Sydney was born and raised in the suburban areas of Nampa, Idaho. Her parents lacked the experience with horses that she desired and it wasn’t until her older sister, Taylor, went through a “horse phase” did it end up becoming a lifestyle for the two.
Sydney and her sister became involved in the local 4-H program and Working Ranch Horse Program, where Sydney learned the basic horsemanship skills that built the foundation she has today. In 2003 Sydney and her sister met Miriam Haylett, who quickly became their “horse mom.” Along with Sydney’s parents, Miriam and her husband Roger fed her passion for horses and deepened her desire to learn.
During high school Sydney was intensely involved in FFA and other leadership activities and even served as the Idaho FFA State Secretary. Being so involved in FFA did not leave a lot of time for her first-love; horses. Since becoming an FFA Alumni Sydney has focused on returning horses into her life and spending her free time with her sister on the Simplot Ranch, and also carving leather. Sydney currently attends the College of Southern Idaho pursuing associate degrees in Equine Science and Agriculture Business, with plans to continue to a Bachelor’s degree at Montana State University where she will participate in the colt-starting program. While attending school she works as a waitress at a local sports bar, assists with equine assisted psychotherapy, and apprentices under Dave Alderson trying to learn as much as she can about the art of silversmithing.
Sydney is very excited about her scholarship opportunity, as she believes it will continue her knowledge and understanding of horses and open a door for her future.