Amy AlpinGrand Prix Rider Spotlight: Amy Aplin

Get to know Amy Aplin and her horse Clinton, who are returning for their second year to compete in the $25,000 Grand Prix of Minnesota.

Rider: Amy Aplin

Horse: Baloubet por Acaso (Barn Name “Clinton”)

Farm: Stowaway Hunters and Jumpers, Madison, WI

  1. How long have you been riding? Since age 11
  2. What is your favorite thing about riding? #ponyplayallday
  3. How did you get into riding? Through a Hastings, MN Community Education class.
  4. What are your favorite memories at the Harvest Show? I’ve been a spectator at this show since I started riding and it’s amazing to now be competing here at the top level.
  5. How do you train with your horse for a Grand Prix? I like to train under the conditions that we may see at the show, if it’s on grass, I work on grass; if it’s inside, I work inside. I also try and spend ample time outside the ring conditioning on trails and keeping us fresh.
  6. What are your career highlights? Various placing in Welcome’s and Prix’s across the Midwest, including a second in the Welcome at Ledges this summer, also the opportunity to compete in the Evergreen Invitational in September.
  7. What is your advice to young riders who aspire to compete in the Prix’s? Work harder than the person standing next to you and seek out good training; regardless of your beginnings, it’s not unattainable, but it’s definitely not easy.
  8. What is your horse’s favorite treat? Peppermints, Modelo and seltzer water.
  9. What do you enjoy to do in your spare time? Watching video of who I aspire to ride with, always trying to progress, there’s never a time to stop learning. But I also enjoy spending time with my husband outside the barn.