Seventeen year old Becca Deutsch discovered the Arabian horse when she started leasing her Purebred Arabian Gelding, Tyson, and fell in love. Competing successfully in Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and at AHA shows, Becca shares a little of what she does, and why she loves the Arabian horse.
(Emma) Tell us about yourself?
(Becca) My name is Becca Deutsch, I am 17 and live in Atlanta, Ga. I lease and compete on an Arabian, and show on both the local and Arabian circuit in the Hunters and Equitation. This year I went to my first Regional Championships in Region 12 and came home with a Champion and a Reserve Champion, along with multiple Top Fives! I also compete in Interscholastic Equestrian Association, where riders ride random horses and my horse gets to represent the Arabian breed by being a true saint! I had never really thought much about the breed until I found the lease ad for my horse. He was perfect for me! My trainer introduced me to the Arabian show world and I am so glad she did.
(Emma) Who are the special Arabian and Half-Arabian horses in your life, and why?
(Becca) I lease and love my Purebred Arabian, DB Khereym, aka Tyson. As a timid rider, Tyson has the perfect temperament to help me reach my goals while still challenging me to learn to be a better rider every day. He loves to give kisses and eat lots of sweets. He is truly a large dog, he even follows me around the ring while I change jumps!
(Emma) What are your goals short term, and long term, with the Arabian horse?
(Becca) My short term goal is to do well at the local shows so people can see how amazing the breed is! My long term goals include achieving year-end awards from my local circuits and the Georgia Arabian Horse Association. Another goal I have is to qualify and compete at the Region 14 Sport Horse Championships next year! I would also love to one day get to go to Sport Horse Nationals.
(Emma) What would you say to someone your age who is thinking of making an Arabian their next horse?
(Becca) I would say do it! These horses are so intelligent and great to learn on. I also love how versatile they are, so I can recommend them to people in all disciplines! I also love how supportive the Arabian horse community is!
(Emma) Parent/Guardian, what has your experience of the Arabian horse as a Youth/Family horse been? Would you encourage other families to select the breed for their children/youths and why?
(Lynn Deutsch - Becca’s Mom) As the parent of a competitive teen, leasing and showing Tyson is amazing! Many horses she used to ride would lead me to hold my breath but I can completely trust Tyson! I love having the option to show on a breed-specific circuit as well. I would encourage other families to select the Arabian for their youth because of all the show options! With the Arabian horse, you can succeed in all types of shows, from locals to rated to the Arabian shows!
Tyson and Becca are another wonderful example of Arabian horses and youths achieving great things as a team. By competing in IEA and being ridden by a variety of young riders, all selected at random, Tyson exemplifies the kind-heartedness of our Arabian horses, and introduces many youth to the breed.
Good Luck Becca in all you attempt with Tyson, and beyond. We can’t wait to cheer for you at Arabian Sport Horse Nationals one day!