Collecting Thoughts with Rebecca Hart

Photo by Monica Stevens

Name: Rebecca Hart
Age: 35
Business: Professional Para Dressage Rider

Do you have any nicknames? Becca or Becs.

What’s your favorite barn hack? I use SMB sport boots to hold ice sheets on my horse’s legs after they work out. Easier than ice boots and it holds the ice sheets around the fetlocks.

Who do you look up to? I look up to my big sister Katie. I trust her implicitly. She has always supported me and had my back. She builds me up when I need it and slaps me down when I need that too. She is an environmental educator and strives to make the world a better place. She has come to every major champion- ship I have been to.

What famous horse would you love to ride? That would have to be Valegro.

If you could have any super power, what would it be? My superpower would be the ability to speak and understand any language. I love to travel, and I would love to be able to communicate with people in their own language and dialect.

What is the last thing you binged? Game of Thrones.

Do you have any lucky charms? I have a stuffed Nemo from Finding Nemo. My good friend gave it to me to remind me that when things get tough to “just keep swimming.” It goes with me to every competition.

What’s your guilty pleasure? My mom’s chocolate mint squares. It’s a rich fudge brownie with a crème de menthe buttercream layer and a rich chocolate topping. I eat one and end up eating the whole pan, my willpower goes out the window.

What’s the first thing you do when you get home after a long day? I pick up my cat Walter and give him a cuddle. He’s more dog than cat. He’s been with me for the last 10 years.

Who is your equestrian idol? In the horse world, I look up to Debbie MacDonald. I have followed her career in the ring and as a mentor.

What is one thing in your tack trunk that you couldn’t live without? My Velcro straps. They hold my leg steady when I ride and let me give my horses clearer cues.

If you weren’t in the horse industry, what would you be doing? I would be working in the film industry as a set designer. I love staging theater and film sets. I have worked as a stage manager in the past.

What podcast is at the top of your playlist? This American Life or The Illusionist.

What song do you love to have on repeat? “This is me” from The Greatest Showman. It has kind of become a personal anthem.

What is on your riding bucket list? I want to ride the able-bodied Grand Prix.

What is your favorite horse movie? I like the classics National Velvet and Black Beauty.

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