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  • Ariel Allison

Connelly Grant

1. What sports team are you a part of on campus? The Equestrian Team.

2. How long have you been involved in riding? I have been riding since I was 6 years old; This is my 13th year in the sport.

3. What made you interested joining the team in College? Growing up, I knew the only way I was going to be able to continue to ride in college was if I was on a varsity team. Ever since elementary school, it’s been my goal to be able to ride and compete at the collegiate level, so basically the entirety of my middle and high school career was spent trying to make it on a varsity college team so I could continue this sport that I love so much.

4. What is your best memory riding? One of my favorite riding memories was being able to compete at the ASPCA Maclay Finals. Maclay Finals is a really big show that a lot of people spend the majority of their junior careers working towards. Along with riding on a college team, it’s always been a dream of mine to compete at Maclay Finals, and finally being there and being able to show there after so many years of working towards it was such a rewarding and fulfilling experience.

5. What has made your experience in your sport memorable? What have you taken away and learned? One of the many life lessons that riding has taught me is the virtue of patience. By nature, I’m not a very patient person, but when working with large animals that do not spend your language, you’re kind of forced to learn patience quickly. Not everything is going to be perfect or go your way the first time, and that’s okay! By being patient, working hard, and trying over and over, there is very little we can’t accomplish.

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