Over the years as an athletic trainer you can tell the difference from coaches and those coaches who put everything they have into coaching and their student athletes. Those coaches who put everything into their student athletes are more often than not awesome teachers as well. During this pandemic this is still much very the case for Coach Aimee Lanter who is our tennis coach as well teacher, who like everybody else has had to figure out synchronous, asynchronous, office hours, attendance, and grades. Through all this she finds time to get students involved at home doing experiments to keep here students involved. In years passed Coach Lanter would pull awesome enlightening experiments in the classroom.
Seeing how parents would like to keep their insurance premiums down, Coach Lanter has found alternatives to keep her students who are at home involved.
Now if that wasn’t enough Coach Lanter finds time to work as a Vet Tech at Bridge Street Animal Clinic and has run numerous marathons and a couple Ragnar adventure relay races. You would think this is enough yet Coach Lanter has time to work with horses and just recently was part of the 2020 Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show HIGH POINT WORLD CHAMPION High Point Sport Horse In-Hand! Congratulations Coach Lanter!
As the proud horse mom that she is, she was posting photos on Facebook non stop for a bit so I asked her about how she got involved with horses as I wanted to share this information on this page. I asked Coach Lanter for some information and this is what I found out.
Horses have always been a part of my life. My parents didn’t put us in sports when we were young; instead they threw us in the barn and used that to keep my siblings and me out of trouble. We bought our first horse when I was 2 years old. Her name was Foxie and she was a Morgan. We also bought her half sister, Sachet, and Sachet’s son, George, who were also Morgan’s. That was our introduction into the breed, and we’ve never looked back.
Our family farm’s name is Sanctuary Morgan Farm…when horses come to the property, it is their sanctuary and they never leave. A blessing and a curse. We only have so much room and Morgan’s are known for living a very long time.
In 2001, we purchased Mulligan…my first personal horse. We competed in a type of long distance riding, called competitive trail, and received 2 national titles in 2004. I also competed in Eventing, which is like triathlon for horses and other jumping events within the Morgan horse world. We missed a Reserve World title by one placing in 2008 due to an error on my part. It was a tough end to a wonderful career as I retired him from competing after the Morgan Horse World Championships that year. Sadly, we lost Mulligan in October of 2018.
Mulligan was bred by a wonderful farm up in North Dakota called Prairie Hill Morgans. While I did not buy him directly from the farm, I have admired and watched their breeding program for the better part of nearly 20 years and the quality of their horses has never changed; they consistently breed amazing, talented horses. I knew my next horse would come from their program.
Socrates was born in April of 2018 and I remember seeing the farm post about his birth and I said, ‘ohhh….look at him! I like him!’ But, we didn’t have room for another horse at the time. Mulligan’s untimely passing was devastating to both me and our family but opened up a stall and some possibilities, so I started playing with the idea of purchasing another horse. I knew it would come from Prairie Hill again and over Christmas the breeder posted some updated videos of the 2018 babies and ‘Smarty’, as he was known as there, was still on the sales list. Needless to say, that little bundle of fluff came home in March of 2019.
Currently, everything I do with Socrates is for the experience. Since he is still young and not able to be ridden yet, we compete in a division called In-Hand, where the horse is lead instead of ridden and is judged on their conformation, or how their body is put together, and their suitability for certain jobs. It seems kind of like a beauty pageant. Mostly, we go to little schooling competitions, just to become more confident. Again, it’s all about getting him out and letting him see that the world is an okay place.
The Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show has been held in Oklahoma City every October for the last 45 years. I joked around about taking him last year when he was just a year old…he would be going up against horses that were very different than he is. I think I remember explaining the different builds of horses to someone as having ballet dancers and the football players. Both are amazing athletes, but have very different jobs. Socrates is a football player. He competed against Ballet dancers last year. Needless to say, the outcome was poor, but the experience was enlightening…and he got last place. 😂😂 After that comical showing, I recommended to the show Committee that they add a division called Sport Horse In-Hand. A division where all the football players can get together and be compared to each other…like the NFL Draft. Much to my surprise, they did decide to add the division and I started immediately working with Socrates on the elements required for the class. We have had plenty of ups and downs in the last 8 months, and I went into the class like I do with all the others…it’s for the experience! Even my trainer reminded me before I went in, ‘it’s just for the experience…nothing to be nervous about!’ While I knew we had a better chance at some sort of positive outcome, I was honestly just hoping to not be last! The division is divided into boy(stallions and geldings) and girls(mares). They are judged separately for national titles, then a world title is given to the highest scoring horse from both of the divisions combined.
Prairie Hill Socrates…my 2 year old baby…went into his class against mature stallions and geldings(think of a peewee football player being compared to an NFL player) and came out as the highest scoring horse not just in his class, but overall as well, earning him both a National title and a World title. To say I’m a proud horse mom would be an understatement. The little guy who was scoffed at last year got to make a World Championship victory pass exactly one year later.
So, if you are anything like me, you have no clue what a “Morgan” is, so I asked that question to Coach Lanter.
It’s like dog breeds. Morgan is a breed. America’s first breed, actually. While the actual combination of breeds that made the original sire are unknown, it is thought that ‘Figure’ was a cross between an Arabian and a Thoroughbred and was supposed to be the payment of a debt that a school teacher by the name of Justin Morgan owed to someone in his town. That person didn’t like the colt and passed on taking him. Once mature, Figure showed great versatility and, as a sire, passed his traits down to all of his offspring. He eventually was renamed Justin Morgan, after his owner, and the breed was followed that name. All registered Morgan’s can be traced back to the original sire, Justin Morgan.
This last picture is of Coach Lanter on a beautiful clydesdale, just an awesome photo. Trimble Tech would like to congratulate you and Socrates on your Championship! Also like to thank you for all your hard work that you put in with your students here at Trimble Tech! Thank you for taking some time out of your not busy schedule to share this information with me.