Jan 30

2018 Minnesota UBRA Horse of the Year Nominee: Traces Olena

2018 Minnesota UBRA Horse of the Year Nominee: Traces Olena
Owned by Jennifer & Olivia Stephes

Traces Olena

Traces Olena (AKA Apple) is a 2001 AQHA Chestnut mare whom we have had since 2011. She came to us with a lot of baggage, as she was gate sour and full of fear of the arena.  With lots of love and patience, her true potential was realized when she became Olivia’s full-time mount in 2014.  Apple has given Olivia the gift of confidence and consistency.  This mare taught her how to grow in her abilities and strive to reach 1D status in their first year competing together!  Apple has helped Olivia finish in the Top 5 in Minnesota UBRA 1D Youth Standings, Minnesota NBHA State Finals Top 5 multiple years in both Open and Youth, Sherry Cervi Youth Championships 1D standings, Top 10 Youth and Rodeo Standings for PEWC, ProElite Reserve Champion 1D Stakes Race 2016, Multiple 1D Championships in NBHA MN 02/03, and was listed in the top 25 of 1D Divisional Horses for 2016 as published in the Barrel Horse News Statistical Review.  We almost lost her back in July of 2017, when she became very ill with Potomac Horse Fever and spent 5 days in ICU at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  Apple is now semi-retired as she battles navicular disease, but continues to compete on a limited basis with the help of our amazing team of Veterinarians and Olivia’s father who keeps her feet in tiptop condition. This mare has a special bond with her person, Olivia, and we feel blessed to have a horse with so much heart and try!  Thank you to so many friends that continue to support and cheer on this team and God bless!