Hants’ Faces Friday – Ty Oulton and Nicole Oulton


Published on May 19, 2017

Ty Oulton and his pony, Dolly, are both 10-years-old and in many ways have grown up together.

©Colin Chisholm

WINDSOR, N.S. — Faces Friday is our online feature highlighting members of our community: their strength, challenges and humanity.

For this week’s Faces Friday, you’re meeting two people – say hello to 10-year-old Ty Oulton and his mother Nicole Oulton, who were both getting ready for the Windsor Spring Horse Show on May 18.

Ty has been interested in horseback riding for five years and his mother Nicole has been encouraged by how he’s taken to the sport. Living at Oulton Farm in Martock means they’re often surrounded by animals and Ty’s current horse, Dolly, was born at the farm where he lives.

Ty was a bit nervous during his interview, so he enlisted a bit of help from his mom throughout the process. This interview has been edited to replace some of Ty’s answers from “yes” or “yeah” to reflect the question he was answering.

Ty Oulton is showing with his horse, Dolly, in the Medium Pony Hunter class at the Windsor Spring Horse Show on May 19.
Colin Chisholm

Reporter – “How long have you been riding?”
Ty – “Three years now?”
Nicole – “Nope, five years.”
Ty – “Five years. My uncle (got me interested in horseback riding). Yeah (he loved it). Yeah, I enjoy it. I like being around horses and being around animals. I like that I get to do something not a lot of kids get to do. I like to jump because you can win ribbons and you can ride horses.”

Ty Oulton is showing with his horse, Dolly, in the Medium Pony Hunter class at the Windsor Spring Horse Show on May 19.
Colin Chisholm

Ty – “Her name is Dolly, she was born at my house, at the farm.”
Nicole – “How old is Dolly?”
Ty – “Ten. Yeah we’re the same age.”
Nicole – “She was your uncle’s pony and then when you started to ride he gave her to you. You named her Dolly from a children’s book, right?”
Ty – “Farmyard Tales.”
Nicole – “Her name was Olivia, but he changed her name to Dolly.”
Ty – “Yeah, we’re pals. We work good together.”
Nicole – “What was it like when you first started with her?”
Ty – “She didn’t go over jumps; she was fast. Just kept riding her, working hard. I ride horses every day. It keeps them in shape. I like to go riding. It’s fun.”
Nicole – “Being up on a horse nice and tall gives you a different perspective on the world?”
Ty – “Mmm hmm.”

Nicole Oulton and her son Ty Oulton get their pony, Dolly, ready for the Spring Horse Show in Windsor.
Colin Chisholm

Ty – “Yeah, I’m still able to make friends even though I’m one of the only boys. It’s not a big deal. I’ll stick with horseback riding for a while because I like to do it and it’s fun. I like learning about new things with riding. I do this about an hour a day. I like taking care of her, getting to be around her, cleaning out her stall. Tacking up is my least favourite part, when you have to put on your bridle and saddle. It’s a lot of work and I’m not tall enough. I want to keep jumping; it’s fun to do, it’s exciting. You get to go over big jumps.”
Nicole – “Isn’t it exciting when you make it over a jump? Doesn’t it make your heart pound?”
Ty – “Yeah. I’m excited to be a part of the show. The jumping is my favourite part.”

Ty Oulton and his pony, Dolly, are both 10-years-old and in many ways have grown up together.
Colin Chisholm

Nicole – “He’s taken to horseback riding like a fish to water. He got on his first pony over at McDonald’s when he was five years old, fell off, and got back on and has never looked back. Dolly has had some training at other places and came to Ty, so they’ve been quite a team. They’ve kind of grown together. At his first ever horse show, he rode Dolly, which was her first ever horse show too. (Ty) is very mature and knows what he needs to do as far as getting Dolly to do what needs to be done and what he thinks the judge is going to want for the class he’s in. They’ve come a long way.”