Farm Horizons, February 2010
Delano WSCA member loves showing horses with his daughter
By Starrla Cray
For Steve Tibbets of Delano, showing horses is more than just a hobby.
It’s also a way to build and maintain a close relationship with his daughter, Amy Schneider.
Amy began showing horses with her father when she was 9 years old.
“We started going to horse shows almost every weekend,” Steve said. “It was a very good thing for us to do together.”
Amy, 28, is now a wife and mother with a full-time career, but she still enjoys showing horses with her dad.
“I love competing,” Amy said.
She and Steve have traveled throughout the midwest to participate in competitions, and their efforts have paid off.
In 2006, Amy won the title of World Champion at the International Buckskin Horse Association World Show. She also received reserve world champion awards in two other classes.
“That was pretty cool,” Steve said.
Amy rides both western and English. During the shows, judges pay attention to the horse, how it moves, and the rider’s abilities, Amy said.
“They look at how the horse listens and responds to you,” she explained.
Throughout the years, Amy took many lessons to develop her skills.
“The lessons teach me how to be a better rider,” she said.
Steve and Amy are involved in the Western Saddle Clubs Association (WSCA), which includes more than 230 clubs with over 12,000 individual memberships.
“I like being involved with the horses and the people,” Steve said.
WSCA began in 1955, and is a family-oriented organization that connects horse lovers, providing information about trail rides, saddle clubs, shows, and other horse-related activities.
Steve is on the board of directors for WSCA, and also chairs the WSCA Championship Show.
“It’s one of the biggest horse shows in the US,” Steve said. “You need to have a first- or second-place ribbon to qualify for this show.”
Steve has attended the Championship Show for more than 20 years.
“It grew from a show that was a few hours long to a five-day show,” he said.
Owning and showing horses takes a lot of time and effort, but the rewards are well worth it, according to Steve and Amy.
Amy’s 2-year-old daughter, Sydney, is already interested in horses, too.
“I’m excited for my daughter to get a little older and get a pony,” Amy said. “Grandpa’s ready to spoil her.”
Amy and her husband, Matt, are expecting their second child soon.
Amy started riding horses when she was 4. Sydney is a little young yet, but soon, she’ll be riding, too.
“She loves to sit on my horse,” Amy said.
Most of Steve and Amy’s horses have been paint and quarter horses, although they love many different breeds.
“They’re all good,” Steve said.