Torie Immel will cast her first vote for president this fall.
She’s 18, grew up in Newport Beach and was a championship equestrian athlete while attending Mater Dei High School.
A lot of prognosticators are predicting a large youth turnout in this presidential election so you might assume Torie’s been paying very close attention to this historic election. But you’d be wrong. And not because Torie’s a typical apathetic teenager.
It’s because she’s been spending most of her time in Holland competing as a horseback rider.
When she tagged along with her mom, Tracy Manzi, and stepfather Mick Manzi to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest on Saturday night to see Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama have what amounted to an almost talk-show-type interview with Pastor Rick Warren, she got her first chance to really dive into this race that has transfixed millions since the election started in January.