It wasn't until second semester freshman year of my college career that I actually started riding. I had had minimal riding experience and horse knowledge up until that point, just having gone on basic pony rides throughout my childhood. It wasn't until my friend suggested that I go watch an Albion College Equestrian Team’s home show one weekend when I decided I would give riding a try.
I took one lesson a week my second semester in college, since that was all I could afford at the time, and I fell in love. Our beginner horse, Redford, was a saint and he is the reason I am where I am. After a semester of lessons, I talked with our coach about joining the team and she was more than ready to have me aboard. My first year showing was an absolute blast. Everyone on the team was super supportive of me and continues to be proud of every new thing I accomplish to this day.