Riley Geiger and Hotroddin Ona Ranger
1) When and where did you first see your roan, how did you end up with him as yours, and how long have you owned your roan?
I first saw Ranger when I had gone with my dad to pick up a couple horses for some of his customers to try out. At the time I already had a horse that I was showing so we weren't looking for a horse for me, but I had always really wanted a roan and was super excited when I saw Ranger being loaded on the trailer. I ended up owning Ranger because he wasn’t the right fit for the customer who we had brought him for originally. But he ended up being the perfect fit for me! I have owned Ranger for 8 years now.
2) Where, what level, and in what classes do you show your roan?
I have shown Ranger all across the country, but I mostly show in Ohio. I have shown at all different levels of shows, from the Quarter Horse Congress to local open shows. I mostly show Ranger in Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, and Showmanship but I’ve also done some English.
3) What is your favorite thing to do with your roan horse?
My favorite thing to do with my roan horse is ride bridleless, or bareback, or both!
4) What is your favorite memory with your roan horse?
I have three memories that are kind of tied, and they all happened within this past year. 2018 was the last year I was able to compete in the youth division, so I set a few goals for myself to end my youth career. I’m proud to say that Ranger and I were able to reach all of them. I was western pleasure champion for the fourth year in a row at the All American Youth Horse Show, I qualified and made it to the semi-finals of the level two western pleasure at the AQHA Youth Worlds, and I placed top 15 in both the western pleasure and the western horsemanship at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. I honestly can’t even put into words what I felt as I took that victory lap at the Youth Show, or when I trotted down the middle of the pen for my semi-final at Youth Worlds, or when I walked out of my pleasure class at Congress with my 14th place ribbon held high. I just know that I owe that feeling to my amazing roany pony, because I would have never been able to do it all without him.
5) What are your thoughts about the American Roan Horse Association?
I think that the American Roan Horse Association is an amazing association. I love all the opportunities that it has provided me with. I am so glad to see it is expanding and getting approved at more and more shows. And I am extremely excited to be going to the first ever roan horse worlds with Ranger this June!