Grand 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
- How long have you been riding? Since age 11
- What is your favorite thing about riding? #ponyplayallday
- How did you get into riding? Through a Hastings, MN Community Education class.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- What is your horse’s favorite treat? Peppermints, Modelo and seltzer water.
- 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.