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Haley Ruffner

Haley Ruffner

The Academic Equestrian: Horses First in Catch Riding

“For coaching to create a horseman instead of just a rider, instruction has to be centered on caring for horses first.” Collegiate blogger Haley Ruffner shares her thoughts in this editorial on what she sees as a necessary change in catch riding competitions.

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The Academic Equestrian: The Proverbial Blinders

“In the horse industry, it’s hard not to feel like you’re behind.”

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The Academic Equestrian: The Final Semester

Haley faces the reality of “life after college.”

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The Academic Equestrian: The Most Rewarding

“The most difficult horses are the most rewarding.”

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The Academic Equestrian: Sleigh Bells Ring

…and bring a piece of family history back to life.

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The Academic Equestrian: Recognition of Sport

Haley’s team makes strides in athleticism.

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The Academic Equestrian: ‘Ride to Win’

“Ride to win, don’t ride to not get beat.”

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The Academic Equestrian: The Barn Balance

Is the barn making too much work for Haley at college?

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The Academic Equestrian: There’s No Place Like Home

“Coming home is humbling, moving from the comparative grandeur of a large, heated arena to a little old

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The Academic Equestrian: The Return of ‘My Medieval Weekend’

Riding as your school’s living mascot is one of the more unique and exciting (if bizarre) things you

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The Academic Equestrian: Boundaries

Haley has some eye-opening interactions with the public while on horseback.

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The Academic Equestrian: The Final Fall

Our collegiate blogger Haley Ruffner starts her senior year!

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The Academic Equestrian: Reflections on Ireland

Haley goes abroad to experience horse life in Ireland!

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The Academic Equestrian: A Nationals Recap

Haley and the team are back from Harrisburg!

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The Academic Equestrian: Slide’s First Show

Haley Ruffner tackles her most unusual final exam yet: taking her colt starting project horse Slide through his

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The Academic Equestrian: Being an Athlete

Horseback riding is certainly an athletic endeavor, but it’s not always understood by athletes in traditional field or

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The Academic Equestrian: Finding Focus

Haley finds new meaning in the concept of “riding like no one is watching” — not in performing

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The Academic Equestrian: Unexpected Yeehaws

“One of the most important things I’ve gleaned from this experience is that you can’t get upset working

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The Academic Equestrian: Bringing Up Baby

“He danced, whinnied, and tried to chew on his lead rope while the class looked on. I felt

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The Academic Equestrian: Semi-Finals Success

Haley Ruffner’s team hosted one of three intercollegiate Semi-Finals taking place last weekend across the country, and last

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The Academic Equestrian: Delegating

“It’s a group project for a reason.”

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