Instead, I drive my daughter to riding lessons. At aged 11, Victoria is showing the promise of becoming a seriously good horsewoman. Her teacher says so and so does Katie, my friend whose horse, Sonia (pictured), Victoria rides. Riding lessons are not a cheap undertaking, but some things are just worth it. When your child shows a strong interest, a passion even, a drive to WANT to learn, it's nothing to write that semi weekly check to further her dreams. And Katie has been so generous with Sonia, a retired race horse. Yes, Victoria, tall for her age, rides a horse. Not a pony. A full sized horse. Victoria, tall and thin, looks beautiful on Sonia, with her equally lean racing lines. They are a picture together. Am I beaming like a proud mom? YES I am! My daughter has surprised me. She hates to fold laundry, argues with me when I ask her to empty the dishwasher, but takes instruction well from her teacher and is a natural on horseback. Talks to her mount, rewards Sonia when she accomplishes a task properly. I loved horses at Victoria's age too, but didn't have the drive to want to own and ride one. I stuck to just drawing them.