By Charla Hamilton firstname.lastname@example.org
Dexter High School senior Hannah Hicks is no stranger to competing and winning, especially when competing involves horses. According to her mom Colette Hicks, Hannah has been involved with horses since birth. Colette states: “She has competed on and off since she was 3 years old. For the last two years she has competed with our Hackney pony Heartland Exceptionallee. Hannah and “Lee” compete at the national level in Driving and Showmanship. Hannah was the Reserve National Champion in Hackney Showmanship this last November at the American Royal Horse Show in Kansas City.”
Hannah loves her sport and competing and received two major awards this year: The Michigan Horse Show Association awarded Hannah the Blyth Davis Junior Exhibitor Perpetual Trophy, and the American Hackney Horse Society awarded her the Junior Exhibitor of the Year award. “For the last year Hannah has been promoting the Hackney at all the shows she goes to with her “Ask Me about the Hackney” promotion. With this promotion, Hannah is trying to get more people involved with the Hackney by displaying the versatility of the Hackney Horse and Pony. Hannah also goes out of her way to encourage other Jr Exhibitors to show the Hackney. At a show this last fall, another youth wanted to participate in a hackney class, but did not have a pony to show. Hannah selflessly loaned the exhibitor her pony to exhibit” said Colette.
Colette describes each of the awards that Hannah received: “The Blyth Davis Memorial Trophy is presented to honor the memory of Blyth Davis by MHSA Junior Members. To be awarded each year to a junior member of the Michigan Horse show association who best exemplifies those attributes for which Blyth Davis as most respected: good sportsmanship, horsemanship, showmanship, friendliness, quality of character. Voting due November 10, of each year. Prior winners of the award are eliminated from further competition for the award (From the Michigan Horse Show Association Website).”
“The Junior Exhibitor Award is awarded to a junior exhibitor who through his/her efforts has encouraged other youths to participate in the Hackney breed. This individual must exhibit outstanding sportsmanship, suitability to the division in which they participate, presentation of the entries shown, and work to enhance the promotion of the breed through their representation. (From the American Hackney horse Society website).” This award was presented to Hannah during the United Professional Horseman’s Association Convention the last week of January in Lexington Kentucky.
Colette states that “Hannah is very humbled by the awards and is “just trying to give back to the breed.” Hannah spends all of her free time training with her ponies and she plans on going on to college after graduating and plans to get a degree in graphic arts. Hannah has lived in Dexter all of her life and in fact is amongst the 5th generation of the Hicks family to graduate from Dexter High School.