The Fishers – sisters Katie and Kelly and mom Jackie – are a familiar family around the Area 3 shows. The sisters plus mom are really supportive of each other – they push each other and sometimes drive each other crazy (see the crazies below), but they always work hard and share the good and bad together. Kelly says, “She no longer lives close to home, so the horse shows provide the opportunity for the three Fisher ladies to reconnect.”
Jackie always had horses growing up and says her love for working with them has never gone away. She used to show Hunter/Jumper and now enjoys riding on the family farm. Jackie serves as the groom for her two daughters at the horse shows, although I understand that showing on the Quarter Horse circuit may be in her future. She enjoys spending time at the shows with her daughters and the whole show experience. She currently serves on the Area 3 board of directors. Jackie works at the family business – King Cole Ducks and finds time to be involved in her daughters’ synchronized skating team.
Katie is a paramedic with York Region Paramedic Services. She is on a competitive synchronized skating team called Shiver and enjoys travelling. As soon as she was old enough to sit on a horse, she started lessons and began showing at a very young age. Katie remembers showing up to her first Area 3 Quarter Horse show with a small 2 horse trailer – she and her mom living out of the tack room and thinking she was the luckiest kid ever… space heaters to keep them warm and all. She currently shows the gelding, Steady As He Goes.
Kelly’s first love was synchronized skating. As a teenager though, she became interested in riding, showing and spending more time at the barn. She was able to find a balance between her skating and horse showing. She is currently in the DVM program at the University of Guelph. Due to her school commitments she is not on a skating team full-time, but fills in for members who are unable to participate in competitions. She also enjoys gardening. Her most memorable horse show moment was earning her first all-around high point for the show season. It meant a lot to her, as it showed that all her hard work and dedication to training and working with her horse paid off. Kelly’s show mount is Gimme A Royal Smile.
What would any horse show family be without a few things that drive each other crazy at the shows…..Apparently, the girls drive their mom crazy when they tell Jackie they have lots of time before their next class and all of a sudden they are calling their class – they are running around the tack room in a panic trying to get chaps and hats on and throwing saddles and bridles on horses. According to Jackie, that is not the ONLY thing that drives her crazy….going back to their trailer and finding clothes strewn everywhere. She says the trailer is small and there just isn’t extra space for clothes to be thrown all over the place. Kelly commented that her “drive me crazy thing” is when Katie calls dibs on the first shower after a long day of showing
The Fishers have a small stable at home. They have never been with a trainer or had a full-time coach. Kelly had the opportunity to work with Rick Fleetwood and Robyn Storey when she joined the University of Guelph Western Riding team. She gained so much confidence in her riding from the two years she was there and she asked them to work with the Fishers at the Quarter Horse shows – they graciously accepted. Katie and Kelly work with them at the shows and trailer to their facility for some lessons throughout the summer. The girls are so thankful to Rick and Robyn for working with them, continuing to share their knowledge and always being willing to help them out when needed.
Katie and Kelly would also like to thank their mom, as they know they would be nowhere without her. She keeps them organized, on time (tries anyway?) and supports them with everything they enjoy doing. They have to thank their dad for all he does for them. He may not fully understand their love for their horses (and how much money they spend on them), but he continues to support his daughters and wife because he knows they are passionate about this sport.
Thank you to Lynn Riley for submitting this article to Area 3!