Rieky Young (NED)
Discipline - Reining
Hometown - Vorstenbosch (NED)
Number of years riding - I started 28 years ago.
Main career accomplishments to date:
- AQHA Nederlands Championships junior reining champion 2014
- Team member WEG Caen (FRA) 2014
- 7th place WEG (ind.) Kentucky (USA) 2010
- World Reining Masters Final silver medal restricted division 2008
- 4th place open division World Reining Masters
Tell us about your first horse/pony:
My first Western horse Commander Flit Fritz was the horse I did really well with in the Netherlands and internationally, he was a great horse.
How did you get started in your discipline?
I started with my old dressage pony Iwan doing Western riding and met my first husband Willem Burgmeijer and with that I really got very seriously into the sport of Western riding.
Mentor/idol when growing up?
I have been very lucky and had the opportunity to be around a lot of great horsemen and people during my career that helped me, but my dad was the one that supported me enormously when I was young. I have worked with Doug Milholland, Craig Johnson, Tim Mquay, Del Hendriks and my husband Dave.
Proudest career moment?
I can't give just one, as some of my smallest shows have been great moments for my horses and me, but the ones that come to mind are: Two times NRHA European Affiliate Open champion, two times Italian NRHA Derby champion (level 3), gold medal restricted division Masters Championships Sweden. Two times FEI year-end highest points rider/horse.
Why do you ride?
I love it and horses are my passion!
If you weren”t a professional rider, what would you be?
I probably would work in the emergency medicine or recovery.
Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Bocas Del Toro, Panama.
How do you unwind?
I really like doing yoga. Also I enjoy just relaxing in my hot tub.
Do you have a good luck charm, and if so, what is it?
I always wear a cross around my neck; it”s to keep me safe.
What is your favourite Ariat product?
High top cowboy boots and the Ariat shirts and jackets (I have not yet seen a product I do not like).