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Pursuing Equestrian at Carleton

Lita is training to compete for the Cambodian national equestrian team at the South East Asian games in 2023. Hear how she balances her passion with her academics at Carleton!

Lita is training to compete for the Cambodian national equestrian team at the South East Asian games in 2023. Hear how she balances her passion with her academics at Carleton!

Riding Before Carleton

For a very long time I’ve loved horses. Back in Cambodia, I tried to go horse riding whenever possible, but due to limited resources and family circumstances I was not able to do it often.

Fast-forward to 2018: I graduated high school and decided to take a gap year. One of the things I wanted to do at that time was to improve my riding skills — and I did. With an emerging supportive equestrian community, I was able to improve my physical and mental capacity for riding. What’s more? I was accepted to the equestrian federation and offered a position to train for the national team! But how do I keep it up during my time at Carleton?

Navigating my Passion at the College

Carleton is a small cozy liberal arts college in the tiny town of Northfield, and with that in mind, it is amazing how it succeeds in being a place where all the students can pursue what they love outside of academics. Before coming here, I was worried about how I was able to continue training and I feared that I might have to give it up. Despite doubts, I pushed through and researched my way out of it.

It turns out there are several farms surrounding the town, and Carleton has an amazing equestrian team that trains weekly! I quickly got in contact with the team captains and told them about my situation and how I needed to seriously train for the team back home. The doubts and fears slowly faded away as we talked about how it could work out for me throughout my time here. I felt supported and happy that I did not need to give up my sport.

Moreover, once Rhemi, from Carleton’s admission staff heard about my situation, she took the liberty to send out a plea for help to the entire Carleton faculty! A few days later, she sent me an email thread with tons of information she got back from them. At that moment, I felt touched and really welcomed at the college.

A worthy note: Rhemi does not ride horses, nor does she work with student activities, she is the associate dean of admissions, and yet she took her time to help me out. I find that very thoughtful!

Thoughts and What’s Up Currently

This is what I mean when I talked about being a Carl and being with Carls in my first blog post. You’re supported and people help each other out here — Hey, Carls help Carls!

Now, I am riding once per week at a local stable, Vixen Hollow, with the team, and looking to start conditioning training on my own at the recreation center.

It is a challenge to time manage, especially in my first term — to find a balance between academic life and personal life, but it is something I am excited to learn to do well. I believe the key to achieving great things is good time management.

So with this, I am here to tell you to not be afraid to pursue what you love doing even when you come to college. There is always a space for you, rand esources and people who are here to help you. I found that here at Carleton and I’m super excited about what’s in store for me in that regard.

That’s it for now, see you next week!



Lita hails all the way from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. When not riding horses, petting them, or sketching a picture of them, she blogs her philosophical brain dumps on Medium. Other than that, Lita is passionate about social impact startups and edu-tech. She plans on majoring in Computer Science, but who knows, she could simply switch to Studio Art and spend her days drawing horses. Hey, that’s why we’re at Carleton, am I right? Meet the other bloggers!


horse jumping indoors

Jumping Fox at 2.6 feet

horse and girl

Fox and me! Riding at Vixen Hollow, Northfield

horse trail ride

Trail riding with Mary in Siem Reap, Cambodia

horse jumping 1

Jumping Uva Negra at 0.9m in Cambodia

horse jumping 2

First time jumping 1 meter with Uva