|Have you been to the Brooke USA projects yet? If not, would you like to?
I have not been to the projects yet, although I’d love to and look forward to the possibility of visiting one with my fellow ambassadors in Guatemala later this year. I’d love to see it first hand. I also think that any organization works better when they’re directly involved with what the local community can do by teaching them to work with what they already have. I find that such a successful way of doing things; teaching these people how their equines can be more productive if they’re hydrated and well nourished — I’d love to see that in action.
What are your hopes and efforts for inspiring others to become involved with our organization or community service in general?
When I wear the Brooke USA apparel or post things on social media, there’s always someone who reaches out and asks me about it. Something as simple as that is how it begins. Everyone wants to see their money go to a good cause, and within our equestrian world everyone can understand the need for equine welfare. As riders, it’s easier for us to see how much we ask of our horses and our responsibility to make sure that they’re happy and healthy. It’s the same way for these working equines around the world. It may be easier for people who aren’t related to the equestrian scene to overlook this global issue and merely go on with their vacation without thinking about it twice, but for us, we’re directly involved with equines and know the effort it takes to keep them performing comfortably. Most riders won’t look the other way.
What goals do you strive for as a rider?
It’s always been my goal to represent the U.S. in an international competition like the Olympic Games. I’ve come close as the alternate rider a couple of times. I also do a lot to try to improve my sport of three-day eventing as the president of the Eventing Riders Association North America. I try to make this sport better for all participants whether it be amateurs, professionals, upper level or lower level.
How have your goals for helping working equines grown alongside your athletic goals? Does it motivate you to win for a cause?
More than motivating me to win, it’s motivated me to bring people together with a common goal in addition to the recognition that winning can bring to such an important global issue.