Having lived in Luxembourg all my life, I grew up in a country where you see mainly dressage riders and jumping. However, I picked a different route – western riding. I made the huge decision to move across the Atlantic Ocean in order to pursue a dual major in Western Equestrian Studies and Equine Business & Management. Join me as I learn what it really means to be a freshman western equestrian at UF!
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.
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
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 »