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VHS student barreling toward equestrian career

By on June 20, 2018 at 4:23 pm

Kendra Goldschmidt has been barrel racing since the age of 12. She finished 14th out of approximately 45 barrel racers in the state this season. Pictured, she rounds a barrel on her horse, Barbee. (submitted photo)

Kendra Goldschmidt is turning her passion for barrel racing into a potential career. 

Kendra, now a senior at Valmeyer High School, started riding horses as a tween while spending time with a friend who frequently rode on trails.

She eventually got her own horse to ride with her friend. She began taking lessons at The Riding Center in Freeburg, where her instructor introduced her to a form of horse riding called barrel racing. 

“I didn’t come from a rodeo family at all,” the 17-year-old said. “I just started taking lessons and the lady I took lessons from actually barrel raced. So that’s kind of how I got into barrel racing and knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

Although her family did not have a background in this new passion, they supported her endeavors. 

“I just told her that it was going to be a lot of work, especially with us not coming from a farm background,” Chad Goldschmidt, Kendra’s father, said. “But I told her I would stick with her and support her if she worked hard at it.” 

By age 12, Kendra was competing in barrel racing events and has continued doing so for the last five years…>>> 

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James Moss