It's so fun to cheer for riders climbing the world championship standings...and Carly Anthony is doing just that. I have always admired her riding technique and elegance, she makes the show ring look effortless. Carly has been wonderful to work with and I'm super excited to share more details via my Rider Highlight series.
Q: Where are you from and where do you ride currently?
I grew up on our family farm in Seattle Washington. I am currently based in Wellington, Florida for the winter circuit and during the summers I compete wherever suits the horses and clients I have at the time. The last 5 years I was competing in Europe, and this summer I spent most of my time in California.
Q: Who do you ride with and was riding in your family growing up?
I am currently riding for Neil Jones equestrian as well as for my own business Carly Anthony Showjumping. I grew up riding with my mom, Cara Anthony. My sister and I both rode as juniors and both went on to ride for NCEA teams! I rode for the university of Georgia and she rode for university of South Carolina. As I started getting more competitive in my riding I began training with many other professionals to expand my knowledge. Once I turned professional I worked for Eric Lamaze, Ben Maher, and now Neil Jones.
Q: What was the age you started riding and where do you see yourself in 5 years in the riding world?
I started riding at a very early age! As soon as I could hold my head up on my own, I was on a horse in 5 years I’d like to be more established with my business and continue progressing at the top level with a great team around me!
Q: What drives you to become a better rider?
You can always be a better rider and horseman. What drives me everyday to be better is the fact that I make different mistakes and learn different lessons every day with my horses. It’s an ever progressing sport and profession and if you don’t stay open to learning new things then you will fall behind!
Q: How do you pick your horses?
I still consider myself quite green when it comes to selecting horses. For me the basics I look for are the confirmation of the horse, the canter, and its reaction after it makes a fault. It also helps having a person or a team that knows how you ride and can watch from the ground to give insight from a different perspective.
World Cup Debut August 2018: Video Presented By Horse Network