The Journey of a working student

By: Hannah Curtis

 

Why horses? Why would you leave school to pursue a hobby?

“ Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, one will have to accept that one’s life will be radically changed.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not just a hobby… it is a grand passion, a passion that has brought a small town Ohio girl all the way to Aiken, SC to train with Ryan Wood and Woodstock Eventing. But it all started about 8 years ago, when a little 14-year-old girl, started as a working student for a local hunter/jumper barn.

It was the summer of 2010, a hot muggy summer. I was bound a determined to get my own horse. I kept trying to convince my parents of the “benefits” of having a horse. So I did my research… I became a working student for the first time. Unfortunately, at 14 years old school is a priority. The dream and passion for having horses had to be put on hold.

Fast forward about 6 years and life is going crazy! I am in between school semesters and jobs. Horses are still the dream but I cannot seem to make it a reality! Taking lessons here and there, volunteering for therapeutic riding programs, completing an internship with a OTTB re-schooling program. But it wasn’t enough; I wanted to spend every day with those amazing animals. But I am still reaching and praying the right opportunity would come along. After a radical turn of events, it happened and life changed in the span of 2 days! … (to be continued)