Low-key lifestyle keeps Skylar Wireman & De Laloma in top shape

It was a triumphant return to the show ring, to say the least, for 18-year-old newly minted professional Skylar Wireman (USA).

On Sunday, Wireman and De Laloma took home the $30,000 Marshall & Sterling 1.40m Open Classic at Desert International Horse Park (DIHP) after a brief break from the circuit during the DIHP fall season. And she clearly wasted no time getting back into the swing of things.

The victory came one day after her win with Coolio 23 in the Valencia Saddlery National Grand Prix on Saturday. On Sunday, Wireman doubled up, stopping the time at 29.931 seconds, just (and we mean just) beating Della White (USA) and Giggs in 29.995 seconds; Kaitlin Campbell and Laremo took third (30.536).

“I haven’t really shown her that much,” Wireman said of the 15-year-old KWPN mare De Laloma. “He’s generally better in a smaller circle, so in a bigger circle he gets going a little bit. [She can also] to start off in a jump, so I try to turn more than canter.

“She’s naturally very careful and naturally quick on the ground, so I don’t have to worry as much about going fast as how I can be efficient on the track.”

As an award-winning junior equestrian rider — not to mention the 2022 USEF Junior Equestrian of the Year — Wireman knows a thing or two about watching the track. Last February, she and Heritage Farm’s Charisma made headlines when they won the World Equestrian Center—Ocala (Florida) Premier Equitation Cup Championship. In 2020, Wireman took home [Platinum Performance/USEF] Talent Search Finale — West aboard Hot Pants.

But the Bonsall, Calif., rider — who said she likes to fully enjoy her time with her horses rather than let them get on her nerves — maintains a similarly light-hearted mentality when it comes to structuring their training.

“We do a lot of surface work, with a lot of side work, we just break it up a lot [on] be. That way, when you need to turn, go fast and have brakes, it’s all a jump away,” she explained, adding that she thinks it’s important to save her horses’ jumps for the show ring.

“Everybody goes to the polls and just hangs out — they have a quiet, easy life at home,” Wireman says of his managerial mentality, which seems to be working.

“They just get to the show and they’re ready to perform.”

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