Riding High into the Future with Elizabeth L. (‘28)
Women's History In The Making
For the past three years, 5th grader Elizabeth L. (‘28) has been competing as an equestrian. She began riding competitively in 2018, earning numerous top 10 placements in the walk/trot and stirrup divisions, finishing 3rd for the 2020 season in the Stirrup Division for the NorCal Hunter Jumper Association and 1st in the Legis League Mini-Medal at the Sacramento International Horse Show.
This year, Elizabeth is starting the 2021 show season in the Hunter Division with Reserve Champion awards at the Northern Winter Classic I, 1st and 4th place finishes at the Northern Winter Classic II, and she lettered in the U.S. Equestrian Interscholastic Athlete Program, the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of equestrian in the United States.
It’s fair to say that in a few short years, Elizabeth and her horse Nyx have accomplished a lot. Elizabeth began riding because it makes her feel happy and free. She loves getting to know each horse’s individual personality and building a partnership with them.
As a rider, Elizabeth says she uses the math and yoga skills she’s learned at Country Day in surprising ways.
“As a competitive rider, I have to be able to do a lot at one time like changing my body position to maintain my balance, controlling my horse at the correct pace, asking my horse to move a certain way, and figuring out the best way to ride the course for the most points. To me, riding a hard course is like a long math problem where I have to figure out the correct formula to be successful. I sometimes only get about 30 seconds to review the course details before having to ride it, so I have to compute all of the factors quickly and have a plan. ASE yoga taught me techniques to calm my body and mind, which helps me and Nyx stay calm and keeps both of us focused” she says.
In the next few years Elizabeth hopes to compete in a national medal final but also dreams of competing in the Olympics and turning her love of science and horses into a career as an Equine Veterinarian.
Congratulations, Elizabeth! We are so proud of you and can’t wait to see what you will do next.