By Lauren Eissler
For Greene County News
XENIA — Sisters Nicole and Nataly Hackman of Beavercreek shared their horse You Have My Number (who they call Opie) at the Greene County Fair.
Nicole started showing first. She joined an IEA team and wanted to keep going after that stopped, she said. So they bought a show horse so they could keep going.
She’s been showing for the past three years, but her sister Nataly has only been showing for the past couple months.
“My sister started showing, and I just kind of like wanted to start,” Nataly said. “I thought it would be fun, and now I’m showing.”
Nicole said that they’ve been practicing and working really hard on showmanship. The duo were recently at the state fair, and Nicole took ninth place in 18-year-old Western Pleasure. And she said she counts that as practice.
Though she hasn’t been showing long, Nataly said her favorite part is the connection with her horse.
“It’s easy to like feel the horse and you feel like one,” she said. “And what you do affects the horse, and you have to make sure the horse does everything.”
Nataly said she plans to keep showing through 4H until she’s 18 and then hopes to continue after that. And Nicole said her goal for right now is just to continue having nice clean patterns and good railwork, but that she’d love to go to All American Quarter Horse Congress one day, which she said is about the biggest horse show you can go to.
And in the short-term, they had a victory. The sisters took first and second place in the Western Showmanship Championship, with Nataly taking second and Nicole first.