How do you describe yourself as an equestrian?

Someone who is always willing to learn in every situation, whether it be at the barn or in a lesson. Horses have given me the ability to learn so many things, as well as grow within myself and create a special bond with my horse.

I am always someone who tries to push myself harder each day to achieve my goal. I have a deep love for horses and always want to be around them – whether it be just a simple groom or a ride.

I always want to be in a state of learning, so that I am able to use what I have learned to teach my current horses and the future horses I will own. Doing that makes me feel so accomplished.

How did you get involved with horses?

I was involved in horses at a very young age. I knew from the time I was little that I loved them.

I got my first horse at the age of 11, and my mom was the one who got me involved in horses. She has been into horses since the age of 3 and got her first horse at the age of 16. When she graduated high school, she moved to Europe and worked with an Olympian rider while also training with the Spanish Riding School. She achieved many equestrian goals and got to work with so many amazing people and train and ride amazing horses.

I am currently taking dressage lessons with a wonderful instructor and hope to have a career as a strong dressage rider. I couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Horses bring so much joy and peace to my life.

How has your culture influenced your equestrian lifestyle?

I am very influenced by the people around me.

My parents are the definition of hard-working; they always taught me to do what I can, and let God do the rest. My parents named me Victory, which has given me the drive to push harder to achieve my goals and never give up.

Knowing how much my mom achieved in her equestrian career gives me so much hope that I can accomplish what I set out to do.

Being an equestrian has taught me so much and it has given me drive and determination. I feel I have gained so many tools to use in life, such as discipline and flexibility. It prepares you for so many issues and rounds you out as a person.

What challenges have you faced as an equestrian of color?

I have been blessed to not have faced any challenges. I have had great people placed in my life, and amazing instructors that have pushed me and taught me so much. Every step has been filled with greatness, and horses have been a huge joy. I truly am blessed that I have the opportunity to be around horses and do what I love each day.

What words of encouragement would you have for other equestrians of color or people of color considering becoming equestrians?

I would tell them to know their value. Be honest about your passion, go for it, and never give up.

Always be willing to learn, and find people you can learn from.

Being an equestrian is one of the most fun and rewarding things you can ever do. Never let someone tell you that you can’t.