Collecting Thoughts with Lillian Robinson
Name: Lillian Robinson
Business: The Vineyard Equestrian
THE FUN STUFF
Do you have any nicknames? I’m a full name kind of gal but family and friends call me Lill.
What’s your favorite barn hack? I am a big fan of groundwork, liberty work, and when I am feeling lazy, bareback. My mare prefers to go sans saddle/bridle. She also enjoys a good gallop, so sometimes we’ll skip the ring work and go for a spin.
Who do you look up to? I am the baby of four so I have three older siblings that I have always put on a pedestal. I also have rock star parents and an amazing stepfather. My mom has always been my best friend/therapist, my stepfather is just an all-around great person, and my dad put a roof over our heads with his own business. I have the utmost respect for all of them. I hit the jackpot when it comes to family!
If you could have any super power, what would it be? Snap my fingers and have a delicious dinner made. I am not very talented in the kitchen so I usually just live off of bad Crock-Pot recipes, breakfast foods, and a lot of coffee. That gets old very fast.
What was the last thing you watched on Netflix? An episode of Friends that I have already watched 10 times before.
What’s the most interesting fact about yourself? I’ve road tripped the country a few times, spent a summer in Montana working on a ranch/wrangling horses, and I can touch my tongue to my nose, but I think that stopped being interesting at age seven. I also love my job—not many people can say that!
What’s your guilty pleasure? Skipping the gym and doing choreographed cardio dance videos. No shame here.
What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a long day? Feed the dogs, take a scalding hot shower, and pour myself a glass of wine.
What is one thing in your first aid kit that you couldn’t live without? I am a liniment queen. It is a problem.
If you weren’t in the horse industry, what would you be doing? It would have to be outdoors and something physical. I could not spend a lifetime at a desk. Maybe even something to do with small animals. I entered college as a vet-tech major but made the switch to equine studies my freshman year.
What song do you love to have on repeat? Play anything Michael Jackson or Garth Brooks and I am a happy camper.
What is on your riding bucket list? To show my mare this season. She is a 14-year-old Mustang who has the speed of a bullet. I think she’d be a star in the jumper ring. And to be the best horse owner I can possibly be. In 25 years, I want to be able to look back and say that I gave her everything she needed and then some. If I can do that, I would be happy never owning another horse knowing I gave my little heart horse the life she deserved.
What is your favorite horse movie? International Velvet. I remember being home sick when I was younger and watching it on repeat and thinking, “I can do that!” Instead of being on the U.S. team, I started an equestrian clothing company but hey, dreams change!