Veronica Uhlenkamp is a very busy young lady. Ask her about raising ducks and she will share her experiences. Ask her about managing over 100 head of Holstein steers on her family farm and she can tell you all the things that she can do to help with that. Ask her about Mounted Eagles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program and you will hear all about horses and how much she looks forward to her riding lesson each week.
Veronica is 15 years old and has been riding with the Mounted Eagles pro- gram for over six years. Originally diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) at just 2 years old, Veronica experienced severe pain and swelling of her joints. As she grew older, additional testing led to a new diag- nosis of Lyme disease. Participating in the Mounted Eagles Therapeutic Horseback Riding Program helps to stretch and strengthen Veronica’s mus- cles providing increased support for her joints. Her balance and core mus- cle strength has also improved. She continues to gain confidence in her rid- ing abilities and is always looking to learn more. She credits her riding instructor and founder of the Mounted Eagles program, Susie Baillif, for her riding accomplishments Veronica and her mount Rosie, have participated in horse shows and have taken home several ribbons including first place!
Residing in Little Falls with her parents Luci and Chris, two younger broth- ers Noah and Alex, and younger sister Gracie, Veronica shows her love of animals. For her 4H project this year Veronica raised a calf named Pearl. Pearl was shown by Veronica at the Morrison County Fair and they are now headed to the Northeast Livestock Show. It’s not all work though, Veronica loves playing paintball with her older brother Kalven, who is married and liv- ing on his own. An avid reader, she loves to read anything that has to do with horses. Veronica’s mom Luci is proud her daughter’s work ethic;
“Veronica is such a great help around the farm. She jumps right in, whether it’s raking hay or a midnight calf feeding, she works hard and does a great job. Veronica has learned a lot about raising steers from her dad Chris and they make a great team.”
Veronica plans to follow her pas- sion for animals and to someday have a horse of her own. She knows that dedication and hard work brings great rewards. She is dedicated and works hard each week when riding in the Mounted Eagles arena. Her positive atti- tude and desire to always learn more will take her very far. There is no doubt that Veronica can accomplish anything she sets out to do.
Veronica, you are a remarkable young woman and we are so proud of all that you have accomplished at Mounted Eagles. Congratulations on receiving Mounted Eagles Rider of the Quarter!