By Brittany Worthington
Kim Grabowski has dedicated the last fifteen years of her life to the sport she loves: equestrian riding. Although she is currently a Kalamazoo College sophomore, Grabowski will graduate early — next spring — for the purpose of horse showing.
Riding since the age of five, Grabowski represents a portion of the K College student body that partakes of alternative off-campus sports. Her activity requires commitment and dedication; Grabowski travels a half hour each day to her family’s farm in Schoolcraft, Mich. to go riding.
Balancing college life and her equestrian passions has been difficult for Grabowski, who said, “I kind of don’t do anything else, which was rough freshman year when everyone was doing things. You have to make a lot of sacrifices.”
But she believes that staying an active rider is worth the social sacrifices: “It’s my life and I don’t know what I’d do without it. I’m not a religious person, so horses are my religion.”
Grabowski said that participating in her sport involves attending weeks-long competitions that take place all over the United States. Her next competition is the Showcase Spring Spectacular in Illinois this June.
“It really becomes a lifestyle,” she said.
According to Grabowski, equestrian riding is a life-long sport. She has competed against fifty- to sixty-year-old women and plans to participate for just as long.
“I’m going to ride until the day I die,” she said.