by Elizabeth A. Tomlin
“Matthew and Dustin were born in the saddle!” laughs Clarissa Schwann, mother of the two youth barrel racers from Bohemia, Long Island, NY.
Clarissa says both boys began riding when they were about 3-years old, starting with lead line, then on to walking and moving on to trotting on their own as they were ready. Loping began when they were around 5 or 6 years old.
“Matthew was lucky enough to grow up on my old barrel horse, Cheyenne,” said Clarissa. “Then we got him another, Fly By, and now he is riding ‘RJ’, who he won the Youth NYS Finals in 2014 on.”
Matthew also placed 5th in 1D Youth this year on ‘RJ’.
Clarissa says Dustin had a few ponies, while growing up, then moved up to Cheyenne for two years. But then Cheyenne passed away.
Dustin’s current horse, Kid, is an ex-reining horse, who is “awesome” and Clarissa says he loves him. Kid has been with the family for three years.
Matthew, 13-years old, is an 8th grader at Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School while Dustin, 11-years old, is a 5th grader and attends John Pearl Elementary School.
The family owns Morning Glory Farm, a 2-acre farm, where they have eight horses.
“We have been here for 18 years,” reports Clarissa. “We raise, train, and sell some horses. But most we keep!” she laughs.