“Coming home is humbling, moving from the comparative grandeur of a large, heated arena to a little old cow barn held together with generations of odds and ends, filled with well-loved but not necessarily high-priced or fancy-bred horses.”
Horseback riding is certainly an athletic endeavor, but it’s not always understood by athletes in traditional field or team sports. Haley Ruffner struggles with this identity as she prepares for Nationals.
“He danced, whinnied, and tried to chew on his lead rope while the class looked on. I felt like a mom in Walmart whose child throws a temper tantrum while she’s trying to check out, apologetic and unable to really fix the problem in such close quarters.”
Haley Ruffner’s team hosted one of three intercollegiate Semi-Finals taking place last weekend across the country, and last week Haley was swamped both with show planning and preparing to compete herself. How did the show turn out?