Audrey Cairns

Horseback Rider & Non-Profit Ambassador

Why She’s Amazing

Audrey Cairns doesn’t want to be a princess. She wants to be more.

After being diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, Audrey was a walk ambassador at age three and then recognized as the Youth Honoree last year by the Arthritis Foundation. Even while shy at times about her illness, Audrey remains confident and tells her story to help other children.

Audrey is also a competitive horseback rider. Judging from her ribbons, medals and trophies, she came back as strong as ever after a few bad falls.

We had a chance to ask Audrey a few questions. We don’t know if we’re more impressed by this amazing girl’s determination or kindness!

“I’ve been practicing my surgical procedures on my stuffed animals for years!” – Audrey Cairns

Q & A

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up and why?

A: I want to be a veterinarian because I absolutely love all animals. I’ve been practicing my surgical procedures on my stuffed animals for years!

Q: What do people say when you tell them that?

A: My mom told me that I will need to know a lot of math even if I’m a vet, and I’ve had some people tell me that I should work with people because I talk so much.

Q: Do people ever call you “princess” and, if so, how does that make you feel?

A: I don’t really ever get called a princess and I don’t know if it would bother me. Sometimes if someone calls someone a princess they mean that they are acting very stuck up.

Q: How did you become interested in horseback riding and raising awareness about juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

A: I was an ambassador for the Arthritis Walk when I was just three years old and then I was the Youth Honoree last year. I got involved because I knew I could tell my story and let people know that even kids get arthritis. I started horseback riding when I was in first grade. My mom saw an ad in the paper and she asked if I wanted to try it. I did three lessons, and I knew that I loved everything about it. I am not scared of horses!

Q: Do your family and friends support your interest in both of these areas?

A: My friends think it is awesome! All of my best friends came out and walked with me last year. My mom and dad sometimes get scared watching me ride horses because I have had two very bad falls, but they do not want me to quit.

Q: Did you ever think you’d be called an “amazing girl” for choosing to do this?

A: I never thought I would be called that! I am usually very shy about talking about my arthritis because I do not like to feel different than my friends. I also don’t brag about horseback riding because I know that not everyone gets to do what I do. I have two other friends who ride horses so we talk about it, but we don’t brag to each other.

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Q: What three words would you like people to use to describe you?

A: Caring, kind and funny

Q: What do you want people to know about you outside of horseback riding and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis?

A: I could live in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida because I love the beaches there so much. I would swim every day in the ocean if I could. I play saxophone, clarinet, some piano and I sing. I love to be in musicals and I have the cutest guinea pig named “Gertrude”.

Q: If you could have ice cream with one person, whom would it be?

A: Dr. Lauren Thielen! She is an exotic animal vet and she is on a show called “Dr. K’s Exotic Animal ER”. I think she is such an awesome vet and she is so funny.

Q: What advice would you give to a girl who wants to be just like you?

A: You have to learn to speak in front of crowds if you become involved with charity events, so practice your speeches a lot. Also, be really nice to people because sometimes people don’t look sick, but they are.

Bonus Question: What question would you ask the next Amazing Girl we interview?

A: You should ask them what their favorite school subject is. I like English.

Fun Facts:

  • Audrey’s favorite app is Talking Angela.
  • Her favorite Halloween candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
  • Audrey’s favorite song is “Just Be Held” by Casting Crowns.
  • Her favorite subject is English.
  • Her favorite sports team is the U.S. Women’s Soccer Team.