Savannah Talcott, a Wildwood resident and senior at Eureka High School, is jumping over hurdles with power and grace. Equestrian Talcott will make her second appearance at the National Junior Jumper Championships in Harrisburg, PA, from Oct. 10-13. She hopes to guide her horse, Recover, or Ricky as he is known at the barn, to victory.
In 2011, Talcott earned an individual silver medal and a team bronze medal for her performance at this competition. She also won international, national, regional and state championships and recognitions at other competitions for the sport.
Talcott said she started riding horses when she was a nine-year-old student at Pond Elementary School, according to Rockwood School District sources. “At the time, I was really into reading books from the Thoroughbred Series, which revolve around horse racing,” stated Talcott. “I told my mom I wanted to race horses and she said I better learn to ride them first.”
She's been enjoying horses ever since.
Talcott rides every day after school and is on track to graduate from high school in December. Eureka High teacher Michael Pettigrew said Talcott’s maturity and confidence in the classroom is impressive. “Savannah’s level of commitment to both academics and equestrian riding is admirable. Her self-discipline and sense of responsibility will surely take her anywhere she desires to go. I wish her only the best and am confident she will achieve any goal she sets for herself.”
Following graduation, Talcott plans to go to Wellington, FL, to train with an Olympic trainer—hoping to one day represent the United States in international competitions.
“Horse riding is a lot of fun,” said Talcott. “My involvement in this sport has taught me that if I work hard, I can accomplish my goals.”