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The Goucher College Equestrian Team is known for its success nationwide. Just last
weekend, the team placed sixth overall at the 2014 IHSA National Horse Show in Harrisburg, PA. Obviously, without a talented group of riders, the team wouldn’t be as successful as it is. Sarah Lummis, a freshman at Goucher, is one of the new additions to the team this year. Lummis competed at Nationals last weekend with her teammates placing seventh in the walk-trot-canter event.
A Maryland native, Lummis chose Goucher for its beautiful campus and close proximity to her hometown. While she is currently undeclared, Lummis expects that she will be a psychology major so she is able to work with people. So far, she has had many great experiences at Goucher, largely shaped by her time with the equestrian team.
Riding since she was in fifth grade, the freshman does not lack experience, which helps contribute to her success this year riding in a collegiate setting. When asked if there were any major differences in coaching style compared to what she was used to before coming to Goucher, she said, “I only had one coach growing up, but at Goucher we have two coaches.” According to Lummis, the coaches work well together and with the team. She said they are the best coaches she has ever worked with, which is important especially given that they are following in Patty Zumbrun’s footsteps, who retired last season, and are therefore helping shape the future of the team.
Lummis noted many of the season’s highlights, such as remaining undefeated in the region, being named zone champions, and their most recent sixth place finish at nationals. Of her team, she mentioned, “Everyone did such a great job this year.” She went on to say that “being on the team and working with the other riders and the amazing coaches has made my freshman year so great, and I can’t wait until next year.”
The team’s goal is to beat their current record of placing fifth at nationals, and she would like to see them do better than that in the coming year. The enthusiasm Lummis has for her team was clear in her interview, and her excitement for her sport will continue to further her success as a rider and as a person.