Sept. 27, 2011
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by: Anthony Alfano, Auburn media relations
When did you start riding horses?
"I started riding horses when I was 8-years-old. At first, I did all around events and when I turned 12-years-old I started doing reining."
How many horses do you have and what are their names?
"I have two horses, Star and Sophie."
What athlete did you admire growing up?
"I definitely looked up to Andrea Fappani. He is a professional horse trainer. He has a very unique style and he is very professional in the way he carries out his business."
What makes Coach Williams a great coach?
"Coach Williams is an amazing coach. He is very supportive of everyone on the team. He always makes sure we have a good energy going into competitions. When we are about to go in and show he definitely wants you to be confident and reminds you that you're here to do your job and to go in and give it your all."
What are you looking forward to the most this season?
"Overall as an individual, I want to do well, but it's also more of a team sport. I just want to see the western side a lot stronger. I think we have a lot of young talent on the team and hopefully we can win the western national championship as well as the hunt seat side again that would be really great."
What made you come to Auburn?
"I came to Auburn because I really loved it and I wanted to be part of Auburn Equestrian."
When you aren't riding horses, what are you doing?
"Studying and mostly just hanging out with friends. I ride a lot so it takes up a lot of free time."
Do you listen to music before a meet?
"Yes. I usually I have Lil' Wayne playing, but I just like anything to get me pumped up and to relax me at the same time."
What's one food you can't live without?
Do you have any superstitions or rituals before a meet?
"Usually our team `breaks it down' before we start our meets. We always chant `A-U-E-T, Work-Hard-Work.' Sometimes we sing the fight song. Anything to get the team camaraderie going and to get us pumped up is good."
How would your teammates describe you?
"I think they would say I'm shy at first, but once you get to know me I'm really outgoing, but also really laid back at the same time."
What was the best advice ever given to you?
"In relation to my sport, my dad always says you just have to go in there and be confident. Let your talent take over and don't overthink things too much."
What's your goal for this season and in your time left at Auburn?
"A personal goal of mine for this season would be to go undefeated. As a team, overall, it would be great to win an overall National Championship again."
Who has had the biggest influence on you?
"Both of my parents have been so supportive of me. Growing up, they did everything they had to do to make sure I had the right horses. I was traveling all over the country and they would always take me to shows. Half the time my trainer didn't haul my horse so my parents would haul it. It was very much a family thing for us. They have definitely molded me and shaped me so much and I'm really thankful that they have been so supportive."
What has been the most memorable moment in your Equestrian career so far?
"The most memorable moment so far was when I was at the Youth World in 2009. I got both of my horses back to the finals. I was eighth on one and I tied for 10th on another. That was a really special moment for me."