Pryor Ranch Welcomes Tari Rollefson to the Team
By Gabrielle Sasse, PleasureHorse.com
February 5 brings some great changes to Pryor Ranch! Tari Rollefson will be joining Judy Pryor to help promote her horses and to “grow more horsemen.”
Tari grew up in a small town in northern Iowa, where she helped out on her grandparent’s dairy farm and her parent’s horse farm. She participated in local shows and 4H. While in 4H, she not only showed dogs but her mother’s old finished show pony, Cookie. Tari and Cookie did it all, halter to pleasure to games. “He was the one that gave me the ‘show bug,’ and I haven’t stopped since!” she says.
Tari’s love for horse shows is only accentuated by her fondness for teaching. Throughout her high school years, she began working at the YMCA teaching gymnastics to children ages five through college. Although busy with teaching, she always found time to work and show horses, her “true passion.”
Tari found a way to combine her two passions by beginning to volunteer for the local 4H club. She helped by preparing children and their horses for the county fair, teaching them skills such as grooming and basic care. She really emphasized the hard work and dedication to showing, instilling a sense of responsibility and work ethic to the young kids.
As Tari grew older, she continued her love of showing at AQHA shows in halter and performance events. She worked hard not only on her show skills, but her horsewoman skills as well. She joined her father starting young colts, teaching them showmanship as part of her training. This is where she found her love for the class. “It just came natural for me,” she shares. Since then, she has trained and shown in different events such as halter, longe line, showmanship, western pleasure, hunter under saddle, trail and horsemanship. Tari has earned Amateur and Reserve Amateur All Around titles in South Dakota and Iowa.
Joining Judy will be a benefit to both women! Tari is able to continue her love of AQHA, breeding and showing, as well as teaching children to ride, and contribute that love to Pryor Ranch. Some of her goals for the future at Pryor Ranch include:
- Help to promote her parents’ stallion Hot Dam Im Frosted, a red roan son of Frosty The Goodbar out of a Shotgun Sonny mare. “With just a couple foals born in 2012, he looks to be producing some outstanding babies! We have very high hopes for the future,” says Tari excitedly. Hot Dam Im Frosted, aka “Eli” will be coming to the Pryor Ranch in May.
- Teach children to ride and learn responsibilities. “ [I want them] to be able to set a goal and help them achieve it,” Tari explains. “[I will do this by] giving them the guidelines to go in the right direction.”
- Start up a show team and travel all over the country. “I would love to meet new people and learn from everyone I meet,” shares Tari. “My plans for the team are not age specific, just a Pryor Ranch team—showing all with horses bought from or raised on the farm. We would help train and teach the clients with their horses and travel to shows together.”
- Continue to train and help produce the next generation of truly versatile Quarter Horses at Pryor Ranch
Both Judy and Tari are very excited to form this great partnership! We can’t wait to see what kinds of fantastic things these two knowledgeable women will come up with. The team at PleasureHorse.com sends our best to Tari in her new position.