In high school you don’t picture riding as a varsity sport, but I am the one and only varsity equestrian at MHS. I don’t get a banner in the gym or a page in the year book, even though I have been in the top six in the state all through high school and junior high, but colleges love the fact that I am committed to riding. A few weeks ago I got a letter from the University of Kentucky and I was really excited, but their riding team isn’t part of the SEC.
People have always told me I was born to ride horses… I don’t know it just comes naturally to me and I love it. I want to push myself to be a NCAA champion, no big deal. I have the horse, the training, and the drive to do it. And I’m not going to lie, but I bleed blue. UK is my favorite college and I love Lexington with all of my heart, but I want to be a part of the SEC! Lexington is surrounded by some of the best farms in the country and it is horse capital of the world, so it should be able to support a varsity equestrian program.
Granted I was a little concerned in the beginning about other people riding my horse (after all I am an only child and I don’t share well), but I read on the UK equestrian team’s page that you can ride and show your own horse! And I plan on spending four years in the Gluck Equine Research Center to major in equine Science and Management, but I want to make sure my horse has a nice home and she is well cared for.
I am planning an official college visit in early November, but I am not only looking at the college for me, but also for my horse, even if the team is club and not part of the SEC. I really want to go to UK and I hope that in the next few years their top notch equestrian team can join the SEC. I am confident that my horse and I will be a perfect addition to the team and life will be good in the bluegrass. Plus, I know my horse looks really good in UK blue, so Lexington, here we come!