Getting to Know Indy Roper
Oct. 4, 2011
by: Michael Stagno, Auburn media relations
Where does the nickname,"Indy", come from?
"It's a nickname my father gave to me. He got the idea from the Indian Jones movies. I made him go buy me the whip, the hat and the trench coat just like Jones wears in the movies."
Did the team do anything special to celebrate the National Championship?
"Yeah, we had a National Championship ceremony in front of Jordan-Hare Stadium because, at the time, we couldn't roll Toomer's Corner. So we kind of made that our own tradition and rolled the trees in front of the stadium."
What did it mean to you to finish last season as a double All-American?
"It's the first time that our sport has announced All-Americans so it was a huge privilege. It's what you work for all season. Though it is a team sport, it meant a lot to me to be recognized, and in a way, it helps out the team as well."
What do you love the most about Auburn?
"I just love the atmosphere. It's a great family environment. Obviously, the equestrian team is the reason why I came here and I love the camaraderie amongst the girls and how supportive the coaches all are."
When did you start riding?
"Horses have been in my life since I was born. It's a family tradition. I have two older sisters and they showed competitively as well. My father used to show and my mother would make all our outfits."
Who got you into riding?
"It's a funny story actually. My dad had horses growing up and he started to get into breeding dogs because of how expensive horses are. My mom is a city girl so she wasn't really into showing, but she ended up going to her first horse show with my older sister and when my sister finished in last place my mom called my dad and told him we need better horses."
Is there a childhood memory that seems to stick with you?
"I've had so many good experiences. There isn't a particular moment, but I would say that growing up with horses and showing and traveling with my family have been special. We share so many family memories through horses."
What kind of hobbies do you have outside of equestrian?
"I used to play basketball, I consider myself a baller. Other than that, I enjoy just spending time with family and friends."
What type of career aspirations do you have?
"My father owns car dealerships so I will probably go home and do something of that nature. Growing up, working for him is always something I've thought about, but I'm not exactly sure. I'm a finance major so something in the business world would be good."
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would that be?
"I would like to go to Australia."
What is your greatest fear?
I don't like cats at all. I don't like being around them. I get really nervous when I'm around them."
Is there a particular talent that you wish you had?
"I wish I could dance. A lot of the girls on the team could vouch for me that I am probably not the best dancer. I show it more with my face than I do with my hips."
Do you have a guilty pleasure, if so, what is it?
"I do, I definitely have a sweet tooth. My favorite would have to be chocolate chip cookies."
Who is your best friend on the team?
My roommate, Casey Fowler, we do everything together. We're really close. She has been a really good friend to me. She's extremely supportive."
What do you value most about Auburn equestrian?
"My favorite thing about this team is how close we all are. We all have great relationships. I could tell you something about each girl on the team. It shows how close we all are in every meet we compete in and that is the best feeling you could have."
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