What if you could use your talents as a horsewoman to inspire young people? That’s exactly what Kellie Rettinger has accomplished when she became “Wonder Woman” for a local horse expo.
Kellie Rettinger of Whispery Pines Percherons is no stranger to the performance arena: with a strong background in breed showing as well as speed events, her transition to the draft horse show ring included not just driving events but riding — both Roman and conventional. Kellie and her husband Sam operate Whispery Pines out of Kingsville, Ohio, showing a variety of hitches up to a six-horse plus farming and logging. So for a well-rounded horsewoman like Kellie, one’s bucket list might look a little bit different.
“Wonder Woman had always been a dream of mine,” Kellie confessed to Horse Nation. “I loved everything she stood for: wisdom, courage, power. She is strong, yet beautiful and full of grace. She stands for love and the betterment of mankind. These are all qualities that I want to convey to people.”
So when Kellie got the opportunity to personify her favorite heroine at a local horse expo, the performance was a dream come true — especially as Kellie got to perform as Wonder Woman from the back of one of her majestic Percherons.
“This is the first time I have ever been Wonder Woman. I’ve done Roman riding demos, and I regularly perform as the Headless Horseman, but this was a dream combination.”
Kellie performed with her horse Ace, a sixteen-year-old Percheron gelding. When not portraying one of the horses of Themyscira, Ace is part of the Whisper Pines six-horse show hitch, plus farming and logging duties. He’s one of the horses that Kellie Roman-rides as well.
“Ace gives me 110% ever time I ask him for something — plus he loves children!” Kellie details. This made Ace the perfect choice to be Wonder Woman’s mount for the horse expo for both the performance and the meet and greet after the show.
“I had such a great reception from the crowd, and this is something I very much want to continue on a larger scale,” Kellie details to Horse Nation. “I got amazing feedback, and as you can tell from the photos, the looks on the children’s faces made my heart skip a beat. They truly thought I was Wonder Woman, and I felt like I could make a real difference to inspire the crowd to be better people like Wonder Woman.”
“Inspiring people is what I love to do,” Kellie described. “And I want to share my love of horses with the world!” We can’t think of a better way — keep on riding high, Kellie!