Alycia Burton: Bareback Rider Extraordinaire

Posted by Paige Cerulli

If you've been on social media at all during the last four or five years, chances are you've seen a photo or video of Alycia Burton, even if you didn't know it. 

Alycia Burton is known for her incredible skills jumping bareback and bridleless. She's referred to as a free rider, riding her horse with no artificial barriers except for a loop of rope around his neck. Burton has been filmed riding her palomino pinto gelding, Classic Goldrush, over fences of stunning height. The pair seem to instantly understand each other, and they put on quite the display.

To see Burton today, you'd never imagine the difficulties that she's overcome. From dropping out of high school when she was 15 to becoming self-employed and starting her own training business, Burton is evidence that hard work does pay off. Take a look at this video which details her background and how she got to where she is today.

Burton specializes in training difficult horses. Horses which are difficult to train are often at risk of ending up in bad situations, since they don't appeal to buyers and require a significant investment of time and effort. Training difficult horses can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing, and difficult horses often require an experienced trainer. It's a difficult challenge, but it can also be highly rewarding if you're successful.

In the horse world, there's plenty of room for hard work. Burton worked her way up from the bottom, the same way that many horse lovers who don't have a lot of money have to do.

If you have a dream of owning or riding a horse, hard work and time can make that dream come true. Surround yourself with supportive people who believe in you, don't be afraid to start from the very bottom, and do everything you can to take advantage of what opportunities come your way.

Alycia Burton's story is inspiring to so many. If you'd like to learn more, visit her website at freeridingnz.com.

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Alycia Burton: Bareback Rider Extraordinaire