Most people know what a horse looks like. Few people know what a bond with a horse looks like. Sure horses are admired by many but not the sports horses are involved in. Many people ask riders “Why? Why do you ride?”
I ride because it’s not only a good pass time but it’s also my passion. I love robots and I love science, but neither come close to my love for horses. Riding allows me to see what I’m truly capable of and then push myself further.
I started riding because my dad didn’t know what to get me for Christmas and there was an online coupon for lessons at a local barn. After about 3 years of taking weekly lessons, I rode in my first show. And, I instantly fell in love with it.
If you fast forward about 3 more years, you would see me competing in my first full show season in the local dressage circuit. A year later I tried my hand at hunters and found my true love, eventing. Last year, I competed in my first sanctioned horse trail and this year in my first Beginner Novice.
So why do I put myself through the early mornings and late nights? Through the disappointment of not doing as well at the show as I have been at home? Why would anyone pay so much for a $5 ribbon?
Because I love the thrill of running across a giant field with my giant horse and jumping crazy things come people only dream about. I do this because I know what tiny victories and aha moments feel like. Because, to me, it’s way more than a ribbon. It’s seeing my family and friends at the exit gate with huge smiles because we finished that hard course. I do it because I love every minute of it.