Senior member of the St. Mary’s Equestrian Team, Mallory Knott, will be competing in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Competition on May 3 to 6. Knott is only the second rider in the history of the team to compete at the National competition.
“I am very excited to be going to Nationals to represent our team. I’m thankful that I’ve had such a great coach who has been willing to help me prepare for it and also great team members who have been very supportive throughout the competitions that have brought me to this point,” said Knott. She has been a member of the Equestrian Club for four years, but joined the team her sophomore year. “The team is very proud of her, and if you see her make sure to congratulate her and wish her good luck,” said Club and Team President, senior Anna Weaver.
Knott placed second in IHSA Regionals and moved onto Zones. From there, she placed second and earned a spot to Nationals. At Nationals she will be competing in the Walk-Trot-Canter Equestrian Class. Since she won Zones, she has been training extra hard to prepare for Nationals. “I’ve been training by going to extra lessons at the barn where we ride and having individual lessons with my coach. I also have a horse that is nearby and I ride her often to get in as much riding time as I can. The individual lessons have been very beneficial since my coach has been able to point out the little things that I need to work on more, which I can then try to correct when I ride on my own horse and in the other extra lessons,” said Knott.
She began riding when she was nine years old in preparation for a trail riding vacation. “We never went to the ranch but I fell in love with riding and it quickly became a big part of my life and it was a deciding factor in where I went to college,” said Knott. Nationals will be her last riding event in the IHSA competition circuit, and will be the culmination of her riding career as a member of the St. Mary’s College Equestrian Team.