Featured Amateur Rider
loved the horses so much, it was hard for me to get on for a while because she had always been such a huge part of it for me. However, now I feel closer to her when I'm riding, and it's a great feeling.
Tell me about this year so far, what has it been like? Jacksonville is always a great show to get us started. It gets the horses used to the warm weather and us used to showing again after time off. After that we went to WEF, which is always amazing. Of the winter shows I've been to, it is my favorite. There is always so much to do and see, the competition is always friendly and fun – it has a bit of everything! Unfortunately we were stabled out in what was Littlewood, so the walk was about 30 minutes to the rings! But it was definitely worth it! HITS was great too. It was a new experience for me, and I really enjoyed it! Having the track to ride around is great, you get to walk around it and watch all the competition while working your horse. I had a lot of fun there. All three of the circuits are great and I will definitely go back to them all! Like I said though, WEF has to be my favorite!
How did you do ribbon wise with the hunters and your jumper? My hunters were fantastic. They all won classes and jumped amazing, I was so proud of them. My jumper, Ludwig Storgaard, only showed in Ocala and he was great. I hadn't shown in the jumpers since August so I was a bit slow, but we got ribbons every day out of over thirty (once out of over 50!) so I was very pleased!
When you weren't showing in Florida, what were your favorite things to do? Nothing really. I just liked being at the show with the horses, taking them for long walks and grazing them. However, I also loved the shopping! There is always that!!
Do you think you'll come back and do all of the shows again? I'd love to do all the shows again! I do think people miss out when they just stick to one circuit, however it is exhausting trying to do them all and school!
What was your biggest challenge riding in Florida? My biggest challenge would have to be staying calm, in big classes sometimes my nerves get to me! As I've gotten older though, I've been able to take a deep breath and focus.
Tell me about the Hunter Derbies and performance hunter classes. How do they differ in Florida from the rest of the shows you have been at around the country?
Derby classes are by far my favorite to ride, they are always so much fun! In Florida, they seem to be built up a lot bigger and they are a bit more exciting, the performance classes included. I hope to do the derby at WEF in another month or so!
What is your favorite Derby Class? The USHJA International Hunter Derby.
Do you have a favorite show overall? My favorite Florida show is definitely WEF, but my all time favorite show is the Blowing Rock Charity Horse Show in Blowing Rock, NC.
Do you have a favorite course designer? I don't know if I have a favorite, but Bobby Murphy definitely stands out to me as building crazy fun courses in the hunter ring! They're always very challenging.
What was the most difficult test or obstacle you have found on course, where was that and when? How did you handle it? Opening gates! We had to do it once at Atlanta, and the horse I rode can be a bit head shy so I had to pull him up to it kind of funny. Luckily, they hadn't closed it all the way so I was able to just poke it with my stick!
What are your plans for the rest of 2012?
My plans are to show a bit, but mostly focus on school. I have to take the LSAT's
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Leaving the ring on Onassis
If there is one hunter you could ride, or horse, which would it be? I would kill to ride Blue Lloyd 12, the jumper. He is unreal!
Who do you most admire, want to emulate, and why? I really admire Liza Towell in the hunters, and am so lucky to get to ride with her every day. She rides amazing and always keeps her cool! In the jumpers, McLain Ward for sure. Everything he does he does with perfect equitation, he makes it all look so easy.
What are your goals both with horses and in life?
My goal in all aspects of my life is to be the absolute best that I can be, and to never settle for anything less.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 5 years I'd like to see myself at Emory Law School as well as riding and training professionally.
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