Young Kaitlin Haining received a package in the mail, a few weeks back, but it wasn't quite what she was expecting. "I've been waiting on some 'pink' race lines (reins) and when I saw that the package was from the U.S. - I thought they had arrived."
What had arrived actually was a parcel from Hanover Shoe Farms and Harness Tracks of America.
"We were all surprised to find that she had received a jacket and a certificate for 'Outstanding Groom 2012'," said mom Colleen. "This is for an outstanding groom in the field of caretaker, of harness horses, in all of the US and Canada," she continued. "I had totally forgotten that I had nominated her, and though she didn’t receive the top award, we are very proud of her accomplishment and she seems very proud as well."
"It's extremely exciting," added Kaitlin.
Future 'javelin' star...
Recently young Haining took part in a local school district track meet in Ponoka. She's been active in javelin competitions and this time around she would take home the 1st place ribbon for all Grade 8 females.
"There were about 12 of us competing," says Kaitlin. "I'm pretty happy with the win... It's my first ever 1st place ribbon." When asked about which is better - winning a horse race or winning a 1st place ribbon? "Winning a horse race!" she said smiling.
So what made her think of javelin?
"My favourite teacher, from last year, actually suggested I try out for badminton and track," she explains. "He was teaching in Ponoka the day I came first in the javelin and he was there to congratulate me, so it was very special," she says. "I work hard around the horses and I'm in pretty good shape, so I just thought I may be good at throwing things," she laughed. "It's worked out good."
"She wouldn’t tell Harold and I where she had finished until we were both home together," said mom Colleen. "So we kinda figured she did well. We both told her that now that she did so well, maybe it’s been us - being there, that makes her nervous and maybe we shouldn’t watch her anymore. She strongly disagreed."
From all your friends in racing Kaitlin... Congratulations on your accomplishments!