Jockey & Horse Line Up
Nancy, Lauren and Red
Nancy: I am always looking for new ways to support Halter because it is a very important part of our community. Halter provides something really special for some very amazing children. I love horses, and I love kids.... so this is my niche and a way to give back to a program that has brought me so many smiles.
Lauren: My name is Lauren and I am 14 years old. I have a rare genetics disorder, Coffin Siris Syndrome. CSS gives me weak muscles, trouble gaining weight, and high stress. I also have Alopecia which has made me lose all my hair. I have a younger brother, 2 dogs and 2 birds. I love animals and want to do something with animals when I get older.
Alex and Mattie
My name is Alex North and I'm thrilled to be a HALTER Derby Jockey this year! My husband, Wiley and I live in Converse Heights with our cats. We love to eat well, travel and spend some time with our friends and families. Fun fact: I'm an aunt of 11!
I love our Spartanburg community and love to do what I can to serve it! This is my first opportunity to serve HALTER and I can't wait to see how much money we raise!
Christian and Wichita
I am 19 years old and attend McCarthy Teszler School. I enjoy attending school and church, participating in Miracle League baseball, youth group and riding my horse Wichita at HALTER. My favorite food is pizza. When I'm not participating in one of my favorite activities I'm visiting with my grandmother and playing on my ipad.
I love HALTER and the opportunities it provides to me and my friends. I want to do my part to support this organization because i love riding my horse and the staff and volunteers are amazing!
Kwame and Buck
My name is Kwame Fields. I am 15 and attend Spartanburg County Early College High School. I run cross country and am currently in the production of "Clue- On Stage" at Dorman High School. My dean got me into volunteering for the hours, however, while volunteering at HALTER, I have found a hobby that I love as well. I try to get as many of my peers as possible to volunteer to spread the joy right along with me!
I share the same amount of love for the horses at HALTER that I do for the children. I would be happy to take time out of my day to make sure that our horses are being taken care of at the end of the day.
Darlene and Minion
I am a science teacher at McCracken Middle School, and have been teaching for 26 years. I have lived in Spartanburg for 5 years, and have been volunteering for HALTER for 4 years as a horse leader and on the exercise team. I show American Saddlebred and Standardbread Horses in Kentucky and on the National Level. I believe that horses change lives, they build confidence and self esteem, and provide peace and tranquility for a troubled heart. Horses give us hope that everything is going to be alright.
Helen Elizabeth & Cowboy
Born and raised in the Carolinas, Helen Elizabeth has loved horses her entire life. Her first horse, Diablo, was given to her when she was 7 years old, by her grandmother. In the mid-1990s she was introduced to HATLER by Flo Erickson, one of the HALTER founders, and has been a supporter ever since. Helen Elizabeth is celebrating 19 years as a Wells Fargo employee where she is a Learning and Development Consultant on the Wholesale Technology Tools team. Helen Elizabeth lives on a farm in Spartanburg with 7 horses – including recently retired HALTER horse, Ninja, 1 adorable miniature donkey, 7 cows, 4 cats, and 2 dogs.
Erika and Realist
I am a lifelong professional rider, show & race trainer and USEF Judge.
I decided to participate as a jockey to help HALTER raise money for their nonprofit organization . They adopted my retired standardbred Realist and use him in the Therapeutic Riding Program!