Summer Steele Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Photography by Alyssa Chappell Photography. Florida Issue 15
The Nomination: I have known Summer for years and it was such an honor to be able to photograph her for her senior year. I am nominating Summer for the inspiring teen athlete because of her love for her horse. Riding horses, taking care of all the animals, and living on farm land is a lot of hard work. Summer loves spending time with all of her animals from her precious dog Jake to her horse Yager. Yager is approximately 10 years old they have had him about five years Summer's uncle adopted him from the mustang round up auction in Ocala. Yager was a bottle baby that was separated in the round up out west and adopted at an auction. Yager has a tattoo on his neck that signifies a mustang.
Hi my name is Summer Anne Steele. I am 17 years old and a senior at Keystone Heights High School graduating with honors. I am a customer service manager at a local grocery store. I have lived in Florahome my whole life and our family lives on a 50 acre ranch we call “Chaos & Critters Ranch”. We have had many different varieties of animals: cows, horses, goats, alpacas, chickens, dogs, cats, and rabbits. I became interested in horseback riding from the time I could walk. Yager is a 10-year-old mustang that was separated from his mom in the round up in Nevada and was raised as a bottle baby. While I love horses, I love dogs just as much. I saved my money at the age of 15 and adopted my first dog, Jake from a rescue in Brooksville, FL. He is an apple head tan colored chihuahua that is absolutely spoiled rotten with a feisty attitude.
My mom says kind of like me. :) I have always enjoyed living on a farm and wouldn’t want it any other way. It is peaceful, quiet, and relaxing living in the country. My chores over the years have been feeding up the animals, filling their water troughs, giving them baths, worming the animals, bottle feeding a baby calf that was rejected, mucking out the stall, assist my mom in giving shots to the animals, collecting eggs and dragging the field with my four-wheeler. On occasion I volunteer at the local Humane Society by walking dogs and help keep our little library stocked with books in the Florahome Palmetto Park. I have always planned to become a veterinarian for small breed animals. However, I am not completely sure that is what I want to do with my life just yet. I will attend Sante Fe College this spring and then transfer to University of Florida in Gainesville.
Summer was featured in Issue 15 of Inspiring Teens Magazine.