My name is Chiana McInelly and my horse’s name is J.D., or BCM Legendary Asset. We have been partners in crime for about five years now. I train with Sarah Diamond.
I have been showing since I was about eight years old, but this will only be my third season showing AQHA. I got into horses through my older sister, who showed in 4-H when I was growing up, and I spent my first horse years doing dressage, 4-H, and a little jumping.
My favorite class is Trail. I enjoy Trail the most because it provides a new challenge each show, and is more unbiased in the judging. I really appreciate the feeling of coming out a pattern clean! I am also getting more into Horsemanship this year, though it is still pretty new to me.
Outside of the barn, I enjoy painting and art in general. My favorite subject in school is history, because of how relatable people throughout history can be.
I would say I have quite a few idols, including my parents and my trainer, but one in particular is a lady named Marion O’Connor, who I took some dressage lessons from in the past. Marion moved here from Germany and worked her way up in the dressage world, with lots of trial and error along the way. I especially admire Marion for her toughness and commitment to continued learning, even after reaching success.
My goals this show season are to continue to sharpen my Showmanship, and focus on my Horsemanship!