Taking the Reins (2012) – Lindsay Stanford

Taking the Reins (2012) – Lindsay Stanford


[ Me and My Gang by Rascal Flatts plays ] Hello, and welcome to Taking the Reins. I’m your host, Diana Nord. Lindsay Stanford is a management major
from Burlington, Massachussetts, who came to Georgia Tech
with a sense for adventure for new experiences, as well
as meeting new people. When it comes to horses,
Lindsay can thank her mother, who she has a close
relationship with, for the introduction when she
was just six years old. Her love of horses has
continued ever since. So tell us about your parents. Well, both my parents worked
when I was growing up. My mom was always
a real barn mom. She’d bring me to my lessons,
actually have a horse. My parents still go out and visit him sometimes, since I’m so far from home now. So they’re kind of up
there by themselves. But they come down and
still regularly visit me. They’re still working. They actually split their time. We have a summer house on Cape Cod. So they’re down there
a lot of the time now. While I’m working at college. [ Both laugh ] Sounds like they’re having fun now. Lindsay: They are.
Diana: Still here. Exactly. Do you have
any siblings? Lindsay: No I don’t, I’m an only child. What was it like growing
up as an only child? Um, a lot of people that I know who
were only children don’t really like it, because they feel like they don’t
have anyone to play with. But my mom was always
kind of like my friend. And like on vacations,
my dad would golf. My mom and I would like hang out at
the pool, get our nails done, girl stuff. So I always really liked it. I just liked the attention that I
got from both of my parents. Because I didn’t always have
to fight with a sibling. I had a lot of friends
with siblings. And it always seemed like they
didn’t get as much attention. So I think that’s just
my personality. It fits well for an only child. Do you have a significant other? I have a boyfriend, yeah. Tell us about your boyfriend. Um, he goes to Georgia Tech. He is an aerospace engineer. He is my year. Um… He… I’m management major. And so him being an engineer, he’s a lot more busy than I am, with classes. Obviously. Um, but, it’s nice to be able to
balance like, a social life. Like riding, and like, going on dates
and stuff with my academics. Cause Tech is such an
academically rigorous school. What has been your biggest
accomplishment so far in life? Lindsay: Um… Well, I’m really happy I came
to Atlanta for school. A lot of my friends chose
to stay close to home. And, being an only child, and I’m
really attached to my parents I was really worried about how
I’d do so far away from them. But it’s my second year now. And I feel like I’ve just been able
to flourish in this environment. Where like, I’m kind of far away.
I’m still holding my own. I’ve been doing well in classes. I’ve been meeting a
lot of new people. I’ve been trying to branch out into
different clubs and organizations. So I’m glad that I’ve been
able to not shut down being so far away from what
I was used to for so long. And I actually went to an all-girls
school for seven years. So Tech is a really different
environment from that. So, I didn’t really know
what to expect. But I’m really glad with how I’ve been
able to come along and deal with that. Why did you choose Georgia Tech? Um, well, coming from an all-girls school, I wanted something different. And Tech is certainly
different than that. Um, I’m really big,
I love sports. I want to work in sports media
management one day. So, um, I just wanted
a division 1 school where I could go to the football
games, go to the baseball games. That experience I was not
getting in high school. Because, I mean,
we had girl sports. We didn’t have football, we didn’t have
baseball, sports that I really love. So I wanted that experience. And I’ve definitely
gotten it so far. Um, I wanted, but then again
there’s a lot of schools that have really good athletics that
aren’t so great academically. So I wanted a good mixture between
athletics and still academics. Because I had worked so hard in high school. I went to a prep school. I didn’t want to have to like, lower my
standards just to get great sports. What major are you? I’m business administration. And how do you like being a
business administration major? I like it. Um, I find, I mean, a lot of people don’t think of
management majors as rigorous as a lot of engineering majors,
or even most other majors. But honestly, it’s what
you make of it. I have a different skill set. Like, I’m horrible at science. Like, anything science in
high school, I just hated. So I knew something like
engineering wasn’t for me. But, I’ve got pretty
good people skills. Like, I know what I
want to do in life. I came in management, I’m
gonna leave management. Um, I like my teachers.
I like my classes. I think it’s, I’ve learned some
really useful skills for life, What do you like most
about Georgia Tech? Lindsay: Um… I really like most of the people I’ve met. It seems like a place that people
know how to balance their school with their social life,
and not go crazy on either end. It’s not like, I have
some friends who go to schools where everyone’s
in the library all the time. Because their classes
are killing them, and they can’t even get
out of that for a minute. And I haven’t met, I mean, there are
still some people that are like that, and that have to stay in
the library all the time. But I feel that most people know that
the weekend is the time to relax, and have a little fun. And the week is the time to study. Whereas there’s some schools where
people just like drink every day. And just go party. And don’t care about their schoolwork at all. So I like that it’s a mixture between
serious and then fun. Cause it kinda goes
with my personality. What’s it like being a
woman at Georgia Tech? Lindsay: It’s nice I mean, I definitely feel like I have
the advantage in some situations. But I have to say I don’t notice it as
much being a management major, because we do have a lot of girls who
are in the college of management. Um, but I don’t have to open
doors for myself a lot. Like, you’ve noticed, I’m sure you know that being a girl definitely has
its benefits on campus. Where I feel like being a
minority definitely helps. It helps you get noticed, it helps you
be different, you don’t really blend in. I mean, I know the ratio
is actually going up. So, maybe, in time, there
will be more women. But I like it how it is now. Do you live on campus? Yeah, I do. I live on west campus. I live in Undergrad Living Center. Uh, so I have my own
room. It’s really nice. I live with a couple people
from my floor last year. So… Diana: Tell us about your
community in the ULC. Lindsay: Um, it’s nice. My floor, actually, my apartment, besides my RA, is the only girls on the floor. So that’s, that’s different. For the most part, I mean,
I really like living there. I thought it was gonna be bad,
being so far from management. But like, it’s easy to hop
on a bus, or a trolley. Um, I can keep my car right
across the street in Curran. So, I think I’m really happy
with it over there. I like it. It’s a lot quieter than east campus. So how long have you been riding for? Lindsay: Um, I’ve been
riding since I was six. Um, so, about fourteen years. Um… I love it. I have a horse
back home. I didn’t bring him with me, unfortunately. So he’s back there by himself. Um, but it’s something I’m hoping
to keep doing for a while. I think it’s a good way
to get exercise. Um… It’s also a good way
to meet people. It’s a good way,… I just really like the connection
that you can feel with the animal. Especially with like my horse. Cause he actually had an
injury a couple years ago where I had to rehab
him for about a year. And so I would just go out and
walk him for about an hour. And even though it was kind
of boring for a while there, it was really nice to make that
connection with the animal. Because I could just walk
him down the street, and we could just have time to kind
of hang out by ourselves, without, it’s a good way to unwind
after the week. Diana: What’s your favorite part
about riding English? Lindsay: I just really like… how, I really like how
English looks. Like it’s a lot more like
upright and proper. And… And I just, it’s just something
I’ve done for so long that it makes a lot more sense
to me than Western does. But that doesn’t
mean, I mean, Western’s a lot more fun to watch
than English is sometimes. Although one thing I do really
love is watching people jump. Because it’s always an
interesting experience. I mean, some horses are crazy,
and some are really good, and some do unexpected things. So, going around and
jumping a course. Not necessarily at a show, but
in practice, is a lot of fun. Tell us about what you
wear when you ride. Lindsay: At a show? Um,
I wear these boots. Um, I have to wear my
hair in a hairnet. Uh… Really no makeup or jewelry.
Put it up into my helmet. Um… I have to wear skin colored pants,
and they’re pretty skintight. But not too skintight, because
people don’t like that. English people are very, very specific
about what they want. You have to wear a belt. Um… You wear a jacket that kind
of looks like a blazer but it’s a little more
tight fitted. And then you wrap a number
around your waist so the judge knows what number
you are so they can judge you. And you wear a white shirt underneath
with a collar buttoned on. So it’s very specific. And if you don’t have that, then
people will get mad at you. I don’t necessarily know if
the judge frowns upon it, but most trainers will say like, “Why don’t you have a belt?” “Why don’t you have a white shirt?” You should have that. Can you tell us about these
ribbons that you brought today? Lindsay: Yeah! These are ribbons I’ve
gotten from various shows this year. And the way that a ribbon is is it
says, like, the university’s name And then it says the
place at the bottom. And… first place is blue,
second place is red, third is yellow,
fourth is white, fifth is pink, and
sixth is green. And so each ribbon gets a
certain number of points, starting at seven and then working
their way down until one. Um… And so I’ve just gotten these. Like I got a couple at Lander. I got one this weekend, er, two of
them this weekend at UGA. Um… So it’s always, it’s nice to
get ribbons at shows, but sometimes your class
is just really big. And it doesn’t necessarily
mean you’re bad. A lot of people also pick
really bad horses. So that can be brought into play. Diana: Tell us about the kind
of connection that you feel with a horse when
you’re riding it? Um, well, most horses you
can kind of feel whether or not they’re happy with how
you’re riding them. Like there are some
horses that say if you pull on them too much,
they’ll pull against you. They’ll fight with you. And they’ll just give you
a really hard time. And like, with one of the horses that
I rode this weekend, I know that- And a lot of horses a like this, if you pull on them too much
to ask them to stop, they will fight against you. But if you pull on them a
little and then release, they’ll stop fine. They’ll slow down,
they’ll be happy. Because you’re not all up on
their face, telling them “Slow down now, or else”. I mean, riding horses is definitely
about forming that relationship. Even though at shows, you get on
the horse and you walk in the ring. And you have no prior
relationship with it. It’s still trying to feel
the horse out. And figure out, like, what
is this horse like? It’s nice because you can ask people who are
holding the horse if they know the horse. And then you can say like, “What does this horse like?” “What does this horse dislike?” Because it really is all about, if the horse
does not like what you’re doing, you’re not gonna look good, the
horse isn’t gonna look good, and you’re not gonna
have a good ride. What advice do you have to
someone who is new to riding? Um, it’s… It’s difficult to be new because it’s such a different experience
than anything you’ve ever done. Like, I always tell people riding muscles are completely different
than any muscles you’ll ever use, doing anything else. So, at first, it may seem awful. Like, hard, and uncomfortable, and
you’re really achey all the time. But it gets so much better.
I mean, just, if you’re an animal person, it’s something that you will really like. Because you get to feel like going
in the motion with the horse. I’ve just, I’ve always
really enjoyed it. I started when I was really young. Which I feel is a really
good age to do it. Because when you’re a little kid,
like, you make friends doing it. And like, you’re just
like, whatever, and you don’t think about anything. You don’t think about falling off. You don’t think about getting hurt.
You’re just like, “Oh, I’m just having a good time”. So someone older, it would
probably be more difficult. But we actually have
one guy on the team who had never ridden before. And he just got on,
and was like, “Oh, whatever, yeah, like,
I’ve never ridden before”. And he just had fun with it. I’ve been in a couple of
lessons with him. And he seems to really enjoy it. So… If it’s something that you think
you’d be interested in, you should definitely give it a try. Lindsay typifies what
a successful student on the Tech campus is all about. Her gregarious attitude is well
received by her teammates, as well as her fellow
students on campus. And shows that trying new experiences
and creating new friendships is a large part of what residence
life at Georgia Tech is all about. Until next time, I’m Diana Nord. Thanks for watching Taking the Reins. [ Instrumental Country Music ]

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