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In brief – Eilish Connor

In this ‘In brief’, we meet 20 year old Eilish Connor, the current #1 in FEI Young Riders World Endurance ranking.

Accomplishments:

  • On the winning young riders team at NAETC, Canada in 2015
  • Ranked in top 5 in the USA in 2015
  • Winner of multiple 120km 2* events
  • Currently ranked #1 in FEI Young Riders World Endurance, as of March 2017

When did you start riding?

I started riding at the age of 8 doing hunter jumping for a short while. However, my real horse obsession started at about 3 years old, collecting every horse toy manufactured, and begging my parents to get me on a horse.

At the age of 11 I stumbled into a lady and a horse barn that literally changed my life. The owner of this barn, Darolyn Butler, took me in as a volunteer and introduced me to her big passion: endurance riding.

So I was able to learn all about endurance riding from one of the best in the sport! After my first race at age 13, I knew I was hooked.

Unlike most endurance riders, no one in my family has any experience with horses whatsoever. Although they do encourage me in my sport and know that it has been my obsession since childhood, I feel like I’ve listened and learned in a more concentrated manner by doing it all on my own without any family involvement and it’s become the passion of my life.

So why endurance?

Well, in what other equestrian sport can you actually spend hours and hours on training and riding? If riding is the the thing you were born to do, then Endurance is the right sport for you!

Do you own your own horse?

No, I don’t currently have my own horses. I ride, train and compete my mentor Darolyn Butler’s horses, and train for others as well. Having been at Butler’s farm for 10 years now, I feel like all of her horses are mine to love and share.

I’m out training the horses usually 6-7 times a week. I love being able to make my own conditioning and training schedules, and it’s so rewarding to see your hard work pay off with a good strong finish!

Do you have any hobbies aside from riding?

Although endurance is my passion, I also enjoy running, working out/fitness and an occasional modelling photoshoot.


Image credit – Becky Pearman Photography and moonfyrephotography


FEI Profile – Eilish Connor

 

 

 

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In brief – Eilish Connor

In this ‘In brief’, we meet 20 year old Eilish Connor, the current #1 in FEI Young Riders World Endurance ranking.

Accomplishments:

  • On the winning young riders team at NAETC, Canada in 2015
  • Ranked in top 5 in the USA in 2015
  • Winner of multiple 120km 2* events
  • Currently ranked #1 in FEI Young Riders World Endurance, as of March 2017

When did you start riding?

I started riding at the age of 8 doing hunter jumping for a short while. However, my real horse obsession started at about 3 years old, collecting every horse toy manufactured, and begging my parents to get me on a horse.

At the age of 11 I stumbled into a lady and a horse barn that literally changed my life. The owner of this barn, Darolyn Butler, took me in as a volunteer and introduced me to her big passion: endurance riding.

So I was able to learn all about endurance riding from one of the best in the sport! After my first race at age 13, I knew I was hooked.

Unlike most endurance riders, no one in my family has any experience with horses whatsoever. Although they do encourage me in my sport and know that it has been my obsession since childhood, I feel like I’ve listened and learned in a more concentrated manner by doing it all on my own without any family involvement and it’s become the passion of my life.

So why endurance?

Well, in what other equestrian sport can you actually spend hours and hours on training and riding? If riding is the the thing you were born to do, then Endurance is the right sport for you!

Do you own your own horse?

No, I don’t currently have my own horses. I ride, train and compete my mentor Darolyn Butler’s horses, and train for others as well. Having been at Butler’s farm for 10 years now, I feel like all of her horses are mine to love and share.

I’m out training the horses usually 6-7 times a week. I love being able to make my own conditioning and training schedules, and it’s so rewarding to see your hard work pay off with a good strong finish!

Do you have any hobbies aside from riding?

Although endurance is my passion, I also enjoy running, working out/fitness and an occasional modelling photoshoot.


Image credit – Becky Pearman Photography and moonfyrephotography


FEI Profile – Eilish Connor

 

 

 

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