2018 Winter Equestrian Festival - January 10 - April 1, 2018 - 70
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
now," explained Garza, "and we bought him as my first
High Junior Jumper."
he really tries his hardest. It's a great story and I'm really
proud that I get to be a part of his journey."
Garza continued, "My first couple of classes on him
were Children's Classics. He really turned out to be
an exceptional horse. We went from Low Juniors to
Medium Juniors to High Juniors and then we went to
NAJYRC's and he was a Gold medalist there in 2013. He
has blue ribbons in CSI 2*, CSI 3* and CSI 4* Grand Prix
classes, and was second in the CSI 5* in Tryon this past
fall. I did my first Nations Cup with him. He's really been
the most amazing teacher that I could ever ask for. He's
a great friend and it's always a pleasure to go into the
ring with him."
Along with a strict riding regimen, Garza also juggles
a college schedule with his equestrian career. The
University of Miami sophomore commutes to school,
which allows him more time at the barn. He explained,
"It can be difficult to juggle the horses and the riding
at times. Being in the horse industry can be challenging
and being in college can also be challenging, so you
put those two together and sometimes it's frustrating.
It has really taught me how to manage my time and get
things done ahead of time, plan ahead."
The Belgian Warmblood gelding took Garza up the
levels, and the rider is nothing but grateful for the horse,
who is called "Viejo" or "old guy," in Spanish. "I've had
this horse for so long and we know each other so well,
so it's a bit different than riding the other horses that I
do. With him, it's a connection that is almost automatic
at this point. I know what is best for him in the ring, and
he knows what is best for me. He has a huge heart and
2018 WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL
As an exemplary pillar of hard work and determination,
this young rider has big goals for the future. "Next year
is all about the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon
2018," he said. "That's my main goal. We have a nineyear-old called Armani who is our main contender for
that. He's exceptional and I think that this season will
be very important to our development. For now we just
enjoy the journey. If we make it, that's amazing, but if
we don't, at least we have had fun trying."