Taking Her Success In Stride

If you are not connected to the horse show world, you may be unaware that one of the industry’s most accomplished equestrians is a Whitfield student! Over the course of her nearly 10-year youth show career, Evie Doles ’23 has racked up impressive results in top-tier events across the country. Already recruited by numerous NCAA DI equestrian programs, she recently verbally committed to ride for Southern Methodist University, last year’s National Championship Runner-Up. 

In August 2021, Evie and her horse, If Im Honest aka “Moose,” competed in the two world championship events—the American Quarter Horse Youth Association (AQHYA) World Show in Oklahoma City, OK, and the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) World Championship Show in Tulsa, OK. Evie made the finals in all of her classes at the AQHYA World Show and was the Reserve Champion in one of her classes at the NSBA World Show.

This fall, Evie and Moose competed in two major events—The Championship Show in Ocala, Florida and the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. At The Championship Show, after two rounds of qualifications for the finals, Evie and Moose finished an impressive third place in the Horsemanship Challenge behind two college freshmen (one riding for Texas A&M and one for Georgia). She also won both of her English classes. 

The Congress is the largest single breed horse show in the world with over 10,000 entries competing throughout the entire month of October. Evie had two outstanding wins—the Youth 15-18 Hunter Under Saddle and Youth Team Tournament Hunt Seat Equitation—and two third place finishes including in the youth 15-18 Horsemanship (out of 108 entries). And while her horse show competition schedule requires extensive travel and countless hours of practice during the school year, Evie is a dedicated student recognized by her teachers and peers for her leadership, kindness, and scholarship. She is one of two students selected for the Glassman Leaders Program.

Evie has incorporated several of her exceptional skills as a rider into her work in the classroom. “I used to struggle with keeping my nerves under control at a really big horse show,” said Evie. “Over the past two years, I have developed a good handle on managing my nerves by thinking through the patterns I’ll be riding in advance. I try to take that same mental approach to quizzes and tests and try not to get too anxious. I put a lot of weight on myself to do well—in the ring and in the classroom—so I do my best to remain calm. And even if I ‘mess up’ I know it’s going to be ok—that one moment doesn’t define me. I know that I will have other opportunities.”

SMU Equestrian promo image featuring Evie Doles '23 and Moose
Evie Doles '23 and her horse If Im Honest aka %22Moose%22
Evie Doles '23 and her horse Moose