specifically, in an even smaller town. Neither of my parents knew anything about horses, nor did anyone else in my family. However, I have always had a natural attraction to these beautiful creatures.

I sat on a horse for the very first time when I was 3 years old and I've been hooked ever since!

As a first-generation horsewoman, opportunities to stand out in the horse community are few and far between. So, when I heard about the Young Horse Development Program, I knew I had to apply. I had already raised my AQHA gelding from a yearling, so I knew the challenges that came along with training a young horse. I also knew how much I absolutely loved the challenge!

After a very long wait, I finally found out I had been given a bay filly from Lauing Mill Iron L Ranch in South Dakota. The Lauings had given her the registered name DL Miss Von Reminic (NMSU Keepvon Truckin - TKM Danawood by Ciderwood). I gave her the nickname “Remi” long before I met her - it fit into her registered name and I just had a feeling that it would be perfect for her!

Remi arrived on December 2, 2016, in the pouring rain and pitch black. The driver jumped into the trailer and led out this big, beautiful bay with a stunning head and curious eyes. She quietly stepped off the trailer like she had been doing it her whole life. When the driver handed me the lead rope, I was pretty sure my face was going to split into two from how big my smile was.

Remi has the greatest personality I have ever seen in a horse. She is quiet, curious, and has the biggest heart of gold. Yet, she has a fire in her eyes and a power in her step that demands attention from every eye around... not to mention she is absolutely brilliant!

Remi and I competed at our very first show on May 7. I had never heard of showmanship before I was accepted into the program, so it was a struggle to train Remi to do maneuvers that I had not seen in real life. I kept working hard though, and I asked for a lot of opinions and advice along the way.

When it was our time to show, I was extremely nervous and my hands were shaking. Remi was as cool as a cucumber through the whole thing and performed like an absolute champion. Due to a slip up during the pattern on my part, Remi didn't quite get the ribbon she deserved. However, we still took home a nice fourth place ribbon and a Blue Danish! I was so proud of how well she did, despite it being a totally new environment.

If it had not been for the amazing people at Lauing Mill Iron L Ranch and AQHYA, I would not have my crazy-amazing little filly or have gotten to know so many great horse people. The Young Horse Development Program is a fantastic opportunity for young horse people!