“Kaarin Axelsen Forester has been appointed as Chair for Region 9, replacing Bridget Barton. Thank you to Bridget Barton for her many years as Region Chair! I look forward to working with Kaarin to keep momentum going in our Region Connemara community.” Tracy Garland, Region Governor
Kaarin has provided us with this background story about herself as mother, farmer, equestrian and breeder!
“I’ve been a horse crazy girl since my earliest memories. I finally convinced my mother to get me riding lessons when I was 10, and to buy me my first horse when I was 12. She gave me a budget of $500; I found “Jody” advertised in the Sunday paper for $400. She was a little Appaloosa with a short neck and legs and huge belly, but she more than made up for her conformation with her big heart, unflappable disposition, and willingness to try just about anything asked of her. Fast forward to 2016, when we were shopping for our then nine year-old daughter’s second pony. Her first pony had been, um, difficult, so I hoped to find a pony with a disposition like Jody’s. I remembered hearing about Connemaras as a kid and started looking for one. We found Neala (Gately’s Neala Finch), who was three years-old. She was wise beyond her years and already kid-safe, and we knew we had found our unicorn!
In 2018, I retired after 22 years as a criminal prosecutor and my husband, daughter and son and I moved to our 43 acre farm in Central Oregon. We have three thoroughbreds, a Holsteiner, a quarter horse, Neala, and a stunning five month-old Connemara/thoroughbred colt by WH Topgun out of my thoroughbred mare. We also grow hay and we stay extremely busy running the farm, but it’s a great lifestyle! My ultimate goal is to help bring the joy of Connemaras to others, and I plan to breed a couple of Connemara and Connemara/TB foals each year. My TB mare is in foal to WH Topgun for a 2022 baby, and I’m so excited to meet this one!
My daughter and I attended the West Coast Connemara Show in June, and absolutely loved being around all of the lovely ponies and their people. I’ve never met a more friendly, happy and fun group of horse people, and I’m looking forward to contributing to the Connemara community in my role as Region 9 Chair.”