Cloquet horsewoman earns top honorsA young Cloquet woman is proving the “need for speed” can pay off in a big way when it comes to horses.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
A young Cloquet woman is proving the “need for speed” can pay off in a big way when it comes to horses.
Haley Psyck, 18, recently capped off a highly successful year of competition with her two horses, Chesney and McCues Two Time N Boo, by earning top honors in two gaming events at the Western Saddle Club Association (WSCA) Championship Horse Show Sept. 18-23 in St. Paul and placing in four others. The WSCA Championship Show is held annually and is the largest open breed show in the nation. There are approximately 1,200 horses with close to 5,000 entries in 76 pleasure and game classes.
Psyck, a member of Kutt-a-Ways Saddle Club in Saginaw, placed first out of a field of 143 in the senior pole weaving event, first in the key race, third in the pennant race, fourth in jumping figure eight, seventh in barrels and 10th in egg and spoon. She has competed in the state event for six years, but this was her first year competing as a senior.
Psyck was also a 2013 United Barrel Racing Association World qualifier, competing in Verndale, Minn., in August and winning a saddle for her accomplishments. In addition, she competed in the horse racing event at this summer’s Carlton County Fair, winning the 2013 Jockey of the Year award. She has been racing at the fair for four years.
She is currently a student at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and she said she plans to continue to compete with her horses in the future.
Psyck received her horse Chesney for her 10th birthday from her mom and family friend Connie Micke. Her horse Boo was given to her by Dawn Liimatainen.
“This is a do-good story of a kid living her dream,” said Micke, who first helped teach Psyck to ride. “When she was 10 years old, she didn’t even know how to ride. Look at her now, eight years later!”