4-H Stars: A good fit for a mustang

Lilli Reed

Lilli Reed rides a mustang named Autumn in Horse 4-H.

She recently rode in about eight classes at the Bonneville County 4-H Horse Fair at the Wind River Arena and Stables in Ririe. Some of the classes Reed showed in were riding classes , such as Western equitation, horsemanship and the trail class. Others were driving classes where she guided Autumn through a set of cones.

Reed, 17, has been riding the black mare for two years. She’s the daughter of Elizabeth and John Reed, of Idaho Falls.

“When we got her, she had been overfed and almost foundered,” Reed said. “She’s looking pretty healthy now, but she still needs to lose a little weight.”

Reed practices at Wind River Arena and Stables.

“I like being in the saddle; it’s fun and relaxing,” she said. “But I do a lot of ground work based on Pat Parelli’s techniques.”

During the county show, she won two first places, three second places and one fourth place. Autumn was adopted as a weanling and ridden in English equitation, Western equitation and 4-H, said Annalee Brighton, who trains at Wind River Arena and Stables.

Autumn’s previous owner rode her for about 12 years and when she couldn’t take the mare to a Nevada ranch where her husband worked, she gave the mare to Brighton. Brighton thought the mare could help someone improve their riding skills. She thought Reed and Autumn would be a good fit.

“Autumn has a mustang attitude sometimes and she can be stubborn. Lilli had to learn how to be the leader and take charge, but they’ve been a really good pair,” Brighton said.

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