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Team #610 Barbara Kennedy and Noblesse

Team #610: Barbara Kennedy and Noblesse
From: Georgetown, Texas
Ages: 74 & 27
Combined Age: 101
Test: First Level Test 1
Date: December 3, 2022

I was told that I began riding in the saddle in front of my dad at six months old, as he was checking fence lines. Growing up I was usually on a horse galloping bareback through the pastures of our farm. As a teenager, I competed in the local county fair in the Pick-Up Race with my sister.  

After a twenty-year hiatus, I returned to riding taking English and jumping lessons at Texas A&I in Kingsville, TX. In 1990, when our daughter went off to college, I began riding again and competed for a number of years in the hunter ring. A transfer to Australia with my husband presented the opportunity to take dressage lessons with Julia Battams. I would return every two years to visit and learn more from Julia's lessons.  

In 2005, I began riding dressage exclusively under Lurena Bell in Willis, TX. She coached Casper and me to Third Level. Now I am in Georgetown, TX, riding with Carol and Rich Schmickrath. Carol was generous enough to encourage me to ride her horse Noblesse for my Century Club ride.