2KGrey’s Golden Girl: An Interview With Marilyn Little
By Shannon Fox
Here at 2KGrey we beam with pride over our sponsored rider, top equestrian in both eventing and show jumping- Marilyn Little. Marilyn has an impressive riding career in not one, but two equestrian disciplines. She has represented the U.S. on the international stage in both horse show jumping and horse eventing. Among her long list of career highlights, Marilyn was a double gold medalist at the 2015 Pan American Games and she holds two records in U.S. equestrian sports including one she set at just 14 years old.
Marilyn is currently competing in Florida, but took some time out of her busy schedule to answer our questions about her career, the importance of cross-training a horse and of course, her favorite 2KGrey products.
2KGREY: How did you get into horses?
MARILYN LITTLE: I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by horses on our family farm [Raylyn Farms], where my parents have been producing top show jumpers for decades. I got my first pony, Smokey, before I was even born.
2KG: How did you decide to start doing eventing alongside show-jumping?
ML: I caught the eventing bug after seeing it on TV at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. So I thought it would be fun to give it a go for myself!
2KG:What has been your proudest moment as an equestrian?
ML: It’s always such an honor and privilege to be able to represent the United States in international competitions, in both show jumping and eventing and something I hope to be able to continue to do in the future.
2KG: What are some of your most recent accomplishments?
ML: We’ve had a great start to 2017 down here in Florida; the jumpers have been great here, with Clearwater picking up 2nd in the WEF Challenge Cup. I was also named to the USEF Eventing High Performance Spring Training List for 2017 with RF Scandalous, which is a very exciting opportunity for us.
2KG: What makes a great competition horse?
ML: Great competition horses love their job and thrive off of competition. They are incredible athletes regardless of the discipline, and it’s a very special thing to ride a horse who truly loves what they do each and every day.
2KG: What is your favorite eventing phase and why?
ML: It really depends on which horse I’m riding! They are all such well-rounded athletes that I get a lot of enjoyment out of all three phases.
2KG: How do you think the three phases of eventing (dressage, show jumping, and cross-country) combine to make a horse into world-class athlete?
ML: The three phases of eventing require a horse who is the ultimate athlete, both mentally and physically. A horse who is well-schooled on the flat then has the qualities to be a more successful jumper in terms of training in many ways. They have to be able to have ride-ability in all three phases to be successful, and having a partnership with each horse is key.
2KG: What are your favorite 2KGrey products for the show ring?
ML: I love all of the breeches, especially the Avatars. They add a little bit of style to my outfit and are so stretchy and comfortable to ride in, even when I’m on ten horses a day.
2KG: What are your favorite 2KGrey products outside the show ring?
ML: Those sparkly belts are so cute!
2KG: What is your favorite show to attend?
ML: Rolex is always a big highlight of our season – it’s great to have an event of that caliber right here in our own country.
2KG: What are your goals for 2017 and beyond?
ML: In 2017, I’m looking forward to bringing RF Scandalous up to the four-star level – she’s shown so much ability and promise coming up the levels, and I’m excited to really start to see what she can do this year. Looking ahead to the next few years, I don’t like to get too far ahead of myself, but I would love to represent the USA again on the international stage with major events coming up like the World Equestrian Games at Tryon.
2KG: What does the 2KGrey brand mean to you and why?
ML: I always tell people that 2KGrey is function meets style. I love that they’re so durable in a high-performance setting and look so good at the same time.
2KG: Do you have any advice for young riders looking to make the jump to the professional ring?
ML: I would just say to be patient, and keep riding! Moving up to the professional level is a huge step, and it takes so much time and effort and determination.
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