Three Ways 2018 NAYC Dressage Champion Caroline Garren Balances School and Riding

Caroline celebrates victory both in the ring and academically.

Caroline Garren won the 2018 NAYC Dressage Championships with her eleven year old

Hanoverian gelding, Bell Angelo. Caroline hopes to compete with Belly in the U25 division next year. Starting Wake Forest University as a freshman in 2018, she quickly realized that she needed to find a better balance between horses and school.

Here is a short list of changes Caroline made to continue her rise to the top, as both a rider and a student:

1) THE RIGHT PLACE: While at Wake Forest, Caroline realized that she had too few opportunities to ride. Traveling between Winston-Salem North Caroline and her home to Atlanta to ride Belly on weekends was not helping her riding career. Caroline explains,

“Having Belly at home just wasn’t working for anyone. He’s such a great teammate and being around him more often really enhances our partnership.” As a result, she made the decision to transfer to The University of Miami and to move Belly to Wellington in order to find a better balance.

2) THE RIGHT PEOPLE: Caroline was offered a position to work as a marketing intern for Robert Dover, former US team coach and her current trainer. “I realized Robert would be the best person to help me finish Belly to Grand Prix, and I realized we would need to move to do that.” But, transferring to Miami was a challenge. Caroline worked with the college advisors at Upper Echelon Academy throughout the process to make sure that all of her credits transferred appropriately. Through some really big changes, Caroline has found the support system she needs to make her goals possible.

3) THE RIGHT EXPERIENCES: One year after her championship win, Caroline is putting together a strategy for future success. “Training Belly with Robert has been an invaluable opportunity for my riding, and working as his marketing intern is great career preparation. And UEA’s advisors made an academic plan with UM that will make balancing school and competing in CDI’s possible,” she says. In order to continue to be successful as both a rider and a student, Caroline needed the right experiences to make finding her balance possible.

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