Shannon Harger has had a busy summer. Before heading off to college, the newly minted Half Moon Bay High School graduate took a road trip with her father to compete in a three-day horse competition at Rebecca Farm in Montana.
Along with her horse Real Bubbles, Harger took fifth place in the Junior/Young Rider Open Preliminary Division. Not a small feat as Harger estimated that more than 700 riders were contending.
Harger’s personal journey is riddled with a few unexpected twists. A fixture on the local riding scene, Harger made the decision to purchase a horse after spending years renting an animal. It was a rocky road at first as Real Bubbles gave Harger a run for her money.
“It’s been kind of a rough journey. She’s been difficult to figure out,” said Harger. “She’s not a soccer ball. She has a mind of her own.
“She was a race horse before we got her. This is her second career,” she continued. “She’s kind of spunky. She’s sassy and very opinionated. She likes to be your best friend and loves to follow you around.”
As Real Bubbles began to hit her stride, Harger decided to return to The Event at Rebecca Farm.
“It’s one of the biggest competitions in North America, just as soon as you drive onto the property, it’s the most phenomenal venue,” said Harger. “It’s kind of the summer destination; we don’t travel internationally.
“The people are wonderful,” she continued. “It’s the equestrian dream to be able to go and compete at Rebecca Farm.”
In mid-July, Harger and her father hitched…
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