A Quick Questionnaire with Rising Equitation Star Xavier Gomez

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Big questions… simple answers! Learn more about junior rider and rising equitation star, Xavier Gomez.

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As a horseman, I am most proud of the opportunities I’ve earned to compete.

As a horseman, I would most like to improve on my ability to ride different kinds of horses.

I’d be lost without boot cleaner in my tack trunk.

I’d be lost without my Wellington agriculture face towels in my ring bag.

I think the biggest misconception about our sport is that it’s easy. People don’t see the hours of practice that go into this.

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My best piece of advice for young riders is to find your style and have fun with it.

The part of riding I struggle most with is riding without stirrups. 

The part of riding I’m best at is handling the pressure during competitions.

I’m a sucker for a plain bay. 

On Mondays, you’ll find me doing school work and hanging out with friends. 

I sometimes wish I had the time to learn how to play polo. 

I’m afraid of falling in the ring.

The horse person I most admire is Kent Farrington because of his agility and light style in the ring.

One of my greatest show ring victories was winning the Maclay one of my first few times doing it during pre-circuit.

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One of the best horse names I’ve ever heard is Amaretto Z.  

My absolute favorite show is Tryon because of all of the cool places on the grounds.

My motto is “work hard, play hard.” 

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