Allison Turner and Russo are racking up awards

Del Oro student and her horse jumping to success

By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Allison Turner, 14, of Loomis has a winning way with horses. The Del Oro High School freshman and Russo, her American Warmblood sport horse, are award-winners in hunter/jumper events. Ali has been riding since she was 5 years old and started jumping on ponies seven years ago. Her parents, Stephani and Kurt Turner, bought Russo three years ago. The 13-year-old horse had competed as a jumper. “I love this sport. The commitment is just there. I love the horses. I love everything about riding,” Ali said. Together, Ali and Russo, whose show name is Ever Reddy, completed the year with several top honors. They rode in four final medal competitions that consisted of riders that have accumulated points all season to compete against each other in regional finals. They jumped fences that are three-feet high. Ali and Russo earned first place in the Northern California Medal Challenge, fourth place at the CloverLeaf Jumper Equitation Finals, seventh place at the NorCal Medal Finals and third place at the Horse and Hound Medal Finals. The pair are coached and trained by Sami Milo of Patriot Farms in Granite Bay. During competition, the horse and rider are judged on equitation, which is the art of riding a horse, along with the horse’s performance. Ali competes as an amateur against other amateur riders of all ages. She and Russo spend eight to 10 hours a week practicing. During the show season, which runs from February through October, it is a seven-day-a-week commitment. While winning competitions is important, Ali’s mom, Stephani Turner, is most proud of her daughter’s compassion for horses and other riders. Stephani Turner said her daughter has a genuine concern for the other kids, especially when one is thrown or falls from their horse. She also said Ali puts her horse before herself. “A lot of competitors treat their horses like they’re vehicles to win on, Ali is more concerned about her horse’s well-being and wants to be sure she’s not pushing him too hard,” Stephani Turner said. “These horses give their all for their riders,” she said. Stephani Turner said that Russo knows he is loved. “He loves Ali and nickers and shakes himself whenever he sees her. He has a big heart,” she said. Ali does manage to find time for other interests besides riding. She plays on a select soccer team that her dad, Kurt, coaches. She also raises pigs in 4-H and FFA. According to Stephani Turner, Ali’s goal next year is to compete at the three-foot, three-inch height and to participate in larger, statewide competitions. She ultimately hopes to become a known rider who is asked to compete on a variety