Thursday, May. 23, 2024

Alexandra Arute

Age: 17

Hometown: Avon, Conn.

Horses: Sander, 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Missy Clark

Tucker, 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood owned by Olympic Dreams LLC

Trainers: Missy Clark, John Brennan and Kristy McCormack

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Age: 17

Hometown: Avon, Conn.

Horses: Sander, 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood owned by Missy Clark

Tucker, 14-year-old Belgian Warmblood owned by Olympic Dreams LLC

Trainers: Missy Clark, John Brennan and Kristy McCormack

Equitation Competitive Highlights:
2009 WIHS Equitation Classic Finals, 7th
2009 I Love New York: Kathy Scholl Equitation Championship, 1st
2009 ASPCA Maclay Region 1 Regionals, 7th

2009 Winter Equestrian Festival Tournament of Champions: Platinum Performance/USEF Talent Search and ASPCA Maclay, 1st
2009 Vermont Summer Classic: best child rider on a horse
USEF Talent Search, bronze medalist

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Pre-show routine: “I have to be really relaxed so I don’t get myself too worked up about anything. I have to keep myself chilled.”

Good luck charm: “Whatever I did that last time I won, I’ll have to do again. If I had Wheaties before I won, I’d have to do it again. I have a lucky show coat that I save for special occasions.”

Most embarrassing moment: “One year at [the Pennsylvania National Horse Show], I was jogging my medium pony Enchanted Forest in first, and I had really big spurs on. I fell right on my face.”

Hardest lesson: “Definitely one of my flat lessons from Kristy. She has a reputation for being even harder than Missy. She’ll have us drop our stirrups for an hour.”

Fun Fact: “I just started riding on the NCAA equestrian team at University of South Carolina. They have us working out like a normal sports team in addition to our lessons, which is pretty great.”

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