Larissa is the youngest of Kim’s four daughters and so has grown up around horses and barns. Whilst riding the family ponies from an early age, a predisposition for being both athletic and a daredevil emerged. Good fortune allowed for both to be put to good use when she found Pony Club mounted games. The Boise Gems games team was formed and traveled all the way to Lexington KY for both the Pony Club national championships and the invitation only Prince Philip Cup. From there, Larissa, was selected for the USA International Pony Club Games Team and in 2003 competed in Canada where they placed 2nd.
Those good at mounted games are often good at the horse triathlon sport of eventing (of which we are so fond at Kaizen Farm) and Larissa competed in local and recognized shows as she worked her way up the Pony Club ratings system. There was Diamond for whom we now name the hi-point championship at our Fall Show, and Cole (right) with whom she passed one of the highest US Pony Club ratings in 2006. The “B” is a high standard of both riding and horse knowledge (only one examination short of the elite “A” rating).
In 2009 she took on the “giving back” role as games coach to the 4th reincarnation of the Boise Gems and helped them also get to the Prince Philip Cup finals in Kentucky. That team included Sarah’s son, Robin, and here is what Larissa taught him to do on Abby (AKA Absolutely Stellar for whom we named our annual horsemanship award).
Life, education and a desire to play soccer got in the way of horses for a while. A couple of years at Corban College in Oregon was followed by completing a degree in English and Education at BSU. Whilst following career as a middle school English teacher she found time to be our substitute instructor. However after marriage to Nathan and the birth of sons Ender and Jackson, she decided that horses are the more interesting. She is now a regular instructor with our program plus the important job of organizing riders and equipment at the annual Halloween Games Show.
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