Hello everyone, I am a Junior, third year transfer student from Southwestern College down in Chula Vista. For most of my life I have been active, but only into sports within the past ten years. I started out as a ballet dancer, moved to a brief (and I do mean brief) stint in cheerleading, skateboarding, basketball, shot put and discus, and finally rested on English riding. In high school, more specifically because of my height, I was quickly pulled onto the basketball team. I loved it, it was fun and challenging at the same time; but all too soon into my junior year, I lost interest and much to my coach and family’s dismay, I quit the team. I didn’t feel the passion I had expected to feel in a sport I loved doing.
I then remembered how much I loved riding horses as a child. I was introduced to riding when I was in Girl Scouts, but never had a chance to further explore it. so I started up lessons again and I soon realized that this was what I was meant to do. then I was introduced to jumping. I was not able to fully experience the sport because I had to stop riding due to conflicts, but I have never lost my love for the sport. I am hoping by taking this class I can further understand the dedication people have to their sport and why some sports are seen as “lesser” than other sports. I know not many people know about, much less think of jumping as a sport; yet in the equestrian world, there are followers of stadium jumpers, like Beezie Madden, that have just as big a following as some football players. I hope that by studying this sport I can not only understand it more myself but also teach others about it.