Young equestrian tackles tough schedule

Young equestrian tackles tough schedule
Halstrom High School student Scout Thompson brought home two blue ribbons in recent hunter/jumper competitions. Courtesy photo

 

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad resident and Halstrom High School student Scout Thompson is a skilled, 16-year-old equestrian who has been busy competing on her horse, Viz, across the United States.Thompson has been riding horses for 11 years and most recently won two blue ribbons for first place and Grand Champion ribbon in her age group for the Hunter/Jumper event at the recent Del Sol Classic. Thompson is also aiming to compete in the 2020 Olympics. When asked why not she chose not to compete in the 2016 Olympics, she said, “I want to become a veterinary technician before fulfilling my (Olympic) dream.”

This event qualified her for the next level of championships in November. “She must be physically tough to handle the rigorous training and her strong determination to excel at the sport, with three to four training sessions a week, has led her to win a number of ribbons in various categories in the equestrian sport, “ said school spokesperson Carrie Mulcahey. “Thompson attends Halstrom High School in Carlsbad because it offers her flexible scheduling options that allowing her the needed time to train.

She is also a self-taught piano player and learns classical musical pieces by audio training. In addition, she has a passion for swimming and water polo. She played on the Santa Fe Christian School water polo team as goalkeeper and played club water polo with Del Mar Water Polo. Unfortunately, Thompson found she was not able to juggle both water polo and horseback riding, so she made the choice to pursue her passion of English Equestrian full-time.

In addition to her other activities, Thompson is active in volunteering through her school and church. She delivers clothes to children in Mexico, distributes sandwiches to the homeless, acts as a camp leader for youngsters of single parents at Forest Home, and is the Mission Leader for projects through North Coast Calvary Chapel. She hopes to visit India next summer to volunteer her time.

Thompson credits support to her brother Cody and sister-in-law Erica, her mother Karin and late father, Steve Thompson who passed away from blood cancer two years ago.

 

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