JUGGLING SCHOOL & RIDING
Recently, someone asked how I find the time to ride, do well in school and go to many horse shows. In June 2007, I graduated from Holmdel High School in Holmdel, New Jersey, which is part of a progressive, competitive school district with a school board policy that accommodates students who participate in outside sports/activities such as riding, skiing, acting, etc. It was a fortunate, valuable bonus to attend a school district that validated my riding experiences. If you watched Horse Power, on one of the episodes, I attended a meeting with the Holmdel High School Vice Principal and my mother and we discussed outstanding assignments due upon my return from an excused absence.
My teachers were generally quite supportive of my riding although a few of them penalized my grades when I did not meet a time line for work submission. However, for the most part, I was quite lucky to attend a great school with supportive administrators and teachers. In addition to the school's support, my parents provided some tutoring during the school year and home schooling during the third marking period while I was in Florida. Several of my barn mates have been forced to choose full time home schooling because they could not gain adequate support from their schools for their riding activities.
My parents have set expectations for me academically and always said they would not push me to excel if they didn't know I was capable. Their encouragement and standards have helped me to achieve the best grades possible. My parent's serious financial commitment and emotional support has been an inspiration and when I do well in school and as a working student, at least from one perspective, my intentions and commitment show them that I am grateful for what they have done for me.
I was accepted to Rutgers University in New Jersey but have deferred until the fall of 2008. This fall will be my last chance to show at indoors as a junior and with continued parental support, I will focus solely on my riding goals. After December 1st, I will be working for Beacon Hill Show Stables. In the spring of 2008, my plans include taking some college courses which will be approved by Rutgers University and continuing to work and ride for Beacon Hill.
Catch up with me later this week for an update on the Monmouth County Horse Show.
Talk to you later!