Opal Fomish

class of 2024  |  reining

Florida Virtual School |  Oxford, Florida

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Trains with Robin Schoeller

 

My name is Opal Fomish. I was born October 7, 2006 in Michigan. I am currently 14 years old and a sophmore in highschool.  I have been riding horses since I was three. I started out with a Shetland pony, riding as much as my parents would let me around the farm. When I turned 4 I started western pleasure and began showing at 5. After a couple years of western pleasure I started to get into reining. I began showing reining in 2014 with my western pleasure horse. In 2015 I started riding and showing my grandma's horse ChicNShine. I have showed a couple other horses since then. I have gone to many different trainers and all of them have helped me improve my riding. In 2017 I started riding with Robin Schoeller and continue to do so. I have made many accomplishments throughout my riding career and learn more than I would have ever thought. I have recently been gifted with an amazing three year old mare that I am so excited to start showing. My family moved down to Florida in 2016 so I have had to travel back and forth from Michigan and Florida to be able to continue to compete. To make it better for me to keep up on my schooling, I started doing Florida Virtual School going on three years now. Outside of reining, I would do 4-H shows in Michigan and many other riding camps. I also did softball for a season. Some of my favorite hobbies to do are fishing, four wheeler riding, and hiking. I can’t wait to see where the future takes me. 

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Accomplishments

  • 2015 9th and 10th on two different horses for the MRHA year end awards in Short Stirrup 

  • 2016 Champion in the Youth 13 & under Affiliate Championship at the East Central Affiliate Regional Championships qualifying for the finals 

  • 2016 Short Stirrup Qualifier at the East Central Affiliate Regional Championships placing third

  • 2016 2nd in the MRHA year end standings for Short Stirrup 

  • 2016 4th in the MRHA year end standings for Youth 13 & under 

  • 2016 8th in the NRHA 13 & under Top Ten Standings 

  • 2016 Champion for Buckeye Reining Series Year End Awards for Youth 13 and Under

  • 2016 Champion for Buckeye Reining Series Year End Awards for Short Stirrup

  • 2017 Champion for the Team Tournament at the East Central Affiliate Regional Championships

  • 2017 NRHA Youth Incentive Award

  • 2017 MRHA Youth Short Stirrup year end Reserve Champion

  • 2017 MRHA Most Improved Youth/Sportsmanship Award

  • 2018 NRHA East Central Affiliate Finals Youth 13 and Under Reserve Champion

  • 2018 NRHA Youth 13 and Under  Top 10 (8th place)

  • Buckeye Reining Series Youth Scholarship 12 and Under Division (April 2019)

  • 2019 All American Quarter Horse Congress NRHA Youth 13 and Under 8th Place

  • Florida Trick Riding Clinic with Ashley Pletcher 2019

  • 2019 NRHA Youth 13 and Under  Top 10 (4th place)

  • 2020 NRHA East Central Affiliate Finals Youth 13 and Under Champion and member of Youth Team Tournament Champion Team