Nov. 12, 2013

In this "Senior Moment" get to know Senior western rider Cheyenne Cracraft. Since her time at Auburn, Cracraft has helped the team win two Overall NCEA National Championships.

By: Grace Bolin

Being from Las Vegas, What made you choose to come to Auburn?
I got recruited to Auburn in high school. When I came here and experienced all of the tradition and culture, I fell in love with it. Auburn has been a great experience so far.

What has been your favorite part of riding for the Auburn equestrian team?
Just having the opportunity to represent the University as a whole. I feel like everyone that is a part of this team rides not just for themselves, but for everyone else on the team, and for the coaches, and the entire university. It really gives us meaning and purpose.

Do you have any plans for riding in the future, or will you focus more on getting a job and working?
Riding has always been my first love, and I am trying to transition right now into finding a love for my future career. So I want to focus on that once I graduate, but after I get established I definitely want to return to riding.

How do you prepare for a meet?
I don't personally have any pre-meet rituals, but our whole team breaks it down and prays before riding. That is something that has always been tradition on the team.

What do you miss most about home?
I really miss my family, and not being able to see them everyday or whenever I want. Being so far away makes it hard sometimes. I don't get to see them as much as I want to, but they are still super supportive of me even though I am halfway across the country.

What career aspirations do you have?
I really want to be a physical therapist. I am hoping to specifically work with athletes. I don't know at what level yet though.

What are your personal and team goals for the rest of the season?
My personal goals would be to be All-American for Reining. As for the team, I would love to see us win an SEC Championship. We were so close last year, and we have not won one since I have been a part of the team. And hopefully we can follow up and win another National Championship. That would be great!

Who has been your biggest influence for riding?
My dad has been my biggest influence. He doesn't ride, but he has always been very supportive and motivational since I started riding. He has been the driving force behind me all these years. He is a big reason why I am still as involved as I am.

Do you have any other hobbies outside of riding?
Well growing up I played a lot of other sports, but once I knew riding was what I wanted to focus on I just let everything else fall to the side.

Do you have a favorite horse to ride at Auburn?
Right now, my favorite horse here is one of our new ones, Whizkey. She is really fun and reminds me a little bit of my own horse back home.

How did you get into riding?
I was always one of those kids that wanted a horse when I was little. My mom rode when she was little so I think I get the ambition and drive from her. But I begged for a horse until my parents gave in and they let me start riding.

You are in the record books with 22 all-time wins and 12 single-season wins. How does it feel to make such a huge impact on this team?
It's a blessing to be a part of this team, and I am honored to have contributed. It's exciting but at the same time I try not to focus on it. I just take it one meet at a time, and hope to help the team be successful.