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Life Lessons – Esmee Ingham

The recipient of Horse Sport's 2011 Youth Scholarship, Esmee Ingham, 21, was born and raised in West Vancouver, and was plopped on a horse before she could walk. Pursuing dressage was not necessarily a conscious decision; she just never really considered another option. “There is something so addictive about the sport of dressage,” she explains. “It is an art form and once you get a taste of what true collection is, even for just a stride or two, it leaves you wanting more.” Esmee began competing seriously in 2008, winning a silver medal at the 2008 BC Summer Games aboard coach Wendy Christoff's schoolmaster, Caboose. She purchased Norseman (Normy), a Swedish Warmblood previously trained and ridden by fellow BC competitor Joni Lynn Peters. The pair quickly progressed, winning team gold and freestyle bronze medals at the 2010 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC); technical and freestyle championships at…

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