Meet horseback rider freshman Jodie Camberg

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Meet horseback rider freshman Jodie Camberg

Photos courtesy of Jody Camberg

Photos courtesy of Jody Camberg

Photos courtesy of Jody Camberg

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From one horseback riding competition to the next, Jodie Camberg constantly achieves excellence as a serious competitor. With her horse Genesis by her side, Camberg is able to reach her goals to fulfill her dreams of becoming a professional horseback rider.  Since the age of 6, Camberg has been riding horses with her trainer Mike Edrick, who has inspired her in every aspect of her life.

Spending as much time as possible at the stables, Camberg rides all morning during the weekends. For the entirety of her life, Camberg has been riding English Hunger, a style that focuses mainly on the horse and how well the animal moves and jumps.  She has recently started riding in a new style called Jumper, a type of riding in which one must go as fast as possible without knocking any obstacles over.  She has competed Jumper only once and has already brought home a championship in that style.  Due to her newfound love of riding Jumper, Camberg plans on selling her old Hunter horse and buying a new Jumper horse so she can continue competing competitively in this style.

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“It’s always very sad to sell your house,” said Camberg.  “Your horse is your best friend.”

The championship title Camberg recently brought home is not the only championship she has won. Camberg has won 25 championships overall and plans on taking first prize in many more competitions.

“Riding is the best thing that’s happened to me and I don’t know where I would be without it,” said Camberg.  “It has matured me so much because there are so many emotional elements that come with the sport.”

In the future, Camberg desires to achieve her goal of competing in the Olympics.  In order to qualify, she must win a Grand Prix, one of the biggest horse competitions in the nation, by next summer.  Camberg also plans on becoming a professional horse trainer one day in order for her to continue her passion for the rest of her life.

 

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