Elizabeth Slusher, a 21-year-old medical biller, from Middlefield, Ohio, competed in Green Reiner Level with her mom, Kellie and her 6 ½-year-old sister, Emma, cheering in the stands. Her dad was also watching. Lynn Slusher was watching his daughter show via the live stream from Afghanistan.Lynn is a government contracted jet engine mechanic who is teaching Afghani soldiers how to maintain and operate jet engines. However, he still has time to watch his daughter show her horse.
Lynn works a 90 day/30 day schedule, which means he is there for 90 days and comes home for 30. Which makes him a very busy man. Lynn stays in contact with her dad often, “I can’t just call him at any time, but we chat on Facebook, Skype and we send him YouTube videos of me riding. He’s a big reason why I wanted to show at the Congress this year.”
“My dad started his contract 5 years ago when I was still in high school so it’s been difficult at times with him being so far away. However, he has seen me show before and we’re hoping he can come to the Congress next year. We’ve even talked about the idea of him riding too!” This experience was extra special for us since it was Elizabeth’s first time to ride here, on the Golden Anniversary of the Congress, and that Lynn was able to tune into the live feed and experience the ride with us.”
As Elizabeth’s score was announced the other day, the crowd went wild!
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