Tasia Anstead (St. Raymond Class of 2014) Excels in Equestrian Pursuits
Tasia Anstead, St. Raymond Class of 2014, was interested in riding lessons when she was just five years old. Her mom thought she was too young, and told her she could begin riding lessons at age eight. Tasia didn't forget. Three years later on her 8th birthday she was ready to ride. Tasia started with one lesson every week the first year, that progressed to adding another lesson while riding with Pony Club. Still two days wasn't enough and at ten years old, she started working for her riding instructor three afternoons a week after school, grooming, tacking up, and bathing horses so that she could have another lesson each week.
At 11 years old Tasia had an amazing opportunity to ride, train and show a horse in an A show barn. Her job was to build a show record for this horse, Upendo. Tasia rode him for a year, winning many classes and ribbons and eventually with her job complete, Upendo was sold. Tasia gave him a record that showed potential buyers his worth.
Tasia now rides at Stanford in a program called IEA, Interscholastic Equestrian Association. This program is similar to one that colleges and universities use, but it's for middle and high school equestrians. This year she qualified to compete at Nationals in Lexington Virginia for her IEA team, which proved to be a wonderful experience.
Tasia is pictured jumping her horse, Cruz. She continues to ride five days a week and show Cruz, as well as any other horses that she's asked to ride in competition. Her love for horses and the sport of riding will be in her future as she plans on riding in college.