Student Ride along: Christina Vaughan

Meet our next ride along student, Christina Vaughan!

Christina VaughanHometown: Madison, WI

Education: UW-Madison, BS in Biology and Environmental Studies; University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, class of 2018

Extracurriculars: Besides riding, I enjoy photography, hiking, and traveling. My favorite place to have visited is Patagonia (the Chilean side), where I got to kayak with glaciers, hike up mountains, go whale watching, and ride horses of course! I also am owned by a very possessive miniature poodle named Roo, whom I adopted from a rescue just two days after graduating college.

Favorite summer activity in Madison: Going birdwatching at Picnic Point with Roo and then going for Babcocks ice cream after.

My life with horses: You could say I was riding before I could walk. My family lived on a small hobby farm in the mountains of Costa Rica where we had two horses. When my family moved to Madison, I spent a few horse-less years pestering my parents to let me go to horse-camps and papering the walls of my room with pictures of horses. Finally, when I was ten, my mom let me take a few riding lessons. I then began leasing a very fat and sassy Arabian pony named Ringo, whom I eventually saved up enough money to buy (with help from my mom of course). Ringo dutifully carried me through open shows, 4H fairs, and Pony Club events. Through Pony Club, I became interested in eventing, which was a passion Ringo did not share with me. Instead I pursued eventing with my mom’s Arabian gelding, a very enthusiastic jumper named Cheyenne. During my college years I had to put competing and training on hold. Choosing to go to vet school was an easy decision. This year Ringo will be celebrating his 32nd birthday in May!

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