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Super Kid: Snohomish student enjoys life on horseback

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By Rikki King
Herald Writer
  • Graysen Stroud, 17,  is an accomplished equestrian and a Super Kid from Snohomish High School.

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Graysen Stroud, 17, is an accomplished equestrian and a Super Kid from Snohomish High School.

SNOHOMISH — Graysen Stroud, 17, is a junior at Snohomish High School.
Question: Did you grow up in Snohomish?
Answer: “I did. My parents owned Stroud Ranch ... Now my dad owns and operates Stroud Ranch. That's his training facility. He's a horse trainer. My mom is also a horse trainer. She trains at a training facility, Cascade Meadows in Monroe.”
Q: So you grew up with horses?
A: “I've been riding since before I remember.”
Q: Do you do Western or English riding?
A: “It's like track. I show horses. For me, when I'm riding Western, I work on my form and we do patterns ... English is judged on your form and you do patterns, but you don't jump. I'm not a jumper.”
Q: What events do you compete in?
A: “It's called the all-around events. In the all-around events, I do Western horsemanship, English equitation, I do showmanship ... and I do reining. I have shown mostly in those three events, and I just started to do reining competitively.”
Q: Do you ride just one horse?
A: “I have a horse with my mom that I've shown for seven years. He is the horse I do those three events on, and I have a horse at my dad's I do reining on.”
Q: Do you have any other interests or hobbies?
A: “Horses take up a lot of my time. It's something I enjoy. I don't play any sports because horses are everything, but I like to hang out with my friends and family. I'm in Panther Pals (mentoring program) and I do Young Life (youth group) and I'm in Campaigners (Bible study).”
Q: What classes are you taking?
A: “I'm in vet science right now. I'm in DECA. I love DECA. It's a marketing class. Those are my favorite classes. My other classes are the key junior classes I have to take.”
Q: Have you thought about college?
A: “There's an equestrian team that a bunch of universities have. I'm attending the University of Georgia, not next year because I'll be a senior but the following year. I'll be going on a scholarship.”
Q: Talk more about that.
A: “The University of Georgia (equestrian team) ... they ended up being the national champions for the 2013-14 season. It's like a varsity sport. I'll be going there, and I'll be considered an athlete so I'll get all the athletic benefits ... I wanted to ride horses in college. Now that I get to do that, it's really cool. I verbally committed to the University of Georgia in December.”
Q: Have you decided on a major?
A: “I'm not sure what I want to major in, but I'm thinking I'll get my business degree because I'm not sure what I want to do yet, but I still have awhile.”
Q: Do you volunteer anywhere?
A: “I'm in Key Club. We work with the Kiwanis club. And in the WSQHYA (Washington State Quarter Horse Youth Association), we do a bunch of volunteer work in our club ... I was president last year ... We do a bunch of volunteer work and fundraisers, like for members who have had breast cancer.”
Q: Any big plans for this summer?
A: “I'll be going to the YES (Youth Excellence Seminar) conference during the Youth World Cup (horse event), which is a leadership conference that the American Quarter Horse Association puts on. That's being held concurrently with the Youth World Cup. I'm running for the Region 1 director, which is Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska and Canada for the AQHA ... Also, another thing, I'm going to the AQHA World Show, and you have to qualify for that. It's in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.”
Q: Any other hobbies or interests?
A: “I love going to school functions like soccer games and football games and basketball games.”
Q: Who is your best friend?
A: “My best friend is Jessica Remlinger. She does competitive cheer. We hang out all the time. She's a great best friend. She's always there for me. She's really into her cheer. She's one of the co-captains for the Snohomish High School cheer team.”
Q: Were your folks excited about your scholarship?
A: “Yeah, very excited. College is so expensive. Having this scholarship will make things a lot easier on us, and I also know where I'm going, so I don't have to go through the stressful college application process.”
Q: Do you have a favorite kind of horse?
A: “I've only ever ridden quarter horses, so quarter horses are my favorite.”
Q: What do you like about your veterinary science class?
A: “We learn a lot about what goes on in the animals. I don't necessarily want to be a vet, but it's really good knowledge to have since I might want to be in the horse industry.”
Q: What are you looking forward to about senior year?
A: “I'm not sure. I guess just getting ready for college, to start a new chapter in my life. That will be really exciting.”
Q: Do you think you'll end up back in Snohomish after college?
A: “I don't know. It depends on what I end up doing, job-wise. There's not a big amount of competitions and as many riders in Washington like there is in the South.”
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