Racing to New Heights with Horton Racing
Sometimes I’m a little bit nervous on the start
Sebastian Horton, is 12 turning 13 this year, with a hobby that’s a little different from other middle school kids…
“There’s no question that racing is Sebastian’s passion,” says Tara Horton.
“In the summertime, I have a lot of fun too on quads, dirt bikes, side by sides. I wanted to race real snow cross, but my mom wouldn’t let me,” says Sebastian.
Snocross is a racing sport that involves high performance snowmobiles.
He says, “You need to know how to control the sled in the air, you need to know what a brake tap is, which lowers your front end when you tap it, and then just need to stay consistent and stay on the sled.”
Sebastian is no stranger to an adrenaline rush.
And after years of begging, his mother– Tara Horton– she finally gave in.
“As a mother, I cannot watch him race without shaking. You almost feel the adrenaline like the racers feel. This year he’s on a 650 pound machine. So it’s absolutely terrifying,” she says.
He competes in races all around the country.
“We go from Iowa, to Wisconsin, to Minnesota, to North Dakota, South Dakota.”
Racing in Michigan for four years and in the nationals for two.
Sebastian says, “In Michigan, I’m the state champion for my local circuit, and then I got a lot of first place medals.”
Tara explains, “Every race is its own individual race, but it’s progressive. So throughout the season, you accumulate so many points. Whoever has the most points, at the end of the season, would be determined as the national champ. Plus there’s placement at each race too.”
And he makes sure to keep his mom, on the edge…
“I’ve hit a triple… Probably 10 or 20 feet…A triple is when you come off one jump and then there’s another bump there, and another bump there and you land on that. If you come off a jump sideways it’s a little bit hard to control, but if you do it right, you should land smooth,” says Sebastian.
He says, “I look up to Corbin Anderson and Camryn Anderson. This sled right here that I have, I got it from the Anderson’s, they’re from Michigan and they’re a pro-light team.”
He even has a good luck charm…
“One of my fans gave this to me. It’s a little bracelet, so I keep this on my sled.”
And with all the medals and accomplishments,
Sebastian remembers to stay humble.
Tara says, “For him to be where he is now, as quickly as he’s gotten here, has honestly been quite surprising and impressive
Sebastian’s piece of advice, “Just have good sportsmanship and stay calm. When you don’t do the best, just shake it off. Go out and do your best.”