Jan. 25, 2012
By Anthony Alfano, Auburn Media Relations
Auburn, Ala. -
Of all the teams you face in the spring, which opponent are you most looking forward to?
"UGA, because we lost to them in Georgia last season. There is nothing better than beating Georgia. We're always neck-and-neck, and they are one of our biggest competitors. I know a lot of the girls on the team too, so it really hits home when you lose to them."
What does it mean to be an avid cliff jumper?
"I live in rural Pennsylvania, and in the summer my brothers and I go and find bridges, cliffs and rocks to climb and jump off of. I use to do it a lot more when I was younger. We would jump into creeks and lakes that we would find."
What has been the biggest difference between Auburn and your hometown?
"The biggest difference is probably the school spirit. I come from a small town, so we didn't have a big football team whatsoever. Getting into the school spirit and pride that Auburn has was pretty different for me."
Is there any teammate in particular that has been a mentor to you and helped you in your college and equestrian career?
"Maggie McAlary, she is a senior on the team. I have known Maggie for four years now. She has really helped me make the transition into the school. I call her my `big sister' and she calls me her `little sister.' We've become very close. She gives me a lot of advice, and she is someone to look up to. Maggie gives me and the whole team tips to ride these horses, because these aren't necessarily horses we're used to riding."
What made you want to pursue and focus on Hunt Seat instead of Western?
"I've never ridden Western before. I've always ridden Hunt Seat. My dad has Western horses at home that I ride for fun, but Hunt Seat has always been my focus. I look to continue Hunt Seat when I graduate."
If you could meet one person from history dead or alive, who would it be and why?
"My roommate, Piper Donnelly, is obsessed with Drake, so if I could meet anyone it would be Drake. I would bring Piper along with me and make her dream come true."
What is your biggest pet peeve?
"My friends always make fun of me, because I cannot stand when people slam my car doors. My brother always got on me for that with his truck. Now anytime someone gets in my car, and they slam the door, I ask them to redo it."
If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, besides a horse, what would it be?
"Probably a dolphin, because they have similar traits to humans, and they are pretty to watch."
What would you do with one million dollars?
"If I had one million dollars I would donate some of it to the less fortunate, because my parents are big on donating, so I would feel guilty if I didn't. I'd like to give it to any charity that helps out kids. With the rest of the money I would buy lots of clothing, shoes and horses."
Who was your role model growing up and why?
"My role model has been my father. He is a successful orthopedic surgeon in a small town. Everyone I meet always has something good to say about him. He gives me a lot of direction, but lets us learn from our mistakes."
What are your personal goals for this season or for your career at Auburn?
"As an individual I would like to be an All-American in both the flat and jumping, and for the team to win another national championship."
What is the National Collegiate Equitation Challenge you are competing in?
"It's a fairly new event that's held in Florida this February. This year they are doing it a little differently because they are running a flat section, so it's not just the jumping. I'll be participating in the flat. It's four schools that were chosen, and they want to see how the flat works out, because they have never done it before. It's going to be run under the lights at night with a big crowd. It's exciting. My teammate, Jennifer Waxman, will be doing the over the fences as well."