Q&A: Andria Talavera (11)

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Andria Talavera (11) competes in the Perfecta Farm Horse Show at Ledges Sport horse last August. Talavera placed 3rd out of 15 riders. Photo submitted by: Andria Talavera

Jenna Crawford

Q: How did you become an equestrian?

A: I’ve always loved animals and I tried to do every sport, but couldn’t find one I liked. One day, I asked my mom if I could take lessons, and she said yes. So we found a barn in Valparaiso and I took my first lesson and I love it now. I ride in Streamwood, IL, where I compete nationally.

Q: Is there someone in your life who inspired you to pursue your passion?

A: No one I know rides horses, but my mom inspires me to always push hard and achieve my goals.

Q: What’s your favorite part about being an equestrian?

A: My favorite part about being an equestrian is that I have a partnership with the horse and it teaches me to be responsible and trustworthy. Accomplishing things I’ve worked on with the horse is the best feeling.

Q: What awards or competitions have you won?

A: Currently I’m number five in my region out of 200 riders. I’ve won the Usef Talent Search class in December. I received Reserve Champion last year in the IHJA [Illinois Hunter Jumper Association] Children Medal. I’m qualifying for Maclay Regionals that takes place in Kentucky in the fall of 2015. My goal is to go to Maclay Finals in November 2015.