What started as a community service project led one Wonder Lake girl and her horse to internet fame.
Alexa Mayer, 9, and her Arabian horse Resolution EQ, or “Reso” visited Hickory Point Christian Village in Forsyth several weeks ago as part of an ambassador award project through the Arabian Horse Association.
Mayer let Reso visit with patients in the parking lot of the nursing home until the director told them about a man inside, Lyle Day, who was too ill to leave his room.
“The director came to me and said there was a gentleman inside who really wanted to meet him and loved horses,” said Alexa’s mother, Krista Mayer. “And I said ‘Well, Reso would walk into a black hole if you asked him to – can we bring him inside?’ ”
A video showing the meeting has garnered more than six million views, more than 63,000 shares and has been featured as its own story on Unilad and the Snapchat “Stay Tuned” channel.
Reso stays at Randy Sullivan Training Center near Springfield.
Alexa trains there and also with Lisa Jo White of John White Stables in Woodstock. She has been riding Reso for about four years.
“I like it because it’s challenging,” Alexa Mayer said. “It’s fun. [Reso] is sweet and funny.”
Krista Mayer said she was surprised at how quickly the video gained popularity. Various entities have called and emailed asking to buy the video, she said.
“I am not looking to make a buck,” she said. “It truly was just a community service project. ... It is hard for [Alexa] to understand the magnitude of it. ... It’s crazy how fast it took off.”
The ambassador award program is meant to showcase the Arabian Horse Association youth horse showing division as well as the breed itself, Krista Mayer said.
“The award will be presented in Springfield this coming Saturday, and she will be showing Reso at the regionals next week,” she said. “And she did win [the ambassador award], so all her hard work paid off.”
The Mayers operate the Facebook page “Team Reso” to promote Arabian horses and chronicle Reso and Alexa’s adventures.