By Lauren Blacker My love of horses began like most others. Even before I allowed the training wheels to come off my bike, I was begging to get on a horse. Waking up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning when you’re 13 years old doesn’t sound appealing to most kids, but for a girl
I couldn’t count the amount of time I have been asked “You really stay in Aiken during the summer?”. Many of the snow birds have no idea what Aiken is like in the summer and are baffled by the idea of riding in 90 degree weather every day from around May to about October! Despite the many beliefs, there is a lot to do in Aiken during the summer! Yes it may not be as busy and all the Olympians might not be here but summer in Aiken has been something that myself and others have learned to love. So here is a list of what us Aikenites do in the summer! We take a break! In Aiken we can pretty much keep our horses going all year long! However, we all know that’s not fair to our ponies.
Since the semester has officially come to a close many of our members have returned back home. Home for many of our riders are in other states like Massachusetts, Colorado, Maryland and New Jersey! We will miss them but hope they have a great summer with their horses. Since the end of the semester we have officially announced our new officers of the team
We are all very busy finishing up our semester! Lots of studying, test, papers and presentations. Despite the craziness with getting ready to end the school year, six of us are heading to Rolex Friday! Aisling, Robin and I leave very early Friday morning while Brendan, Heather and Nicolette leave later that day. Some of us will be staying with a very generous host family that Aisling Carroll provided! We will be attending cross country day on Saturday and stadium on Sunday! If you will be attending Rolex look for us in our shirts and come say hi! I have been very lucky this week to help Kristen Schmolze get Rox ready for Rolex.
The team had a very long but VERY successful weekend at their FIRST EVER collegiate team challenge. Team members Brendan, Heather, Alexa and Hannah made up our one team USC Aiken sent.
It is a busy and exciting week for the USC Aiken Eventing Team! This coming weekend we are participating in our first collegiate team challenge at FENCE horse trials! We can not believe it is finally here. The four riders are busy getting ready and I plan on attending as groom. I have already started packing! It should be a great weekend and can’t wait to meet the other teams.
Three team members competed Saturday February first at the Sporting Days HT. It was a pretty cold and wet day! Unfortunately two of our members…which includes myself, did not complete xc
The 2014 show season has begun! The USC Aiken Event team kicked off the season with a wonderful event at Full Gallop Farm! The show ran great! The courses were fun and the weather even warmed up a bit for us to make it a beautiful day.
We are very excited to announce that USC Aiken Eventing team has paired up with Full Gallop Farm to host a collegiate team challenge! It will take place at Full Gallop’s November event.
Check out out twitter account Hannah created! https://twitter.com/USCAeventing 1) Name: Hannah Cangilla 2) Year in School: Freshman 3) Major: Business with a concentration in equine management 4) Hometown: Broomfield Colorado 5) Horse Name: Gentle Ben 6) Breed: Off the track Thoroughbred 7) Age: 12 8) Level: Training 9) Where do you board/train with?: I board my horse at Valhalla and I am a working student for Kristin Schmolze. 10) How did you start riding? I was always that little girl with horses drawn all over everything and about a million Breyer horse so when I turned 5 I started taking some lesson on an old cranky chestnut Arabian mare