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Meet Caroline McConnell! Our newest Brand Ambassador for The Fabulous Horse!
*What age did you start riding?
When I was three my mother took me to a pony ride farm, I begged to go around again and again, she decided riding lessons would be cheaper. I started riding when I was four and a half at local hunter/jumper barns but decided to make the switch to dressage in 2009 and haven’t looked back!
I have several people who have inspired and influenced me. First was Lendon Gray. She has been a wonderful teacher and coach and has opened doors that I never would have even knocked on. She has worked tirelessly around the country developing programs specifically for the youth. I have participated in many of those programs and highly recommend them. Charlotte Dujardin and Laura Graves inspire me because they are such hands on horsewomen who work directly with their horses and have such beautiful relationships with them. My mother has been my biggest supporter.
*How do you feel you are an influence to others in the riding world?
I hope I inspire young people to follow their passion and go for their goals. It’s not always easy but, it’s always worth it. I also want to impress upon young people to be grateful for every horse that comes into their world, no matter their cost, training level or breed, each and every horse has something to teach, from the spicy backyard pony to fancy Grand Prix horse, they all have a lesson for us as riders.
*Your biggest achievement in riding so far? (horse shows, medals etc.)
My biggest accomplishments in my riding so far have been qualifying for and placing at the 2014 Festival of Champions in Gladstone, NJ at the FEI Pony Division and earning my USDF Bronze medal later that year. This year I received my USDF Silver Medal.
*What do you plan to accomplish in riding and future endeavors ?
My goal for the 2018 show season is qualifying for NAJYRC at Young Riders and moving up to Intermediare 1. I am planning on a career within the equine industry.
*What do you do in your spare time? (Hobbies and such)
I enjoy photography, reading, and hiking.
I will be attending Centenary University and will be majoring in Equine Business Management. I graduated from Warwick Valley High School this year in June with the Superintendents Award for 100+ hours of community service.
My favorite color is blue.