By Heather Graves
DE PERE — For any high school student, the last day of school is a milestone worth celebrating.
An 18 year old Father’s Student chose to celebrate his last day of high school by fulfilling a long-held ambition: riding to school.
High school student Mason Albers, who works as a squire at a local farm, said he decided to make Jellybean – a 13-year-old registered Haflinger – at school on the last day a personal goal for himself as a reward for squat and finish high school strong.
“Horses have been my motivation to do almost everything in my life, but that was for my grandmother who passed away last December,” he said. “I did everything for her in second semester and I know she looks down laughing. Unfortunately she can’t join me for graduation, so I brought my grandma in spirit to her own little “graduation”.
Albers said that since all of his missions had been completed the day before, he decided to make his last “official” day fun.
Although he didn’t exactly attend class on Tuesday, the ride to school with his faithful friend Jellybean was, for him, more symbolic.
“The reason I rode my horse at school is not only because I have never heard of anyone riding in De Pere, but also for the sheer pleasure of the reactions of the children for those who don’t see a horse every day,” he said.
Albers said he definitely turned heads on his trot to and from school, and received tons of positive feedback.
“The reactions I got were nothing but smiles or points saying, ‘Oh my God, that’s a horse,'” he said. “All good things from my perspective. When I left school, a few families stopped by and asked if they could take my picture with Jellybean, and I happily agreed.
Albers said that while school officials weren’t exactly keen on the idea, he let the rules work in his favor.
“When the principal stopped me and said there was no way a horse could come to school, I did my research,” he said. “I found out that it’s completely legal to ride horses to school if that’s your only means of transportation. I currently don’t have a driver’s license so what I did was completely legal. »
Albers said at the end it was for fun.
“Bringing Jellybean to school not only gave me happiness, but the plan also helped motivate me to achieve the goal of graduating from high school,” he said.
A love for horses
Albers says he’s always had a passion for horses.
“I’ve been horseback riding all my life, before I could walk I was on the back of a horse,” he said. “My first word as a child was horse. Horses mean absolutely everything to me and I love their loving personalities and dedication to you if you give them your all. They truly are God’s greatest creatures.
Now that he’s put on his cap and gown and made it to graduation, Albers said that while he’s not completely sure what the future holds for him, the horses will probably be one of them.
“This summer, I will continue to work as a steady hand, and hope to open my own training facility from summer to winter and continue to grow my business, or maybe I could move to Kentucky at the fall, depending on how things go,” he said.