Tag: equestrian


It’s a wrap — Five lessons from barn finals

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1st May

It seems like only yesterday when my parents dropped me off at my dorm with only my two full suitcases, and now I’m a few days away from finishing my first year of college. I never would’ve imagined that the year would have gone by as fast as it has. I’ve had so many different ideas of what my final blog post for this year would look like, so choosing one to go with wasn’t an easy task. But with that, I decided that I’d tell you five things that my barn finals (in particular) taught me.

 

Be prepared.

Just like any one of your regular classes, you need to be prepared for barn finals. Unlike other classes, this doesn’t mean sitting at your desk, or in the library study rooms pouring over class material. Preparation for finals comes in the form of all … Read More »



Let’s get ranchy!

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26th April

 

One of the great things about attending a school like UF, is that you have the chance to get involved in so many ways, and really get to try a variety of things. I love walking into the barn and seeing the variety of horses we have on grounds, and what they are all capable of. We have everything from western pleasure horses, to all-arounders, to reiners, to our “ranchy” cutting horses.

Earlier this semester, the UF Ranch Horse Team held their spring show at the western farm. It was really cool to see the differences between the Ranch Horse Show and the IHSA shows. For starters, they do completely different events, including cow classes! I got to see everything from cutting and boxing, to team penning and ranch riding. Another difference was the way in which the Ranch Horse Team … Read More »



The Road to Regionals

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21st March

The way the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association season works is that you have the “regular season” shows to get the points necessary to qualify for Regionals. You need to score 36 points to qualify (except in Open Horsemanship and Reining). Points earned depend on how you place in your class: 1st place is worth 7 points, 2nd is 5 points, 3rd is 4, 4th is 3, 5th is 2 and 6th place earns you one point.

This year I was lucky enough to have earned the necessary 36 points to qualify for Regionals. UF had 17 riders qualify across the divisions this year. The way that Regionals work is that all the riders who qualify in the Region during the season come together to compete against each other, as only the top two in each class advance to Semi-Finals. It’s intense and the pressure … Read More »



A New First

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14th February

As an equestrian major, it’s so easy to get caught up at the barn with work, horses and friends. However, I decided to make my time here at Findlay mean more than just horses, so when some friends asked me if I wanted to go skiing with them, I said yes! I had never skied before, so it was quite the experience.

Mad River Mountain is only an hour’s drive south from Findlay. It’s known as Ohio’s largest ski and snowboard resort. Friday nights are ‘College Fridays’, so the slopes were full of college students who were taking advantage of the discounted rates. The lift ticket was $20 after showing my college ID, and equipment rentals were an extra $15. Even as someone who had never skied before, I know that that’s a pretty good deal!

After I finished strapping my feet … Read More »



New year, new semester, new horse?

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1st February

I don’t know about the rest of you, but by the last week of Christmas break, I was already looking forward to coming back to Findlay for the spring semester. While sitting at home and taking a break after finals was very relaxing, I started missing having classes and my time in the barn.

This semester, my classes consist of a mix of GE (general education) classes, barn classes and a business class, which is quite typical for an equestrian at Findlay. It’s recommended that you take a lot of the GEs during your freshman and sophomore years, so that there is more time for you to take the upper level classes that count toward your major(s) your junior and senior years.

This semester I’m taking: speech, English, statistics, management, the barn and (equine) judging. I’m really excited about judging class at the … Read More »



Let the Cup Collection Begin!

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13th December

The beginning of December signals the end of the semester. And before I (and everyone else) can enjoy the well-deserved winter break, finals need to be conquered first. Just like any other class, we have finals at the barn, too.

The barn finals aren’t like your typical written final exams (like the ones you’d have for most of your on-campus classes). Instead, finals at the barn are a horse show. The instructors bring in a judge to objectively judge and place the students in the class, while the instructors grade each of the students (separately from their class placings). It’s very exciting as this is the culmination of everyone’s hard work at the barn. Throughout the semester, we’ve worked on different units, and this is the chance to bring everything together and show how well we’ve mastered the skills that have been taught … Read More »



Our First Home Show!

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15th November

Any UF student has the opportunity to try out for a spot on the equestrian teams. At the western farm, we have the UF Ranch Horse team and the IHSA western team. Earlier this fall, I tried out for a spot on the IHSA western team, and just this past weekend, I competed in my first show.

IHSA is the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association that offers riders of any skill level the chance to compete individually and as a team through Regional, Semi-Finals and National levels. Western riders compete in horsemanship classes in six divisions (Beginner Walk-Trot, Intermediate, Novice, Advanced and Open) and reining at the Open level. The team competes at multiple shows throughout the year in a quest to qualify for Semi-Finals, and then Nationals.

This show wasn’t only the first IHSA show for me, but it was also the first show … Read More »



My first All-American QH Congress

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27th October

October is Congress time! The All-American Quarter Horse Congress, (also just called “Congress”) is known for being the largest single-breed horse show in the world. For me, it’s always been a show that I’d follow online and via social media. Most of my weekends were spent watching classes via the live stream, even if it meant staying up late to watch all of the entries go.

Here at UF, we’re lucky that the Columbus fairgrounds are only 1.5 hours away, making it an easy day
trip. I took advantage of this not just once, but three times! With each trip down, I’d take advantage of a different aspect of the show. For example, the first day that I was there, I simply walked around taking everything in, and exploring every corner. It’s amazing to see how they fit so many horses and vendors all … Read More »



(Some) Things I miss about Europe

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21st October

As someone who moved from Europe to come to Findlay for the equestrian program, I often get asked, “Do you miss home?” My answer is usually, “Only some parts.” Which is true. So, I’ve decided to share some of the aspects I miss about Luxembourg/Europe.

Multilingualism. It’s a bit strange moving from someplace where you’ll hear 4-5 different languages spoken around you on a daily basis, to a country where only one language is used/necessary in day-to-day life.

Being able to walk through the entire “city.” While Luxembourg City may be considered the country’s capital, it comes closer to the size of a large town, which makes it relatively easy to walk through entirely by foot.

The architecture. It’s a mix of old and new, depending where you are in the country/city. One of the best places to view this combination is the … Read More »



You’ve met me.. Now meet my horse!

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7th October

Meet my equine partner in crime here at UF! She’s a 3-year-old Quarter Horse whose registered name is A Sudden Passion, though I just call her Gwen. She came all the way from northeast Maine to be here at UF with me.

I should probably explain how I got to have Gwen, seeing as how I didn’t ship her across the Atlantic Ocean all the way from Europe. I’ve been riding with a trainer who is located in northeast Maine for the past three summers, and it was mid-June when she asked if I’d be interested in taking Gwen with me to school. Of course, I immediately said yes! Gwen and I didn’t get along right away, but quickly grew to like one another and work together well. One of my favorite ways to describe her is that she has a ‘big’ personality –  meaning she … Read More »






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