A Different Voice

Instead of me babbling on today, I thought we’d mix things up a little. Brooke Watson is a senior, International Studies major with a concentration in Security Studies from Madison, Connecticut. She’s been riding since she was four years old (definitely has me beat!) and has all kinds of different experiences with horses. At home, she rides western, which is super cool! It’s something I’ve always wanted to try. She’s been a part of the team for all of her time at Dickinson and is also a former captain, so I asked her to share her insight into what she thinks of our fabulous little team.

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Brooke Watson and Bear

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Cold Day Ends in Hot Performances

Show season is officially in the air—the very cold, and windy fall air to be exact. This past Sunday, the Dickinson Equestrian team competed at its first show of the season at Penn State University where the team placed second overall! This is a big deal. If I’m remembering correctly, I believe the last time this happened was in 2011, so kudos to Dickinson on this great achievement!

Team Members posing with our fabulous reserve ribbon and saddle pad. Photo courtesy of Katherine Acocella (junior).

Team Members posing with our fabulous reserve ribbon and saddle pad. Photo courtesy of Katherine Acocella (junior).

Let me start off by saying it was a miserably cold day—one that definitely went down in the books as the worst first-show weather ever. I mean, come on, it was only October 6th. The entire team was huddled in blankets and frantically running around looking for any extra layer they could find. It was that bad.

On a positive note, aside from our stellar performance as a team, we also had some great individual achievements. For the freshmen, this was their first show and they absolutely rocked it. Before I get into the specifics of names and places, let me explain how these shows work. Continue reading