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Ryan Lefkowitz

May 6, 2014

Heels Down, Heart Up

Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it's dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

The opportunities presented to me as a working student always looked like work and often wore breeches, dust, slobber and no small amount of manure. I have enjoyed my time in Florida as a working student for Val Renihan immensely but cannot wait to have more than one morning in a row where I don’t have to set an alarm.

March 11, 2014

WEF As A Working Student

The first time I ever attended the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival I was 12. My father drove me to sight-see around the show grounds while we were in Florida on vacation. I drooled over the rows of vendors, the perfectly turned out horses, and the brightly decorated rings. I sat on the slope overlooking the Grand Hunter Arena and watched rounds of the working hunters, marveling at the smooth and even trips even over the bigger height.

February 4, 2014

Learning To Try A Little Less

The hardest thing about being a working student isn’t the chores, mucking stalls, holding horses for the vet, or night check. The hardest part is more related to the “student” aspect rather than the “working” part, or at least it was for me.

December 26, 2013

A Triumphant IHSA Finale Before Moving On

It's funny that our school, the State University of New York College at Geneseo, considers our Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association team to be a spring sport, considering that most of our shows are in the fall. In truth, when we compete at other schools, it feels like a little vacation. At no time was this truer than our home show in November.

November 10, 2013

The Best Laid Plans...

...Often go awry. Or at least that is how the phrase should go. While our last two IHSA shows themselves ran smoothly and seamlessly, we should have known better than to make any assumptions in the week leading up to them.

October 31, 2013

Learning Curve

“Now tell me the next step.”

I held in my sigh of frustration and instead patted the black-and-white neck of the draft mare I was riding. “I don’t know,” I bit out in what I’m sure was not an appropriate tone for a freshman to be taking with her IHSA coach. 

“Well if you can’t do it at the canter, and you can’t do it at the trot, we go back to the walk and do it there.”

October 17, 2013

Preparing For A Two-Minute Partnership: Behind The Scenes Of The IHSA

The Chronicle's newest blogger is going to take you behind the scenes of an Intercollegiate Horse Show Association team as they prepare for show season.

My name is Ryan Lefkowitz and I’m the girl who only considered colleges with equestrian teams. I was incredibly lucky to be accepted to the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and even luckier to make the SUNY Geneseo Equestrian Team.

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