2020 OSBA Queen
Hello, my name is Kirsten Dienstberger. I am very excited for this opportunity to represent the Ohio State Buckskin Association for 2020. I am 21 years old, grew up and currently live in Perrysburg, Ohio. My first exposure to the horse industry was going to the local fair when I was five years old and just wanted to ride the ponies in circles for hours. After that, my parents enrolled me in a lesson program at a local farm. At the age of 8, I joined a 4-H club in Wood County, Ohio and leased horses, including Jackson, a non- registered gelding I trained and received reserve versatility champion. Being in 4-H evolved me into the rider and person I am today. Throughout the years I was Points Officer, Treasurer and President which taught me leadership skills and what it is like to be part of a community. Growing up, the different horse trainers exposed and taught me the basics of riding, gentling and breaking wild mustangs, jumping and competing in local jumping shows. When I was 14, I felt that I was truly ready to have a horse of my own and found a 1-year-old, Buckskin Mare in Columbus, Ohio, named PACIN EXTREME BRASS or “Brassy”. Although she was the true definition of a mare, I fell in love with and brought her home to share the rest of my 4-H career. A few months into starting Brassy under saddle, I realized the challenge and found Judy Harrison for assistance. Under Judy’s guidance and recommendation, I joined IBHA two years ago.
In March 2019, I graduated with my associates degree in Applied Sciences and in February of 2020 I received my certification in Equine Sports Massage and Rehabilitation Therapy. I currently work as a Veterinary Assistant at a small animal clinic in Maumee Ohio and on the side, I also do Equine Body Work. When I am not working or with my horse, I spend time outdoors enjoying nature by hiking or kayaking, or with friends and family.
Joining the IBHA industry has truly felt like the light at the end of the tunnel. I had known what it was like to be a part of a community but little did I know what it was like to be a part of another family in an organization like this. Going to my first OSBA show, other exhibitors, judges, and show coordinators were very welcoming. I had never felt truly a part of an industry until I joined IBHA. Being able to represent OSBA has been an extraordinary honor and hope to make them proud. My goals as the OSBA queen is to go to as many horse events as possible to educate others what IBHA is about, establish an OSBA youth team, and to continue making members feel welcomed and a part of our family as what they did for me. If I were to be elected as Miss Buckskin World, I would hope to continue educating people what the industry is about and to be able to go to horse events, continue to make a difference and expand our industry, listen to our exhibitors for possible future changes or additions into our organization. It is truly extraordinary to be the 2020 OSBA Queen and I am truly excited to see where this year will take me.