Thoroughbred Incentive Program June Youth Ambassador

Meet Rhiannon Williams!

Photo by Fiona Williams

T.I.P. presents June’s featured Youth Ambassador: Rhiannon Williams. Rhiannon, 16, is from Georgia. Rhiannon and her Thoroughbred, Now Daddy’s Broke (Ossi), participate in Hunter, Jumper, Dressage.

Rhiannon Williams (16, GA)
  • Registered Jockey Club Name: Ossipee
  • Show Name: Now Daddy’s Broke (Ossi)
  • Barn Name: Now Daddy’s Broke (Ossi)
How did you start riding?
My mum has ridden since she was a child. My parents bought me my first horse when I was 18 months old (his name was ‘Littlebit’).
What is your favorite thing about riding/or your horse?
I love Ossi’s quirky and animated personality.
What would you like to do when you are older?
I haven’t completely decided, but I’m thinking about being an airline pilot (not that different to riding Ossi!!) or something in the Information Technology sector.

Tell us your favorite quote and why:
I love Winston Churchill’s quote “The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man” (or woman in my case).
What do you think the most important aspects of horsemanship are?
The care of your horse is the most important. This is why I joined Pony Club, to continue my learning. I hope to take my C2 rating in the next 6 months.
More Fun Facts

How many pets do you have (and what kind)?
2 horses, 1 dog, 18 cats (mostly barn cats), 5 peacocks and 2 chickens.

What is your favorite animal (apart from a horse)?

What is your favorite color?
Red and Black

What is your favorite food?
Celery and hummus (I’m a vegetarian)

What is something unique about you?
My retro dress style

What is one word that your friends would describe you as?

What is one thing you would like to tell people about Thoroughbreds or the Thoroughbred Incentive Program?
Thoroughbreds are versatile, hardworking and brave. The Thoroughbred Incentive Program encourages a rewarding life for Thoroughbreds after the track and brings a lot of pleasure to the horse, the rider, and spectators. Most importantly, I would like people to know that the end of a racing career can be just the beginning of another rewarding career for the horse.
What are your goals for your horse in 2019?
To improve my overall Combined Training scores at Novice Level with Ossi. I am also riding a new OTTB called Vegas. The showing season for that starts in March, so I will spend the time between now and then practicing and attending lessons with Vegas to determine the height Vegas and I will compete at this coming show season.

Photo by Fiona Williams

The Thoroughbred Incentive Program was created by The Jockey Club to encourage second careers for Thoroughbreds when their racing days are over. The T.I.P. sponsors Thoroughbred-only classes and high point awards as well as Performance Awards, special year-end awards specifically for Thoroughbreds. The T.I.P. also recognizes non-competing Thoroughbreds through its Young Rider program as well as a special award for Thoroughbreds in careers such as therapy horses or other non-profit outlets.

To learn more about the Thoroughbred Incentive Program, please visit the organization’s website.

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