Athlete Profile: Deena Woloshin

The Claremont Equestrian Team is composed of students from all of the five Claremont Colleges and requires no previous background in riding. The team ranges from individuals who have never ridden before to those who have been riding for most of their lives. Each member takes weekly lessons from the team’s trainer and has the opportunity to compete on the show team for the duration of the school year. The horse shows are hosted by various teams from other colleges and are put on by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Competitions consist of Flat classes and Over Fences classes. Flat rounds consist of a combination of walking, trotting or cantering and Over Fences requires participants to jump fences of a certain height. The team competes in seven or eight shows per school year, located anywhere from San Diego to Arizona. Scripps first year Deena Woloshin arrived on the team at the start of the 2014 season with years of experience behind her.

How did you get involved with riding and showing?

When I was five, I lived in London right next to Hyde Park, and they had barns and cobblestone streets. When I turned six, I was kind of upset because we had just moved, and I was a kindergartener, and so for my sixth birthday my parents got me a package of horse riding lessons at one of these little barns. And I just stuck with it.

What do you do with horses now? What does being on the equestrian team mean?

I was only looking at colleges with equestrian teams, so at home I have my team, but when I came here I started riding with the trainer for the show team. We have team dinners which are really nice, and the show team has two types of competitions. There is flat where you go around the ring and you are judged based on how your position is and how you [look] with the horse. Then there is another section of jumping where you have a course that you have to memorize, and you are judged based on how well it is performed, based on the horse and how you are riding.

What type of riding do you do with your team at home?

At home, I do a type of riding called eventing which is a three-phase event. It is dressage, which is a type of flat work, and then cross country, which is basically a cross country running course except on horseback with much bigger obstacles and is really fun. Then there is show jumping which is probably what most people know about horseback riding. You are in a ring with jumps, and you are timed, and you have to get through the course as fast as possible without knocking anything down or falling off or missing a jump. I compete with a separate team at home for that.What is your favorite part about being involved with an equestrian team?
I feel like equestrian people, horse people in general whether you are a cowgirl or a jumper or just work on a farm, are different types of people. You always have something to talk about, and having that community at school is something really important.

What is the best part about being on the Claremont Equestrian Team?

The girls are really nice, you get to meet people from different schools, and it is a good way to do that. Whether people are competing or riding for fun, you get to meet a different group of people who you might not otherwise meet. We also get to travel for competitions, which is really fun. You get to meet different people at the shows and see where different people ride. It’s an experience!

What are you most excited for during the remainder of the year?

We are going to Arizona for a competition, and I have never been to Arizona before. The weather will be really nice, and it will be cool to actually go somewhere that is a trek. It will be good bonding and riding, and definitely an experience.

The team’s next show is in Gilbert, Arizona from Feb. 6 to 8.