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Marcy Vermeer

Event in which you compete:   Reining

Hometown:  Cave Creek, AZ, USA

Number of years riding:   39 years

Career accomplishments to date:

  • 2007 NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City Intermediate and Reserve Champion in the Open
  • Earnings of nearly $300,000
  • 7th place 2010 NRBC Open Derby.
  • 3rd place 2009 Las Vegas Derby.
  • Top 10 2009 NRHA Open Derby.
  • 2009 NRBC Open Derby finalist.
  • 2008 Open Derby finalist.
  • 6th place 2008 AQHA World Show Junior Reining.

How you got started in your event:   I rode my first reining horse in Germany and I just fell in love with it.

Length of time you’ve been sponsored by Ariat:   Three years

Favorite Ariat product (by name):   Latigo-Ostrich Boots

Proudest career moment:   2007 NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City – Intermediate and Reserve Champion in the Open.

Tell us about your first horse:  A pony named Candy.  She would pull us around on a hood of a car in the snow.  And when we rode her she would try and rub us off on the barn.

You ride because:   I love horses.  I love the connection I have with the horses.

If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a:  I have no idea.  I have tried to think of it numerous times.

Favorite mentor or idol growing up:  My sister Shelly.

Favorite place to travel:  Hawaii.

Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you:  I think chocolate and cheese are the two main food groups.

Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn:  Dancing.

Good luck charm:   I don’t have one.  I believe in hard work and perseverance.