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The Big EQ Diet

Unlike many of her fellow competitors in the A-circuit hunter and equitation divisions, Santana Wright never felt pressure to be rail thin. That’s why her ire was raised by comments from a well-known U.S. coach at the end of a young riders’ clinic a couple of years ago. The clinician who, according to Wright, “had nothing but great things to say” about her riding, stated in his wrap-up that to reach the top, a rider needs to be in good shape and that can’t happen if they are more than a size six. “I was the only rider in the clinic who was larger than that,” recalls Wright, 24, originally from Port Hope, ON. “I was angry that I was singled out and I lost respect for the clinician.” Wright considers herself a true athlete, having played high school rugby, volleyball, and track and field in addition to riding competitively…

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