About the Rider

ribbon_kissesMy name is Olivia, and I’m what happens when that horse-crazy girl you knew in middle school grows up.

After showing through middle and high school, I stayed away from the barn for several years- graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biological Engineering, moved to northern Virginia, got a job at a small consulting company. Everything was going well, but something was missing.

So I found a local barn in September ’14, signed up for weekly lessons, and breathed a sigh of relief that once a week I could have my hobby. End of story.

Ha.

Three months later I started half-leasing my girl Addy.
Five months later I stepped back into the show ring for the first time in 10 years.
Six months later I moved up to the 3′ division, higher than I ever showed as a junior.
Eight months later I tried the jumpers for the first time.
Eleven months later I made it to my first rated show as an adult.
Seventeen months later I used up most of my savings and all my vacation time to compete down in Ocala.
And eighteen months later, I took the plunge and bought myself a horse.

It’s been a whirlwind two years back in the saddle, but I can’t imagine my life any other way. My boy Frankie and I had a blast during the 2016 show season in the 1.00m Low Adult Jumper division with steady improvement all season long; we moved up to the 1.10m High Adults in January 2017. He’s proven to be the best partner I could ask for with the sweetest disposition, and we have so much fun training and competing together!

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When I’m standing on my own two legs I enjoy smiling, reading fantasy and historical fiction, making lists, playing board games with my roommate, spending time in the sun, and figuring out how to be a functioning adult. I’ll have to get back to you on that last one.

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Welcome, and thanks for joining our journey!

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