Excerpt from the April issue of Heels Down Magazine.
There’s no manual for turning a successful young rider career into the life of a full-time high performance professional. Just ask Jenny Caras, who will be departing from her young rider years and looking to make a big splash in the upper levels of eventing as a senior rider and professional.
“Now that I’m about to not be a young rider anymore, I have to figure out how to go on and have as much success as a senior,” said Jenny, who was part of two Area III teams at NAJYRC and earned individual bronze and team gold medals. “Eventually, I’ll have to start making my own way and my own name.”
The 21-year-old three-star eventer from Marietta, Ga., has been under the tutelage of Olympian Phillip Dutton for two years, was part of the Eventing 25 High Performance list which trained under Leslie Law in January, and is aiming for the Rolex Kentucky CCI4* with her three-star horse, Fernhill Fortitude. However successful, she still faces the uncertainty that so many young adults her age struggle with.
“I have no idea when you spread your wings,” she said. “You’re never going to stop learning but there’s a point where you have to say, ‘I’ve learned enough that now I can go do a good job as a professional.’ I have friends that have left the nest too early and you see them not be as successful as they wanted to be, so I’m aware of that.”
While she’s not exactly sure when it’s right for a young professional to strike out on her own, Jenny has set a couple of guidelines to help in her own decision. >> Read the full article in the April issue of Heels Down Magazine.