My name is Samantha Gildersleeve and I have been riding horses since I was 6 years old. I started with a Nationally recognized Arabian trainer who I rode with for 10 years. After receiving my first horse I went on to several World Champion Quarter horse and Paint horse trainers. Samantha later fell into the hands of Jennifer McCloud who quickly convinced her of English. Samantha has been riding English for little over a year now and started her adventure in dressage 8 months ago. She still heavily competes western pleasure and is just dabbing her foot into the dressage world.
As a young girl Samantha grew up around horses. Her mother Kerri worked for a big Arabian farm and took her to work when she could. Like most girls she seen the Movie The Black Stallion and with that went her heart. She had decided she wanted a Black Arabian stallion just like Alac Ramsey. After Years of pleading Samantha’s grandfather Robert told her she could get a horse at the age of 12. The catch was that she had to have a Haflinger as her first horse. She tried and tried like crazy to get and an Arabian but he would not budge. Samantha finely caved in and bought her first horse Marquisse BCH a 2 year old Haflinger mare. No one knew what this mare would do for Samantha’s future. Now at 19 Samantha has 7 beautiful Haflinger’s and finely got the Arabian she has always wanted, the Arabian is now for sale.
When Samantha is not riding or doing anything remotely involved in horses she is either visiting with friends or playing video games with her younger brother. She is very close with her family members and couldn’t have made it this far with out them. Samantha is also an accomplished artist and loves writing. Her writing skill were recognized in the 6th grade when she won a trip to meet published writers in Seattle. She has also done several equine and canine portraits.
Just a few of the awards Samantha had gathered through the years
At the 2007 Horse Around Days at the Skagit county Fairgrounds Samantha and Artistry WBF represented the Haflinger breed for the 2 day event. The event was such a huge success they are moving it to the Puyallup fairgrounds this year. On top of representing the Haflinger bred everywhere she can Samantha attends the American Haflinger Registry’s west coast classification and Inspections every year. For the past 3 years Samantha has attended and presented horses at AHR Inspections all over the west coast. This event attracts Haflinger owners and enthusiast from all over the western United states. This isn’t including the international panel of judges attending at each inspection.
Samantha is a proud member of the Western Haflinger Association and the American Haflinger Registry. She had an Article published in the American Haflinger Registry Magazine. This article introduced herself and how she fell in love with Haflinger horses. Samantha was recently spotlighted in two different articles in the website theinsidepoop.org The first being a profile on the Haflinger breed and the second outlining the editors visit to Hopeful Farms and Samantha Gildersleeve.