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Wild Riders will thrill audiences

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

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The featured entertainment at this year's Cherokee Chamber of Commerce PRCA Rodeo will be the Wild Riders. Abigail and Meishja Petersen will be demonstrating their horsemanship nightly at this year's Rodeo. Photo contributed
Providing nightly entertainment at this year's Cherokee Chamber of Commerce PRCA Rodeo will be the highly entertaining Wild Riders. A sister act that demonstrate the mastery of horsemanship.

Abigail & Meishja Petersen have deep rooted backgrounds in horsemanship, public performance, and athletics; making their shows together absolutely stunning.

"For us, performing and sharing the art of trick riding with the nation is an opportunity we are always very thankful for. We have countless fond memories of our times on the road; and feel that same joy and excitement every time we load up the rig. Our hearts belong to this rare and beautiful sport. It has taken us further than we could have ever dreamed and it continues to open doors. We love meeting new friends and talking with fans.

Hopefully, we can meet you along the way, too.

But, if we don't get to meet you out there, here's a little something about us," said the Petersen sisters.

Abigail Petersen is the manager of The Wild Riders. For her, trick riding has already taken her to many exciting places. In the summer of 2006, she performed in Ocean City, Md. for three months. Then to complete her Equine Science degree, she flew 19 hours to Mt. White, Australia to intern with the masterminds of Harris Entertainment- movie horse trainer, Heath Harris, and, Olympic show jumper, Krissy Harris. Abigail's favorite horse is her new ride Poquito, a big bay paint with a heart of gold, and her new BLM Mustang, Troubadour.

Abigail loves everything about her job, and it shows in her performances.

Meishja Petersen has already spent two decades in the saddle, riding since she was in diapers. With a strong background in athletics, her trick riding skills came with ease when she started with The Coyotes Troupe in 2004. She is currently pursuing her Vet Tech degree with a minor in Equine Science. While most college students go to the tropics for vacation, Meishja instead went to "Trick Riding Boot Camp"! She trained rigorously under the expertise of trick riding legends, Linda Scholtz and Karen Vold at the Vold's Red Top Ranch. Meishja's favorite horse is her beautiful bay paint, Kash.

Tucker Manning sometimes rides with the Petersen sisters, and is the newest member of the Wild Riders. He has taken to trick riding famously! He hasn't met a a trick he can't do yet, and has even invented some smooth stunts of his own. He has a natural riding ability and showmanship, making him the perfect addition to the team. His specialty are amazing vault combos that are rarely performed. Tucker's favorite horse to stunt on is Apache, known around the barn as The Appy.

Tucker will amaze any crowd with his unique vault combos.



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