Tate Welch is 11 years old and lives south of Franktown Colorado. He is a fifth grader at Cherry Valley Elementary and the reigning school spelling bee champion. Since he was old enough to ride, he’s helped his family in their cattle operations. He’s also active in 4-H, where he showed his top horse, Say Hey Rey, in the Working Ranch Versatility division to win the high point junior award. He also recently placed fourth in Amarillo in the junior division of the youth Ranch Horse Association of America show. In addition to horses, he shows pigs and is the Douglas County two-time reserve champion junior showman. Tate also enjoys camping and other outdoor activities. When it’s too cold to be outside, he enjoys building Legos.
His experience with the Equine Comeback Challenge and “Pollyanna” has taught him a great deal about horse training. She is gentle, kind and a quick learner. He’s proud to be helping add value to a rescue horse through training and expects Pollyanna will make a great trail or 4-H horse.
“The challenge of working with her and the way she responds has been my favorite part,” Tate said.