Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Sierra Gibson



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Rider Connect from Bit of Britain: Sierra Gibson

Today’s featured rider is Sierra Gibson, a junior rider from San Diego who is working towards competing at Young Riders.

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Get to know Sierra
I am 17-years-old and I am graduating high school in less than a month! I have lived in San Diego my whole life and ridden at many barns in and just outside of San Diego County. I have loved horses my whole life, but was always too intimidated to take riding lessons. When I was seven, my mom dragged me kicking and screaming to take my very first lesson and since that day I haven’t looked back. I currently ride Training level with hopes to do the Training 3-day at Rebecca in July and the AECs in August then move to Preliminary shortly after. Maybe even do young riders next season.

Sierra’s horse power
My current horse’s name is Cheval, he is an 11-year-old Irish Sport horse gelding. He has been taken up the levels with several professionals and is now showing me how it’s done! He has the goofiest and most mischievous personality of any horse I’ve ever met. I fall to the ground laughing on a daily basis because of the silly (what some people might consider naughty) things he does. As far as favourite treats go, that would have to be the pink drink from Starbucks. He drinks it right out of the cup! Cheval currently lives at my house but will be moving to Copper Meadows Eventing in July.

At the moment, I ride with Taren Hoffos, Eventing trainer at Copper Meadows Eventing and Robin Garret, dressage trainer at Deer Springs. Managing riding and going to school hasn’t always been easy, but I have been fortunate enough to be able to get my high school education online through Classical Academy High School. Taking high school courses online has given me the flexibility to ride throughout the school year and compete more often. On average I ride five times a week pretty much all year long with occasional weeks off here and there.



Influence and inspiration
I first started riding with Clare Wallace who taught me the many joys of loving horses and inspired the passion I have for horses. My parents are by far my biggest supporters. They have driven me to countless lessons and horse shows over the years and always do what they can to help me succeed. I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. Taren Hoffos has without a doubt been the biggest help to my riding. I have been going to her Sun Series clinics for seven years and became a full-time student of hers about two years ago.

Most embarrassing Eventing moment
At my first ever Training event, I had a fairly successful first two phases and then got all the way around cross-country to jump the wrong last fence and got eliminated.

Most triumphant Eventing moment
I would say the last few top placings I have had at Training level. While this isn’t anything huge or extremely important, it validates the work I have been doing over the past year and I think that is something to be proud of.

2018 milestones
Rather than there being just one outstanding moment in 2018, I am more proud of the steady progress Cheval I have made together since the beginning of 2018. We continue to grow and learn together with each ride.

Best of luck this year Sierra!


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