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Gina Miles

Event in which you compete: Three Day Eventing

 
Hometown: Templeton, CA, USA
 
Number of years riding: 30
 
Career accomplishments to date:
Individual Silver Medal, Eventing, 2008 Olympics
Team Gold Medal and Individual Bronze, Eventing 2007 Pan American Games
Bronze Medal 2003 World Cup Final
2006, 2007, 2008 USEA Advanced Horse of the Year
2006 USEA Gold Cup Champion
2006 USET Fall Champion
2008 Chronicle of the Horse Overall and Eventing Horse of the Year and Eventing Horsemen of the Year
 
How you got started in your event: When I was 10, I watched Cross Country at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.
 
Length of time you’ve been sponsored by Ariat: Five years
 
Favorite Ariat product (by name): Pro Circuit breeches and paddock boots got me hooked on Ariat products more than 15 years ago
 
Proudest career moment: Standing on the podium at the 2008 Olympic Games
 
Tell us about your first horse: Lily, a pony my Dad purchased at a Boy’s club auction for $170 when I was 11. She was old and scruffy and only knew Western but I taught her to jump and do dressage even though I didn’t have a saddle or a bridle at first.
 
You ride because: The connection you feel with the horse. You connect and communicate in a language that is not spoken but felt.
 
If you weren’t a professional rider, you would be a: A lawyer or a doctor
 
Favorite mentor or idol growing up: Virginia Leng
 
Favorite place to travel: Hawaii
 
Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: I have an annual pass to Disneyland, and my dream came true after the Olympics when I got to go to Club 33 there.
 
Favorite way to unwind outside of the barn: Go to the movies with my kids.
 
Good luck charm: I believe you make your own luck.