For some students, summer is an opportunity to intern and work, but for one TCU political science major this past summer was the perfect opportunity to cross the pond in search of a new ride.
Reagan LaFleur spent three months in Tetbury, England, an hour west of London, in search of a new horse.
LaFleur said she wanted a horse who could excel in competition.
“I was looking for a solid brain, athleticism, attitude, and the ability to perform in all the separate phases,” she said.
She found that in Bella Van Bruxvoort or Bella, before the beginning of the summer with the help of her coach.
“She’s a small, athletic, tough mare,” LaFleur said. “She thinks she runs the world, but it makes her a fierce competitor.”
LaFleur, who’s a member of TCU’s first-ever Eventing Club, rides English saddle. The athletic club allows students to compete in the equestrian sport of three-day eventing. The three phases, which span a weekend, are dressage, followed by show jumping and cross-country jumping.