Name: Caroline Martin
Location: Florida, USA
We chatted with Caroline to find out more about her horses, career and ambitions…
Ever since Caroline Martin won the team and individual gold medal at the North American Junior Young Rider Championships, she hasn’t looked back. Her horse, Quantum Solace, played a big role in developing her young rider career, along with her family. They have supported her transition into the professional ranks and Caroline is thankful for everything they have taught her.
What is the highlight of your career to date?
In 2018, I was awarded the Lady Event Rider of the Year through the United States Eventing Association. This achievement stood out among the rest because it is a compilation of the year’s successes.
Can you share your best advice with us?
In the sport, there are a lot of obstacles you have to overcome. Your personal life and business life become one. I wake up and go to bed doing bills, but that is the name of the game. You cannot give up when you are met with a tough choice, you have to keep sight of your goals. There are a lot of options out there in the horse world, so when you think you are stuck, make sure you open your mind to different avenues.
What are your goals for the future?
For the year 2019, my goal is to compete at the Pan American Games.
Tell us about your horses
I am incredibly thankful for my horses. Each of them have their own quirks and personality. I have six upper level horses in the barn, Islandwood Captain Jack (James), Danger Mouse (Mouse), The Apprentice (Dirk), Cristano Z (Gary), Pebbly Maximus (Rory), and Spring Easy (Paddy). They are the elite athletes of the barn, and I am hoping the four and five years olds can learn a thing or two from them!
What’s most important to you when you’re buying a horse?
A horse’s natural talent is key in eventing. It is a high risk sport, so you want to feel the horse will be keen enough to stay safe.
What are your favourite Shires Equestrian products?
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