“A horse and handler have to work as a team. You get to know the horse, and they start to relax and have a good time with the training.“ ~Brooke Myers, age 16, Next Level Horsemanship
Brooke Myers, has shadowed her mother, Suzanne Myers, Next Level Horsemanship, since she was 3 years old. Now, she is a young horse handler in her own right. Since first grade, Brooke has excelled in school and her early take charge approach to life has served her well in many other ways. She is often on the road with her mother, behind the scenes at horse expos or clinics and there she is second to none in charge. “Brooke is an essential part of set up and making things run smoothly at the booth,” says Suzanne. “I really dread the thought of doing an event without her because she is literally my right-hand gal.” Brooke also plays volleyball in school, but her tight schedule can’t keep her away from her horses.
In 2009 Brooke earned the Reserve Grand Championship, Youth Division, in the Extreme Mustang Makeover, Eastern Stampede, Murfreesboro, TN, at the age of 9…she competed with horse trainers from throughout the country and was the youngest participant to ever achieve this honor. With her Award winnings, she bought Jacuzzi, the Mustang who shared her win.
Brooke rides in many disciplines and has even participated in the sport of Polocross with her Quarter Horse mare M.B. Jamie Babe. She especially enjoys the sport of Reining and competes in the Youth and Non-Pro divisions of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) sanctioned events.
In 2014, Brooke won Reserve Champion in the Eastern Regional NRHA Youth 13 and Under division finals held in New Jersey on her Quarter Horse mare Ready Spook, which qualified them for the national finals held in Oklahoma City, OK. Though they had a respectable showing there, they were out of the top ten that year.
In 2015 Brooke was fourth in the Eastern Regional NRHA Youth 14-18 division finals on the same mare in Syracuse, NY and returned to Oklahoma to win a Reserve Grand Champion national title!
In 2016, Brooke and Ready Spook won the Eastern Regional NRHA Youth 14-18 division and was Reserve Champion in the Non-Pro at Syracuse, NY. The pair opted out of the finals in Oklahoma because “Red” was in foal and it would have been too late in her pregnancy to show.
Brooke is very involved in the Next Level Horsemanship Program and is responsible for keeping her own horses in-tune and shaped up for show. She continues to look forward to her Non-Pro career in NRHA and is currently training her three year old prospect, Wimpy’s Grand Slam, for NRHA Non-Pro Futurities this year. When asked to describe how she feels about NLH training, Brooke says “It’s a very good way to train. It makes sense to me and has worked to get me where I am today with my horses!”