Hello, my name is Mackenzie Spaes and I am a freshman at the University of Alabama. I am honored to be writing on behalf of the upcoming University of Alabama Eventing Team. A little background on myself, I have been eventing for nine years under the watchful eye of Carrie Barrick. Growing up in Louisville, KY I was always surrounded by horses and knew that I wanted them to be a part of my life. What I loved most about the sport was the strong sense of family and community that defined Eventing. Whether it was at horse shows or just at home I always felt a bond with my fellow eventers. Everyone looked out for one another. As I packed up to leave my home of eighteen years for college, I just knew I had to find this community in Alabama.