Q: How long have you been an equestrian?
A: I have been an equestrian since I was six.
Q: How often do you go to the barn?
A: During the school year I go three to four times a week.
Q: What about in the summer?
A: I go probably four to five times a week.
Q: Do you like going to the barn?
Q: Tell me about a competition you went to. What place did you get? Was the competition hard?
A: I took Tilly to her first competition two weeks ago and she got third place and sixth place. The competition was hard.
Q: What do you like most about horseback riding?
A: I like going to the barn and being alone with the horses because it’s not stressful, and I don’t have to deal with anyone else.
Q: Do you own a horse?
Q: How long have you owned the horse?
A: I have owned her for a year and a half now.
Q: Have you owned any other horses?
Q: What’s the name/breed of your horse?
A: Tilly. She is a Thoroughbred.
Q: What style do you ride?
Q: Where’s the barn you go to?
A: I go to Hannaberry Farm in Crete, Illinois.
Q: Is it hard driving out there?
A: It’s only 15 minutes away.
Q: What got you into horseback riding?
A: I had a friend who actually had a birthday party at a barn. I went to the birthday party and I rode a horse and I just kept up with the lessons.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: I am proud of how far Tilly has come because she’s only 6 years old and she’s got a lot of training in so, I’m proud of her.
Q: What stresses you out the most about it?
A: Competitions stress me out the most.
Q: Why do they stress you out?
A: A lot of people are watching you when you go in the arena and you go in there alone with your horse for five minutes of intense riding.
Q: So how do you overcome the stress?
A: I just try and calm myself down and try and not get worried about it.