What is your name and barn you are currently riding at?
My name is Abigail Fulmer and I ride at Houghton College Equestrian Center in Houghton New York.
Tell us a little bit about you and your horse.
A bit about me personally, I come from a western barrel racing and pole bending background. I learned on a small little quarter horse named Roxie and man could that horse go! She was the sweetest thing and let me do anything to her; from funny hats to trying to mount her bareback as a short 12-year-old, and so forth.
Then in high school, I wanted to jump and I started riding English at a local stable.
After three years and multiple ponies that tried to buck me off, I found my dream horse!
His name was Mr. Darcy and he was a big bodied Cleveland Bay that stole my heart. I started working with him and we started showing together and by the end of my senior year, we were winning 2’6 hunters at some local shows. Then the sad day of leaving for college came, I had to say goodbye to my partner only to see him on breaks and summers.
But this was not the end of my journey as an equestrian.
I currently attend Houghton College and am a part of the Equestrian program there (major in equestrian performance and a second degree in business management). Here I work with a variety of horses in all disciplines of riding; jumping, dressage, western, hunters, eventing. I love the school horses and they all have something unique to teach me.
At the moment, I am leasing a horse named Easy (although I promise you he doesn’t live up to that name). He is a quarter horse that dreams he is a thoroughbred. He is most certainly not built for jumping but he loves ever second of it. I started my journey with him this past summer and we have evented beginner novice and have been showing some first level dressage together as well as 2’9″ hunters. He is so much fun to work with because he always puts his heart into everything he is doing, whether he is naturally good at it or not. I love him for that and it is amazing to see how far he has come and how this body has developed athletically! I am excited to continue my journey with him and the other school horses at college!
What are your goals as an equestrian?
My goal is to ride at the advanced level in eventing and maybe someday be able to ride for our country.
How are you working towards those goals?
Ever since I was a little kid, I have wanted to ride horses at the top level and I wanted to jump. The love of eventing did not develop until around high school where I discovered the sport. I did not start riding and competing it until this past summer thou and let me tell you…I love cross country! Along with my professors and instructors at college, they are helping to push me towards that goal of continuing to move up the levels.
I am also seeking out the best in my area to train with. For a part of the summer, I am going to work with an intermediate level eventer in Rochester. Also, I am starting some lessons and clinics with another advanced level eventer this summer as well. I am excited for the prospects of riding with these individuals and excited for the connections that they may provide for a future internship or working student position. I have plans and goals of working with an Olympian after I graduate college, especially Boyd Martin or Buck Davidson!
Who is your riding role model? Who is it and why?
I have always looked up to Boyd Martin. He is not only an incredible rider but carries himself in a very relaxed but professional manner. Every lesson I have watched him teach or appearance he has made on the media he always comes with a smile and a good laugh. He is a very likable person as well as a top class athlete. He truly cares about his horses and loves that sport as well as all the people involved. That is the type of eventer I want to be. I want to ride my best but also bring out the best in my horses and the people around me like Boyd Martin does.
Biggest success or funniest fail?
My funniest fail moment was probably back when I was about 12 years old and still riding western with Roxie the quarter horse. I had been riding her bareback for awhile and I wanted to see if I could mount her from the ground, all 5 feet of me! I had done the obvious thing and watched some youtube videos about how to mount from the ground. The easiest one seemed to be where you stand by the horse’s shoulder and just jump and swing your leg over…easy right?
Well, I obviously thought so, I decided to give it ago I positioned myself correctly and jumped with all my might. I never got my leg even half way up her side before plopping down in the dirt and sliding right underneath of Roxie. Like head in-between her two front feet, I don’t know how exactly I found myself in this position but I did! Being the superstar that Roxie was she just dropped her head down and looked at me as if to say, “what are you doing down there?” Needless to say, I always use a mounting block now!