Get to know Tyler...
Meet Tyler Weigel representing the Northern Ohio Quarter Horse Association. Get to know this Versatility Champion in her interview below, as she prepares to compete in the Congress Queen Contest!
1.) Name and Association Representing:
Tyler Weigel representing NOQHA
2.) Where are you from? Tell us a little about your hometown.
I’m from the tiny town of Newbury located in the heart of Geauga County. We moved here in 1995 and I think that’s when I feel in love with horses. This little slice of heaven has 2 traffic lights, and I graduated with the same 47 people I went to kindergarten with.
3.) Why did you choose to compete for the title of 2015 All American Quarter Horse Congress Queen?
I think that this is something every girl in the quarter horse world has thought about at least once while strolling through Congress Hall. When I competed at my first Congress in 2005, it was definitely on my mind. When my futurity horse got hurt 3 years ago, I was devastated and now show horseless. I laid low trying to recovery from the tragedy and nurse Brice back to health. Now that he’s doing well, I’m ready to get involved again. I miss showing so much; this seems like the perfect opportunity to get myself back in the pen, plus I’m getting old. And who doesn’t want to be a queen?!
4.) Are you currently in school? Employed?
As of June 26, 2015, I am officially a college graduate with a Bachelor’s in Business from Cleveland State University! It’s such a huge accomplishment, I still can’t believe I finally did it. At the moment I work at Schneider’s Saddlery, fueling my horse obsession and The Auburn Inn, to pay for my horse obsession…and Brice’s broken leg.
5.) Favorite Horse Memory or Accomplishment?
I have to be cheesy and say the day I bought Bandit is probably my favorite horse memory. He was my first horse, I was 12, he was 4 and neither of us knew anything about showing, but that’s how you learn. He taught me some much and he is hands down my favorite thing in the world. 2005 is my favorite horse accomplishment. We placed first at the AAYHS, did really well in the novice youth stuff, won Hi-Point at GHPA (our local association), won Versatility at the Geauga County Fair and made the finals at the Congress.
6.) Interesting Fact about yourself?
To date, at the Geauga County Fair, I am the only person to have won the versatility class 3 times (with the help of my trusty stead Bandit, of course): 2005, 2007 and 2008. Our versatility class consists of showmanship, equitation, horsemanship and barrels and now because of a rule change, it looks like I’ll be the only one to have my name on the trophy 3 times.