We’re 3 months into the second semester and our HoofTrek students are working on mastering their seat at the trot. Each one is very special to us and we’d like to introduce you to them so that you can know a bit about them too:
left to right – Hong, Srey Nath, Theavy, Keo
Srey Nath is a quiet, watchful girl with beautiful wide eyes and cute smile. After starting off being quite timid around the horses, we are proud of the bravery she has developed. Despite having the horses step on her feet and falling off, she climbed back on and kept persisting.
Keo is tall, lanky, confident and skilled. She has taken to horse riding like a duck to water and the horses respond well to her. She has even handled Starr a few times and was the first student to ride him.
Theavy is that perfect, kind girl who wants to do everything the right way. She’s quite at home on the back of a horse and looks like a first class rider with her correct posture and seat. She gives everything a go without question and puts in 110%.
Hong – Mr. Mango-muncher. Every class without fail, he turns up munching on a mango, which can affect his arrival time. We enjoy seeing how proud he is of himself when he manages to accomplish something new. We wish you could see the smile he flashes when he trots a lap of the arena.
Sokreah is a vivacious, elegant 16 year old who always tries hard and likes to do well. Although a little nervous of riding Khzak, she was the first student to get him into the trot unassisted.
Chomnan is like another Theavy but perhaps a little more timid. That said, she gives it her best shot, puts her fears aside, and rides around improving all the time.
Mab, an aspiring popstar singer, or ‘dara’ as they say in Khmer, always serenades the class, sometimes at the most inappropriate times. He really likes Khzak and you’ll often see him whispering sweet-nothings into Zak’s ear during grooming time. He’s very relaxed when riding and has almost mastered the trot.
Sokha is our funny man. He’s the class clown, always making us laugh and distracting us from whatever topic we were meant to be discussing. He’ll say anything and everything that comes to mind. Whilst riding he gives a running commentary, most commonly mentioning how his backside hurts! He’s that arms and legs in all directions rider.
We have some other faithful, informal students who can’t keep away. After school’s out for the day, they’re sure to be at our gate raring to spend time with the horses and help out in any way. Here they are:
Visal is our little protege. He rides like he was born on a horse and his sunny nature is a joy to have around.
Theara and Vandy have just recently started coming over in the afternoons. They are both studying the horsemanship honor in pathfinders and seem eager to learn all they can about the horses. We appreciate their willingness to help out at feed time, hose the horses, groom them or do anything that needs doing.
We give these boys rides whenever we can and hope that they’ll go on to become great horsemen. With only two reliable riding horses, the boys come second to the HoofTrek students and our trainees.
Shiyra and Khzak are our two troopers. They are used almost every day except Sabbath and are learning well and teaching well. We are excited that Shiyra is in foal, due next February. Our demand is more than our supply though and we are praying that God will provide at least one more rideable horse for HoofTrek.
Starr is coming a long in his training, but will require a bit more time before he is ready to be used by the students. Jaral has just turned 2 years old and we will commence his ridden training after 6 months.