Thursday, August 12, 2010

Canadian champion riding high - Full Article

Andrew Snook
Aug 11, 2010

PERTH - When it comes to riding, Elaine Steele does not horse around. When the mother of three from Mountain Grove is not spending her nights as the swing manager at the McDonald’s restaurant in Perth on Highway 7, she is riding her horses, Chanticleer Shadow and Xena Warrior Princess, to victory at numerous competitions.

Steele has been riding horses for 48 years; she first rode when she was four years old.

“My parents have always had horses,” she said. “It runs in the family. They’re the ones that taught me to ride and raise horses.”

Her first competitions were horse shows; Steele didn’t start competing in long distance riding until 1997...

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