Happy Monday! This week we are meeting Sophia Strain, @HonestlyEquine on Instagram.
Where are you from? Western Massachusetts
What’s are your favorite shows to compete at? North Hampton Hunter/Jumper, Vermont Summer Festival and Old Salem Farm are all great! I cant wait to get back out there next year.
Tell us about your horses and what division you show them in? I currently do not own, but my lease just recently ended on a 14 year old Argentinian Warmblood gelding named Ren ("Renoir") whom I showed in mainly jumpers, but an equitation class here and there. He was absolutely incredible and taught me so much about the jumpers. I also frequently rode my trainer's equitation horses in the 2'6 eq to gain more experience. I will be leasing again next show season but it is up in the air as to what horse. As of now I am training on my trainer's veteran equitation horse, named James ("Sweet Baby James"), to work on the technical aspects of my riding. He has had an incredible amount of experience and has been to WEF, HITS, Lake Placid and has been in the NEHC Finals countless times. He has taught me so much and if I do not end up leasing him, I will be leasing a horse very similar, with the ability to compete in the 2'6 moving up to 3' equitation. I have high hopes and goals for this coming year, including qualifying for CHJA finals in 2018 along with possibly the New England Equitation Finals (NEHC) in the next two/three years, as that is my long-term goal.
How did you learn about Ellany Equestrian? I found it on my explore page and I've been hooked ever since, a truly amazing company.
Favorite Ellany product? Definitely your baby pads or stable belts, I love the ability to have personal monograms in various styles. It adds just the right amount of flair to my riding attire while still keeping it classy and professional.
What mantra/inspirational quote do you live by? I used to be a very unconfident person, I was not happy in my own skin nor with my riding ability. I've recently been working to grow out of that with the help of amazing horses and the supportive people around me, but I have always kept one quote in mind by McLain Ward; "You cannot combat the mistake by making another one. Stay focused in the present and make the round the best you can be.”
What do you prefer: hunters, jumpers or equitation? This is an easy question because I have such a love for the equitation. It has been and will always be my top favorite. I absolutely love everything about it; the preciseness over every jump and the amount of skill and technique it takes to make a challenging course look perfectly effortless, especially in the higher levels. Its amazing to watch and to show in, I dont think I will ever not love it!