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True show girl

Glaude has tight reins on equestrian life

Teenager loves to spend time with horses — especially one in particular: Chantilly Lace (Lacey)
By Holly Vanorse Spicer | Apr 07, 2021
Courtesy of: Amariah Glaude Amariah Glaude of Rockland with her horse, Chantilly Lace (Lacey).

Rockland — For nearly a decade, Amariah Glaude of Rockland has dedicated herself to mastering the equestrian disciplines of dressage, show jumping, and riding.

Glaude, 17, is a senior at Connections Academy, an online public education program based in Scarborough, rides at Hill-N-Dale Farm in Warren.

With more than 20 horse shows under her helmet, it is no surprise her journey into equestrian life started before she could walk.

“I first rode a hose when I was [age] one,” she said.

As she was so young at the time, she is unable to recall the events that lead to that moment when she rode atop a horse with a family friend.

As she got older, she rode on occasion during summers, but consistent riding did not start for seven years after that first experience.

The first things she learned were how to brush, put on the saddle, and the basics of leading a horse.

From there through clinics, Glaude learned more about riding, jumping, and dressage.

“Dressage is like dancing for horses,” she said.

She said the rider and horse are dance partners, trying to make it as smooth as possible.

Glaude also learned how to prepare for showing. Cleaning her saddle, boots, and bridle, and bathing the horse to rid the coat of stains.

Showing

Glaude dipped her toes into the horse show waters at age 10, with an end-of-year show in 2013.

Hooked, she jumped in to shows in 2014.

In that time, Glaude has done several shows in Maine. She also has traveled to Saugerties, N.Y. for the Hits-on-the-Hudson, a show series that spans spring, summer, and autumn seasons.

She also has shown in the youth dressage festival held at the same location.

Glaude said the pandemic did not leave the shows unscathed. Many of the early shows were canceled immediately, which impacted her plans for shows in 2020.

“In the beginning, a lot of the bigger shows were canceled right away, effecting what shows I was planning on going to last year,” she said.

When shows again began to be held, Glaude said she made the decision to wait until the 2021 show season before competing.

“Most of the shows I wanted to go to were out of state,” she said.

Luckily for Glaude, her school schedule is flexible, which allows her to do her courses anytime she is able, throughout her day, and from anywhere. While it helps her with the balance of school and equestrian work, she said sometimes it still can be hard.

Having flexibility with her schedule will be key for her future goals as an equestrian.

“I hope to be able to compete at the highest level of dressage, which is Grand Prix,” she said.

She also wants to successfully train horses to that level, she said.

Memorable moment

Glaude's most memorable moment, in her years riding, and working with horses, is when she learned she had a horse of her own.

“It felt surreal to finally own a horse after dreaming about it for years,” she said of that special moment in June of 2016.

Glaude’s mother, Rachel Jameson, said she and the family had been loosely looking for a horse for Glaude. One day, Rachel found an ad online for a horse, Lacey.

“I found an ad on Facebook for her,” Rachel said.

After seeing the ad, Jameson showed local horse instructor, Katrina Janes, who said the horse had potential.

“Lacey is from Pa,” Rachel said.

Pa is Glaude’s grandfather, Steve Jameson.

The weekend the family picked up the horse, Glaude was at Pinelands Farms in New Gloucester for a riding clinic.

“We told Amariah we were picking up a horse for Katrina,” Rachel said.

She said the family had planned to wait until Christmas, after the horse had been at the barn for awhile.

It was June when they had gotten the horse, and the excitement was on high.

“Everyone was too excited to wait,” Rachel said.

Christmas came early for Glaude when they returned to the barn after the clinic, and she was told that Lacey would be hers.

Glaude shows Lacey under the name Chantilly Lace, and together, they have brought home several ribbons from their shows.

Advice on beginning

When a person first starts to ride horses, Glaude said physical exercise is not something one needs. However, it is something a rider should consider once they begin doing harder work.

“As you start doing harder work, you want to be just as fit as your horse to be the best rider you can be,” she said.

The gear a rider needs are boots with a heel, and riding pants. Glaude advises against shorts, as the saddle can pinch legs. She also said while riding helmets usually are provided for beginner riders, she suggests looking into buying one.

“You don’t have to show, and do what makes you happy,” she said.

Most importantly, Glaude said to have fun, and to keep it fun.

For Glaude, it is safe to say being with horses is fun, and keeps her happy. She hopes to work with horses, train them, or to work in psychology when she has completed her education.

Amariah Glaude. (Photo by: Amariah Glaude)
Amariah Glaude. (Source: Facebook)
Amariah Glaude. (Courtesy of: Amariah Glaude)
Amariah Glaude. (Courtesy of: Amariah Glaude)
When Amariah Glaude learned Chantilly Lace (Lacey) was to be her horse. (Courtesy of: Rachel Jameson)
Amariah Glaude. (Courtesy of: Amariah Glaude)
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