In a minute or less spent in the arena, on an unfamiliar horse, I had the opportunity to challenge myself and learn lessons along the way. Most times resulting in exiting the ring with a huge smile on my face while patting the neck of the horse who I was happy to call my new buddy, followed by cheers from the team that always has my back no matter the ride.
To my current team, I want to thank you for your unrelenting training, dedication, sportsmanship and passion for the team as we each experienced our highs and lows. Being a team captain has been an absolute honor. I was proud to see each person on my team grow in unique and beautiful ways. I made lasting friendships with captains throughout the region who we could lean on each other for support.
University of Scranton Equestrian Team. Photo courtesy of Lauren Rice
As a daring and passionate equestrian from the age of four, all I ever knew was the strength and relationship between myself and my horse. Within these last four years, I discovered through the IHSA that equestrians stand stronger as a team rather than as one. But more importantly, we are the strongest when we come together as a region and community.