Sept. 24, 2013
In this "Senior Moment," get to know hunt seat rider Rachel "Biscuit" Lin. The two-time All-American from Lewisburg, Pa., has recorded 45 wins over the past three years. She has been a part of two overall and two hunt seat national championships during her time at Auburn.
Talk about your name; for a while it was listed on the roster as Christina and then later Rachel, but everyone calls you `Biscuit.'
So my first name is Rachel. My parents, before I was born, were having a hard time agreeing on a name. A really good family friend suggested Rachel and they both agreed on that, then my mom chose Christina. My mom actually got me into riding and she always signed me up for shows as Christina. In the beginning, we weren't sure how serious riding was going to be, but from then on I just became known as Christina in the horse show world. I stuck with that when I first got to Auburn just because that's how people knew me.
Everyone actually calls me `Biscuit.' My dad actually gave me that nickname when I was very young, and it stuck. My very good friends and family call me `Biscuit.' People from riding call me Christina and people around school call me Rachel
When did you start riding?
I started riding very early, probably around the age of 3 or 4. My mother had show horses and my dad has always ridden western. We've had a farm and we've always had horses in the family, so it's just kind of been a part of my life forever. My dad had very big Clydesdale horses and he used to put us up and it was never really scary. It felt normal.
You tried skydiving this year. Prior to that, what is the most adventurous thing that you'd ever done?
I've been really fortunate this summer to do a lot of cool things like that. I went bungee jumping in Costa Rica while I was studying abroad, and that was probably at the top of my list.
What is your favorite horse you've ever ridden?
You're from Pennsylvania, which city do you think is more famous now: Hershey, Pennsylvania or Scranton?
My favorite horse I've ever ridden...wow...ever? This is really hard. I had a horse for a long time. His name was Allegro, and he was my main show horse. I started him young and had a lot of success with him. We had such an incredible relationship; we just knew each other so well.
I would probably say Scranton just because of The Office. Everyone always asks me, `oh, do you watch the office? Do you like, Scranton?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I'm kind of playing with the idea of taking a year off after I graduate, and getting back into the horse show world and seeing where that takes me. I would like to work for an international company doing something with using my Spanish degree.
So what's your guilty pleasure, something you are embarrassed to say you like?
My roommate and I really love Nintendo 64. We like to play Mario Party and Mario Kart, so that's a little bit of a guilty pleasure.
What is one thing you never expected from Auburn before you got here?
I come from a really small town, and our football team was never really big or great. So I never thought I would become such an avid football fan, ever.
What does `War Eagle' mean to you?
War Eagle basically means family. When I think of `war eagle' I think of `hello' and family.
What is one thing people don't know about you?
I really enjoy soccer and I'm actually taking soccer class here. I didn't play in High school or anything, I've always just played for fun and I just really, really enjoy playing it.