Sisters Nikey and Kaitlin Talk Gymkhana

These sisters not only attend school together, but they also compete together. Nikey and Kaitlin are the youngest of 4 girls in their family, who all compete in barrel racing.

Can you explain what Gymkhana is?

Gymkhana is an event that involves speed pattern racing and timed games while riding a horse. Kaitlin and Nikey compete in barrel racing, pole bending, and flag racing gymkhanas.

How long have you been competing?

Both girls began competing in lead line events at the age of two years old. Kaitlin, seven years old, has been riding for four years and Nikey, four years old, has been riding for two years.

What is your favorite part about competing?

Kaitlin: When I get to ride my horse in front of all the people.

Nikey: Doing the barrels is really fun because I get to around and around.

What are your goals for the future with these competitions?

Kaitlin: I want to do big rodeos with goat tying and roping.

Nikey: I want to try and ride the big sheep (mutton bustin’) because it’s silly, and do roping.

How is it having your sisters share your interests in competitions?

It is fun to compete with our older sisters because they help us and it’s fun to be together.

What other activities/sports do you do?

Kaitlin and Nikey both play lacrosse. Kaitlin also plays softball, Nikey does gymnastics and swimming. They both enjoy taking care of their chickens, cats, dogs and, of course, their horses, Clayton, Dancer and Sparky, the mini horse.

What is your favorite subject in school?

Nikey: My favorite subject is reading.

Kaitlin: I love math.

What makes them a great kid?

Nikey is always cheerful and smiling, loves school and life. She has a contagious laugh and is fearless. Kaitlin is quiet but full of talent and ambition. She is a good friend and always willing to help anyone who needs it.

Nikey is in preschool and Kaitlin is a second grader at Benchmark.

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