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Well rounded youth leader rolls on

By Kay S. Pedrotti Katelyn Womack of Barnesville could be defined as an overachiever, except that everything she does prepares her for a productive life as an adult contributor to her home community, state and nation. Nothing is on her achievement list just because it looks good. An accomplished horsewoman, the 15-year-old has been riding since age 7. She now has a stable of five horses (four quarter horses) who take her to competitions and awards because she trains and loves them and cares for their needs. Her future career will have ‘something to do with veterinary medicine,’ she says. After volunteering for several months at Barnesville Animal Clinic, Dr. Chanda Moxon has given Katelyn a student job. The teen already administers glucosamine shots to her own horses, assists with injections and exams at the clinic, and was able to see the last of the polo ponies wounded in an accident last year on I-75. About the ponies she said, ‘They’re different from my horses in some ways, including being smaller. It was a great experience just to get to see one of them.’ Home schooled by her grandmother, Teresa Price-Batts, Katelyn is a straight-A student in the 98th percentile on the CAT-5 tests. Her favorite subject is, not surprisingly, biology. A partial list of her horse-related activities, leadership posts and service to others includes being a delegate on the Georgia Quarter Horse Youth Association board to attend a Youth Excellence Leadership Conference in June in Amarillo, Texas; several competitions every year in various kinds of riding, such as dressage, show jumping, barrel racing, hunter-jumper, Western riding and arena races; certified Teen Leader in 4-H; First Baptist Church of Barnesville Seraphim Choir, leader for Vacation Bible School, working with the choir’s youth mission trip to Savannah, helping coordinate a Field Day for community children, packing Operation Christmas Child boxes, and many other activities and horse riding and showing achievements. In what Batts said was ‘a total departure from the way she usually thinks,’ Katelyn decided to participate in the Miss Teen Buggy Days pageant last year and was named runner-up. ’She didn’t even own a dress,’ said Batts. ‘Dr. Moxon came through, bringing four dresses to the house. She wore the only one that fit ‘“ and she was so pretty!’ Katelyn also has been accepted into the Youth Leadership Lamar Program. With all that she does, she’s still just a typical teen who loves her family, friends, horses, church and community. Katelyn said that the most fun she has is ‘going to shows, when we see all our friends ‘“ they come over and cook out with us, hang out and we all have a great time.’ In all her years of riding, she has fallen only once ‘“ when her My Majestic Nova, known as Eli, had a shoulder give out after a jump. He fell on Katelyn, but neither was seriously hurt. Hard work pays off ‘“ the ‘no stirrup’ training she’s had strengthens her legs and proves that her ‘seat’ is very good, said Batts. ’I just have a passion for helping animals,’ says Katelyn. ‘If I become a vet, I’d like to work with small animals as well as large ones like my horses.’ The favorite of her equine buddies might be ‘Captain Morgan,’ the Morab (Morgan-Arab) she rode in her first show. One thing is sure: Katelyn’s life is varied, character-building ‘“ and never boring.

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